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Ginger & Smart find their groove
Ginger & Smart designers Alexandra Smart and Genevieve Smart celebrate their collection. Picture: Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images

The glamour quotient was high at this morning's Ginger & Smart show, with Jesinta Campbell, Terry Biviano and Ricki-Lee Coulter all sitting front row on Fashion Week Australia, day two.

According to the show notes, this collection, called Dualism, explored "the beauty of contrasting elements," which translated into a mix and match of materials, prints and textures.

This was an incredibly sleek, polished, wearable collection.

It seems to me that Ginger & Smart have really found their groove and a balance between sportiness and elegance in their designs.

While we saw dresses with the types of cut-outs and bodycon elements that are so popular with Australian fashion designers, the outfits looked comfortable and breezy.

This felt like a very cohesive collection with great commercial potential.

In the past, Michael Lo Sordo has played with structure, digital print and fit-and-flare silhouettes, but this morning's collection was very different in feel.

He had gone a lot softer, with fluid lines and an element of deshabille that called to mind the style of influential Belgian-Colombian designer Haider Ackermann.

Models sported soft silk trenches that tied loosely at the back, loose-fit pants, metallic bra tops under jackets slipping oh-so-casually off the shoulder, and finely striped men's shirting.

There wasn't much print going on - instead Lo Sordo stuck to a limited palette of white, black, sorbet pink and soft blue.

Accessory-watchers take note: ear cuffs are everywhere only two days in to Fashion Week, both on and off the runway.

Lo Sordo collaborated with jewellery designer Ryan Storer to create spike and bar shapes that sat along the ridge of the ear and provided a hard edge to an otherwise surprisingly "soft" collection.

The West Australian

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