The beginning of Melbourne Spring Fashion season and the lead up to Spring Racing Carnival and the Summer party season! I'm in my element…
Firstly a big congratulations to two of my favourite designers Lisa Gorman and Gregory Ladner who were both inducted by the Stonnington Mayor Matthew Koce into the Stonningnton Fashion Hall of Fame last night.
I'd had the pleasure of interviewing our mayor earlier this year and it was great to hear him talk about Stonnington and the Chapel st district being the "fashion and style capital of Melbourne."
"Fashion is what makes us vibrant and exciting" Cr Matthew Kose
The BIG news from Gorman is the upcoming launch of their home wares collection including quilts, cushions and some collaborations with local business in ceramics and woodworks. It's due to be launched late November, so get your Christmas wish list ready!
Now back to the fashion of the evening…
The fluoro trend continues with beautiful brights appearing in the collections from Wayne Cooper and John Cavill in particular. John Cavill was the perfect mix of prints, colour and classy sequins, to add that extra glam.
Fool also had a great display of patchwork brights which we will be no doubt be seeing on Melbourne streets all through summer.
Great news!! The overall is offically back! This casual style has been edging it's way into modern fashion and my top pick is the splatter denim overalls from Gorman.
Onto race fashion and the elegance of the Great Gatsby influence that we've all predicted was apparent in the fascinators from Gregory Ladner as well as several of the designers including Mathieu Salem using feathers and lace to great effect.
Trelise Cooper and Karen Millen were my favourites for racewear with beautiful lady like frocks and bright prints to stand out from the crowd.
After speaking to the experts at Joey Scandizzo salon during the week I discovered that sleek hair is in this season and this was reflected in the work by the team at Heading Out who styled the models locks onto slick, straight styles.
For the Men….
Watch out boys! The Stevie collection made an impact with mismatched floral suits and coloured shorts for those who are brave and fashion forward (and comfortable with their sexuality)
While I can't see that taking off in mainstream mens fashion, Jack London hit the spot as usual with some safer, very wearable styles.
DOM Bagnato was my pick for the guys, effortlessly classic and sophisticated suits which made me think that if I was silly enough to have a boyfriend, I'd be smart enough to dress him in DOM Bagnato.
It was great to see so many renowned designers at the show, including Arthur Galan who is presenting the 2013 Fashion Aid Launch Party at Baroq House tonight.
Stay tuned for all the exciting happenings, fashion, parties, events and gossip that brings Melbourne alive during the Spring/Summer season!