MBFWA: Day Two

Ginger & Smart | Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia 2013

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia 2013

With Ginger & Smart on in the morning and Maticevski in the afternoon, the A-listers were out in force today. The rain put a damper on our street style shots, but the beautiful fashion on the runway made up for it. Our photographer Lizi was back in the photograher pit, battling it out with some of the biggest names in the business. And we discovered an anti-winter fashion trend (on and off the runway), and gave it a test run.

OFF THE RUNWAY

The ‘jacket cape’

We’re only two days into fashion week, but already there’s a serious trend taking hold. Introducing the ‘jacket cape’ – an on the shoulder, off the arms way of wearing your jacket.  I suspect this has been going on amongst the fashion pack for some time now (I’m pretty sure I saw an episode of Being Lara Bingle where she was doing it with a Josh Goot puffer jacket), so it’s only a matter of time before it goes mainstream. Pop down to MBFW you’ll literally see every second person parading the look.

The jacket cape | Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia 2013

The jacket cape | Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia 2013

The jacket cape | Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia 2013

The jacket cape | Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia 2013

The jacket cape | Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia 2013

The jacket cape | Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia 2013

I thought it was pretty ridic, but then I tried it with my buttery-soft dove grey leather Maurie and Eve jacket and holy shit it felt good. It’s also great for those who oppose winter fashion – it’s like wearing a jacket without the commitment.

Maurie & Eve leather jacket, Chronicles of Never sunnies, BCBG Max Azria skirt, Jeffrey Campbell wedges, Dallas & Carlos necklaceAlexander Wang bag and Not Going Home singlet.

  Laura McWhinnie | Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia 2013

Laura McWhinnie | Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia 2013

Laura McWhinnie | Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia 2013

SPOTTED: Supermodel Jenifer Hawkins amongst the A-list crowd at Jayson Brunsdon.

Jennifer Hawkins | Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia 2013

Jennifer Hawkins | Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia 2013

ON THE RUNWAY

Ginger & Smart

Ginger and Smart opened day two with a breathtaking show that stayed true to their signature style of colourful graphics. Tropical floral prints mixed with prism-like patterns dominated the collection, working alongside a monotone palette. Summer suiting featured heavily with super cute cropped bustier tops peeking out from under jackets. Speaking of jackets – the show was pretty much a homage to the ‘jacket cape’. It takes a bit of practice getting it to sit right as one model found out when her jacket slid off her shoulders at the end of the runway.

Colour palette: navy, white, aqua, cobalt blue, emerald green and peach.

Ginger & Smart | Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia 2013

Ginger & Smart | Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia 2013

Ginger & Smart | Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia 2013

Ginger & Smart | Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia 2013

Ginger & Smart | Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia 2013

Ginger & Smart | Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia 2013

Ginger & Smart | Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia 2013

Ginger & Smart | Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia 2013

Talulah

Brisbane-based designer Talulah debuted her new swimwear collection alongside her ready-to-wear spring collection. This is how resort wear is done ladies. Slick monochromatic swimsuits were pared with oversized beach clutches that featured fringed tassels and subtle silver sequins. Prints were fun and playful in colourful florals and paint-splattered patterns. And chic all-white ensembles that were made even more glamorous accessorized with gold hoop earrings and arm cuffs.

Colour palette: Aqua, emerald green, cobalt blue, white, grey, light pink and fuchsia.

Talulah | Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia 2013

Talulah | Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia 2013

Talulah | Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia 2013

Talulah | Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia 2013

Talulah | Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia 2013

Talulah | Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia 2013

Talulah | Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia 2013

Talulah | Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia 2013

Maticevski

Maticevski sent models down the runway in a predominately white collection with Yves Saint Laurent’s retirement speech as the soundtrack. We were instantly transported to the Parisian countryside with ladylike silhouettes in soft, sheer shapes and structured peplums. Models carried multi-toned flower bombs as accessories with hair scraped into a chic chignon. Neoprene dresses and neon accents gave the collection a modern twist.

Colour palette: White, black, pale pink, neon tangerine, red and fuchsia.

Maticevski | Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia 2013

Maticevski | Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia 2013

Maticevski | Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia 2013

Maticevski | Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia 2013

Maticevski | Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia 2013

Maticevski | Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia 2013

Maticevski | Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia 2013

Maticevski | Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia 2013

Photos by Lizi Hamer for This Island Life.

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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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