Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia, you have been one incredible week! After a trillion photos, meeting a bucketful of industry lovelies and beating my poor feet to blisters in numerous pairs of high heels; I’m feeling strangely reflective in my post-first fashion week stupor.
I went to 34 shows. Yep, I’ll admit it, I counted! And although I undeniably went koo-koo, ohmygoshitssoamazing at all of them, there’s ten collections that truly stood out. Whether it be for their wear-ability, their insane atmosphere or just their quirky wow factor, here’s ten shows that stole fashion week:
P.S I took the photos myself with my new camera- super proud!
1. Jennifer Kate
Was memorable for… its innovative use of fabrics and it’s wearability. Get in my closet NOW!
I never thought I would find myself coveting burnt orange… until I witnessed Jennifer Kate. Set in the small, gallery-like mezzanine, models floated through snowflake-like specs of piled paper in feminine toned leather and suede pieces.
What made the pieces so wearable were the classic, yet fashion-forward shapes. Some memorable pieces I have my eye on are a burnt orange bow crop-top and midi-skirt, which was sat on the perfect line between quirky and glamorous. Jennifer Kate’s eclectic coloured pieces convinced me that the two piece co-ord trend is here to stay.
2. Bondi Bather
Was memorable for… its ability to have me grinning non-stop.
‘Hello kitty, you’re so pretty!’ The Hello Kitty music blared out of the deck, the jamming DJ rocking Hello Kitty Print. Who was sitting in the front row? HELLO KITTY! Duh! As someone who went through a little (ok, I admit it: huuge) Hello Kitty phase, this show delightfully pleased my inner 12 year old.
Hello Kitty meets Victoria’s Secret? It shouldn’t have worked but it somehow delightfully did and I enjoyed watching the refreshingly curvy models strut their stuff as I gobbled on fro-yo. With jagged angel wings, endless Hello Kitty motifs and a whole lotta swimsuit shapes, this show lifted my mood to a sky-high level.
But somehow I will never understand why Timomatic was in the front row? (Translation to international readers: reality TV formed, male pop star with the cringiest of names).
Was memorable for… its stunning, avant-garde drama.
Some of the most entertaining shows to witness live are those which straddle the line between art and fashion. Enter Maticevski: a modern interpretation of avant-garde da da-ism met with up and coming trends such as ruffles, trenches and full-circle skirts.
They truly presented structured modernism in a 100% creative way. The only question I would ask is: where on earth could I wear this?
4. Joanna Johnson
Was memorable for… its old school Hollywood glamour.
This finale show certainly did not dissapoint. Welcoming obvious comparisons to Baz Luhrman’s ‘The Great Gatsby’, Joanna Johnson was 1920s glamor that had just enough of a fashion element not to look costumy.
You could hear the literal gasp as the finale dress started the runway circuit. And who could blame the audience? Wouldn’t you love to get married in this? I put this one on reserve Joanna!
Was memorable for… showing you all the crazy stuff you have floating around your head.
I’d heard crazy, fluffy awesome things about this brand. And as I read the card on my seat, my excitement grew ten-fold. The collection is ‘what Lolita and Ariel would wear in a slow-motion pillow fight in your pink gelly crystal castle’.
You guessed it: DYSPNEA, trans: a short of breath, was all rainbows, unicorns and fluffy pink pom poms. My inner Disney Princess was like ‘oh yeah’ and I was left wanting rose prints and brocades. Maybe I’ll leave the pom-poms to the hardcore girly girls then…
6. Michael Lo Sordo
Was memorable for… the stunning, fine details.
As the models glided past the single rows of guests, the human eye could pick up the incredible artistry and detailing in these exquisite pieces; every fine pleat and ruffle.
This was indeed an art exhibition, for the artistry Lo Sordo presented once again enforced his incredible talent for molding fabric. Lush berry and crisp white tones enhanced the expensive-looking pleats, ruffles and layers. It was like sitting in a fairytale made of fabric.
7. CS Edit x Kirrily Johnson
Was memorable for… its commercial nature
I could bet my bottom dollar that there’s a piece for every fashionista in this collection. For the minimalists, there is a selection of lush white shirts and pinstripe pieces. Whereas the more bohemian lady can select from geometric 70s prints and flowy Grecian dresses.
This was certainly a high street collection was a drop of high-fashion mixed in if I’ve ever seen it. I’ll be checking out Cooper St, credit card at the ready, when this collection drops in October.
8. Kate Sylvester
Was memorable for… Prints and textures
Kate’s ‘Romeo X Juliet’ collection was a modern exploration of the many juxtapositions that appear in Shakespeare’s classic love story. A prime example of this is the punky leather midi skirt above that was contrasted with an innocent floral print.
Once again, a sense of 70s bohemia was evident in the collection. Shirt dresses and tie belts anyone?
This show also wins the award for most wearable hair and makeup. I will be rocking this up-down feminine do for seasons to come.
9. Steven Khalil
Was memorable for… it’s timeless, feminine beauty
I bet if I did some sort of survey, 99% of women love anything inherently glitzy and girly. Steven Khalil’s evening gowns were sequined, beaded and ruffled to perfection. The collection was dotted with more casual items, like this super sparkly midnight-hued jumper. Lush!
THIS WEDDING DRESS. Enough said.
Modern shapes and textures were cleverly mixed with classic fabrics and embellishment techniques from the 1920s and 1940s. One things for sure, these gowns are timeless.
10. Manning Cartell
Was memorable for… sheer atmosphere
Manning Cartell was an experience. Before entering the stunning, sandy-floored room, guests were treated to champagne and canapes downstairs.
The set was dotted with icicle-like lights, highlighing Manning Cartell’s stunning variety of prints and textures that adorned a number of classic shapes.
The collection was all about the prints. My personal favorite was a baroque-style wallpaper print in shades of monochrome and bright turquoise. Classic denim pieces were given a 70s makeover with soft fringe details. This collection was the perfect pairing of timeless and trend-led.
Clothes aside, I will never know how I got into the front row for this show, which was one of the most popular of the entire week. However, I was incredibly lucky that I did.