Subversive local streetwear dominated the runway (and the guest list) at Highrise Runway 3

Images by Bray Taylor

Let’s talk streetwear.

To those who follow fashion weeks just to stalk the street style, you may want to avoid looking at social media for the next 48 hours.

Highrise Runway 3 turned out a smorgasbord of subversive style, with some of Melbourne’s best dressed in attendance at Eureka Tower’s vacant 85th floor.

(P.S. Video proof is here.)

It was all for good reason, as last night’s runway turned up a lineup that included both emerging and established streetwear players, including A.BCH, Amxander, Chris Ran Lin, Double Rainbouu, Erik-Yvon, Garbage TV, Mndatory and TalaMade.

Talamade served dark and moody, which was later juxtaposed nicely with the print-clashing beach/street wear of Double Raibouu. Meanwhile, Garbage TV delivered this jacket that speaks to us on so many levels, and has left us wondering if it’s poor taste to wear it to every client meeting ever.

Chris Ran Lin’s offering was striking yet wearable, taking this year’s stripe trend to new heights across oversized knits, relaxed sets and exaggerated details.

Joining her understated yet exaggerated line of basics, A.BCH sent a sheer top down the runway worn braless by – for want of a better term – a mature age model. It was a strong celebration of women’s bodies and a statement worth applauding, as many did. 

Erik-Yvon closed out the show with cartoon-like graphics, a strong and clashing colour palette, youthful, bold silhouettes and a literal ‘hand bag’.

It altogether rivalled the streetwear of those present, though whether the runway outperformed the attendee style is hard to say.


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