The RMIT Student Runway, sponsored by Spotlight, presented an international calibre of true craftsmanship. These designers, in the the embryonic stages of their careers are yet to encounter retail restrictions and customer expectations. Last nights show glowed with WOW factor and was certainly the highlight of my week so far!
The selected final year RMIT students were granted the opportunity to take risks and showcase talent in full bloom. Each collection oozed with design authenticity, elevating their pieces from seasonal garments to timeless bespoke creations.
While futuristic themes seamlessly linked each collection, it was the 80's era of the great innovators from Issey Miyake to Rei Kawakubo of Comme Des Garçons that came to mind. Oversized, asymmetrical and unstructured layers stormed the runway challenging traditional notions of design and its principles.
It was also refreshing to see a greater menswear presence on the runway for the first time this week.
I can't wait to follow the journey of these talented designers.