Next season is all about tailoring, bold prints and neutrals with structured pieces dominating the runway last night at Fashion Palette Sydney. Held at The Art Gallery of NSW on Tuesday, March 10th, 600+ industry guests, fashion identities and consumers were seated by the runway as 13 designers showcased up and coming trends for Australian fashion.
Guests such as Kate Waterhouse, Imogen Anthony and The Bachelor’s Sam Frost sat front row with designers including Nicola Finetti and Arthur Galan along with fashion blogger moguls Antoinette Marie (Sydney Fashion Blogger), They All Hate Us and Sarah Ellen watching with a keen eye as next seasons designs were revealed.
The looks were sophisticated and sharp, marrying fun, bold prints with neutrals. Nicola Finetti, the king of chic opened the show with tailored pieces showcasing bold pops of colour in a mostly cool colour palette.
Milliner to the stars, Viktoria Novak unveiled her new collection, which saw her experimenting with a range of metals and intricate beading. Fit for a queen, every female in the room wanted to own one of her designs. Aqua Blu and Wild Pony presented their fun, bold and bright swimwear ranges, which will no doubt be a popular favourite on the beach once summer kicks in. Wild Pony designs had a native influence with designs brazen with skulls, fringing and embellishments whilst Aqua Blu was heavily inspired with the bright lights of Rio.
Never ones to disappoint, Arthur Galan AG and Leona Edmiston led the way with what’s trending for SS15/16 with Arthur presenting classic structured designs layered over flowing flirty pieces giving us the more is more approach to dressing. The spotlight was on primary colours in an array of luxurious fabrics, tailoring never looked so good. Leona gave us bold playful prints that could take you to work to cocktail hour seamlessly.
Thomas Lazar and Melbourne’s very own Alin Le’ Kal proved they were the ones to watch with Thomas’s outlandish, intricate one of a kind pieces dominating the runway. Alin Le’ Kal closed the show with his highly anticipated collection featuring a palette of neutrals, metallic and hand beaded pieces including cut out evening dresses that left little to the imagination. Both Lazar and Le’ Kal left the industry in a buzz.
The next wave of talented emerging designers did not disappoint with eveningwear designers Roxcii and Elle Zeitoune showcasing beautiful pieces with a high focus on pastels and bold prints. LAB HOMME presented smart, tailored pieces with elements of street wear, taking men’s fashion to new heights. Antonella Ianni played with androgyny with her tailored ready to wear collection in a classic colour palette of black and white whilst contemporary label Nadz and Sabs showcased exquisite beading on raw silk and excellent craftsmanship.
The Art of Fashion theme ran strong throughout the runway show and cocktail function with the models looking like live works of art with face paint, paint brushes and palettes in tow. The models looked gorgeous parading the 182 looks from the talented line-up of Australian designers, styled by teams from Sachajuan and Bodyography with nails by Essie and lashes by Ardell. Contemporary footwear label Billini showed off their must- have heels on the runway.