Last Wednesday was an explosion of extravagance with the Alex Perry show as part of L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival. Three things sum up an Alex Perry parade: the glamour, the grand scale (he doesn’t do things by halves), and the spectacular show production – it has become a real event to attend Alex Perry. Located inside the palatial Royal Exhibition Hall, Perry-goers mingled beforehand with chambord cocktails watching the arrivals of the special guests – actresses Andie MacDowell and Melissa George, who is the face of LMFF this year. With a massive U-shaped catwalk, the models had a long way to walk, but when the music started pumping and a bronzed Megan Gale strutted out in her fresh white party dress, you knew these girls were going to last the distance.
Alex Perry let forth a slimmer silhouette than previous collections; sleek and tailored with an emphasis on sharply-cut bodices. The square cutaway armholes were distinctly strong, paired with fuller skirts and panels that fell away in contrasting fabrics. His use of colour this season showed a playful edge to the sharper tailoring, with ruby reds and sapphire blues making the gowns at the end really pop. While the inspiration referenced Cuba – particularly for the colour palette, some of the design details were rather reminiscent of an asian influence with contrasting waistbands and the skirt panels on the gowns that opened out revealing lots of leg. The Alex Perry woman is so strong and self-assured; with slick ponytails that swung as each girl stomped up the runway, and a single large hoop earring as the only accessory needed, she exuded a confidence fit for the grand location. Megan Gale closed the show – as the night’s ultimate Perry girl – to Rihanna’s “Only Girl in the World” amped up to full volume: this signalled a night just about to begin.
Photography Maja Baska