Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week is easily one of the most significant fashion events on the calendar, and Style Magazines was thrilled to be sitting front and centre for the opening collections. One of the most anticipated events of the year, Fashion Week plays an integral part in the Australian fashion industry. “Fashion Week Australia is an important platform for our state’s designers to make their mark, showcase our unique Australian style and spectacular harbour city to a global audience, and importantly, generate business for NSW,” NSW Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall told Fairfax Media.
Dion Lee opened the festival with a high-fashion take on a ‘bachelor and spinster ball’, with a cohesive collection heavy with Australiana-influences. Think deconstructed wide-brimmed Akubra hats, R. M. Williams boots with Cuban heels, and a colour palate of black, blue and tomato sauce red. Oversized jackets and tailored tracksuits were highlights of the collection, as well as trademark Lee pieces such as laser-cut skirts and perfectly tailored high-waisted trousers. Lee states the collection was inspired by “identity, reflection and optimism”.
The second day of the week showcased collections by Alice McCall, Thomas Puttick, Albus Lumen, Karla Špetić, and more.
Alice McCall experimented with the 1940’s and ’80s glamour whilst still maintaining her archetypal rock-chick aesthetic. Rich textures and strong silhouettes were balanced with a demure palate of pastel hues of apricot, rose, ocean mist blue, and soft creams, and the wearability of the collection has us itching to get our hands on our favourite pieces.
Emerging designer Thomas Puttick didn’t shy away from the spotlight, choosing to break ‘fashion week’ stereotypes and cast a line-up of real women to model his collection. Some of the names included Yvonne Tozzi, Nadine Bush, Dina Broadhurst, Nima Davif and Aminata Conteh-Biger. Fluid, silk textiles and soft (almost ethereal) silhouettes exhibited Puttick’s ability to create beautiful garments that are beautiful both on and off the runway.
Sass & Bide also returned to MBFWA for the first time in 14 years, with arguably the most anticipated show of the season. Pieces were heavily embellished with all your favourites (sequins, beads, and fringing) in the way we know and love, yet the silhouettes and colour palate felt more mature than previous collections – the perfect party dress, all grown up.
We are excited to see what the remainder of the week brings to the table, with designers such as Bec & Bridge, Vale Denim, and Romance Was Born yet to showcase.