The Melbourne Fashion Festival showcased its Envision Runway to an eager assemblage of fashion aficionados at the gorgeous Royal Exhibition Building. This year’s festival heralded the return to pre-Covid guest numbers, with the good vibes high and the anticipation palpable!
Opening the runway was Lee Mathews, whose earthy tones and floral prints on cotton garments in willowy cuts showcased effortless cool.
Bianca Spender adorned models in cascading water-coloured midi dresses of silk, tied at the waist, as well as lithe trench coats that flowed with power and grace.
Deep burgundy and black sustainably sourced leather dresses, skirts and jackets were highlights of the Viktoria & Woods collection, whilst Bassike presented loose pleated trousers and ribbed tanks in organic cotton.
Arnsdorf paraded dynamic tasseled leather suiting in black and cream, alongside slinky metallic grey suiting and charcoal coats, coupled with kitten heel strappy shoes and ankle boots circa the early 2000s making a comeback.
Western vibes were being served at Torannce, with their signature prints a standout (a beautiful combination of wheat, seed and grass designs), as were the black ruffles and cotton maxi gowns complimented with hats by Phylli Designs.
Anna Quann was a highlight, with beaded tassels, powder blue trenches, flowing silks, and razor-sharp cuts that were as delicate as they were precise, a true feat of modern tailoring.
The final designer was Bondi Born, whose sexy cutout swimsuits of cobalt and peach had us all hopeful that lazy days by the pool aren’t too far behind us, even in chilly Melbourne.
Written by Lara Antonelli-Leorke