LMFF 2012 Frankie Runway

The chilly weather has certainly got its grip on us here in Melbourne and I for one would like more ideas on how to dress more warmly for work!

When looking for a whole lot of inspiration and not necessarily wishing to loiter on our streets to spy BusiChics, I like to turn to the fashion runway to see what designers have on offer to incorporate into our everyday ensembles.

Regular readers of BusiChic will know that I attended L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival (LMFF) earlier this year. While the weather was too warm then to immediately report on winter trends, it certainly isn’t now!

I’ve listed visual excerpts from the parade sponsored by Frankie magazine which featured the following designers:

Shall we browse the collections?

Gorman - make these cute prints work appropriate by pairing with black opaque stockings and heels or ankle boots.


Known for their unique prints, Limedrop the label culminated in this printed blazer and top ensemble which would spice up workwear once paired with cropped black pants.


Nevenka: a monochrome palette expressed in lace and silk.


Friend of Mine had some work-appropriate blouses, simply tuck into a pencil skirt or into cropped black trousers with a skinny patent leather belt.


Leonard St was a cacophy of print and interesting cuts: pair one item with a more conservative staple in your workrobe i.e. black pencil skirt or cropped pants.


Kuwaii showed some great work tops in feminine hues, perfect to wear under a suit jacket.


  1. Prints – particularly in pants will  be big this season. However as much as I personally love the look, I believe that unless you’re a Creative Editor and particularly if you’re in a more conservative workplace, it’ll be safer to safe those pants for the weekend and opt for a printed top instead to wear with black cropped pants.
  2. Colour Designers like Gorman, Limedrop and Leonard St are just a few of the many designers offering you bright alternatives this season. Again I suggest pairing with your office staples such as a pencil skirt or cropped pant topped with blazer and trench/coat of sorts.
  3. Classics – whether in palette as shown by nevenka or style as shown by Friend of Mine and grecian-draped by Kuwaii are so-named because staple office pieces are timeless !

So there you have it, my highlight on the runway pieces that you can incorporate into your work wardrobe! I myself am trying to think which of those pieces I could style with my LBD 😉

What do you think about the offering from young Australian designers showing at LMFF 2012? Have you or do you intend to incorporate any of these pieces and trends into your own work wardrobe?


  1. Oooh yey I like colour and prints, big tick from me! I really need to get more colour into my work wardrobe. Find myself reaching for black a lot, trying to break out of that rut.


  2. LOVE IT. I like those fabulous couture, very creative and brilliant. I think I will visit busichic for more designs.

Facebook Like Box provided by technology news