MBFWA – Day One

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ON THE CATWALK.

The first day of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia kicked off with a bang. Kirrily Johnston kept the fashion crowd happy with a lunchtime show at one of the hottest new restaurants in town. Camilla Franks introduced a kaftan range for an audience you’d least expect. Ksubi showed us why double-deniming is so last season. Lara Bingle took us on a fashion journey complete with dramatic highs and lows. And I woke up channeling a preppy Ralph Lauren look and ditched my pre-planned leather mini, red lips and JBF hair (Google it).

Camilla Franks.

Just when we thought we’d seen it all from Camilla Franks (who can forget that crazy Avatar inspired collection), she’s gone and done it again. Introducing the man-kaftan. Worn on its own or over a pair of white crisp pants, no longer is the kaftan exclusively for women.  We’re predicting this to have a big impact in the couples-vacay-dressing scene. If you’ve ever taken a holiday in a honeymoon populated area, you’ll know what we mean. For the ladies, Franks worked her usual vivid prints into capes, kaftans, dresses, shorts and jumpsuits. She saved the best surprise for last, sending an adorable bunch of kids down the runway for the finale wearing mini-me versions of her signature kaftans.

Images courtesy of Madison.

Image courtesy of Cameron Richardson.

Kirrily Johnston.

Kirrily Johnston showed her collection The Romanies off-site at restaurant of the moment Neild Avenue. Inspired by Eastern European gypsies, the collection showcased a mix of maxi-dresses in bright colours, neutrals and florals, which were accessorised with nun-like scarves.  Statement earrings, wedged heels, leather sandals and tasseled bags completed the look.

Images courtesy of Madison.

Ksubi.

Forget double-deniming and don’t even bother trying triple. This season it’s all about denim on denim over denim on denim over denim on denim. That’s right – at one point during the show we counted no less than SIX pieces of denim on one of the male models. And not just any denim, soft comfy chambray denim. Styled by Christine Centenera (fashion editor for Harper’s Bazaar) the collection titled Bad Sports is totes too cool for school. And just when we thought it couldn’t get any better, the Ksubi guys added palm tree and hibiscus prints into the mix.

Images courtesy of For-Tomorrow.

OFF THE CATWALK.

Lara Bingle made quite an impression and not just because she had a crew filming her every move (her reality TV show Being Lara Bingle debuts later this month). What got our attention was that she managed to wear a total of four outfits in one day. She started things off in a strange hipster ensemble at Romance Was Born, but thankfully pulled it together in time for lunch with the Harpers Bazaar crew wearing a sweet little Karen Walker number. She was then off to Manning Cartell decked out in the designer’s effortlessly cool signature style. And finally wrapped things up in what looks like a LBD for the Whitney Port and Ksubi shows. While her outfit changes seem a little excessive, it’s kept us entertained and we can’t wait to see what she has planned for the rest of the week.

Images via @mslarabingle on Instagram.

What I wore.

Image by Jessie Dang.

BASSIKE shirt.

WAYNE COOPER pants.

GARY BIGENI leather belt.

ANDREA & JOEN heels.

TOM FORD sunnies.

WITCHERY leather bag.

As the founder of THIS ISLAND LIFE, Laura is an expert on all things summer. When she's not at home in Sydney, she's chasing the warm-weather to exotic destinations across the globe.

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