On Wednesday I was fortunate enough to attend the Instyle parade for L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Week, and it was a feast for the eyes. Beautiful textures, muted winter tones and wools so lush that you just felt warm looking at them (not so fun on a humid 28 degree day mind you!).  Showing their winter collections were Obus, Arabella Ramsay, Karen Walker, Mimco, Lucette, Yeojin Bae, Gorman and Manning Cartell.

Mimco showed a  traditionally “Mimco” collection.  Lots of leather bags and sparkles adorned the woolen clad models with some cute hats and beanies thrown in for good measure.  Obus, a Melbourne based clothing company, took the audience on a journey to what I felt was something like Connecticut in the autumn.  Warm reds and minted greens, soft knits and tailoring that could have been found on a college student circa 1980.  It was all so warm.  Just the feeling you want to get when looking at clothing for the cooler months.

Arabella Ramsay opened her collection with a presentation of a girl walking through a forest in chambray and tan, making the audience  go on a sensory journey of “Nomadic Intellect”  – the name of her collection. 

A trip to the seaside is what we got from Gorman.  Elegant silks and sparkles in an obvious nautical theme. Sailor stripes carried on into Karen Walker‘s collection where models sashayed down the runway in gorgeous shift dresses adorned with ruffles.

My biggest discovery of the night was Lucette.  This is a label I have to get my hands on.  Military jackets, sequined body suits teamed with tailored pants and the addition of delightfully pretty silks, gave this collection a softer edge after all the “rock and roll” of the rest of the collection.

Manning Cartell were the only disappointment of the evening.  Mixing too many “genres’ was a wrong move.  We saw, hard shoulders, body con, draping and fluid silks.  There was no real theme that tied all the pieces together.  Let’s hope next season, Manning Cartel can bring it together.

The collection of the night had to be Yeojin Bae.  A trip to Paris  was what we got from this talented Melbourne designer with a range that could be seen on Mrs. France herself, Carl Bruni.  Nipped in waists, sweetheart necklines, pencil skirts and corsetry to hold your breath for.  It was magic in my eyes.


 Top: Lucette. Bottom: Gorman

 Top: Obus. Bottom:Yeojin Bae

Love V


Images by: www.lucasdawson.com.au