Keep up to date with the latest trends being showcased on the catwalks at Rosemount Australian Fashion Week with reports from our very own style guru, Donny Galella.
DAY 1 HIGHLIGHTS:
Zimmerman - A fabulous light collection which was inspired about summer. The ethereal collection featured geometric paneling, hand worked lace, watercolour prints, soft leather skirts, floaty maxi skirts in lots of whites, creams and pastel prints. Bonus points for serving great coffee first thing in the morning.
Alex Perry - This man always puts on a glamorous show, with music you just wanna groove to. Long floating gowns, shorter cocktail style dresses and separates in whites, aqua (with acid yellow), reds, floral prints and a good splash of sequins for good measure. These frocks were already spotted on the Logies red carpet. See pic on the right!
Bec & Bridge- Digital prints in bright primary colours, metallic fabrics, crochet details, see through knits, pops of ruby red, whites and pastel tones.
Subfusco - For this collection, designer Joshua Scacheri created his own digital print, which was utilized in a full men’s suit, an amazing billowing kaftan and a number of tailored mesh pieces. So amazing, pics to follow.
KEY TRENDS WE ARE SEEING: 1920's influences, prints, soft leathers, maxi skirts, floaty fabrics, sheer fabrics, acid yellow, tangerine and floral prints.
Therese Rawsthorne A spellbinding tree branch lined catwalk and a haunting Twin Peaks soundtrack played framing the gorgeous models wearing shades of cream, nudes, pastel peach, white, acid yellow, burnt oranges, floral prints and laces, and even lace worn over prints.
Long floaty maxi skirts, sharp blazers, slim cropped pants. Such a beautiful collection, loved the leather shorts – a massive trend for Spring/Summer.
Rachel GIlbert Rachel recently dressed Princess Beatrice for the pre Royal wedding dinner and this show will now make her in even higher demand for special event frocks. A gorgeous collection in metallic tones, creams, pops of acid yellow, black, embellished trims, one shouldered frocks, lots of long flowing gowns ready for a red carpet.
Littel Joe Woman The show opened with the spectacular Yasmin Le Bon, who looked smoking hot. Lots of wearable prints, fun floaty summery dresses, animal prints, peachy pastels, lazer cut details, leather leggings, maxi skirts, relaxed blazers, lace trimmed tops and mixing of prints, such as animal print with floral. Another big trend we will see next season.
Kate Sylvester Set in an outdoor circular horse parading ring, incredible spotlights chased the models on the circular stage. More floaty dresses in prints, lazer cut detail edging, fabric shorts, leather shorts, soft powder blues, soft lemon and then some brighter colours such as yellow, bright green and cobalt blue. The collection was inspired by moths - with some tops adorning a beautiful moth print.
Sara Phillips, Nookie and Carl Kapp also had amazing shows. Again more of the same trends lots of long floaty silhouettes, cream and peachy tones, leather, maxi skirts, mixing of prints, lace, earthy tones and in contrast pops of vibrant colours, namely cobalt blue, orange and jewel tones.
DAY 3 HIGHLIGHTS
Lisa Ho Began the day by serving up a classic polished collection of bright colours including pink, deep orange, mustard and purple. There was also some amazing watercolour prints in mixed colour tones. Long floaty draped gowns, knee length dresses, shorts, relaxed blazers, leather skirts and pant suits. The models hair was styled in a beehive meets French roll style hair styles and accessorised with brightly coloured accessories.
Magdalena Velevska Without a doubt one of my favourite shows so far. Inspired by her Macedonian heritage. Most of the collection featured dresses with delicate accordion pleats. These soft pleats gently flowed as models walked. Some dresses short, some long and some dresses combined lengths. Dresses in black and white were tastefully injected with neon brights such as pink and orange. Velevska is stocked at Myer, and I have no doubt these stunning dresses will be a massive seller come spring carnival 2011
Fernando Frisoni Set against the Opera House, he showed a clean minimalistic collection in a palette of white, black and a metallic tone. Seperates and dresses, with complex construction sometimes finished with fringing. There was a 60's influence with shift dresses, but also a 20’s influence with fringed flapper dresses.
Michael Lo Sordo WOW!! WOW!! WOW!! the lighting, the staging, and the haunting ‘Ice-castles’ theme music, took the audience on a hypnotic journey. The delicate collection in mainly whites, pastel pinks and pastel powder blues. The modern collection featured minimalistic shapes, sheer layered dresses that had an ethereal quality and i loved the dresses with the shorter hemlines too. I loved his signature print, inspired by the burning essence. A name to watch.
DAY 4 AND 5
Dion Lee - Set in the Opera House on a glorious morning, the most anticipated show of the week. The models strutted down a mirrored surface catwalk. Lots of futuristic looks with pleating, strong suit shapes, origami folds and floaty light fabrics. There was lots of white, pale pink, watermelon, turquoise and black. Models were amazing silver thick necklaces, almost robotic looking. It's easy to see why he is the hottest fashion designer in Australian at the moment.
The Innovators (TAFE NSW) - Most designers have a 'commercial' focus, which can limit their creative license. I love the TAFE show, as we get to see work from the top 4 TAFE Design Studio graduates. These graduates are filled with creative juices and have extraordinary vision. Last year it was Elliot Ward-Fear who had me spell bound. Apart from Ward-Fear, other talented and more established designers such as Dion, Alex Perry, Zimmerman, Liso Ho and Romance Was Born have all studied there. This year students Charlotte O'Carrigan, Leah Hibbert, Emma Mulholland and Anna Westcott. I loved the designs by all 4, but I especially loved the work of Leah Hibbert and Charlotte O'Carrigan.
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