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Day 1 (post-Dion Lee) gifted us with Sass & Bide‘s first show in 14 years, a wild display of laid back poolside looks from the folks at Double Rainbouu and all-round signature quirkiness courtesy of Alice McCALL. Day 2 definitely followed suit in all things add to cart, so do buckle up and check the highlights below.
Sister duo Beth and Tessa MacGraw delivered the goods by a mile with their signature youth and feminine pieces. A nice lil’ surprise with this one – held at Carriageworks‘ The Theatre – was that it was buckets of fun. Seriously, once the third or fourth model came down smiling from ear to ear, the crowd knew that this show was going to be a more lighthearted parade than, well, most of the other fashion shows that came before it. I haven’t seen this many grins since Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show and you know what? It was bloody nice. Not to mention how A+ the threads were – ruffles, cutesy prints and wearable silhouettes that were more wearable than wacky. Is corporate-cute a thing? I just made it a thing and MacGraw nailed it.
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Bec & Bridge held off site at David Jones’ elite Level 7 in the CBD, delivered in terms of wearable looks – the kinda stuff you could wear for drinks with the fam (not mum and dad fam but like, mates fam) and feel you run the place. This season Becky Cooper and Bridget Yorston chucked some vintage-vibe denim in the mix with red emblazoned “Meow Meow” chucked on ’em, the same name of their collection for Resort 2018. Sure, makes sense. The real standouts imo were the slinky navy dresses (in a mini and midi length) perfectly dressed up with heels or down with layering, denim and ankle boots. Add to cart, pls.
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Michael Lo Sordo‘s show attracted all the big names – from Nicole Warne of Gary Pepper to Zanita – and let’s just say the FROW master Miro really had his work cut out for him. Lo Sordo knows how to pull a crowd because a) his designs really nail fluid femininity erry time and b) he’s just a really good dude. (Something totally obvious when he came out to bow). For Resort 18, Lo Sordo incorporated harsh-black laces and shiny, leather-looking fabrics which are perfect for anyone who pares down a sweet dress with a leather jacket to add edge. His iconic silky trenches are also back this season, and for that we are grateful.
CHRISTOPHER ESBER: Wrapping up Day 2 was Christopher Esbers’ power-80s collection. As always, it was a minimalist’s dream, but with a “business woman special” skew – we’re surprised the models weren’t given those old block-style mobile phones to yell stock market figures into, tbh. Noteworthy looks were an all-white modern pantsuit that we absolutely need in our wardrobes right now, the gorgeous red netting detail that added the only punchy kick of colour, and a croc textured skirt that looked like it was bolted together. Best invest now.
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Stay tuned for all of Day 3’s happening at MBFWA. Chic never sleeps.