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VAMFF recap: Runway 5

Yeojin Bae

Yeojin Bae

Yeojin Bae

Yeojin Bae

Kate Sylvester

Kate Sylvester

Kate Sylvester

Kate Sylvester

Thurley

Thurley

Thurley

Thurley

Sass & Bide

Sass & Bide

Sass & Bide

Sass & Bide

Nicola Finetti

Nicola Finetti

Nicola Finetti

Nicola Finetti

Misha Collection

Misha Collection

Misha Collection

Misha Collection

Alice McCall

Alice McCall

Alice McCall

Alice McCall

Summer’s here to stay.

We may be have headed into Autumn, but the showcase that was Runway 5 at Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival had us holding onto summer.

Presented by InStyle and supported by Priceline, the sold-out event was kicked off by Yeojin Bae.

Whoever said red and pink were clashing colours (looking at you, Mum) need a quick intro to the Melbourne-based designer. Colour-blocked cut-out dresses in red, pink and black headed the collection, followed by patterned leopard print pieces and lots of creme and gold. Silhouettes were fitted, with skirt edges pleated in a peplum style.

Leather and velvet were the central points of Kate Sylvester’s offering. Long leather trenches came paired with matching pants, while loose-fitting velvet dresses, tops and pants followed. Key colours included forest green and bright red.

Thurley’s hallmark of all-over texture is not going anywhere. The primarily blush and red-coloured collection was all-out feminine, with fringing, tassels, lace, florals and metal hardware adorning each piece.

Sass & Bide is bringing back the corset, with double-breasted leather belts being a notable feature of the collection. A mixture of sequins, woven fabrics and deconstructed designs followed.

Misha Collection was next up, providing a winter-appropriate collection of knitted dresses and jumpers, coats with fur trim and grey tartan pant and jumpsuits.

Nicola Finetti gave us an offering of one-shoulder dresses, accentuated with ‘80s-style puffed sleeves and thick, textured fabrics. Florals were key to the collection, with a series of Marrimekko-esque black, red and white prints hitting the runway.

Alice McCall concluded the evening, with a huge collection of varying styles. Showcasing everything from tropical vintage floral patterns, to embroidered shorts, denim flares and stripes, there was something for every occasion and taste.

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