Last night the festival kicked off with one of the most anticipated runways of the week. Showcasing designers such as Alice McCall, Camilla and marc, Collette Dingian, Fluer Wood, LIFEwithBIRD, Nicola Finetti, sass & bide and Toni Maticeviski the night was always guaranteed to be a runway to see. By Stacey Lewis
The collections themed “Tough Love” was embraced with a contrast of different textures and colours to show the light and shade of the theme. Sass and Bide started the show with their gold and black embossed, studded collection leaned a lot more towards the “tough” part of “tough love.” The jeweled pieces however, as well as the high neckline drawing inspiration from the tribal neck wear seen on African women demonstrated the more feminine side.
Fluer Wood was also a highlight and simply made me want to get up off my bench seat and run out to buy EVERYTHING. (Could have also been how sore my bum was?) Pink tutu’s with sweater grey knits and jumpers teamed with floral black stockings and big grey boots. Very dance wear chic, and right up any ‘girly girl with a rock edge’s’ alley. Her collection was effortless and pretty and NOT black.
Nicola Finetti released more of an edgy, aggressive collection this year, the most dangerous and least feminine I have seen. However an apple never falls too far from the tree, and to stay in tune with the theme, he teamed some of the pieces with a striking girly print. Finetti’s aesthetic and a-symmetrical lines from his design were modern and flattering, something we have come to expect from the Italian designer. A highlight for me was also the two tone skin coloured tights. Black opaque on the back and nude on the front. LOVE.
The catwalk this year is set up different to previous years, only offering one side of seating to the runway. As well as this, I found most of the models walking quite strong yet casually slow and none of them stood for pictures at the end of the catwalk. Something I also found strange. The Docklands venue was packed with VIP’s as well as avid fashionistas and with the rocking sound track including an edgy slow version of Addicted to Love during Collette Dinnigan, people were buzzing from the atmosphere.