Hump Day for MBFWA and what a hump day it was. Highlights included, British it-girl Georgia May Jagger walked for Australian boho-cool label Camilla in what could only be described as a perfect pairing.
In addition, a strong contigent of home-grown models fresh from the Autumn Winter 2013/14 international shows like Julia Nobis, Caitlin Lomax, Amanda Ware, Montana Cox, Rachel Rutt and Ruby Jean Wilson have walked this week.
Showing against a backdrop that combines the timeless with the modern, Lisa Ho’s show at the Art Gallery of NSW was not dissimilar to its surrounds. The designer sent a cohesive lineup of timeless and feminine pieces with a modern edge down the runway.
German botanist Ernst Haeckel and French art nouveau jeweller René Jules Lalique were the inspiration behind McCall’s organic silhouettes and powder hues. Ornate prints in oceanic hues were a highlight.
SERPENT & THE SWAN
It’s botanical meets insect prints in a way you’ve never seen before. Serpent & Swan made their fashion week debut with an exciting collection of uniquely beautiful and adrogynous pieces like leather harnesses over soft dresses and handcrafted gold and brass trimmings.
WE ARE HANDSOME
We Are Handsome are one on Sydney Social’s favourites and are known for bringing a colourful and cool vision to the runway and this year saw a clear and mature brand direction which drew inspiration from the travels, memories, music and imaginations of design duo Indhra Chagoury and Jeremy Somers.
In a spectacular staging, set in Sydney’s iconic Centennial Park, Camilla showed a diversification of her original resort-focused brand in her collection ‘Pachamama’, demonstrating once again why she has a loyal following amongst the style set.
Young talent was on show at the Raffles College of Design & Commerce show with Aurelia Santoso, Gabriel Lee, Ayaka Ichikawa, Diyana Kosso, Nara Sangngern and Virginia Killroy Liu presenting fresh and exciting pieces.
BRONX and BANCO
Taking a futuristic approach to their Spring Summer collection, Bronx & Banco showcased their clean, crisp and chic designs in a collaboration with Australian artist Charles Billich. Sharp fringes and quirky makeup tied in with the ‘Fifth Element’ feel.
WATSON X WATSON
Sisters Somer and Liberty Watson have established their label in a relatively short period of time for a young brand. The label is only two years old but is showing all the signs of being an industry mainstay.
Casual classics and soft tailoring made for a wearable collection of print and colour. Vanishing Elephant’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia debut showcased menswear alongside their third womenswear collection.
‘Bandits’, the debut collection for 20-year-old designer Khim Hang was a palette cleanser of pure whites in clean lines and myriad textures. Embossed leather, silk and neoprene underpinned a sport-luxe feel.
MICHAEL LO SORDO
Thinking outside the box, Michael Lo Sordo’s new collection features flowing lines and feminine detailing melded with masculine tailoring.
MB PRESENTS EASTON PEARSON
Presenting under the prestigious MB Presents award, Easton Pearson will show ‘Hyper Real’. Described as an intense fusion of colour and super nature, the show is sure to be one of the week’s high points and a spectacular showcasing of the label’s skill and craftsmanship.
CELEBS SEEN TODAY
Georgia May Jagger, Stephanie Rice, Nikki Phillips, Deni Hines, Phoebe Tonkin, Tammin Sursok, Annalise Braakensiek, Samara Weaving and Prinnie Stevens.