Wednesday, 26 March 2014

VAMFF | National Graduate Showcase 2014

Last Saturday Night I attended the National Graduate show, which was apart of the annual Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival. I must admit I was completely blown away by the incredible talent and innovation that the graduates showed! The Showcase was sponsored by Target, who will select one of the twelve graduate designers who had their collection displayed, and work with them to create a clothing range that will be sold in Target stores, as well as a $25,000 grant to kick start their design career. This is so exciting as some of the collections shown I absolutely loved and could totally see them be taken from the runway to the streets. 

The venue was held in the heart of the city at the stunning Central pier, Docklands. The event is also sponsored by L'Oreal pretty much every year and so they had a huge L'Oeal tent were you could get a complementary colour match and gift bag. However the line remained ridiculously long throughout the whole night and to be perfectly honest I don't have the patience for such things!!

Sitting at the catwalk, waiting for the show to begin!
Here are a few snaps I took of the models walking down the runway. I know they aren't the greatest photos ever but they were the best I could do given where I was sitting...
[From left to right]
Molly Younger - Her collection was inspired by sculpture and form  involving latex dresses and coats and gloves covered in cracked paint and included very structured and organic shapes . To describe Younger’s collection in one word it was very eerie.

Gabrielle Brown - This collection I loved! All of the pieces were white but Brown had played around with 3D printing to create different textures. She also used different types of materials such as mesh to add more dimension to her designs.

Yan Wang - Wang's collection was focused on menswear that was purely monochrome and included some pretty crazy shapes and collars! I loved the graphic prints which even involved optical illusions!

[From left to right]
Edwina Sinclair - The first two images are apart of Sinclair's collection which draw inspiration from emoticons and pop art. Sinclair presented a range strong in colour and texture, with knitted onesies and matching hats, colour blocking and an amazing ankle-length pastel pink coat which couldn't be more on trend at the moment.

Juliette BoothJuliette Booth’s designs were created to be worn by men and women, by  removing the darts from her garments to create unisex pieces. The result is a really cool collection of oversized jumpers and hooded vests, in quilted, graphic fabrics, paired with baseball caps and tough, gold hardware. Now this collection was my favourite! It just oozed with edginess and was probably the one I could most see being integrated into everyday street style.

Wing Chiang - Wing Drew her inspiration from Japanese flowers, in turn creating an absolutely stunning collection of delicate designs. She used prints of different types of flowers on all of  her designs and incorporated lightweight mesh materials which added another interesting element to her work. Overall her collection was very pretty and colourful and reminded me of the springtime.

[From left to right]
Victoria Thaniotis - This collection focused on oversized, structured pieces, with bold shapes and colours. Victoria also included some texture in this collection such as embroidering and fabric manipulation.

Another one of Juliette Booth's cool designs.

An example of Edwina Sinclair's bold and wacky knitted pieces!!

Overall I had an amazing night, and totally recommend going if you love fashion as much as I do! This was the second year I have gone to see a fashion show and both times were such different experiences.  I came out feeling so inspired and just generally excited about the whole fashion world.  

Shirt - Glassons
Leather Shorts - Ebay
Blazer - Portmans
Necklaces - Thomas Saboo, Ebay
Shoes - Windsor Smith
Bag - Collette 
Watch - Fossil

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