Wednesday, March 20, 2013 9:40 AM
Last night was the L'Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival
Opening Night- kicking off the annual celebration of fashion, design and beauty trends.
The trends fell in line with the Autumn/Winter 2013 fashion
launches so far- bold prints, strong colours, structured lines, metallic and leather.
Check out the David Jones Autumn/Winter 2013 Fashion Launch
pics- ideas for workwear, daywear and eveningwear.
The star of the show was British designer Mary Katrantzou, known for her phenomenal digital prints (first cab off the rank in our video line-up above). Mary is regarded as a woman who designs for women- her pieces are strong and unique. The influence of her background in architecture comes through with structured engineering and digital designs with a domestic theme this season- postage stamps, spoons, coat hangers and pencil nibs were repeated,
distorted and twisted into eye-catching patterns.
Katrantzou heightened their visual impact with
metallic-shot detail and heavy beading around necklines. The garments' silhouettes were defined by the stiff fabrics in use. Ensembles were created out of sectional pieces that were structured so that
outfits fit together like a three-dimensional jigsaw.
She tells Vogue in this month's issue: "While comfort and elegance are key, the prints and luxurious fabrics I use in my collections can liberate women to dress in a way that reveals more about their personality and style.
"Fashion should be flattering, but also empowering.''
Beauty trends followed a colder air with hair sleek- with straight tresses and low ponies swept off the face with side parts. Short shoulder-length hair was slicked directly back falling straight and sharp. Faces were clean and dewy with a burst of bold, magenta or maroon lips.
Sources: AAP, news.com.au and ARN staff reporter