Fashion Week 2018: Day 2 Highlights

MBFWA Day Two: Young Hearts Run Free

We were living for the fantasy at MBFWA day two. The proceedings kicked off with Macgraw’s tribute to Gothic Revival-era architecture and young ladies who lunch. Then, things took a turn for the rebellious at Hansel & Gretel’s show, which was dedicated to youth subcultures of the ’70s and the ’90s. Both collections featured takes on the oversized shapes, sheer maxi dresses and floral prints that we’ve been seeing a lot of this week. Classy bum bags are also emerging as a key trend of MBFWA after appearing on the Hansel & Gretel, Lee Mathews and Camilla and Marc runways. Once again, Romance Was Born was in a league of their own. The labels’ show transported us to the year 1920 with an incredible collection of detailed wearable artworks and a lot of glitter.

Macgraw

The Macgraw show reminded us that fashion can (and should) be fun. Models walked down the runway with a smile on their face and a spring in their step and their positive energy was infectious; we weren’t the only ones smiling from ear to ear by the time the show was over. One of Sydney’s last standing Gothic Revival mansions acted as the set of the show and the inspiration behind the collection. “We channelled the woman that would have lived here in its heyday, in the late ’60s-early ’70s, who has way too much money and wears a ball gown to go and get their eggs and milk,” Beth Macgraw explained. Models emerged from a giant archway (the house’s front door) in frilly blouses and puffy princess-sleeve gowns that looked like a sophisticated version of the clothes we kept in our dress up boxes when we were kids. Translucent lace maxi dresses, black floral suits and pink silk slips (with matching floor-length robes) added a grown up edge to the girly collection. Dancing down the runway in comfortable ballet flats, these grown ups looked like they didn’t have a care in the world. If that isn’t aspirational fashion, then we don’t know what is.

MBFWA Day Two: Young Hearts Run Free

MBFWA Day Two: Young Hearts Run Free

MBFWA Day Two: Young Hearts Run Free

Hansen & Gretel

The carefree youth theme continued at Hansen & Gretel. The label dedicated their Resort 2019 collection to the teenage subcultures of yesteryear, from the flower power children of the ’70s to the grunge kids of the ’90s. The show’s first look – a gauzy white dress dotted with delicate white flowers – transported us straight to Woodstock. From there were taken to a roller disco via the stripy hot shorts, a Rod Stewart gig via the snakeskin pantsuits and a ’90s fashion show, via the slinky slip dresses. Miniature accessories, like a snakeskin and highlighter orange bag, were on point and there was a plaid blazer that Cher Horowitz would definitely approve of. The majority of the collection was executed in neutral browns, pinks and whites with a few flashes of mint green and cherry red thrown in for good measure. The festival-ready range proved that boho is back, but not as we know it. This time, the trend has been refined, the unnecessary details edited away to create sweet, simple pieces that you could wear to a concert or an elegant dinner.

MBFWA Day Two: Young Hearts Run Free

MBFWA Day Two: Young Hearts Run Free

MBFWA Day Two: Young Hearts Run Free

Romance Was Born

Romance Was Born transformed French restaurant Hubert into a 1920s speakeasy for their Resort 2019 show. The sumptuous presentation began with a heartfelt rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”. The song was belted out by a Liza Minnelli lookalike and we couldn’t think of a more appropriate way to set the tone for the campy and colourful show. Romance’s ruffled gowns were decorated with Gustav Klimt-style prints in every colour under the sun and there was a thin layer of glitter cast over almost everything in the collection (and the room). A dazzling crescent moon sat on the makeshift stage and gold stars hung from the roof, adding a touch of Broadway drama to the proceedings. The accessories were bonkers, in the best possible way — some models wore chandelier crystal headpieces and pearl antennae, others had tiny gold stars sprinkled through their hair and stuck to their faces. One model had paint smudged across her cheek to match the blobs of colour on her pleated black gown. The show was a tribute to the eccentrics and the artists, to the people who never really fit in and never really wanted to. Bravo, Romance, bravo!

MBFWA Day Two: Young Hearts Run Free

MBFWA Day Two: Young Hearts Run Free

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