The iconic arches frame a dramatic runway as a sea of spectators sit awaiting the official opening of MBFWA 17’s premiering designer, Dion Lee
ECLECTIC GEOMETRIC // CUTOUTS & IRREGULAR SHAPES
Dion Lee’s RESORT 2018 has undoubtedly changed this year’s game in the way we bear skin. Silky satin silhouettes flaunting purposeful cut outs, remark a genius design as one formed piece – a trend that was perfectly complemented by the irregular geometry of the Opera House sails. The result: Boundary breaking, fully functional fashion.
MBFWA 17 Opening Runway – Dion Lee at the Sydney Opera House
FEMME FATALE // DRAPING & EMBELLISHMENTS
As if we’d fallen amongst a field of daisy’s, 2017 is all about the fairytale fantasy. A romantic take on modern fashion boasts unique layerings of ruffage, florals and pastel notes – Alice McCall is defiantly no stranger to all things ‘pretty’. This years colour scheme? A victorian array of creams, baby blue and pale pink with fur like embellishments. Albus Lumen also delivered his take on traditional concepts fit for the modern women, applying gold button embellishments to rural style silhouettes and accessories.
Behind the scenes for Alice McCall // Bon Bon
AS CUTE AS A BUTTON // VELVET, FRILLS & POP PRINTS
Macgraw stole the show on Day 3 with their refreshingly elegant collection. An ensemble of prim and proper shapes with a nod to retro prints, showing true genius in successfully bringing together opposites in design and concept. Funky flats were also a feature, flaunting big bows in primary colours. With frills, ribbons and bell sleeves to die for, British ‘boarding school chic’ has been corrupted by cuteness.
Model line up backstage at Macgraw // Resort 18
RED HOT // DESIGNER FAVOURITE
If we take one thing away from this year’s fashion week, it’s that red is hot and it’s here to stay. Nearly every designer sent the fiery colour down the runway – most commonly in head-to-toe looks that were entirely unapologetic for their attention-grabbing pigment. Michael Lo Sordo stole our hearts with his shimmering floor-length gowns and opaque red stockings.
Backstage at Michael Lo Sordo // Acceidential Secrétaire
COLOUR COOL // PERFECT PIGMENTS
Blocks of primary colours were the big reoccurring theme in runway beauty. Bold sweeps of colour were a favourite amongst designers such as Bec & Bridge, inviting a welcoming play of colour without taking away our attention to clothing. Key elements from the MAC Cosmetics team included cobalt lined eyes, cherry lips and Bianca Spender’s noteworthy golden lid – a definite take home trend.
FASHIONABLY ARMED // STATEMENT STEEVES
The statement sleeve trend ups the ante this year with designers sending ruffage, bows, glitter and oversized madness down the runway. Christopher Esber caught our eye with a striped oversized cuff number, embodying the ultimate mix of power and elegance, while Bec & Bridge took us to single sleeve heaven and extreme lengths. This year’s underlying theme is undoubtedly about making functional statements with purpose and style.
Striped details backstage at Christopher Esber // Resort 18
TECHNICOLOUR DREAMS // WILD COLOUR & FAIRYTALE VIBES
Expectations were high for the final show of MBFWA 17 – but as usual Romance Was Born did not disappoint. The stage was set with oversized floral arrangements, a blanket of fog and red mood lighting which only heightened the sense of anticipation. When the models appeared, the picture was complete and a seemingly never-ending rainbow twirled down the runway. The statement was clear – bold brights and dreamy fabrics such as fringe, netting and patchwork are unequivocally ‘IN’.
Backstage at Romance Was Born // Electro Orchid