A decadent platter of elusive, tactile, delicate, and sheer outfits crowded Sydney’s Carriageworks this last week, where unruly prints, fabrics and designs gave way for a series of spectacular shows.
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia 2014 heralded some of the most recognisable names in the Australian fashion industry – some new, and some who had appeared here many times before.
Swarovski presented their first show ever to appear on the MBFWA runway. London-born Alice McCall, on the other hand celebrated a decade of design with a preview of their Spring/Summer 14/15 collection.
On the runway, little was left to the imagination, particularly at Alice McCall, where baby doll dresses were teamed with cheeky pastel playsuits. Ellery featured an array of monochromatic and sometimes masculine pieces, where Christopher Esber embraced the feminine form with structured blazers, and mini and midi-length dresses. Ixiah collated fun, coloured shapes on a series of garments in keeping with its tribal theme, while Dion Lee kept strong continuity with his signature cut-outs and slim tailoring.
Ginger and Smart, in typical fashion, produced a stunning range of shell tops upon girly midi-skirts. Digitalized florals were molded with futuristic reptilian prints. A midnight-navy blazer was paired with a divine, creamy skirt. Pale, dewy-faced models were complimented with a dark, rouge lip – a fantasy in the making.
Inasmuch as the designer shows were highly anticipated, so too was the style on the street – that of the dozens upon dozens of writers, editors, bloggers and fashion-conscious. What, and often more importantly who they were wearing was as telling as to the latest in fashion trends as were the collections previewed to the public for the first time: The effortlessly glam Elle Magazine Australia team, Jessica Stein of TuulaVintage and her baby-pink suit, along with the often technicolored ensembles of the How To Live sisters were hard to miss.
Wrap-ups of the shows come amid controversy surrounding the appearance of some of the models, where designers like Alex Perry were criticized for featuring girls who gave off a skinny-turned-sickly look.
Although debate continues over whether tougher restrictions should be placed on model and sample size requirements, the event no doubt continues to annually reel in flocks of media representatives and bloggers all keen for a taste of what is to come in the world of fashion.
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