The 10th anniversary of the Mercedes Benz Fashion Festival (MBFF) kicked off with style on Monday night at the John Reid Pavilion with top models Jennifer Hawkins and Kris Smith showing off the latest collections for Myer Spring/Summer 15-16.
Brisbane’s top stylists, journalists, bloggers and well-dressed attendees flocked to the industrial-like warehouse where they grabbed some refreshments at the Fashion Bar before being seated and welcomed with a Myer gift bag.
As the lights dimmed down and the music blared, Brisbane’s fashionably dressed grabbed their iPhones ready to snap looks from international brands such as Kenzo and McQ Alexander McQueen alongside local talents Toni Maticevski, Yeojin Bae and By Johnny.
Walking past the who’s who of the Australian fashion industry – including Vogue Australia editor-in-chief Edwina McCann and Amanda Shadforth of Oracle Fox Blog – Hawkins opened the show in an Alex Perry white and pink lace dress paired with Balmain booties.
The looks that followed showed a mix of key trends set to rule wardrobes for Spring/Summer including the 70’s era, romantic lace and white hues as well as different takes on monochrome.
Showing that the 70’s trend is not going anywhere anytime soon Seed Heritage presented a sand suede fringed skirt paired with a white bodysuit while French Connection’s white fringed jumper will surely appear on guest’s spring wish-lists. However, if you don’t want to go full-swing and instead start subtle look no further than Sylvester by Kate Sylvester’s cream skirt.
It’s perhaps no surprise that the 70’s have come back in full-force with many trends to adopt from the era. Take for example, you can channel Farah Fawcett in Cue’s green flared zip-front spliced pants with a short-sleeved zigzag collared knit (skateboard optional). Or if you’re wanting to look like you’re heading off to Woodstock Arthur Galan AG’s frilled silk blouse would be the right way to go. Denim is always a classic in any woman’s wardrobe but a 70’s interpretation of the versatile fabric can be seen in Sylvester’s overall dress.
Romance was in the air with dreamy lace, white hues and elegant manipulation of fabrics. White Suede’s navy lane black lace top put together with a black pencil skirt is a darker alternative look than the sheer flowy white lace dress from French Connection. Fluted hems appeared on Alex Perry designs and beautifully sculptured looks came in the form of Maticevski’s lavender top with matching pencil skirt. One of the standout looks of the night included Yeojin Bae’s red bonded stain flared skirt with a matching peplum top which not only had my heart in a flutter but my bank account sweating.
Another key trend that prevailed the runway was monochromatic contrasts proving that the combination of black and white is still alluring as ever as seen by Arthur Galan AG. However, the looks from By Johnny saw abstract panels of electric blue, yellow and red across black fitted dresses and slitted skirts.
Models exuded confidence with their hair slicked back and tousled at the bottom while Napoleon Perdis global make up artist Kate Squires highlighted their cheekbones with white stripes and swiped their eyelids with vibrant shades of blue, orange and silver.
Homegrown talent Aje fittingly closed the show for the night with intricate sequinned short dresses paired with denim jackets and their signature logo tee in black and white stripes. Hawkins, in a black and gold sequined dress, walked alongside Smith to close the show in a stylish and sparkly way.
The best part of it all? You can buy the looks straight away as they are already landing in stores instead of waiting the usual treacherous six months.
Until next year.
Header & 2nd Image: Myself
Runway Photos: Myer