The best of the fest – Andy Murphy’s take on this year’s LMFF

The best of the fest – Andy Murphy’s take on this year’s LMFF

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Wow. What a week! LMFF is always one of the most highly anticipated events on Melbourne’s social calendar and this year’s festival definitely didn’t disappoint.

From the ground breaking Australian fashion on display, to the incredible production quality of the parades and of course the top notch music that set the beat of the festival – this year’s LMFF was one of the best yet. Not to mention the fun and friendly crowd, the delicious canapés and a few cheeky cocktails and glasses of champagne!

I was lucky enough to attend a show or event on almost every day of the festival and even got to DJ at a couple of events. I was also able to launch Lights Fashion Music’s first mixed CD at the festival. But don’t worry if you missed out on a copy – you can always download it from iTunes. Itunes download

Lights fashion music compilation

Lights fashion music compilation

A big thank you and congratulations to the amazing crew at LMFF, especially Graeme, Joseph, Hayley and all the girls at AMPR for putting together such a successful event.

Here’s my re-cap of the festival and a selection of some of the fashion and music trends that Lights Fashion Music loves and can’t way to see more of in 2013.

Best collection

Women’s: Mary Katrantzou. I loved the amazing prints and colours of her designs.

Mary Katrantzou

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Men’s: Calibre. The leather jacket with the studded detail will definitely find its way into my wardrobe.

Studded Leather Calibre Jacket

Best event

Independent Runway on the last night of the festival. It was an amazing production – the way they used lights and music to bring the show to life was incredible. I thought the live band, World’s End Press, was the perfect choice to complement the theme and vibe of the show.

Best runway music

Again, it had to be World’s End Press. It was a fantastic performance and such a great example of the moment when fashion and music collide.

Best track of the festival

It’s hard to pick one but here are a couple of favourites:

Best up and coming designer

I loved Garth Cook from the Independent Runway show, and Zhivago’s collection was really cool too.

Lights Fashion Music loves…

Below is a small selection of the look’s that we loved from the festival.

Set your fashion to the sound of a beat

While the fashion took centre stage at LMFF, the music that set the beat to each of the shows was what brought the collections to life. Here’s a selection of some of the amazing tracks that were played throughout this year’s festival.

  • Aus liebe Zur Musik – Pen Perry
  • Frankfurt – Pryda
  • Can’t get better than this – Parachute Youth
  • Traya – Diego Dante
  • Friends – Sneaky Sound System
  • Ivy – Streets of your Town
  • Hyperparadise – Hermitude
  • Tell me – Sumantri feat. Plural
  • I’m into you – Chet faker
  • Promises – The Presets
  • Bloom – Gypsy and the Cat
  • Mantra – Boerd
  • The flood – ital. tek
  • Painted eyes – Hercules and Love Affair
  • Gun Shy -Grizzly bear
  • Mantra – Mo
  • Angels – The XX
  • Wishes – Beach House
  • Odessa – Caribou
  • Lovesick – Lindstorm and Christabelle
  • Bella – Finnebassen
  • Rest your head – Bat for lashes
  • Wolves – Valentina
  • Speak of the devil – Hermitude
  • Face love Anew – Stereogameous

  • Liquorice – Azealia Banks
  • Warm in the winter – Glass Candy
  • Suit & Tie – Justin Timberlake
  • Losing you – Solange
  • And it was you – How to dress well
  • Slowburn (someone else remix) – Tony Rohr
  • Right thing to do – SBTRKFT feat. Jessie Ware
  • Infinity – Infinity Ink
  • Home – Austra
  • Northern Lights – Kate Boy
  • Reykjavik – Brolin
  • Finally – The XX
  • Run Boy Run – Woodkid
  • The possessed – Glass Candy
  • Clique – Kanye West
  • Providence – Foals
  • X Rhythm – Danny Corn
  • Brats – Liars
  • Changes – Mala
  • Luxury problems – Andy Stott
  • Wut – Girl Unit.

Andy Murphy’s style diary at LMFF

To cap off my take on this year’s fantastic festival, I thought I’d share a couple of pics of my own style during the week. After all, why let the models on the catwalk have all the fun?

