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The best of VAMFF: Runway 6

BYBL

BYBL

BYBL

BYBL

BYBL

BYBL

BYBL

BYBL

Kuwaii

Kuwaii

Kuwaii

Kuwaii

Kuwaii

Kuwaii

Kuwaii

Kuwaii

Hew

Hew

Hew

Hew

Hew

Hew

Hew

Hew

Lois Hazel

Lois Hazel

Lois Hazel

Lois Hazel

Lois Hazel

Lois Hazel

Lois Hazel

Lois Hazel

búl

búl

A.BCH

A.BCH

A.BCH

A.BCH

A.BCH

A.BCH

A.BCH

A.BCH

NIQUE

NIQUE

NIQUE

NIQUE

NIQUE

NIQUE

NIQUE

NIQUE

IMAGES VIA LUCAS DAWSON PHOTOGRAPHY
Words by Tara Smith

One to remember.

You could feel the excitement in the air at the Royal Exhibition Building on Saturday night.

It was Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival’s final night, and Runway 6 (presented by yours truly and supported by Nude by Nature at Priceline) was about to kick off.

The runway was touted as a celebration of some of Australia’s finest homegrown talent, and the lineup certainly delivered on its promise.

Leading the charge was the return of Bettina Liano, under her brand new denim label BYBL. Denim jeans in Chelsea blue, indigo, white and acid wash dominated the runway, and reminded us all why we fell in love with Bettina Liano in the first place.

Next up, Kuwaii’s recent collaboration with artist Minna Gilligan took to the runway, followed by baby pink cord jackets and bright red twin sets.

Sticking to the theme of artist collabs, Hew showed off designs made in partnership with Murilo Manzini and Mac Hewitt in both men’s and women’s styles.

Loiz Hazel backed it up with a display of its 9th collection RISE, which experimented with an organic cotton/hemp blend for the first time. Designs arrived in an earthy colour palette of terracotta, cream and plaid, for a collection we can see ourselves wearing all winter long.

Meanwhile, búl took things in a utilitarian direction, featuring orange check trench coats, navy corduroy boiler suits and forest green trench-style dresses. All big ticks in our books.

Local fave A.BCH played to its strengths, with a collection using GOTS-certified cotton, undyed fabrics and completely compostable buttons and threads – just as natured intended. The offering spanned linen shorts, oversized sweaters and button-down shirts, to name a few.

Last of all, NIQUE was all about a monochromatic colour palette, sending black on black on black down the runway. Highlights included Matrix-style patent leather jackets, oversized puffers and sequinned midis.

At the runway’s conclusion, an impressive performance by Huntly closed out the night, making the show one to remember.

Catch the best moments in the gallery above.

vamff.com.au

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