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Suits Dominate Melbourne Fashion Festival

Whether they were hot pink, checked or black, suits dominated the opening runway of Melbourne Fashion Festival.

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Models Jessica Gomes and Montana Cox led a charge of models at the Royal Exhibition Building, unveiling the latest collections from David Jones' stable of local and international designers.

An impressive 198 looks we're shown, highlighting key trends such as bright, bold colours, moody florals and luxurious pared-back basics.

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While jewel tones, lush greens, hot pink and cobalt blue dominated, the key trend was definitely the 1980s power suit, reimagined during the era of #MeToo.

"It harks back to the 80s when women were dressed in bright coloured suits with big shoulder pads and gold (details) and its the same statement (of) women's empowerment," celebrity stylist Lana Wilkinson told AAP.

"We've already seen these strong, bold suits on the runways in Paris and New York and even on Hollywood red carpets at awards season this year."

Fashion blogger Nadia Bartel said the trend reflected the new generation of working women, who are growing tired of fast fashion.

"It's all about strong sexy working women who don't want to break the bank on fashion," she said.
Among the front row guests were Australian actress turned Hollywood star Kassandra Clementi, Bachelor couple Sam Wood and Snezana Markoski, and TV personalities Carrie Bickmore and Lauren Phillips.

Now in its 22nd year, the Melbourne Fashion Festival is a fashion devotee's paradise, with more than 100 designers showing at 50 runway shows.

The Melbourne Fashion Festival runs until March 18.


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