(otherwise known as the blog that should be titled ‘How we came face to face with Jennifer Hawkins, Kris Smith and Jess Hart’)

When we attended the Myer Autumn/Winter Collection Launch, we couldn’t have asked for better seats. Right next to the VIP section. Right in front of the end of the runway. Front and center.

Joined by two other photographers, James and I were elated, to say the least. As the boys set up, I soaked in the buzz of pre-show excitement. Held in Myer’s prestigious and recently renovated Mural Hall, the show was already receiving rave reviews from the audience, a mix of the fashion-forward, the curious, and the cream of the crop of fashion. And it hadn’t even started! But judging from the intimate yet creative set design reminiscent of golden wheatfields, and the adrenaline in the air, we were ready to be dazzled.

And dazzled we were!

It’s all about shimmer and texture this season! Golds, lace, rich colours, and textures contribute to a wonderful collage to achieve regal, goddess-like, and feminine stature for the Myer Autumn/Winter collection, featuring some new names the likes of Kylie Radford of Perth-based brand Morrison and Nick Demkiw of Melbourne menswear brand Autonomy, along with the veterans, like Sass and Bide, Nicola Finetti, Leona Edmiston and Wayne Cooper.

Ellery kicked off the night with a stunning collection of the classic combination of golds and blacks in sexy modern pieces, including peplums, that beg to be worn, seen and be seen.

Charlie Brown also opted for a classic combination of golds and blacks. But with impressive lengths added to sleeves and hemlines, the girls appeared as goddesses floating down the runway.

Sass & Bide is also all about the shimmer this autumn and winter. Dazzling us with bursts of citrus yellows, married with creams and golds, textured through delicate mesh – not for the faint hearted!

And while bold prints dominated the Manning Cartell collection, Yeojin Bae impressed us with razor sharp lines and asymmetrical hemlines.

Bursts of colour dominated the Arabella Ramsey collection, as the girls sashayed down the runway, each with a naughty twinkle in her eye. With playful twists to flirty skirts, and hints of little girlie details, like scallop collars, the collection seems right out of a storybook.

And Karen Walker’s quirky yet feminine pieces almost beckon you to explore your adventurous curiosity and take a walk on the wild side. The collection strikes a wonderful balance of sensual yet playful lines, accentuating elongated legs and feminine curves.

Aurelio Costarella’s collection was sheer elegance. Think chic feminine unleashed into highly creative lines, allowing for sexy silhouettes and soft silky textures.

Soft textures and creams reigned the Fleur Wood collection, lending to a romantic, delicate and dreamy collection of vintage-inspired pieces beautifully paired with soft felt hats to complete the look.

Magdalena Velevska’s chopped hemlines provided a cutting edge modernity unlike any other, standing out as perhaps the night’s most avant garde pieces.

Jayson Brunsdon’s collection gave a loving tribute to lace, culminating in a perfect balance of modern femininity and vintage elegance.

Myer Ambassador Jess Hart looked resplendent and breathtakingly goddess-like in a delicate Jayson Brunsdon lace number marked with shades of gold.

And always a winner, the Toni Maticevski line was reminiscent of shades of couture, complete with fashion-forward headgear to well, turn heads.

What a way to end a stunning and diverse collection of top designers!

Of course, no Myer event is complete without the appearance of Myer Ambassadors, Jennifer Hawkins and Jess Hart. And the girls clearly stole the show. But when Kris Smith made his appearance on the runway, in Arthur Galan tailored suits, and elegant Hugo Boss, guests voiced their absolute appreciation in a resounding cheer.

Meanwhile, this girl has already picked at least five items she loves from the entire collection!

We hope you enjoy this blog entry as much as we enjoyed working on it!

Text: Nina Mostafa
Images: James Ser

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