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MBFWA Opening Show: Ellery

This year, Fashion Week Australia celebrates its 20th anniversary and there's no better way to open the week than with the Antipodean designer everyone's talking about, Kym Ellery. 

The Atmosphere

Groups of photographers and fashion die-hards started to assemble outside Carriageworks early on Sunday afternoon in anticipation of the Ellery show. As the sun began to set, the fun really began as bloggers Zanita Whittington, Sara Donaldson and Margaret Zhang arrived alongside the designer set which included models Bambi Northwood-Blyth and Nicole Trunfio, designers Alex Perry and Carla Zampatti, and even songstress Jessica Mauboy. 

The Show

Held in the Carriageworks courtyard which provided a long concrete runway, the Ellery show began dramatically with ballerinas clad in black tulle. The drama continued as supermodel Gemma Ward, who until recently had been on a six year hiatus, strode out in the show's first look, a stunning 3/4 length silk black dress and chunky heels. Fresh-faced models followed clad in black and white silk tailored separates in long and lean silhouettes. Ellery's design signature of flared sleeves and pants also came down the runway, alongside occasional hits of colour found in cornflower blue, pink brocade, and silver. The show ended with another supermodel from years past, Emma Balfour in a metallic fringed strapless dress over trousers. 

As an ecstatic Kym ran down the runway to take her bow, silver confetti burst out over the crowd — a fitting ending to an amazing show.

Shop Ellery.

Images by Anthony Gattari