Melbourne Fashion Week went all out for its closing runway last night. Melbourne Town Hall was a full house, and the runway was decorated with huge metre-high blocks of ice with flowers frozen in the middle.

Scanlan Theodore kicked things off with a beautifully feminine collection. Splashes of red and blue appeared across otherwise white pieces, in the form of delicate floral prints and embroidered flowers. A lineup of flowing dresses was central to the collection, delivering the perfect springtime feel.

McGraw’s collection played into the practical side of Melbourne’s spring. The collection was suitably more transeasonal than most, with woollen jumpers and trousers for colder days, alongside mini skirts and long-sleeved dresses. It had a '70s vibe to it, with fitted overalls, ruffled bibs on shirts and flared silhouettes.

Pieces were draped and oversized in Bianca Spender’s collection, though we also saw a return of viable waistlines. Designs were pulled in at the waist with sewn-in belts to create hourglass silhouettes.The label's sandy-coloured workman style boiler suit is going to the top of our wishlist.

Fashion’s favourite son, Dion Lee, sent a whole lot of velvet down the runway, and there was nothing not to love. Various shades of blue were seen across dresses and a tracksuit with clear Juicy Couture vibes also went down the runway. Spaghetti straps, slip styles and V-necks were all key players in the range.

There was nothing subtle about Michael Lo Sordo’s collection of dreamy satin and lace pieces. Skirts were long with cutouts on the hips, while lace leotard-style tops appeared throughout. Jet black and a sparkling cherry red made a statement int he best way possible.

As Romance Was Born’s collection came down the runway, I had one thought: so. many. colours. It was all about OTT embellishments, with beading, sequins, jewels and brightly-dyed fringing appearing throughout. Designs had a black base, making the coloured details that much brighter.

If you couldn’t make it down, then we recommend flicking through the shots above. We sent a photographer to hang back stage, so you can get a look at every thing you missed.

Maddie Roux

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