LMFF 2012: National Graduate Showcase & L’Oreal Paris Runway 5 by Cosmopolitan

Tuesday night was the final night of attending the LMFF 2012 events. I managed to purchase the last of the few that was left of the National Graduate Showcase. Even though I had seen the actual designs and even got pretty up close and personal with the graduate designers, I was still intrigued to see their collection on the runway. Especially Taylor Ainley’s robotic piece. Luckily for me the seat I got was pretty good – fourth row from the front. I wasn’t disappointed. The mass of colours, sculptures and silhouettes were breathtakingly amazing on the models, and coupled that with the music and background on the wall – was perfectly orchestrated. Before each finalist’s collection walked the runway, a short excerpt of what their design was about was played on the screens. I managed to learn a little bit more about the other three designers’ collection that I didn’t get to chat to previously.

Some of the finalists from the National Graduate Showcase
Some of the finalists from the National Graduate Showcase
Taylor Ainley's Robotic Piece
Taylor Ainley's Robotic Piece
Sally Edwards' collection went down the runway to a backdrop of the highlands
Sally Edwards' collection went down the runway to a backdrop of the highlands
Laura Huishan Li's leather
Laura Huishan Li's leather "windswept" collection
Natilia Grybowski's "floral" collection
Natilia Grybowski's "floral" collection

Finale

The show was spectacular and while we know that some of the designs might not be viable in the real world (read to the masses), it is the beauty of the freedom of their creativity I thought that made the show amazing. We can only hope it lives in them even when they join the real commercial world. To compliment the wild designs, the models sported a simple slicked back, wet-look, poker straight ponytail with accents of silver paper on the back and a sharp side parting on the front. Their make-up was highlighted by dark wine coloured lips.

L'Oreal Paris Runway 5 by Cosmo
L'Oreal Paris Runway 5 by Cosmo
L'Oreal Paris Runway 5 by Cosmo
L'Oreal Paris Runway 5 by Cosmo
L'Oreal Paris Runway 5 by Cosmo
L'Oreal Paris Runway 5 by Cosmo

The L’Oreal Paris Runway 5 by Cosmopolitan was held a little later on, featuring Wayne Cooper, Shona Joy, Rodeo Show, Talulah, Joveeba and White Suede. It was a basic runway show. The designs were wearable, but, I found a bit bland having seen the National Graduate Showcase beforehand. Not much in terms of colours, except for maybe a handful of pieces by White Suede that had her signature digital print and a touch of pastel green and nearly neon orange. I did love the sleek gold metal belt on some of the models though – gave it that chic appeal. There were prints, but pretty muted, in browns, mustard and beige. It’s Autumn/Winter, I would have loved to have seen a bit more bold colours and prints, especially since they are going to be pretty huge this season. The models sported bed head hair with soft luscious curls and some volume on top. The make-up featured orangey red lips with pretty neutral eyes.

Maria & Xiaohan
Maria & Xiaohan

My highlight of the night besides the National Graduate Showcase was actually bumping into one of my online friends, Maria from Crashing Red who arrived from Sydney only hours before. It was nice to catch up with someone I actually knew and also made another new friend, Xiaohan from xssat.

So what did this “fashionista” (noticed I had inverted commas?) wore to the events? I kept it simple with this light see-through black lace top, maroon coloured denim and some patent black heels (yes, the same ones that killed my feet the other night). For my make-up, I had neutral eye make-up from the NP Set Glam Set and accentuated them with black eye liner from K-Palette and lashings of mascara from Benefit’s They’re Real. My hair was kept simple again by straightening it with the VS Sassoon straightener but not as sleek as the “London Look” sleek hair I did previously.

Me

Top: Target $32.00

Coloured Denim: Target $30 (with the 20% off special)

Shoes: Rubi Shoes was $34.95 but got it for $10

Woven Drop Earrings: Diva (on special for $5)

face

Base: Skinfood Mushroom BB Cream

Eyes: NP Set Glam Set

Lips: Barry M (fuchsia?)

 

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