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:: Spotlight :: Fashion tsunami event at Zinc, Federation Square

By: Celia Purdey

The devastation of the Boxing Day tsunami shocked the world, propelling it to carry out acts of amazing kindness and charity. Designers of Melbourne did their bit on February 21 as they donated their time and wares to the Fashion for Tsunami benefit, held at the Zinc function centre at Federation Square.

The brainchild of Sweet Vinegar fashion bazaar, all proceeds from the event, including the glamorous silent auction held before the fashion parade, went to The Australian Red Cross Asian Quake and Tsunami Appeal, assisting with relief supplies, clean water and essential household items among other things.

Hosted by reality TV stars (and forces in beauty and fashion, of course!) Jemma Gawned and Ty Henschke, proceedings kicked off at 7.00pm with a silent auction. Available to bid on was clothing from Alice McCall, Kenzo Homme, Gwendolynn, Ty & Melita, Kate Hurst, Seduce, Indigo, Ammo, Jtah, Miss Sixty, Lorena Laing, Piras Soetedja, One Teaspoon, Out with Demons, Cooper St Clothing, Blessed Are the Meek and Shiori. Accessories were donated from Minosh, Isabella, Angimac, Miisque, Phoebe Montague and Nicole. Various luxuries were also on offer, from marie claire subscriptions to the loan of a Mercedes-Benz for a weekend.

Keen bidders scribbled away at the lists in while waiting for the show to begin, which kicked off with a luxurious mix of textures and patterns from Lorena Laing. English countryside with a twist, houndstooth check was combined with frayed hems, long beads and sparkly brooches. Ammo stormed down the catwalk next in a mass of boots and beads. Structured and a-symmetrical pieces included long shorts and ruched skirts, teamed with brightly patterned tights and sheer blouses.

Kenzo Homme made a few appearances, the dashing male models parading a collection of traditional suits mixed up with red turtlenecks, velvet-panelled suits and fat ties. The 70s seemed to be a definite inspiration, as was the recent craze in knitting and wool – woolly jumpers, mittens and beanies and even appliqued jumpers snuck their way in, ensuring men a very cosy winter.

Jtah’s show oozed eclectic glamour, with fishnets worn with intricate vanilla lace dresses, fur collars and sequined shrugs. Jungle prints in the form of tiger-stripe and leopard-print stockings enhanced jersey dresses which created beautiful silhouettes.

Miss Sixty burst onto the catwalk in the bright colours of an 80s revival. Denim minis, bold stripes and jeans tucked into boots took us all back to our childhoods, while glam sequined dresses echoed the 70s.

One Teaspoon displayed their playful and boho side with floppy hats, scarves and low-slung bags. For the glamour factor, there was a mix of textures, like a purple fur gillet teamed with a satin dress.

Ty and Melita spelled sophistication with fitted suits and grey marl pencil skirts. Details such as a fur trim on a suit and panels in the back of a dress made it a luxurious collection – classic with a twist.

Rich didn’t disappoint, with sexy and wearable pieces in rich, jewel colours. Quilted jackets, wool minis and pleated skirts look to be sure winners for winter.

Out with Demons paraded soft leather jackets and knickerbockers alongside pretty floral tops with batwing sleeves. A brightly coloured full skirt complemented by a lace blouse completed the gypsy look.

Ess.Hoshika Laboratory had a futuristic feel to their show, with silver trench coats, skirts with layers of ribbon and thread draping off them, pants with frayed hems and ‘bubble’ skirts, all topped off with a shawl-clad bride, complete with boots.

The night was a successful showcase of some of the young and talented labels Melbourne has to offer as well as a sneak peek of the looks for autumn and winter, all while raising money for a great cause. See for details of designers and auction winners.

Ammo Lorena Laing
Piras Soetedja
Ess Hoshila
Kenzo Miss Sixty
oneteaspoon Out with Demons
Rich Ty and Melita
FRM boss Stephen Bucknall & Natalia Jemma Gawned and Ty Henschke were the MCs