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Runway turns into child's play in Fashion Week

Australian Fashion Week is child's play, with a lot of pint-sized fashionistas appearing both on and off the runway.

Seen front row at Zimmermann in the morning yesterday and taking a bow with Camilla Franks the day before, with flowers atop their adorable heads, children kept popping up elsewhere too. Toi et Moi, a Francophile label, opened its show with a small child crooning in French, accompanied by an adult on guitar.

Even the most jaded of showgoers cooed over how cute it all was.

Byron Bay-based designer Kelli Wharton showed off her baby bump when she took a post-show bow, so perhaps a stylish baby boom is under way.

Yesterday was day two of Australian Fashion Week.

Zimmermann presented achingly pretty pieces in pastel and floral prints.


There was a lot of lace, many sheer textiles, little jumpsuits, skinny trousers and several embellished swimsuits.

Toni Maticevski showed grown-up sophistication: sculptural tailoring, a muted palette and strong shoulders and hips, all the better to emphasise a tiny waist.

Flowers for a Vagabond designer Toby Maclean grew up in regional NSW, and he showed bleak chic gear, then vivid hues contrasted with sparkling metallics and fringing.

Maclean is to donate some of the proceeds of sales from this collection to the Wayside Chapel, a ministry founded by Ted Noffs.

Roz Wright, of Canberra boutiques Soho Dezigns and Momento Dezigns, who has attended Australian Fashion Week since its inception, said her top trends for spring-summer 2012-13 from a buying point of view were ''sports luxe'', fluoros, metallics, beautiful prints, peplums and butterfly sleeves.

Follow Claire Low's blog of Australian Fashion Week at Fashion Banquet.