Hollywood hunk Gerard Butler and Brazilian model Alessandra Ambrosio stole the spotlight on the first day of Australian Fashion Week.
The Victoria’s Secret angel strutted the catwalk in front of Jessica Mauboy, Sarah Murdoch and a host of international bloggers as she walked exclusively for Aussie designer Alex Perry.
Meanwhile, Butler, who’s in Sydney to film the Gods of Egypt, headed to Bondi for the Ellery show.
Inspired by US gridiron players and cheerleaders, Perry’s Varsity collection featured super short dresses that sparkled with sequins and ultra-tight knee-length leather frocks.
“This show references gridiron players and cheerleaders and uses some amazing new fabrics,” Perry said of the much anticipated collection.
His classic evening wear was monochrome and glamorous, with what he described as a “younger edge”.
The 32-year-old Ambrosio, a “big fan” of Perry, looked fresh in short cobalt dress with a blue bodice, despite enduring a long-haul flight from Los Angeles on Sunday.
Over at Bondi Beach’s Icebergs restaurant Aussie creative Kym Ellery showcased her Opaque collection against an ocean backdrop.
The 44-year-old Scottish star Butler, who will appear alongside Geoffrey Rush in the $150 million blockbuster that will be filmed at Fox Studios, was joined in the front row by Australia’s Nash Edgerton and Sydney babe Cheyenne Tozzi.
The Ellery collection featured structural, modern red carpet pieces, with strapless black and white gowns, boxy corsets, bell sleeves, sharp jackets and tuxedo pants.
The standout piece was a strapless black corset with hand-pleated panels in silk organza stitched into coils around the front. The edgy top was teamed with a simple, slim tuxedo pant.
“It’s one of the most beautiful thing we’ve ever made,” Ellery said.
The Perth-born designer said her designs were inspired by the science of light.
“The collection is called Opaque, which is reference to the sheer fabrics we’re using but also the concept of shadows.
“We have made evening looks that come out in the running order of form and shadow. So each look you see will have a form followed by its shadow.”
While Ellery reached out to the international market at her Paris Fashion Week debut late last year, she said it’s always a pleasure to showcase her work at home.
“Although we’re working a lot overseas, I very much wanted to be a part of this week.”
Melbourne based duo Peter Strateas and Mario-Luca Carlucci also heated up the runway at Carriageworks with layers and layers of leather and wool which left the models looking a little sweaty.
But the effect was intentionally as they had all been shined up with highlighter backstage.
The collection featured many coats, some often layered over each other, with the heavy designs encapsulating a distinctive Melbourne/European feel.
Day two of Sydney Fashion Week kicks off at 9am on Tuesday with Ginger & Smart.