With a line-up reading as an A-List of Australia's independent talents, last night's Indepents Runway Presented by Oyster was bound to be good. Yet even with high expectations, we were blown away.

STRATEAS.CARLUCCI proved their place as Australian fashion heavyweights, delivering a strong, modern and entirely considered collection. Those unprepared to bear more striking silhouettes (evident especially in menswear), found solace in more wearable pieces, such as leather jackets and tailored shirts. The collection was also a first for the designers, as they ventured into the realm of colour, featuring a deep burgundy in an otherwise entirely monochrome range.

It was a hard act to follow, but with a line-up featuring finalists (and the winner) of this year's National Designer Award, it proved an easy feat. Celeste Tesoriero, Elissa McGowan, Salasai, Emma Mulholland, Dress Up and Pageant each delivered street-ready collections, mixing statement pieces (read, Emma Mulholland) with more understated styles.

Australiana was an overt theme, weaving its way throughout the runway in prints, embellishment and more subtly, lines. 

Bonus points go out to whoever curated the soundtrack and chose to end with George Michael, Freedom. You can't possibly have a bad show when George Michael is involved.


Esther Ling for AEVOE

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September 15 - 17.
Ditching the traditional runway setting altogether.
We've come a long way since the old suit and tie.
Exploring the Fashion and Textiles collection.
The one that was held in a carpark.
The one where I outfit repeated.
Presented by Target and Supported by Fashion Journal.
The one where street style steps up.
The one where I tried (and failed) to look effortlessly cool.
Hell hath no fury like the humidity inside the Royal Exhibition Building.
A celebration of the strength and diversity of Australia's fashion industry.
Curious Birdy & S.Rush collaboration collection.
NB: some of these lessons were learned the hard way.
Really, really, ridiculously good-looking.
Celebrating bigger and better than ever.
A work experience opportunity like no other.
Pretty things, pretty people.
Yet another striking and eloquent body of work.
Let us take a moment to reflect on the inspiring week that has been. In GIFs.
VAMFF comes to a close with Romance and Bush Magic.
Converse kicks on the runway? Thumbs up always.
The best part of fashion week.
We really, really wanted to reach out and feel the models (and yes we know how weird that sounds).
"I like the idea of how we as Australians are really in awe of everything that’s going on overseas, but really we take a...
"We looked at Japanese Bosozoku girls, which is an underground subculture of female biker gangs in Japan."
"I guess I feel a bit, not like the underdog, but I am very different to everyone else here."
"Well it was quite interesting last year, the fire alarm was set off by a steamer and we all had to evacuate."
"Not for the fainthearted, but for today's fashionkilla."
'You are never going to see us do the same sort of thing or send the same thing down the runway."
"But this is the pinnacle, the most important award in the country."
Melbourne Fashion Festival off to a fiery start.
Start your own motorcycle girl gang in Pageant AW15
Cheeky galahs and swooping cockatoos up ahead.
Not too busy to visit us Melbourne kids.
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TOME, ètre cècile and Martin Grant are coming home for VAMFF.
A inside look into behind the scenes of VAMFF.
A cultural night out for the fashion lover.
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Monk House Design have announced the dates for their annual studio sale.
Get your shopping shoes ready because it's sale time!
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