Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia 2016 showcased seasonal collections from emerging to well-known designers in Australia and Asia Pacific. Held in Sydney in a span of six days, the show bragged a stunning mix of transseasonal, evening wear, swimwear and athleisure looks in monochrome colours, pastel hues and an explosion of colour– placing Sydney as the new international home of Resort. Apart from the established acts like Camilla, Bec & Bridge and Dion Lee, we notice a surge of emerging designers that are sure to make waves in the near future.
Fresh off the runways of MBFWA, we bring you a list of creative minds that have dazzled the runways and audience with their amazing pieces. Given fashion week is all about trade, here are 10 NextGen fashion designers from Australia we think will hit the stores big time in the next year – on- and off-shore.
Already known as one of Australia’s most notable designers, Akira Isogawa has received worldwide recognition for his exquisite contemporary designs. The Japan-born designer moved to Sydney in 1986. He then participated in the very first Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Australia in 1996 and the rest is history. His pieces echo Eastern influences adorned with embellished fabrics, vintage textiles and traditional prints.
Focusing on women’s ready-to-wear pieces, Anna Quan is all about making day-to-day outfits special and not limiting them to the occasional wear. Her latest collection “SYMPHONY” explores the relationship between music, movement and clothing. Inspired by chamber and orchestral music, this collection uses ideas and silhouettes from instruments and notes from sheet music.
An international star on the rise this designer from Vietnam is turning heads with his classy designs. Chad Nguyen’s Resort 17 collection features designs for women with luxurious silk, satin and silk lurex material – combining traditional couture techniques with timeless femininity and modern wearability.
What’s intriguing about Iva Pfeiffer is that she possesses skills that are slowly disappearing in the fashion world – she is the youngest member of The Lace Guild in Sydney and has also studied kimono making with a sensei in Japan. Her first MBFWA collection is truly unique with designs inspired by the 1920s fascination with Orientalism and traditional patchwork. Her garments feature a variety of silk layers that develop an illusion of patchwork. Iva is also focused on ethical fashion and hopes to create a collection that embodies both social responsibility and eco-friendly style.
Jessica Van offers quirky womenwear with transitional evening pieces that focus on natural textiles and textures. “EXPERIMENT 1” showcases the exploration of the Australian desert and native bushland. With a focus on fluid experimentation and hand print works, expect a diverse mix of bold textures and unique pieces.
Kaliver’s inspiration is drawn from the Australian goddess in her natural environment with a heavy focus on unique and interesting fabrics. Using exotically unique fabrics and cuts, each garment is a striking emulation of womanhood in all its distinctiveness. Imported feathers, embroidered fabrics, mesh denims, silks, faux fur, and Indian hand beading come together in a blend of pastel hues in their latest collection.
Having her designs selected to feature at the Student Fashion Exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum and partnering with Westfield Parramatta for a new design initiative, Leah Williams has quite a lot in her kitty. Her designs are inspired by 1960s-style geometric art and sculptures – mixing natural and synthetic fibres as well as using crepe de chine, organza and rayon for her pieces.
Found in 2014, PALM is dedicated to modernising the classic swimsuit. The brand adopts a minimal approach, whilst also infusing a touch of charm. The “QUALIA” collection evokes an air of romance and each piece is imbued with a sense of ease and grace. Modern elegant designs and luxury Italian fabrics combine to create timeless summer essentials for both home and abroad. Expect a range of tube and strapless bikini tops and high-waisted bottoms.
Already holding a prestigious title as a “New Face of Australian Fashion” by Forbes.com, Third Form brings a curated balance between minimalist sophistication, urban edge and the female form. Void of trend and fad, the label builds on the confidence of a designer wardrobe by adding a subtle gritty signature – forging a look that is alluring yet unmistakably sleek and cool.
A new kid on the block, Queency’s signature style is sophisticated and bold yet extremely wearable. She cites her inspiration from artists like Sol Lewitt and Eduardo Chillida – giving a fresh taking on black and white hues to achieve soft yet powerful silhouettes.