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Town Hall Runway 3 was big on colour-blocking and power suits

Images by Lucas Dawson Photography
Words by Sophie Hodges

God is in the detail.

Australian talent came through on Runway Three, with the stand out trend being androgynous suiting. Taking over the Town Hall, brands took the chance to put their own twists on the classic suit, giving us a plethora of spring options. Feminine shapes, opulent fabrics and powerful silhouettes rounded out the offering.

Alice McCall opened with so many royal feelings. Big collars, chiffon fabrics and floral prints made up the majority of this collection and personally, I was here for it.

Yes, to co-ords. Yes, to princess gowns. Ginger & Smart produced some sensational pieces, topping it off with Robyn Lawley in a breathtaking red number.

Following Ginger & Smart, emerging made-to-order label, By Him, came in hot.

By Him embodied what suiting should be: tailored and effortless. Showcasing ankle-grazing pants paired with oversized blazers, dressed in pastel hues, By Him countered the femininity of the first two collections.

Acler doubled down on suiting but chose to pair structure with some delicate detailing. Add a little colour blocking and some Renaissance style sleeves and you’ve got a winner.

As if I wasn’t sold on suiting already, Anna Quan came in and gave us the perfect spring option. ICYMI, Dad shorts are a thing. And by Dad shorts, I mean shorts that skim the top of your knee, and make you cringe upon first look. But sit with it for a while and you’ll come around. At least I did. Anna Quan’s collection successfully harnessed this trend, pairing it with structured blazers and sensational trench coats.

I’ve never had a desire to wear a straw hat, until now. Lee Mathews paired signature flowing silk with hats by Millinery Hill. The collection itself was mesmerising, with high necklines and billowing sleeves, the traditionally feminine cuts softened by excess fabric and oversized fits.

For Akira, it was all about the detail. I mean, the embroidery! The elegance of this collection spoke volumes, with the label creating a beautiful juxtaposition through its sheer and suede fabric combos.

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