Firstly, I started writing this on the 2nd of September on my way home from the Little Bourke St Runway, but, like my life right now, I got too busy to finish it and post at a decent, more recent time.
SO, let’s go back a month and pretend like my absence never happened…
MSFW not only showcases the latest collections from Melbourne’s most iconic designers, but also introduces us to emerging and independent designers.
I was lucky enough to witness the first of eight runway shows. Hosted by MSFW and their partners, the Myer Emporium and Melbourne council, when Little Bourke Street was transformed from laneway to a lush garden Spring/Summer runway.
The free event showcased pieces from some of the Emporium’s most well known and coveted designers, like Dion Lee, Manning Cartell, Sass and Bide, Camilla, Willow, Calibre, White Suede, Calvin Klein Platinum Label, and Bianca Spender.
The collections, although all very unique, featured a lot of soft pleats (mostly on silk fabrics), and asymmetrical cut skirts and dresses, mostly at mid length. I noticed that every piece was structured but also had a beautiful loose flow, created mostly by light fabrics in bold colours like a beautiful emerald green by Dion Lee. As for prints, only Camilla showcased very prominent prints. They were very intricate, almost Peruvian/South American inspired designs on their iconic play suits and kaftans.
My ultimate S/S16 trend forecast is:
– tailored suit pants
– pleated midi skirts
– long, flowing jackets
– asymmetric yet draped skirt and dress hemlines
– cut outs and mesh (carrying over from the last S/S season)
Emporium Melbourne’s Lt Bourke Runway wasn’t the only that activity running on that chilly Friday night, because MSFW teamed up with Vogue Australia to bring Melbourne their very first Vogue Fashion Night Out. VFNO is an iconic event held in major cities all over the world, which gives shoppers the chance to stock up on the latest looks for S/S16 for the best prices, with all participating city stores offering an average of 30% off of full priced items.
Bourke St Mall was home to some more Vogue activities, and was so crowded you could barely walk through, which of course was great for Melbourne’s fashion and culture lovers, but not so great for their claustrophobic shoppers.
I’ve never properly experienced everything that Melbourne Spring Fashion Week has to offer, but if you can’t make it to any of the runway events, the free events that run throughout the week across Melbourne are something that can’t be missed!
Stay tuned for more photos and coverage of MSFW’s Emerging Designer Runway and, my personal favourite, the Contemporary Designer Runway.