MFF – Power Runway – big-name Australian designers stunned the audience with their show-stopping, glamorous and fearlessly designed pieces.


The third night of the Melbourne Fashion Festival heralded the Power Runway, with big-name Australian designers stunning audiences with their show-stopping glamorous and fearlessly designed pieces.

Martin Grant opened the highly anticipated runway with luxe coats in grey, navy and burgundy hues, as well as his signature regal scarlet opera coat and velvet romper.

Carla Zampatti delivered sleek sophistication and a touch of sexiness with a black tuxedo jacket paired with a body suit and sheer tights, alongside scalloped overcoats in cream, slinky shimmering gowns and structured bolero jackets.

Understated elegance was the order of the day at Mastani, with designer Kudrat Makkar showcasing silk organza kimonos in emerald green and sheer metallic shirt dresses.

Asiyam offered modest dressing in an array of bright and bold colours, including a stunning floral blue dress, matching tights, full gloves, and a bucket hat, complete with a flowing coat to complete the impressive look.

Australian fashion icon, Oroton, now in its 85th year, presented satin mini dresses in hot pink covered in petite bows and perfect little black dresses with sweetheart necklines accompanied by ostrich feather and glass beaded handbags.

Michael Lo Sordo wowed with a backless crystal embellished shimmering halter top and yellow liquid silk slip dresses adorned with sparkling crystal strapping reminiscent of How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days.

Evening gowns were showcased at Rachel Gilbert as models wore black dresses with sculpted contrast twisted bust lines and hourglass silhouettes made from colourful floral beading. 

And finally, to close the evening’s runway, was the King of the party, Jason Grech. With show-stopping gowns in a myriad of neon orange and yellow in metallic stretch mesh, models sashayed down the runway to audible gasps of amazement and “wows” from the audience. Silk chiffon flowed and beaded tassels swayed in this stunning collection elevated by the collaboration with Richard Nylon and his masterfully crafted flower creations that adorned each dress.

Written by Lara Antonelli-Leorke

Photography by Lucas Dawson