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:: Spotlight :: L'Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival 2007 - L’Oréal Paris Runway 1

By: Carmine Pascuzzi; photos by Matt Deller

L’Oréal Paris Runway 1
Monday, March 5, 2007

Alice McCall
camilla and marc
Kirrily Johnston
Marnie Skillings
Tina Kalivas
Toni Maticevski

The guests came in great expectation to see the specially constructed fashion cube at the Melbourne Museum complex. Set to an all-Beatles soundtrack of classics, we witnessed a retro feel as camilla and marc led the way to the familiar strains. The design duo used the popular black, grey and navy palette, broken up with versions in bold red and striking bottle green.

Tina Kalivas’ racy designs were eye-catching – not least for the red plastic hoods the models sported down the catwalk. The designer’s typically strong colour palette has this season shifted to the effective pairing of bright red and black. On display was a kimono-style dress.

Toni Maticevski displayed a translucent white, billowing smock, which fell from the neck. His trademark designs were very attractive, worthy of a glamorous lifestyle. His highlight was a printed, floor-length gown in a myriad of soft greys.

A variety of thigh-high dresses were evident at Alice McCall's showing. A belted, tunic knit in navy was a classic choice, as was a delicate, pale grey version. She injected some colour and sunshine into the collection by presenting a canary yellow blouse, with white lace finishing off the collar and sleeves for a vintage look.

Black and white stripes were a feature of Marnie Skillings’ latest offerings. High-necked skivvies were also in, worn under dresses as is the current style. Predominantly black and white overtones were highlighted with candy apple green on mini slip dresses.

Emerging designer Kirrily Johnston finished the evening with stylish, practical pieces, though models were rugged up in turtleneck sweaters pulled up high. A highlight was a floaty smock, worn off the shoulder with just one puff sleeve - a creative twist.

Overall, the parade displayed a typical look of what 60s London encapulated. The summer trend towards trench or military coats and long-sleeved layers for warmth. Tonal blacks, whites and greys dominated with dashes of yellow and vintage green to balance out the doom and gloom. And stockings were prominent too. You couldn't go past the Beatles music, though, which left Festival Director Karen Webster smiling out the door.

Toni Maticevski
Toni Maticevski Tina Kalivas
Tina Kalivas
Kirrily Johnston
camilla & marc
Alice McCall
Marnie Skillings