London-based, Greek-born designer Mary Katrantzou has opened the first runway event of the L'Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival with a colourful bang.
The intricately detailed prints she has become known for had a domestic theme this season.
Postage stamps, spoons, coat hangers and pencil nibs were repeated, distorted and twisted into eye-catching patterns.
It is pointless to list the colours in her collection; she seemed to use them all.
Then, unsatisfied, Katrantzou heightened their visual impact with metallic-shot detail and heavy beading around necklines.
The garments' silhouettes were defined by the stiff fabrics in use.
Ensembles were created out of sectional pieces that were structured so that outfits fit together like a three-dimensional jigsaw.
The remainder of the opening LMFF event - presented by David Jones - featured the department store's stable of models and designers.
Willow was the first home-grown brand on show.
She shocked with a black leather corset and bronze-shot fabric that seemed to draw inspiration from a dominatrix.
This was followed by a floating gown that fell from a cut-out bodice.
Willow retained her reputation for presenting garments that are edgy and ethereal at the same time.
Sydney's Camilla Frank's line of caftans used large swathes of animal print but were otherwise a birdsong of colour.
Lisa Ho's offering was chic and conservative in classic black and white evening numbers.
Newcomer cashmere knit designers Banjo and Matilda trumpeted their love of the US and France in bright red-white-and-blue jumpers featuring stars, stripes and the Eiffel tower.
Black leather was used by many designers.
Ellery, Bassike, Sabatini and Thurley kept things simple with offerings dominated by neutrals and blacks.
Lover broke the winter tradition of dark colours by sending fuschia-clad models down the runway.
As did Romance Was Born with their flower-print pants and Kirrily Johnston who chose lagoon blue for winter.L'Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival runs from March 18 to 24.
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