While the weather outside may have peaked at 16 degrees, inside was all blue skies and sunshine at Premium Runway Five.

The runway itself was set against a desert backdrop, with all designers seemingly taking cue from the arid landscape. It played a fitting setting for the almost all-Australian lineup (excluding New Zealand’s Kate Sylvester).

The overriding theme was pink in all forms – blush, magenta, peach and fuchsia – while injections of blue and green hues also made their mark.

The instantly-recognisable Gorman opened the show, sticking to what it does best with bold prints, lots of colour and cat-eye frames. The now-famed ‘love is love’ T-shirt also made its runway debut (to the pleasure of everyone).

Next off the rank, Kuwaii played with romantic magenta hues and floral prints. Touches of blue and green also made their mark, coupled with accessories by Melbourne’s own Ada Hodgson and Studio 11:11.

Búl explored textured silk, tailored jumpsuits and pleats in hues of green, blue and ruby red. One notable red dress featured layer after layer of frills, dancing with every stride the model took. It was kind of reminiscent of a Spanish flamenco dancer in the best way possible. On the accessories front, wide-brimmed boaters also received a big tick.

Kate Sylvester offered a return to polka dot across full-length dresses and shirts, also charming the runway with an all-nude relaxed suit. A royal blue leather midi skirt also made waves, with accessorising by Oscar Wylee and Reliquia on another level.

LIFEwithBIRD played with plunging necklines and two-piece sets, also bringing bright yellow to the forefront in clean-cut, form-fitting dresses. However, the standout piece was no doubt a metallic silver jacket and skirt, made from genuine leather and metallic foil.

Closing the show was Alice McCall, with all the signature girly touches the label is known for. Seriously, it took femininity to another level, throwing out lace and ruffles across playsuits in blush, rose gold and icy blue. Couple this with sweetheart necklines, off-the-shoulder styles, florals and mesh and you've ticked off classic Alice McCall.


Lucas Dawson

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