Independent Runway

A week of fashion and fun has already come and gone, with the last official runway held at L’Oréal Melbourne Fashion Festival’s home at Central Pier on Saturday, completing the program with a bang. L’Oréal Ambassadors and singer-songwriters Olivia and Miriam Nervo warmed up the crowd with a DJ set, with lots of excitement in the room for the final collection of designers.

APL ventured off to the Independent Runway, presented by network Ten, with the final runway attracting hype and buzz, with the venue full of Melbourne fashion folk already sporting the runway trends and front-row celebrity faces. APL Photography captured Video Hits presenter Fuzzy, designers Daniela Orlando and Alexi Freeman, and the young stars from network Ten’s Neighbours.

The grand finale celebrated Australia’s next generation of fashion, presenting fifteen talented designers including; above, Alexi Freeman, Alistair Trung, Daniela Orlando, Kuwaii, Kylie Hawkes, Magdalena Velevska, Melanie Bower, Of Cabbages and Kings, Papillon Homme Femme and Thanh.

This runway saw lots of knitwear, both chunky cable knits and light knits draped over the body, preparing for those cold winter days bound to eventually come upon us when the sun decides to go away. Sheer fabrics were bigger than ever in the Independent Runway, as well as trenches and coats, styled with a waisted belt to both accessorise and flatter the female frame. While black, white and grey on grey were major trends in the runway as with previous ones, there saw a pop of colours amongst the designers, brightening up the gloomy skies with dijon yellow, deep purple, royal blue and seductive red.

Lui Hon saw men wearing the harem pant, while Who Am Eye rolled the pants and jeans of men in the season of ankle showing. Papillon brought back suspenders and recreated the classic blazer, with a shorter lapel and two buttons on the top, leaving a longer and wider opening on the jacket.

Fool was a stand-out collection for its variation in knitwear, draping and layering, with the colour-blocked outfits making a statement of being different and unique, and slightly Gaga, with bandage effect leggings, duck feet, and chunky capes.

Accessory and jewellery company, House of Baulch, used sheer figure-hugging bodysuits to showcase their Geospektra collection of caramel gold and jet-black pearl futuristic chains and bangles and all that dangles.

The collections and accompanied music had the audience dancing in their chairs and excited their fashion tastebuds, with the independent runway being the ultimate finish to a festive week of fashion.

While APL has been busy with L’Oréal, things are going to get bigger, better and busier than ever, with the launch of COVET magazine due to publish soon, serving you an even more seductive menu of fashion, beauty and celebrities.

Monika Pilekic