MFW 2021 – Fashion x Art @ NGV

What an honour it was to return to Melbourne to cover one of the most immersive of fashion experiences featuring true icons of the Australian fashion and art worlds.

The exquisite evening began at the impressive Lightwell space at ACMI, with delicious canapés and gourmet platters crafted by award-winning chef, Karen Martini, of Hero at ACMI. With drinks curated by award-winning Mitchellton Wines.

The atmosphere in the room was electric, as all in attendance (which included top tier Aussie designers, stylists, journalists, photographers and actors) anticipated what was to come as they entered the revered walls of the NGV: Ian Potter Centre at Fed Square.

It was so thoroughly refreshing to see these hallmarks of Australian fashion be housed in the same gallery that sublime works of art are featured. To be able to move past, around and within these living installations was wonderful and masterfully executed.

Curated by stylist Stuart Walford, the reimagined fashion show opened with cello and violin players dressed in striking cherry red Carla Zampatti gowns and suits, as guests walked through the first of many airy rooms within the gallery.

With a stunning backdrop featuring ruffles of golden paper within a giant wooden box, Toni Maticevski’s phenomenal regal gown was absolutely sublime and brought the drama. It looked like it had been shipped from a fairytale kingdom and model, Akelo Costa, carried the crown so beautifully.

Sleek sophistication was represented in the Christine collection of sumptuous fabrics and liquid golds, as models drooped themselves on a row of vintage theatre chairs.

Dot COMME showcased exquisite tailoring with a bright red jacket with bow detail, and a metal-threaded floral creation.

J’Aton Couture continued to bring the epic to life with a show-stopping hot pink tulle gown cascading from model, Thuy Trang, as she stood atop a wooden box, surrounded by artists, including designer and illustrator Estelle Michaelides, sketching her. Sublime.

Alpha60 took a reflective approach to their instalment of models staring into mirrors, with dark eye makeup and slicked back hair, giving us a true Narcissus vibe.

Romance Was Born had adorned ballet dancers in stunning outfits, that were bright and romantic – complete with sequins, lace and florals.

An absolutely glorious return to fashion week in Melbourne and introduction to how truly immersive and spectacular our fashion talents are.

Thank you to MFW and Kate&Co PR for an utterly unique, breathtaking and special return to fashion week.

Lara Antonelli-Leorke with actress Sharon Johal.

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