For fans of the unique and unconventional, the VAMFF Independent Runway is a weird and wonderful display of contemporary design. Featuring a selection of the best independent labels, the 2014 runway (presented by Yen) delivered a memorable collection, perfect for adding some edge to your colder months.
Standouts from the runway were Christina Exie’s heavy, monochrome coats and vests hung over flowing, chiffon dresses. These pieces are a dream come true for those who favour shapes and silhouettes over prints. Accessorised with felt, wide brim hats, each look would suit a dark, yet extremely chic character of a Brontë sister novel.
If Christina Exie brought the dark arts, Garth Cook brought a winter wonderland. Crisp whites, frayed hems and fluffy details made a playful and charming collection complete with cat ears and delicate, metallic heels.
Kathryn Beker injected gothic elegance into the runway with full length skirts and dresses that created haunting silhouettes. More reason to swoon over Kathryn Beker is her sustainable approach to fashion. Each piece is created on shore using local resources and the label is always conscious on minimising waste.
One Fell Swoop sent wearable pieces down the runway in perfect Autumn colours. Emma Mulholland presented psychedelic pieces that resembled Romance Was Born and alien cheerleaders. Zhivago brought colour and spark to the runway, with figure hugging minis and exaggerated shoulders.
The mix of designs held something for everyone, from eye catching colours and textures to dark, elegant silhouettes. It’s enough to make you excited for the cold weather ahead!