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:: Spotlight :: 2009 L'Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival - L'Oreal Paris Runway 6

By: Carmine Pascuzzi; photos by Matt Deller

This was an eye-catching set of collections by some of Australia's established designers.

First up on Runway 6 was our old friend Roy. He has been synonymous for his jeans over many years and this kept up his high standard. His torn, untidy look is part of the Roy desire and it works well, even alongside a bowler hat and black tuxedo. We also saw school blazers, predominantly grey and black, and open business shirts. A stylish look with the men's jeans. Illionaire showcased some beautiful silk dresses and the hot pink style caught the eye. The exposed back was evident as were long sleeve jumpsuits and fingerless gloves. This would be quite a sight when out on the town.

Jacqui Demkiw's White Suede label has been a success story this decade and she has managed to do well internationally, mainly due to her creative inspirations. Black satin jackets with squared shoulder pads showed out well. There was also the bleach spotted jeans and lace tights. The leather skirts and high-waistred trousers gave a very cool look. The promising One Fell Swoop brand has grown markedly in the last three years. This collection was noted for a flowing cream dress and popular mini dresses teamed with stockings. They are already getting a cult following. Colours were mainly of black and charcoal.

Belinda Fairbanks wasn‘t going to go the easy path with a run-of-the-mill range. She blew many away with the fast heavy music that accompanied some of the miniest of mini skirts one could imagine. Using just the 'Fairbanks’ title, the amazing designs included metallic minis, velvet pants, and gold glitter minis. It was a procession whereby the models had to keep adjusting the hemlines down. There was a leather bustier with chains and a backless blazer. It all added up to a mind-blowng presentation - one of the best for the week.

The stylings of Jenny Bannister appealed to many on the night also, with a tiered chiffon dress with ribbons around the nexk a notable design, along with a strapless purple dress that had the real and practical appearance. We saw jungle inspired designs and a spiked leather jacket, which is very much in Jenny's character. Use of orange and and purple made it very worthy collection. More denim classics came the way of Bettina Liano. She has been appealing to many for her denim and leather designs. This was no exception. Studded leggings came to the fore and it's a growing sign around the fashion scene. We also saw fishnet stockings and military style denim dresses. The leather dress with gold studs was notable and the various coloured jeans.

To end this collection from some of our experienced fashion designers, Wayne Cooper again displayed a terrific range. The intricate detailing, for which is well known, showed out beautifully on a v-cut dress and parachute sleeves. His zip-up jackets for men looked cool as did the slouchy jeans. The red dresses at the conclusion were gorgeous - one strapless, structured mini skirt was notable as well as a classy chiffon red dress that looked exquisite. A great way to finish.

Roy
Roy Bettina Liano
Bettina Liano
Jenny Bannister
Jenny Bannister
Jenny Bannister Belinda Fairbanks
Belinda Fairbanks
Belinda Fairbanks
Belinda Fairbanks
Illionaire
Illionaire
One Fell Swoop
One Fell Swoop
White Suede
White Suede Wayne Cooper
Wayne Cooper
Wayne Cooper