MSFW: Opening Gala


Last night saw a host of fashionable peeps pack into Melbourne Town Hall once again for Melbourne Spring Fashion Week’s Opening Gala.

Backed by smoky visuals and an eery choir-sung soundtrack, some of our top designers – Cristahlea, Bianca Spender, Carla Zampatti, Thurley, Jasongrech, Rachel Gilbert, Gwendolynne, Aurelio Costarella and OneDay – showcased their Spring collections on the runway. And they slayed.

It was easy to pick out this season’s biggest trends:

Fringing – Following runway appearances over the past few seasons, it seems fringing is here to stay. The Opening Gala saw a glamorous take on the trend. OneDay perfected 1920s fringing glam, while Jasongrech provided an edgier spin, with long black fringing from collars and skirts.

Embellishment – In what should come as a surprise to no one, designers played up embellishment in a big way. Each took a turn at sending truly ~sparkling~ designs down the runway. Cristahlea played with subtle embellishments over floral designs, while OneDay and Rachel Gilbert showcased multiple encrusted gowns.  

Princess gowns – The Opening Gala is all about glamour. This was made apparent by the number of princess dresses that came down the runway. OneDay gave us a modern take on what can only be described (in the best way possible) as Game of Thrones style. Jasongrech, Rachel Gilbert and Carla Zampatti each presented wedding-worthy, floor-length styles.

Nude – In case you didn’t believe Kim K, nude dresses are in. Almost all designers played with nude-coloured pieces and slips with sheer or lace overlays. Carla Zampatti nailed the trend with her sheer lace-topped jumpsuit and Thurley’s black and midnight blue netted pieces proved why the label is everyone’s fave.

Texture – Thurley knows best when it comes to texture, but it wasn’t the only one playing with tactile fabrics. The runway saw detailed lacework in Gwendolynne’s pieces, feathered skirts by Aurelio Costarella and raw edging from Carla Zampatti.

Metallics – Bianca Spender’s high-waisted power suits led the way when it came to metallics, delivered in a dreamy rose quartz, gold and deep maroon. The trend was also immaculately presented by Carla Zampatti, Cristahlea and OneDay.


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