Fashion Week 2018: Day 4 Highlights

MBFWA 2018 Day 4 Camilla

The final day of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week started on a high with an energetic activewear showcase. The presentation was full of slick sports gear, but it was P.E Nation who proved that activewear doesn’t just belong in the gym with their first ever menswear collection. Casual glamour was on the menu at Karen Walker’s intimate lunch event and the day ended on an emotional note at Camilla’s magical fashion week finale.

P.E Nation

We were very pleased to see our Sunday morning gym look – shorts over leggings and a big puffer jacket – on the runway at P.E Nation. The brand’s first menswear collection was all about fashion and function.

Bags were worn across models bodies, so as not to interfere with any physical activity, and oversized track pants were tucked into socks in order to eliminate trip hazards. Models looked like cool ’90s teens in oversized colour-blocked windbreakers and swishy pants, but they also looked like they could break into a run at any moment if they needed to. The collection confirmed that bike shorts, extra large T-shirts and Motocross-style graphic prints are all on-trend this season.

MBFWA 2018 Day 4 P.E. Nation
MBFWA 2018 Day 4 P.E. Nation
MBFWA 2018 Day 4 P.E. Nation

Karen Walker

Karen Walker provided some much-needed respite from the runway at her intimate fashion week lunch. The designer invited her nearest and dearest to sit down for a meal at the recently opened Chii Town, Chin Chin. Christine Centenera, Justine Cullen, Edwina McCann, Vera Blue and more broke bread in the private dining room, which is located inside the historic Griffiths Teas Building. This space, with its exposed concrete walls and pastel pink furnishings, provided the perfect setting for the celebration of Walker’s elegant yet quirky accessories. The designer rocked a fab pair of brown frameless sunglasses on the day. Other guests opted for classic black aviators or trendy small, wire-rimmed frames. Singer-songwriter Vera Blue looked particularly stunning in her pair of amber cat-eye sunies.

MBFWA 2018 Day 4 Karen Walker
MBFWA 2018 Day 4 Karen Walker

MBFWA 2018 Day 4 Karen Walker

Camilla

The day ended on a truly magical note with Camilla’s immersive show. The designer transformed Carriageworks into a Japanese-style wonderland for Resort 2019. Camilla’s hypnotic prints covered the walls of the space and a life-size cherry blossom tree sat in the centre of the room. Under it, musicians performed traditional Japanese music on stringed instruments (kotos) and Japanese drums while models glided across a carpet of cherry blossoms in delicate silk dresses. Iconic Aussie supermodel Emma Balfour opened the show in an intricate silk pyjama set and mint green fur stole. She was one of three more mature models who proved that age ain’t nothing but a number in their show-stopping looks. Camilla swapped her signature kaftans for separates and more tailored dresses this season. Flowing silk robes and wide-leg pants were given a modern edge with tiny crop tops and miniature sunglasses. Floral prints came in every colour and style, from bold shapes in ink blue and orange to delicate pale pink and yellow patterns. The presentation ended on an emotional note when Camilla Franks, who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer, walked out with a group of children dressed in her designs.

MBFWA 2018 Day 4 Camilla
MBFWA 2018 Day 4 Camilla
MBFWA 2018 Day 4 Camilla

That’s a wrap on MBFWA 2018! Thanks for joining us on the journey. We can’t wait to do it all over again next year.

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