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With a line up reading as an “It List” of Australian talent and an in demand theme of minimalism, Wednesday’s MSFW: Designer Runway Two was set to be one of the week’s top shows.

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Giulia Brugliera

With a line up reading as an “It List” of Australian talent and an in demand theme of minimalism, Wednesday's MSFW: Designer Runway Two was set to be one of the week’s top shows.

What followed was a series of collections which seemingly heeded the adage, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”.

Past years’ trends continued to dominate the runway, seeing a series of bare midriffs, sheer layering, masculine styling and pastels proceed. With few designers branching from this winning formula, they all added their own signature spin to the persistent trends.

Opener Carly Hunter worked with structured fabrics to create boxy silhouettes with subtle detailing, while LIFEwithBIRD had a similar attitude to details, layering an ultra-fine mesh to nail the sheer trend.

Lui Hon took a boy meets girl approach to masculine styling, adding girly features to men’s silhouettes, while Willow featured an oversized pant suit in her flowy, feminine collection. 

Manning Cartell stuck to his signature aesthetic, adding dimension to an otherwise clean collection with Proenza-style pleats and voluminous skirts. Similarly, Alice McCall continued her distinctively girly approach, branching out from her usual details with a quirky pop art print.

Neo Dia took minimalism to the next level with raw hemming, while Kahlo laid foiling throughout an understated, modern collection.

And while others kept mainly to black, white and soft hues, YB J’AIME balanced an otherwise pastel palette with a striking deep purple and bright floral print.

Overall we loved last night’s crowd-pleasing offering, but still can’t seem to ignore Lagerfeld’s wise words, “Fashion is about two things: the evolution and the opposite."

Perhaps Melbourne’s fashion scene could do with a little more of both. 

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