Want to stay ahead of the fashion pack? Look no further than Australia’s emerging designers, who are serving up fresh inspiration in spades.
Bringing established and emerging designers together at Sydney’s Australian Technology Park last Thursday night to celebrate their fifth birthday, Fashion Palette’s event was first off the mark on the Australian fashion calender. Ranging from supremely functional, to librarian chic, to glam evening dresses with refreshing pops of colour, Fashion Palette’s showcase of 16 established and emerging designers gave a sweeping preview of what we can expect fashionistas to be sporting come September.
Standouts included bold geometrics and cut outs (Leona Edminston and Mossee), the return of one shoulder designs (Galanni) ruffles paired with high-waisted swimsuits (Saucy Rose), capped sleeves with elegant, plunging necklines (Mackenzie Mode) vibrant fluro in figure-hugging velvet (Gemeli Power), the return of ‘working girl’ power dressing and 80s shoulder pads (Chiquita Searle), and taking cues from the 20s, flapper-inspired drop waists (Zofara), and glamorous metallic floor length gowns.
Talking to made-to-order designer Gemeli Power about her vibrant colour palette, the Sydney-based designer said: “’It’s one of the most extensive you will find. I am constantly expanding the colour charts and catering for a larger demographic. My Signature Label is now available in 24 colours and 8 different fabric compositions, it is forever expanding and inspiration is endless.”
Her advice for young aspiring designers looking to break into the incredibly competitive fashion industry?
“Travel. Study art or fashion. Work harder than you ever thought was possible. Always be professional. Have respect for the industry, your work and people who you work with.”
For more inspiration and information on how Fashion Palette is nurturing Australia’s young designers, head to www.fashionpalette.com.au