It may have been one of the coldest nights of our winter but on Saturday night, the heat was definitely on in the marquee on the Cultural Forecourt of Brisbane’s Southbank – Queensland fashion’s home for MBFF 2010.
The first of the three Group shows of the Mercedes-Benz Brisbane Fashion Festival took the sell-out audiences on a journey into spring 2010 and beyond.
We were seduced by colour, bright prints, clogs, flowing silk and intricate embellishments as key Queensland and Australian designers showcased their season ahead alongside a number of Brisbane retailers.
Lisa Ho sat front row for her show in the Group Show 1; actress Sibylla Budd was front row for Group Show 2; model of the moment Codie Young (a 17-year-old Sunshine Coaster) walked for Scanlan and Theodore and Vogue Australia editor Kirstie Clements was front row for Group Shows 1 and 2 (pity she missed Group Show 3 as she missed some of the best fashion of the night).
The Brisbane crowd completely fell in love (all over again) with Paul Hunt, giving him a standing ovation as he closed the Group Show 2.
The new home of MBFF proved a winner – it FELT like a fashion festival. The only addition I would like to see is a raised stage for future years (it was really difficult to check out the shoes if you weren’t front row!).
So, here are my highlights (I’d love to hear yours):
1. Colour. Easton Pearson are the queens of colour and did not disappoint. I also loved Frockshop’s colourful collection.
2. Digital prints. There is a print to suit everyone this season (and next). Loved Lisa Ho’s teaming of a crisp white shirt with a digital print dress. Tulipani stunned with muted military tones in their original artwork digital printed silks.
3. Intricate embellishment. Paul Hunt showed why he has such a huge following. From 50s-inspired cocktail frocks to bridal gowns, he had us gasping. I also loved this lace cocktail frock by Tulipani (head piece by Hats by Sandy A). It’s all in the detailing, people.
4. Bold is better. Queensland designers are not afraid to show their bold side (and they have a loyal following because it). Easton Pearson do this so well; and Dogstar has a cult following that extends well beyond the state’s borders.
5. It’s all about the shorts. This summer, shorts are key to making an on-trend fashion statement. Lisa Ho, Lylah and Dogstar all walked shorts in their shows. Team with a soft-tailored jacket and heels for a this season’s power suit.
6. Feminine ways. Take your cue from Francis Leon and Paul Hunt for frocks and garments that bring out a vintage-inspired girliness. I think Joan and Betts from Mad Men would approve.
For more, check out my video from the night:
And for even more, check out the galleries on the official Mercedes-Benz Brisbane Fashion Festival site.