Australian Fashion Week Roundup

In the past Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia has run in April, but this year things changed a little. Pushed out to May 15-20 in Sydney, the focus was on resort collections; organizers hope the week will become a global destination for designers and brands to showcase these increasingly important collections.

The opening show on Sunday night was from Toni Maticevski and true to form, Maticevski was experimental with his gowns – many of them featuring zippers from top to bottom, chic silhouettes and playful knots that the designer believes represents a “not-to-be-messed-with attitude”.

Sisters Genevieve and Alexandra Smart of Ginger & Smart went for relaxed luxury with silhouettes that were long and easy with asymmetric hems, off-the-shoulder cuts, and Balenciaga–esque oversized hats.

Dion Lee’s dazzling display of sleek, thigh-high mini-dresses, many dripping in Swarovski crystals or shimmering crystal fringing, plus his mix of deconstructed jackets and suiting, slashed with sporty exposed zippers, left his fashion fans in awe.

Designer Alice McCall decided to forgo the runway for a retro live instillation, which was held at Porteno in Surry Hills. McCall transformed the restaurant into a boudoir where models lounged on chairs or shimmied about in Chantilly lace and sweet rompers reminiscent of the 60s and 70s. Pastel blue, pink and white were dominant colors throughout the collection, each of the pieces showing off the designer’s signature unique detailing, modern embellishments and playful jumpsuits.

Activewear label P.E Nation went with a nineties theme for their new urban street wear collection. Feminine yet fierce, the 55-piece collection was made up of colorful crops, bomber jackets, hemmed track pants and swimwear. ‘It was really important to use to encapsulate the P.E vibe – we wanted to show who we are and what we’re about in just 10 minutes, and we feel like we really did that’ said Co-Founder and Director Pip Edwards after the show.

Iconic brand Oscar de la Renta added a touch of international glamour with his closing show on Friday night. The decision to present an exclusive collection at Australian Fashion Week was a first for the world-renowned brand and a first for Australia who, until now, had not experienced the showcasing of an international luxury brand on its shores.

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Having started her career in New Zealand as a fashion and beauty assistant, she then moved on to edit the online beauty magazine, BeautyBible. Since then she has created her own blog, The Refined Edit. Now based in the United Kingdom she has contributed to countless print and online publications including Style.com/Arabia. Follow her musing on Twitter and Instagram @gracieastewart.