Monday 18 March – LMFF Launch at Government House

Andy & Nic @ LMFF Government house Launch

Andy wore a Calibre smoking jacket and shirt with Jack London leather tie. 

Highlight: I feel privileged to have attended the opening event for the third year running. Government House provided the perfect location, oozing class and providing a backdrop of Melbourne history. Fantastic speeches by Megan Gale, Barbara Palvin and the festival CEO Graeme Lewsey kicked off the festival and set the tone for a fantastic week.

Tuesday 19 March – David Jones Opening Event

Tuesday 19 March – David Jones Opening Event

Andy wore a navy Calibre suit with a Lanvin bow tie and Doucals patent black leather dress shoes.

Highlight: I had such a great time DJing in the VIP Bar with Indian Summer and Cat Call. The set-up was amazing, the bubbles were flowing and the atmosphere was grand with Melbourne’s A-List in attendance. On the runway I was completely blown away by Mary Katrantzou’s collection – her use of colour with prints and patterns was incredible. The postage stamp dress worn by Jessica Gomes (pictured earlier) was one of the festival highlights. I also loved looks by Lover, Rachel Gilbert and Calibre with the Calibre leather jacket with stud detail a must-have winter purchase for myself. The runway music perfectly complemented the fashion and I loved hearing Hyperparadise by Hermitude, Promises by the Presets and Bloom by Gypsy & The Cat.

Wednesday 20 March – L’Oreal Paris Runway 01 Vogue



Andy wore a Marc Jacobs fuschia jacket and Calibre dress pants with a Jack London black leather tie and Doucals patent black dress shoes.

Highlight: The stand out designer was definitely Maticevski. But the fashion stakes were high in the VIP Bar too with Melbourne’s fashion crowd returning pre and post shows. I loved DJing and playing a mix of the latest nudisco and deep house. On the runway I loved hearing the Painted Eyes by Hercules & Love Affair and Gun Shy by Grizzly Bear.

Thursday 21 March – L’Oreal Paris Runway 03 Grazia

Thursday 21 March – L’Oreal Paris Runway 03 Grazia

Andy wore a Ksubi Kustom jacket and Nudie jeans with military boots.

Highlight: It’s hard to pick a highlight with so many great designers on show. I loved the use of lace by YB J’aime, Alice McCall’s use of colour with animal inspired print and Ksubi’s edgy long sleeve leather bodysuit. My favourite tracks for the night were Lovesick by Lindstrom and Christabelle and Speak of the Devil by Hermitude, which provided the perfect Lights Fashion Music moments 

Friday 22 March – L’Oreal Paris Runway 05 Harper’s Bazaar and Runway 06 Cosmopolitan

Friday 22 March – L’Oreal Paris Runway 05 Harper’s Bazaar and Runway 06 Cosmopolitan

Andy wore Calibre striped detail navy pants and a Calibre shirt with boat shoes.

Highlight: Sass and Bide is one of my favourite women’s designers and this year’s collection didn’t disappoint. I particularly love their signature use of metallic/sequinned material. I also loved the sheer black dress by Christopher Esber. The Cosmopolitan show brought out models with bold red hair and fashion to match. I loved the blue dress by Blessed are the Meek. The music for the night perfectly matched the fashion and was hip and fun – my standout tracks were Right Thing to Do by SBTRKFT, Infinity by Infinity Ink and a remix of Suit & Tie by Justin Timberlake.

Sunday 24 March – Independent Runway

Sunday 24 March – Independent Runway

Andy wore a Calibre smoking dinner jacket and a Calibre silver stud detail dress shirt with Nudie jeans and boots.

Highlight: What a production! This show was definitely the highlight of the whole festival. I was blown away by the live performance by World’s End Press and the fashion on display was superb. For me the opening of this runway created the biggest Lights Fashion Music spectacle of the festival – from the lasers, to the live music to the upfront independent labels.  I can’t wait to see more of what Garth Cook has to offer – his use of winter colours and metallic materials was great. I also loved hearing new music from Kanye West in “Clique” and Providence by Foals.

And that’s a wrap… only 51 weeks until we get to do it all again!

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