Last week saw Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week hit Sydney, Australia showcasing the industry's top talent. This year saw a bit of a reinvention with a change of location for the event from Sydney Harbour to Carriageworks, a former rail yard now regarded as an arts and culture hub. Welcoming nearly 2,000 delegates to watch the 66 established and emerging designers presenting 52 shows, this fashion week was the biggest yet.
The show was streamed live for the first time which proved to be a huge success with over 20,000 people tuning in from over 77 countries. This year there was a strong emphasis on showing the world that as much as Australia still produces what its known best for; its laid back easy going fashion and sexy swimwear, designers have turned up the edge to show they are also influencer and inspirer of cutting edge world fashion.
The move to the disused rail yard saw designers sending there models down catwalks surrounded by concrete walls, air-conditioning ducts, scaffolding and floor grills, giving this year's fashion week a much different vibe to that of the previous location at Sydney Harbour.
Here are some highlights from the week featuring top designers and up and coming starts to look out for.Camilla
My favourite show was definitely that of Camilla Franks
, who decided to step away from the new location and show her latest collection in Sydney's Centennial Park. With the models walking bare foot under teepee tents surrounded by beautiful flowers, a bonfire and even a lama it was the perfect setting for her bohemian, tribal inspired collection of floaty dresses, kaftans and swimwear. Model of the moment Georgia May Jagger also made a rear catwalk appearance adding a youthful rock spirit to the line. The collection was a feast for the eyes with bold brightly coloured patterns, statement jewellery and unique hats and headpieces.
Photo: SplashChristopher Esber
This show was set in a storage warehouse which added a raw edge to the line. The clothes were minimalist with clean crisp lines and Esber
stuck to his normal palette of monochrome with a splash of blue and grey. While choosing not to experiment with colour, you can see his love of different textures, working with textile weaving specialists to create futuristic fabric mash-ups like invisible mesh panelling.
Photograpger Brendon ThorneCamilla & Marc
Celebrating their tenth anniversary at Australia Fashion week brother and sister duo Camilla & Marc
put on a lively show with amazing music and a great set. The show was full of their trademark suits and sports luxe separates featuring beautiful silk blouses, sexy pencil skirts and striking sleeveless jackets. Camilla & Marc stuck mainly to the monochrome trend but added colour with some stunning gold pieces, adding edge with some daring designs including a completely see through lace dress.
Photographer Brendon ThorneWe Are Handsome
A favourite swimwear brand of Rihanna, We are Handsome
brought us their new highly anticipated collection and it wasn't a disappointment. If you love bright fun prints then this line is definitely for you. With themes such as lions, giraffes, foxes and shrubbery it was a visual feast for the eyes and will definitely get you noticed at the beach. Adding a fun flair to the show some models took to bicycles to make their way down the runway!
Photographer Lucas Dawson
Photographer Lucas DawsonAje
I loved the Aje show
which saw models emerging from smoke on a pitch black runway with overhanging branches. A great contract to the mainly white collection of sexy short dresses perfect to bring you from day to night in summer. There were also some beautiful little jackets perfect for the chilly spring evenings (yes they even get them in Australia!) and stunning floaty maxi dresses just perfect for covering up in the hot sun.
Photographer Brendon ThorneWritten by Rose Humble