Australia might not be part of the 4 main fashion weeks New York London Italy and Paris , but the destination is actually home to some hugely talented designers, as we saw recently at MBFWA.
Queensland designer brand Aje opened the 2019 edition, further cementing its status as an icon on the scene in Oz. The collection – entitled Bloomscape – was a celebration of Australian flora, featuring on-trend balloon sleeves, oversized suits with utility pockets, off-the-shoulder dresses, top stitching and ruffles.
Alice McCall is another firm favourite with a huge international following and her resort 2020 collection certainly didn’t disappoint, with whimsical and colourful pieces, interspersed with florals and feathers, ruffles galore, voluminous sleeves and dazzling metallic and sequin numbers. Maintaining its signature feminine vibe, the label went for a fun, celebratory, party girl feel, which cemented orange as the on-trend colour du jour, while hinting at purple as the colour for 2020.
Signature monochrome was the palette of choice for Ten Pieces, who added navy blues and vivid reds to their sporty-chic athleisure collection. With a cult following in Australia thanks to their unique contemporary, wearable fashion, Ten Pieces introduced sustainably sourced denim into this collection, in a move that exemplified Australia’s strengthened commitment to eco-fashion.
As the only international name on the schedule, L A based designer Jonathan Simkhai chose to stage his show at the iconic North Bondi Surf Life Saving Club with a setting sky as his backdrop, Simkhai’s beautiful gowns in cabernets, blushes and tangerines came down this most perfect runway.
Other brands of particular note include P.E. Nation, Tigerlilly, Mariam Seddiq, Carla Zampatti, Matteau, and Leo & Lin. Trends to watch out for include puffed sleeves, ruffles, off-the-shoulder pieces, purple and 70’s glam.