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:: Spotlight :: L'Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival 2012 - Alex Perry's Spring Summer 2012/2013 collection

By: Carmine Pascuzzi; pictures by Lucas Dawson Photography

Australian iconic designer Alex Perry previewed his Spring Summer 2012/2013 Ready to Wear collection at the 2012 L'Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival. The gorgeous sparkling and flowing gowns again gave the feeling of making a woman ooze with confidence as there was a strong 1940s/1950s style resonating throughout the collection.

Staged at Peninsula at the Docklands Central Pier, the parade didn't have the grandiose feel of 2011 when Perry launched at the wonderful Carlton Exhibition Building so it perhaps lacked some of the sparkle from then. And would we have heard a Whitney Houston track if not for her tragic death? I've never heard a Whitney Houston song during a fashion parade before. Anyway, despite the very non-descript look on the faces of his models, the collection's inspiration formed from the look of a glamorous Sardinian woman living on the island. Pity then that there was hardly a model on show who presented herself with a strong, intimidating appearance. The designs featured intricate beading (reference to flowers and wine), lace, sequins and floral embellishments, in classic black and white, as well as gold, bronze and smouldering red.

Here are pictures from the parade, courtesy of Lucas Dawson Photography.