Whites and Metallics at Melbourne Spring Fashion Week Opening

Little Bourke Street was once again transformed into a fashion haven as Melbourne Spring Fashion Week opened last Friday.

Models strode out into the makeshift runway to the beat of AWOLNATION’s Sail, dressed in glittery frocks, all-white ensembles, and bright, block colours.

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Metallic frocks and floral headpieces were show staples. Image: Lucas Dawson

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Whites, meanwhile, are a staple of spring. Image: Lucas Dawson

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Bright colours are also a spring staple. Image: Lucas Dawson

This year’s event focuses on sustainable fashion, featuring ethical designers such as Manning Cartell, Carla Zampatti, Bianca Spender, White Suede, and Thurley.

Official face of 2016 Melbourne Spring Fashion Week Isabel Lucas showed up in a very modest but ultra chic all-olive-green outfit: a long-sleeved, high-necked sweater, ruffled fishtail skirt, and ankle boots. Gold oversized hoop earrings, a gold shoulder bag, and messy-chic hair completed the look.

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See? Chic doesn’t have to mean showing skin. Image: Vogue

Model and David Jones ambassador Jesinta Campbell, meanwhile, sported casual chic: cropped, relaxed-fit black trousers, a white t-shirt, a black jacket, and black heels. Pearl earrings, nude makeup, and side-parted hair rounded up the ensemble.

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Jesinta Campbell. Image: Getty

Besides the fashion show, guests were also kept busy with music performances, playrooms, and lots of food and drink.

Vogue Australia even shared a recipe for the night’s (un)official drink, The Paddington Bear. You’ll need Melbourne Gin, marmalade, honey, and lemons.

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The Paddington Bear. Image: Liz Sunshine

The next few events showcased swimwear, plus designs from fashion students at RMIT University, and Holmesglen, and other fashion institutes.

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A design from one of the fashion students. Image from the Melbourne Spring Fashion Week Instagram page (@_msfw_)

Melbourne Spring Fashion Week continues until September 2. Other events to look forward to include their Mr Runway and Spring Carnival Show on the 1st.

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