MBFWA 2019 Runway wrap up: Alice McCall

Mia Steiber 14 May 2019 NEWS

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Alice McCall's resort 20 collection was a feminine, cosmic dream.

Alice McCall's 2019 MBFWA show was a special one – it marked the designer's 15th year showing at Australian Fashion Week. The showcase, called Cosmia, has all the flirt, drama and flair that we expect from this designer, but with a slightly futuristic twist.

There were plenty of girl-glam pieces in the designer's famous bright fuchsia and lavender colours. And of course there was the soft, feminine detailing like frills, feathers and fluted-sleeves. Sheer skirts and dresses are a mainstay for McCall, but this year, they were reimagined with sequins, layers ruffles and an injection of neon.

But the biggest surprise was McCall's bold use of metallics. We saw cocktail dresses with big sleeves shimmer down the runway in shades of silver and pink and a pair of diamanted sheathes glitter like stars. We even saw a fantastical rosy, metallic ball gown swish and sway along the catwalk – a dress fit for any 80s-loving princess.

Cosmia was truly out of this world. Keep reading to see the top trends and who was in the front row. Or see the rest of our MBFWA coverage.


Looks from the Alice McCall catwalk

Trend: Sheer sets

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Trend: Metallics

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Trend: Coloured leather

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What we loved:

From among McCall's ultra-femme and whimsical designs, it's hard to pick favourites. But there were a few stand outs. The designer's take on the velvet mini dress was a highlight with its feminine draping and long sleeves. We were also enamoured by two knitted pieces with glitzy fringing. A beige top and skirt co-ord offers a wearable option and the purple mini-dress iteration embodies the quintessential 70s fabulousness that made us fall in love with Alice McCall in the first place.

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Who was in the front row?

Alice McCall is a name that has a tendency to round up fashion fans far and wide. Sitting in the front row was porcelain beauty Simone Holtznagel in a gorgeous periwinkle slip. Mimi Elashiry was front row too, although she got up (very sweetly) to help take some insta-worthy snaps for other attendees. Model, Bree McCann (nee Warren) was there who is somehow even more beautiful in person. E! Australia host, Ksenija Lukich was also seated up front.

Other notable names include Sammy Robinson, Erika Heynatz and Jasmin Howell.

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Where to purchase Alice McCall

Alice McCall can be purchased on the brand's website as well as at THE ICONIC and David Jones – although we won't be seeing the Cosmia collection drop in stores for a few months yet.

Images: Getty Images/Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia

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