There’s an expectation of something mildly alternative, of the dark and potentially edgy, that comes with the Alpha60 name. Choosing to host their LMFF (L’Oreal Melbourne fashion festival) parade in Chapter Lane, the laneway that conveniently borders both their Flinders Lane store and St Paul’s Cathedral, couldn’t have been more apt. But this wasn’t a collection marked by gothicism, even as it marched the stone runway in a palette of mostly dark charcoal, black and navy. Instead here were finely tailored pieces that aired to the minimalist side.
Men’s tailoring was smart but relaxed. Women’s pants were high at the waist and tapered to the ankles; skirts calf length and full; dresses softly draped in silk while silhouettes of loose tunics or woolen blanket capes over pants were a common enough sight. The darkness melted away as the show wore on, culminating in fresh creamy pieces that took the easy yet sophisticated aesthetic to new heights. It’s clear that, some years on as designers on the Melbourne scene, Alpha60 have continued to not just evolve, but refine.
You can see all of the Alpha 60 autumn (fall) / winter 2012 runway collection by clicking on a thumbnail on the left. From there you can browse through each of the pictures from the fashion show.
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Photography by Kelly Defina