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Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia Spring/Summer 2013/14 Wrap-Up, Day 2

If Talulah designer Kelli Wharton had any doubts about debuting her first foray into swimwear at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia, they should be quelled. Her first swim offering, appearing alongside the label's upcoming 'Chasing Rainbows' collection for Spring, seemed like a natural progression. If you hasn't known better you may think the label was originally resortwear moving into apparel rather than the reverse, which is Talulah's typically breezy aesthetic. As for the mainline, when it's not venturing into the black and white trend, Wharton was inspired by 'colours and texture reminiscent of a Spring Garden', This means lots of splashy Bondi colour derived from florals. Look out for smart asymmetrical pencil skirts and floaty, two-tier blouses.

Two shows thus far at fashion week have been whispered about as being world-class; Romance Was Born and Toni Maticevski. If we were to venture a third contender, it would have to be Jayson Brunsdon. Like Camilla & Marc the previous day, Brundson was also celebrating a 10 year milestone; his occasion, a decade of showing at Australia's Fashion Week. The 'Obsession' collection appeared in jewel tones of ruby, sapphire, onyx and emerald. Brunsdon incorporated a little baroque here, some silvery lace there and a whole lot of shimmer by way of beaded shimmer and sheen. 

Where have you gone Joe Dimaggio? It seems, straight into Kate Sylvester's upcoming collection, inspired by Marilyn Monroe's iconic last photoshoot with Bill Stern. Within 'The Last Sitting' range, Dimaggio references appear in tan leather, sporty cross-hatch stitching and once-you-see-it-you-can't-unsee-it baseball bra cups. But mostly it's all modern Marilyn, as seen through a distant rose-coloured lens. Gauzy, organza frocks in peaches and cream tones, floral embroidery and demure lingerie and bed linen references rounded out Kate Sylvester's showcase at day 2 of MBFWA.