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:: Spotlight :: 2009 L'Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival - L'Oreal Paris Runway 5

By: Carmine Pascuzzi; photos by Matt Deller

This runway show proved quite an edgy affair. Fool opened the show with a colourful array of novelty hats, toys and other items. The models displayed lots of energy and attitude. Noticeable were the felt dresses and playful embellishments that sparked the sea of colour in a party atmosphere. A more toned and relaxed feel was apparent with Alpha 60's collection. We saw frilled capes for women and grey and dark suits for men - all in a slightly eerie existence.

I've seen a bit of Jack London over recent years and he continues with his cult-like attitude, pinpointing those sinister Asian gangsters. London's range is known for his appeal to Melbourne's Asian community. There was a deal of leather jackets and skinny pants - in a villainous style. The mood of the Antipodium range was more upbeat, with all the style for romance. This was for the girl next door - full of cute ensembles designed for those lazy days around the house. Tailcoats and top hats were also evident.

An edgy and rebellious look marked NOM*D layered pieces with unfinished hems in a jumbled set of prints and fabrics. The label created an atmosphere of the crazy with somewhat reckless but distinctly targetted pieces. Inspired by 80's punk and a subtle Asian influence, S!X's collection had cult wear obvious to the eye.

Friedrich Gray showcased some cool skinny pants that contained leather from the thigh down, giving the impression of the high boot. It also marked a range suitable for those cold, dark winter nights - the all-round jersey and leather collection for girls and boys. This was accompanied by occasional softer pieces.

Fool
Fool
Fool
Antipodium
Antipodium
Jack London
Jack London
Friedrich Gray
SIX
NOM'D
NOM'D
Alpha 60
Alpha 60