Kim Ellery presented her Spring/Summer 2015/16 collection for her label Ellery, at Mercedez-Benz Fashion Week Australia (MBFWA) to an excited audience as well as some disgruntled neighbours of the Eveleigh's Carriageworks industrial hangers venue. As the 20-minute show came to a close, an angry local neighbour waded through the VIP section and past security to storm the stage and make a very public noise complaint. He was immediately escorted off the runway by security. 

Despite this unintentional distraction it was the lineup that delivered the real drama on the day. And it was a poignant show for a number of reasons, Ellery was honoured to open MBFWA this year, marking its 20th anniversary. This comes eight years after launching her own label, and only ten years after she was working at shows as a styling assistant. The show also marked a come back for Australian supermodel Gemma Ward, who made her return to the Australian runway after a 10-year hiatus.

Ellery placed her focus on the fusion of arts and culture with fashion with accompanying performances by ballerinas from the Australian Ballet: "Having the intelligent, athletic and beautiful dancers from the ballet involved was important to show and celebrate how intertwined fashion, the arts and culture in this country are."

With a heavy concentration of two piece ensembles, Ellery explored the breadth of potential of the pant. With leg slimming bell bottom silhouettes that ring with easy glamour, to chic wide leg styles and cropped cuts, the talented designer presented a simple to follow masterclass on effortless pairing. Matched with her top designs in corresponding flowing silks and satins, sleeves mirrored the pants with bell shapes, whether short or long, in varied widths. This top to bottom symmetry in her styling was effective and pleasing and contributes to the easy wearability of this season's lineup. 

The palette finds its base comfortably in monochrome with both pure white, pure black and combinations of both. Branching out from there, largely in the coat offerings, are powder blues and cobalt blues, with a stand out shimmering silver coat and a playful use of rusty copper metallics in a coat and pants.