Opening Night TPFF.

Opening night will always be accompanied by high expectations, particularly with this year’s fashion show being produced by superstar Mark Vassallo.

Opened by Dion Lee, we were shown a new direction by the designer which was a bold change from his usual precision cuts and sports luxe fabrics. It felt a little lacklustre and left us craving more innovation, although the minimalist in us is excited to work the neutral palette in with the new season.

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Bianca Spender brought the 80's power suits and satin fabrics which cut an interesting figure for the new lady boss - it's something we could see Samantha from SATC rocking for an important day at the office.

We are long time fans of Flannel and as expected adored the new season take on their solid basic shapes and colours. While not ground breaking, it was simple and let the gorgeous fabrics speak for themselves. We can’t wait for the full show on Sunday.

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A clear stand out was Romance was Born with the styling and overall cohesion of the collection presenting as sophisticated and unique. Featuring rainbow ostrich feathers, Celine inspired buckle mules and garments that toed the line of naff but in all the right ways. Under the production of Vassallo we knew we would be in for a treat, but the collection showed a coming of age for TPFF and placed the runway on the same level expected at MBFWA. Paired against the simplicity and refinement of Dion Lee’s collection the collection was nice contrast.

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Zhivago closed by sending out many looks we are familiar with but surprised us with a brocade pink trench which had Bond Girl written all over it and was a welcome addition to the label's staples.

The presentation was full of interesting juxtaposition but it did feel a little mismatched with Romance Was Born presenting the strongest collection and leaving the others in their wake. Perhaps it was the order of the designers but the overall show felt disjointed and was missing the cohesion we are used to from Vassallo.

We are looking forward to bringing you our top picks for the rest of the week so stay tuned!

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Images thanks to Stephen Gosatti

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