As soon as I got the program for LMFF, I immediately booked tickets to LMFF’S Opening Runway, Fashion Full Stop : Decades of Australian Fashion & Music. To call it an extravaganza still doesn’t do it justice. It is part fashion parade, part rock concert, and part theatrical spectacular. Famous faces, voices and talents all combined their creativity and originality to produce an epic show that has never been done before- showcasing Australian style and fashion from the 1960’s to today.
As this was a colossal show, hence f this blog post is also going to be pretty massive with a collection of photos from before, during and after the show. Enjoy!
First up, Guy Sebastien crooned whilst models draped in fantastical garments created by Australian icons Jenny Kee and Linda Jackson wowed everyone with their fun, colourful prints that these ladies created which placed Australia on the globe’s fashion radar. I have been wanting to meet Australia fashion’s first-ladies since I first started to read Vogue when I was a teen. My husband has always wanted to find out if Jenny Kee and us are related, turns out no, sadly, we cannot rely on the powers of nepotism :) Ah I was stoked nevertheless to come face to face with these 2 fabulous ladies. Jenny has a biography out, I must get myself a copy!
It was awesome to catch up with Tania at the Penthouse Mouse party, and it was great to see Daniel tonight, with his man-bag. They have just returned from their around-the-world fashion show tour! Always so stylish, Daniel and his gentleman-charm, from Fashionising.
The insanely talented Michelle Jank, who was the stylist for the fashion parade. Along with previous Vogue editor, Nancy Pilcher, the dynamic duo brought us the most amazing runway show I’ve ever seen. Every outfit was so meticulously ensembled. The colours, the textures, the balance, were all so perfect. The mix of vintage with modern was spot-on. Loved everything, especially the ‘denim’ sector, see above.
The incredible Melbourne duo, designer of fantastical frocks, Gwendolyne and Australia’s most high-profile milliner, a Man of Style, with the vastest knowledge of Australian fashion you will ever encounter, Richard Nylon.
Do you recognise the Gail Sorronda Vashti dress on the singer?
Looks familiar? I loved the insertion of the ballet duo with their romantic dance which accompanied Akira’s pieces – it was an original installation Akira had for his runway show at Rosemount in 2009.
This photo depicts the real models (heads), the enchanting ensembles which are ghost-like and the ballet dancers can be seen in the centre. How artistic!
Hats off to the best-dressed fashion crowd
Another one of my favourite outfits- the multi-coloured feather dress. Ready for take-off!
The Last Dress
The Grand Finale
The stunning Micah Gianelli from Raww Blog
I wore my favourite Bento Hannah Blouse in Bloom, the Italian silk is stretchy and soft, this blouse literally go with everything! Stay tuned for more styling options with it :) I also wore my vintage Jenny Bannister leather skirt, wanted to debut it to show my support. The skirt is held together by Velcro!
Bento blouse/Jenny Bannister leather skirt/Mawi medallion necklace/Chloe Paddington pumps
What a night! I was so excited during the applauding that I dropped my ipod touch which I used to take notes on and have lost it :(
Oh and I nearly forgot to mention what a fantastic time I had at ACMI watching the fashion films– I highly recommend all of them! My favourite was ‘Picture Me: A Model’s Diary’, it was so interesting to see the real-life account of an ex-model who was the face of campaigns and walked countless catwalks at Milan, Paris and New York Fashion Weeks, and a little sad to see the dark and exploitive side of the fashion industry…
And now, going to try to squeeze in some sleep before I work as a vet tomorrow, then going to the Forever New parade, and then a showing…