ANASTASIA DOES DJS

The Voxfrock Rookies are fashion’s future journalists, sharp as tacks, ethically sound, radars ever-pinging for the knutty knub of every frocky story. Their wordskills are honed at Voxfrock’s knee, then at the runways, media risers, street beats, backstage and everywhere newness and nextness blossom around Australia’s fashion weeks. Please welcome the first of our Voxfrock Rookie crew to file from Melbourne Fashion Week 2017, third year journalism student Anastasia McInerney reporting from the David Jones‘ Premium Runway, kicker for this week’s hot-ticket town hall shows….(Photographs: Lucas Dawson)

Anastasia McInerney

Anastasia McInerney

It’s apt Melbourne Fashion Week dropped the ‘spring’ in its title. Last night the city did what it does best; ignored the change of season and delivered an icy chill instead. But Melbourne’s sartorially inclined folks didn’t mind; they strapped on their heels and donned their best to celebrate the first of the week’s Premium Runways.

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David Jones’ spring/summer 2017 picks included jewel-toned swimwear, straw boaters, frilly florals and moody velvets. But the new season’s buds of hope weren’t all about the clothes.

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The show made its case for diversity. The promise of a representative runway had been teased earlier by MFW ambassadors Ajak Deng, Stefania Ferrario, Kristy Wu, and last night it was delivered across age, size and ethnicity.

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South Sudan-born Subah Koj dominated the catwalk alongside fellow South Sudanese and Miss World Australia finalist Adau Mornyang. Curvy Bella Management models Jess King and Paige Cowley also walked, supported by delighted showgoers and fellow Bella babes La’ Tecia Thomas and Stefania Ferrario who called; “Curves on the runway!” from the front row.

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The runway itself was bathed in red light, symbolising violence, passion and anger, and the revolt against the world’s current political climate. Blood and fire, scarlet to maroon, and fresh picks coupling crimson and hot pink.

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Perhaps not by accident, Romance Was Born’s rainbow pleated skirt also made the cut. The multicoloured PVC dream, Continuum, mimicked Melbourne City Council’s open support of marriage equality.

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Fashion with a bit of depth, in other words, just how it should be.