Personally, I think the National Graduate Show each year is the most exciting show. Talented graduates from RMIT (Melbourne) and UTS (Sydney) get to showcase their creations in an influential fashion festival and it is a treat for everyone attending to get to experience their debut. The new designers this year included: LAUREN ACCIARITO (RMIT), DONALD CHUNG (UTS), ERICA DELUNCHI (UTS), MONICA DUGGAN (UTS), VANESSA EMIRIAN (UTS), FELICITY GLEESON (UTS), NATALIE KIELEITHNER (RMIT), ALEXANDRA LOUISE CHAMPION HACKETT (RMIT), MEGAN MCGRATH (UTS), SOFIE THE (UTS), APRIL YAP (UTS), RACHEL ZHENG (UTS).
White was one of the key trends everyone was adopting for VAMFF this year. And for a good reason; white is fresh, crisp and it stands out without standing out too much and still remaining elegant. I wore this white faux leather skirt paired up with its matching crop top and a trench coat for the premiere runway 7, which was the last show I attended. I love picking earthy natural colours for autumn and pair them with a dark lipstick.
With every fashion event one of my favourite parts is meeting new people that I often only know through their blogs or Instagram accounts, and also seeing those familiar faces that I hadn’t seen in a long time. Firstly, it was incredible meeting the CEO of the fashion festival this year who was extremely down to earth. I also ran into some of my favourite people inside the Virgin VIP lounge such as Phoebe from Lady Melbourne, Sophia from Every Day Like This, Leeyong from Style Wilderness, Jess from What Would Karl Do, and Michelle from Two Halves. Also I got to meet Nikki from States of Style who I was sitting next to during one of the shows, as well as Tiffany from Divine Wanderer and the illustrator Alexis Petsinis.
Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival premier runway 7 was presented by In-Style Magazine. It also happened to be In-Style’s 15th birthday so we were definitely in for a treat for the finale. Walking down the runway were some of my favourite australian labels such as THURLEY, AURELIO COSTARELLA, ARTHUR GALAN, CAMILLA, MACGRAW, and TRELISE COOPER. A big thank you for AMPR for having me and organizing this great event.
Colour; I don’t wear it often, but I do like the concept of it. I love the fact that wearing something bright and colourful adds a little bit of joy and playfulness to your mood, and even to others around you. Fashion week is the perfect way to experiment with colour as there are absolutely no restrictions and it’s the perfect playground to mix and match and wear something you normally wouldn’t. Not that what I wore was too out there but for someone who feels more comfortable with monotones and the classic black and whites, I felt like stepping outside my comfort zone and trying something different.
Also I was featured on this week’s Sunday Age wearing this outfit next to the CEO of Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Week, Graeme Lewsey.
It’s no secret that Autumn is my favourite season. And although it’s been quite warm this week, I couldn’t wait to bring out my autumn/winter clothing out to play on the first night I attended fashion week. I kept the colours quite earthy and warm with the burned orange top, beige coat and faux leather skin coloured pencil skirt. Then when I was looking through my closet to decide on what purse to use I came across my Missoni clutch that I had found in Italy almost two years ago, and I thought it matched what I was wearing perfectly.
Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival premier runway 2, presented by frankie Magazine and supported by Schwarzkopf at Priceline Pharmacy, was held on Monday night at Central Pier in Docklands which featured brands such as Alpha 60, Bul, Gorman, Kloke, Kuwaii and Limedrop. It was curated in a very youthful and quirky manner which fit the image of frankie magazine quite well. Colourful patterns and bright monochrome pieces were featured throughout the show as the models rocked a bold splash of colour on the eyes and braids in their hair, giving them an edgy yet casual look.