Models Montana Cox and Jessica Gomes led the runway charge at the Melbourne Fashion Festival opening night, but Megan Gale stole the show from the front row.
Gale, who is due to give birth in May, glowed in a Scanlan Theodore front zip-up black and white digital print dress, which hugged her baby bump beautifully.
“It’s very comfortable considering my current condition,” Gale said.
“I have been really fortunate I have been able to wear a lot of the brands that I’ve loved for years.
“A lot of them have very maternity and bump-friendly shapes and also the fabrics handle really well, so I’ve found just upsizing a little bit and still being able to wear the designers that I love hasn’t been too much of a problem.”
Gale, who is a brand ambassador for David Jones, nominated monochrome, grey and animal prints as key trends for autumn/winter.
“I love these big wide-brimmed felt hats as well. They’re great for a bad hair day when it’s windy and rainy.”
Gomes said leather is among her favourite winter trends.
“I love all the classic pieces like black and whites, the tailored pieces, the blazers, the leather pants – I love leather, all the leather dresses, Dion Lee, Willow and Josh Goot are some of my favourite designers.”
Creamy turtle neck knits and oversized grey cardigans were key pieces in the Jac + Jack collection.
Scanlan Theodore, Ginger & Smart and Bassike showcased block blues, mostly navy, while Bec & Bridge models sported navy overlaid with a gold print.
Bianca Spender also dipped into blue including a brilliant cobalt dress with back cut outs but the prettiest in the blue stakes went to Lover, featuring Cox in a greyish pale blue lace dress with three-quarter length sleeves.
Camilla Franks created the most eye-catching looks of the night with shimmering bohemian pieces from her winter 2014 collection, And God Created Woman.
Franks will be honoured in a grand showcase event on Wednesday in collaboration with composer Jonathan Dreyfus and brass and percussion musicians from the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.
“I had a year of looking at myself and all the different voices … love, insecurity, peace, the different hats that I wear and I thought it would be a really interesting thing to do a gallery of prints that reflect those voices.”
The Melbourne Fashion Festival runs until March 23.