Another day of show stopping collections by some of my new favourite Australian designers. The highlight of day 3 for me was Ellery’s collection. Ellery presented a beautiful collection of directional shapes, draping and strong bold colours including different shades of red, emerald green, whites. Exaggerated shoulders, silks with beautiful prints and suede fabrics. I loved so many designs in this collection…
Lisa Ho’s SS13 collection featured tropical glamours navy, green, white and pops of neon pink and yellow. The collection featured lots of prints on everything from matching suits, jackets and floor length gowns.
My favourites were the long floor length gowns and maxi-dresses with beautiful floral prints and the printed white pant suit.
Bec & Bridge – The Australian design duo Becky Cooper and Bridget Yorston presented crochet, silks and cotton all trotted out in stark white shades, from midi dresses to shorts to peplum-style tanks, everything sung of summer. Prints were predominately of the emerald and sapphire bent with florals featuring and stripes playing second fiddle. Spliced skirts and blazers with oversized collars. I loved the beautiful flowy silks with the detailed prints.
After all the hype of the launch of Oroton’s first apparel collection, I must say I was left a little disappointed with their first collection. This established Australian accessories fashion house chose “play it safe” for the first collection and focus on wardrobe stapes. But as you would expect, much like their famous accessories, the Oroton show revealed more of an “understated elegance and a collection of polished wardrobe foundations.” In a environment where most Australian fashion houses are struggling with local and international competition, it’ll be interesting to see how the first Oroton apparel collection appeals to the Australian and International market.