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Time to ditch the black.

Words by

Veronica Stanford

Despite the addition of aircon to the Royal Exhibition Building, fashion’s elite sweated through the second night of onsite runways. Makeshift fans were visible throughout the crowd as the lights dimmed and Beyoncé’s ‘Formation’ set the scene.

Premium Runway Two presented by Elle Australia saw a lineup of Alice McCall, Kaliver, Acler, Morrison, Life with Bird, Bec & Bridge and Michael Lo Sordo take the runway.

It was all about colour. Black took a back seat, with each designer delivering every shade of red imaginable plus palettes of burnt orange, dusty peach, rose pink, emerald, electric blue and mustard.

Alice McCall presented another collection of signature jumpsuits in lace and floral prints, finished with fringing and ruffles. It was all very true to form.

Kaliver gave us jacket goals, with a white denim jacket, embroidered with leaves and roses, leading its designs. The label offered up heavy winter fabrics in the form of leather and velvet, and caught eyes with a series of lightweight trench-style coats in peach with orange trim, and electric blue with green trim.

Next up was Acler, who showed us how to wear emerald (a colour that "would look stunning on the right girl" according to the lady next to me). The label presented a mix of silky pleats and fine lace pieces, resulting in a collection that was equal parts sleek and feminine.

Morrison was all about the floaty, feminine silhouettes, with key styles featuring layers of sheer, floral-printed silk. Combined with floor-length styles, these pieces made for a slightly more formal offering.

Melbourne favourite, Life with Bird, went more form-fitting for AW17. Burnt orange pieces were juxtaposed with the label's signature oversized shirts for a casual, business look. Metallic gold designs proved the label is a go-to for cocktail attire.

Bec & Bridge went warm for AW17, with a palette of dusty peach and burgundy. The label's offering is all about draped pieces, with long lines showcased in silky pantsuits and long coats. It was simple but far from bland.

Pantone’s Colour of The Year made an appearance in Michael Lo Sordo’s pieces, with the zesty shade splashed across velvet coats and dresses. It was also seen more subtly across spaghetti straps of pale pink and blue pieces. 

If there's one thing Runway Two proved, it's that Melburnian's should be putting down black in favour of the bright and bold.


Lucas Dawson

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