AFF Runway rocks on opening night

South Australia’s most stylish event, Adelaide Fashion Festival presented by Mercedes-Benz Adelaide, kicked off today with two high-impact runways at the new home of runway, Victoria Square.

The 2016 Adelaide Fashion Festival (AFF) is bigger and more dramatic with new designers, exciting production elements and 20 dynamic events running over the 5 days.

Fashion Editor of Vogue Australia Philippa Moroney led the opening with Australian Fashion Labels brands. The modern show opened with Finder’s latest collection, then Keepsake The Label, C/MEO Collective and The Fifth followed, all teamed with Jaggar footwear.

The night continued to parade fresh South Australian style with Runway 2: Contemporary Women’s Fashion. Styled by Nicole Bonython-Hines, the show brought a universal atmosphere to the new classics.

Accessories and leather designer Katya Komarova made her designer debut on the runway opening the show with detailed pieces over neutral bodysuits.

“I have been working on whole new techniques for these pieces that are like origami, bringing two pieces of leather and folding them, trying to put them together to create a bag,” Komarova said.

“I’m heavily influenced by my Russian roots in terms of the proportion of the head pieces, and I liked that the focus was on the accessories. I think the show was such an amazing collaboration.”

Millicent Elizabeth designs showed a classic but strong aesthetic with 100 per cent natural fibres, a neutral palette and effortless fluidity.

“The pieces are the new luxury… I’m very inspired by the natural landscape of South Australia’s cliff edges and the movement of the ocean,” designer Tiffany Stuckey said.

NaMOI and Paige Rowe brought effortless elegance while Adelaide favourite Liza Emanuele closed the showcase with her ready-to-wear looks featuring ruffles, subtle cut-out detail and colour blocking.

Adelaide Fashion Festival presented by Mercedes-Benz Adelaide continues tomorrow with three runway shows, the opening of the South Oz Designer Markets featuring 30 local artisan stalls, popular long lunch and runway Variety King William and lots of activity at the AFF Runway Hub.