In another M/FW first, the iconic Melbourne City Baths were transformed into a fashion runway, featuring 10 designer labels championing sport lux and casual chic. This unique venue was a very cool (albeit actually heated) city locale to choose for a sold out runway show, and indeed an exciting part of this year’s program, as models took to high rises, laneways, city streets and even century old bathing houses to keep monotony at bay, showcasing that fashion can, literally, be seen anywhere.
Key looks included lots of bold block colours at Up There and The North Face, stylish bum bags (or are they called fanny packs? I’ll call the 80’s and find out – actually waist bag sounds more PC) at A.P.C.
Mixing bright lime green with greys and prints for super chic impact was also a trend. Even tracksuit pants looked cool when paired with a lime skivvy and leopard print jacket at Incu. And Rains brought the wet-look trench coat that is bound to be a staple across all seasons.
Rag & Bone mixed houndstooth with a neon ‘waist bag’ styled across the chest, along with a bright floral hoodie dress.
Nagnata brought bold colours in figure hugging comfort, whilst Huffer packed a punch with neon puffer jackets and graphic shorts.
Despite no models jumping into the pool at the runway’s finale, it was an exciting showcase that exhibited that fashion can infiltrate all parts of the city, and any place can be transformed into a catwalk; although we’d be happy if the socks and sandals look stayed at home.
Photography by Lucas Dawson.