The opening Runway Show of the 2014 Melbourne Spring Fashion Week was undoubtably one of the most breathtaking to date, showcasing incredibly dramatic, romantic, moody and spellbinding creations from Australia’s leading atelier designers.
With an orchestra composed, arranged and produced by the RAah Project cleverly displayed in the centre trench of the catwalk, the classical music morphed with deep house beats and set the scene for stunningly beautiful pieces whose heritage was other-wordly but whose impact was definitely of the contemporary.
Intricately braided fishtails created by KEVIN MURPHY adorned the models, complete with antique gold key hanging from the ends of their braids, whilst the makeup prowess of Mecca Cosmetica highlighted golden shimmery eyes with winged eyeliner and porcelain soft skin.
Let us begin with the show’s opening designer, the gorgeously talented, Jason Grech.
The ethereal beauty, Elodie Russell opened the show with a beyond fantastical sweeping white gown, complete with amazing feathered details on the forearms, cascading down the waist and derrière, with an effect that was akin to an archangel. With plunging neckline and floating train, this lust-worthy look set the tone for the remainder of Grech’s collection. A concoction of cleverly and passionately crafted gowns, that were absolute show-stopping stand-outs. Coupled with the creative millinery force that is Richard Nylon, the collection was seamless (every pun intended) and offered a display of true couture talent from a designer whose decade long tenure has been a pleasure to witness.
Emerald green, chic black, heavenly white and deep purple goddess gowns coupled with dynamic black lacquered feathers displayed fierce and seductive silhouettes; a wonderful dichotomy of feminine strength floating down the runway in the finest materials, intricately embellished, precisely cut and designed with details in mind. Like stunning and agile birds with their statement feathers, billowing trains, streamlined contours and powerful colours, this collection was a fly away success.