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The Creative Issue – News for Creatives | January 22, 2021

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TOP 5 MBFWA HIGHLIGHTS

TOP 5 MBFWA HIGHLIGHTS
Lucinda Bayly

With the manic rush of MBFWA finally wrapping up, I took some time out to reflect on some of my personal highlights of the week.  Much to my dismay, I wasn’t actually in attendance at any of these events, but kept up to date with the events via the unsettling World Wide Web.  Not only through numerous magazines websites, but social media platforms were also erupting with all the fash pack goss!  Hallelujah for Instagram!

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1.    Hanne Gaby Odiele opening for Ellery

This Belgian beauty stepped out from behind the silk white curtain on Day 2 wearing a white-sleeved gown with feather trimming all around the neck.  Her presence in the show was kept a secret throughout the entire lead up to the event.  Not only was Hanne Gaby’s Ellery walk kept hushed away, but so was her entire presence in the Land Down Under.  When she arrived however, murmurs of why she was here – including her being an ambassador for Russh Magazine for the entire event, and opening the Ellery show – resonated throughout Bondi, making this probably one of fashion’s worst kept secrets.

2.    Alex Perry’s drastic change of artistic direction

Alex Perry – the King of evening wear, the Messiah of gowns, the President of formal dresses – unexpectedly turned over a new leaf this fashion week when his designs took to the runway.  Stomping down the runway this year, the dresses that appeared were walking in a different direction.  Replacing the generally prominent chiffon, ruffles and sequins was tailored mini dresses, teamed with thigh-high lace up leather boots worthy of the wildest party girls. As someone who has never owned an Alex Perry dress previously, it’s definitely an investment I want to make before my next night out.

3.    Camilla

On the blog-o-sphere and social media sites, Camilla has been on complete overload.  The mixture of owls, alpacas and fire on display upon entry to Camilla’s out off-site venue sent the media world into a complete spin, with every second picture popping up on my feed during the event being riddled with the patterns that define the bohemian designer.  Top this off with the fact that Mick Jagger’s model daughter, Georgia May Jagger opened the show in true rock ‘n’ roll style, and you have all the makings for a cult classic runway show.

4.    Han The Label’s debut showing

Local lad, Khim Hang, showcased his designs at MBFWA Australia for the first time since commencing his designing career a few short years ago.  Despite Hang’s young age, his designs exude an air of practice, proficiency and stylistic prowess.  Continuing to support local talent, Hang’s show also featured local Brisbane models such as Nicole Pollard and Brooke Monahan.

5.    Coloured eyebrows and quiffs at Easton Pearson’s show

Local ladies Easton Pearson ran the show (as per usual), decking their models out with coloured eyebrows and coloured quiffs.  The whole coloured hair in runway shows is no revelation, however teamed with their striking designs; the result was quite a sight.  Despite this particular look being featured in my recent Trends That Guys Don’t Get article, this look is so runway ready it is a sick joke.  Never being ones to shy away from bursts of colour, Lydia and Pam blended orange, blues, yellows, and pinks through all the models hair, thus creating a certain synergy within the collection.