It's hard to think of a more fitting way to start Fashion Week than with Australian design veteran, Carla Zampatti. The local high fashion hero opened the season with a sultry beat, heating up the MBFWA runway right from the word go — and proving once and for all that the Zampatti woman is a mysterious, sophisticated lady of the night. The show opened with a charge of black dresses and separates that set the grown-up, sultry tone for the collection. But, don't be fooled, while the hems were long and many of the necklines high, this collection was hot. Perfectly-fitted floor-sweeping gowns and flared jumpsuits slashed at the waist, back, or leg took on a sexy finish, while gold hardware and glistening-wet skin made tailored separates equally hot. Another sign that this line-up wasn't for the girly-girls was the accessorising — which completely upped the intensity. Tough, leather-look ribbon chokers and tie-up sandals were matched with bandage-like cuffs that made models look ready to enter a boxing ring.
A distinct '70s influence manifested in softly-flared pants and backless jumpsuits, while the evening-wear quota of the collection saw a return to illusion necklines and the mullet-back dress — but not as you know it. Some of the stand-out frocks were frothy and full in volume, providing a sharp juxtaposition to the slinky column silhouettes that were also dotted throughout. While the collection started with black, white, black, white, and more black, eventually sparks of lime green, red and cobalt punctuated Carla Zampatti's evening-wear offering. Keep scrolling to see all the Carla Zampatti Spring/Summer 2014/15 runway highlights for yourself.