Today was day one (well actually day three for everyone else as MSFW started on Monday -but for me it was day one) of Melbourne Spring Fashion Week and by god did I walk the legs of myself today. I seriously walked the length an breath of Melbourne city today going to various shows, exhibits, presentations and of course the traditional runway shows. First stop this morning was 1000 £ BEND just off Elizabeth Street, where the Spotlight Emerging Designer Series kicked off.
After a rigorous selection process 12 immensely talented designers were chosen as the future faces of the Melbourne fashion scene. For those able to attend the show, prepare to meet Melbourne's freshest crop of gifted designers. The show included womenswear, menswear, accessories, millinery, footwear and below is a rundown of the best on show in its first part. Expect more over the next couple of days.
Alexandra Blak made a splash with her label when it debuted at 2010 Rosemount Australian Fashion Week and draws on inspiration from her love of form and minimalism. The pieces on show today were from her current collection and include transparent, black and neon pieces in Lucite and metal. For more info on her go to http://www.alexandrablak.com/.
This collection was built around the origami Kato learnt as a child and she has brought it to a whole new level. Already a bit of a name in the art circuit, this collection with its intricate detailing is inspired by many artists including Akira Isogawa and one of the show stoppers from this season is a dress made entirely out of folded paper. For more info check out http://www.kaorikato.com/
Created using influences from her background as a medical illustrator, this emerging designer is fusing this background knowledge with her love of jewellery to produce pieces that are extremely unique. In the past she has produced silver pendents that were designed to replicate a uterus with pearls, which is buyer took to be a symbol of female empowerment. With that success expect to see much more similar to that as well as pieces for men featuring anatomically correct designs of unexpected body parts. For more info check out http://www.bioperspective.com/
More emerging talent to come. So keep your eyes posted on facebook and here over the next coming days.