Lace, structure and 70s-inspired silhouettes stormed the runway on day three of the Adelaide Fashion Festival presented by Mercedes-Benz Adelaide.
The evening opened with New Classics, styled by fashion doyenne Nicole Bonython-Hines, featuring looks from Acler, Naomi Murrell, Elizabeth V, Good Studios, Sylvy Earl and TDE (The Daily Edited). Acler opened the runway with a set of black and white designs, all showcasing the signature Acler architectural aesthetic while being classy and understated.
Naomi Murrell’s new collection, Amusement Park, brought the colours and feeling of summer to the runway making the near sell-out crowd long for balmy nights. Closing the show was Elizabeth V’s luxury loungewear in neutral-coloured silks and delicate laces.
The night continued on with a hint of drama and elegance with the Couture Culture runway. Styled by Adelaide’s creative queen, Mia Gambranis, it was an elegant but edgy show that featured the latest looks by local couture designers Alexis George, Jaimie Sortino, Caleche, Greta Kate, Couture+Love+Madness, Eliza French, Liza Emanuele, guest designer from Qingdao, China, Madame Zhou and rising star of demi-couture Stephanie Chehade.
“It’s fantastic for local designers to have the opportunity to show on a stage like this,” Jaimie Sortino said.
The last runway of the night – Ready To Wear – emanated an electric urban feel with a dynamic show that encompassed fashion-forward, exciting designs. Many of Adelaide’s new guard were represented, including So It Goes The Label, Casper+Pearl, STONE, Lexi Clothing, Julie White, Autark, Tiff Manuell, Simmone Standing The Label, and special guest d’nim: Artistic jeans collection by Chen Wen.
“The collection is true to the So It Goes signature ease-of-wear aesthetic that you are able to dress up or dress down,” designer Kate Anderson said.
“Next I’m looking more to the United States to launch into that market.”
Today also saw the return of Adelaide’s favourite long lunch, Variety on King William. Runway-side guests were transported to the orient with a menu inspired by Chinese influences, with a fashion parade from retailers along King William Road.
Tomorrow the South Oz Designer Markets continue in Victoria Square with more than 30 stall holders and food purveyors on site, while the day’s runways kick off with Fashion’s Future: TAFE SA student Showcase at 11.30am. This event is fully produced by TAFE students from different creative disciplines including event management, fashion design and more.
Following that the first ever AFF Kids Runway will celebrate big style on little people with fashion from Rundle Mall retailers and leading local brands Alfie, Eve Jnr and more. At Glenelg there are two runway events; the first a showcase by leading Glenelg brand and retailer Pari at Marina Pier and the second, a free event with streetwear by Lex The Label in Moseley Square.
Closing out the evening is the iconic Adelaide fashion event, A Night Of Fashion at the Art Gallery of South Australia. This year’s line up includes Dion Lee, Carla Zampatti, Bianca Spender, Aje, Georgia Alice and Strateas Carlucci.