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There was so much glitter on Town Hall Runway 7

Images by Lucas Dawson Photography
Words by Maeve Kerr-Crowley

We were more than okay with it.

Town Hall Runway 7 was a reminder of the importance of dressing up. A host of Australian designers delivered classy, timeless eveningwear looks for both women and men, while others sprinkled in some OTT goodness.

Carla Zampatti balanced clean, monochrome dresses and trousers with a little bit of glitz and glam, sending out pops of sunshine yellow, muted florals and a one-sleeved, sequinned zebra-print gown. It was also nice to see a clever rebirth of the balloon silhouette, featured on each sleeve of a sleek navy blouse.

StillStillStudio’s collection was an unexpected circus fantasy. A sparkly rainbow gown with a plunging neckline shared the stage with a shimmering technicolour dream coat and a bedazzled black robe with feathered sleeves. Even the more pared-back looks had their eccentric touches, like subtly exaggerated shoulders, pearl detailing, and an endearingly embellished boyleg bodysuit.

Nicola Finetti presented an ode to ’80s party fashion, going hard on tiny silhouettes and big, distracting details. Voluminous sleeves and paper bag necklines were a common theme, but the label switched up its palettes throughout the collection. Pastels, jewel tones and shiny metallic brocades were all used to equal effect. The highlight for me was actually the longer, pleated marigold number that followed, which felt like the grown-up cousin of a sweet, strappy sundress.

The two most notable things about LEO & LIN’s presentation were the model diversity across ages and physical ability, and the amazing textiles. Across its draped, gathered and often asymmetrical designs, the label sent out leather, intricate lace, and a range of luxe red and white prints. Standouts were a high-necked, almost patchworked silky dress, and a puffy-sleeved leather trench coat.

Jason Grech started off with its signature metallic dresses, decked out in sugary pastels as well as a classic silver. Next were drapey matte dresses for the shine-averse, complete with matching shoes which was a notably cohesive touch. For extra drama, monograms and florals appeared on mini dresses and pillowy overskirts.

Now, I’ll be the first to admit to knowing nothing about menswear, but can safely say that last night’s offering was sleek, classic and sometimes playful. Dom Bagnato worked largely in a super soft grey, throwing in touches of rust, navy and orange along with considered accessories. Joe Black’s collection was notable for its subtle pattern mixing, brightening various blue plaids with pops of pink and deep reds. Along with both two and three-piece suits, Gibson played with printed shirts and contrasting combinations.

And, finally, Calibre’s best looks consisted of monochrome getups and delightfully glamorous brooches.

My styling takeaway? Find yourself a man who can wear a brooch with confidence.

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