The New Generation show on the last day of MBFWA was exactly that, a showcase of the next generation of Australian fashion designers. And what an exciting showcase, the talent was immense and if this is the future of Australian fashion then we are all in for a wild, and stylish ride. Sign me up!
THEY SAY | “Increase the Acid” is a sparkle in the dust // the quartz in the clay. It is a high energy print collection. Let the cosmic yellow see of our country fill your mind. Dream on.
I SAY | This show was like a visual feast, with more colour and print than you could poke a stick at. The finally performance added an air of drama but also eluded to the brands “don’t take yourself too seriously” attitude toward fashion. It was refreshing to see this kind of this on the catwalk.
WHAT I CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT | Cropped print button up shirt, print blazer.
DISCOVER THE BRAND | www.desertdesigns.com.au
THEY SAY | “The collection is designed around the theme of ‘La Muse’ inspired by women who are confident, elegant, classy, feminine and sophisticated…”
I SAY | The Betty Tran show began with a short film depicting a woman who had it and did it all… From private jets to chairing board meetings and attending glamorous galas to being a mother. The video showed the multi-faceted “Betty Tran woman” in all her glory. The show continued with gorgeous metalic lace outfits that would take any woman from work to dinner without a second thought.
WHAT I CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT | Blue lace shorts, pencil skirt and shirt.
DISCOVER THE BRAND | http://www.betty-tran.com
THEY SAY | “The ‘RIVERA’ SS13 collection is influenced by the work and spirit of Frida Kahlo. Beautiful, talented and strong, Frida’s enigmatic spirit shines through the collection particularly through the ruffles that accentuate the feminine silhouettes while killer cut outs add a modern edge…”
I SAY | My love of the Faddoul brand is no secret, they have been featured as “Brand in Focus” on this very blog, and their SS collection did not let me down. The delightful watercolour esque print’s had me dreaming of glamorous escapes to the country. However I can totally see myself wearing this collection through the city like a breath of fresh air…
WHAT I CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT | Both white floral print dresses, sheer black mini dress.
DISCOVER THE BRAND | www.faddoulthelabel.com
THEY SAY | “Influenced by his interior design background, Ashkar has a gravitational pull towards unconventional construction, which he has translated into fluid lines, clean geometry, visionary prints and textures and ultimately creating a signature look that compliments the female silhouette.
I SAY | The Jamie Ashkar collection offered strong shapes with a feminine twist in sports luxe fabrics that are oh so now. Combined with sheer accents this collection had me salivating for more.
WHAT I CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT | The watermelon pant suit, the grey skirt suit, the grey cropped tee.
DISCOVER THE BRAND | www.jamieashkar.com.au
NATALIE & SARAH
THEY SAY | “A contemporary take on the ‘mod’ era with a sporty, hard edge, rock ‘n’ roll twist. With an emphasis on colour and shape, clean lines and volume. The collection offers wearable pieces for the fashion forward customer.”
I SAY | This show had a more relaxed and fun vibe than the others, offering casual pieces I could see myself trotting off to lunch with the girls in or an few drinks on a Sunday, but there were also a few stand outs that I would potentially never take off! Loving this collection.
WHAT I CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT | Most of it… watermelon skirt, pink brocade pant suit, pink brocade top and skirt, sheer white dress, lime asymmetrical dress, animal print asymmetrical peplum top, lime skirt.
DISCOVER THE BRAND | www.natalieandsarah.com.au
THE LETTER Q
THEY SAY | “Soft Gothic: gothic from a soft and feminine angle. Taking inspiration from gothic cathedrals, their architecture and structure, drawings, gothic colours and traditional costumes whilst retaining modernity and femininity.”
I SAY | With a predominantly monochrome palette this range offered up a cooler than cool vibe, with clever shapes and unexpected accents that helped the collection cover all bases, from casual to business to formal.
WHAT I CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT | White maxi skirt with silver leather detail, Grey tee dress,
peach printed bomber jacket and matching skirt, clear jeweled clutch.
DISCOVER THE BRAND | www.theletterqclothing.com
THEY SAY | “Tristan Melle’s Spring/ Summer collection encapsulates femininity and style in clean sharp silhouettes, inspired by Jackson Pollock’s abstract expressionist painting and mixture of expected colours.”
I SAY | Tristan Melle’s attention to detail and embellishment, combined with his choice of shapes and colours helped to make this collection a stand out for me (out of every show I saw at fashion week). Every look showed an understanding of structure and style which I found extremely exciting… I’ll take one of everything!
WHAT I CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT | ALL OF IT!
DISCOVER THE BRAND | www.tristanmelle.com
THEY SAY | “Suspended Animation is an innovative collection of tailored separates sports luxe inspired day dresses and fluid evening gowns and employs a robust monochromatic colour palette with hints of tangerine, dove and copper. The collection is a thought provoking examination of modern fashion.”
I SAY | The strong shapes throughout this collection, mainly by way of over-sized shoulders with body con silhouettes gave this collection a space age, futuristic feel. It almost felt like a depiction from the 1960’s of what they imagined women today would be wearing… In a good way!
WHAT I CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT | Sheer white shirt, white shorts, bronze sequin dress.
DISCOVER THE BRAND | www.houseofzhivago.com