If you’re like me, you probably feel like you still haven’t made the most of this summer and yet our stores have finished their Spring Summer Sales (SS14) and the Autumn Winter (AW15) collections are already out on display.
Not ready to put away your Spring Summer clothes yet? Well, don’t you fret, you might have a few more weeks to save up for some of the beautiful designs for the next season. Here’s a sneak peek at some of our favourite Autumn Winter Collections from our favourite Australian Fashion designers.
Starting with Josh Goot’s collection, who I heard is supposed to be opening this year’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. Goot’s AW15 collection featured beautiful printed silk tops, jackets and skirts, and one of the must-buy wardrobe staples this season, the black skinny-leg pants.
I was shocked to hear that the 10-year old Sydney based label Josh Goot, one of our (mine and my sisters’) favourite Australian designers, announced last week that the label has entered into voluntary Administration. Although it’s still business as usual in the label’s flagship stores, Josh Goot has engaged an administrator “to protect the company’s future”, it has encountered difficult trading conditions in the fashion industry as one of the few labels that currently still manufactures exclusively in Australia. Let’s hope this amazingly talented designer is able to bounce back from this slight set back and continue to deliver the beautiful designs that Australian women and women around the world have coveted and enjoyed wearing over the years.
I fell in love with Camilla & Marc’s AW15 Collection, featuring strong tailored suits – black ‘le smoking’ and military looks, as well as dusk pink suit and long jackets.
Camilla & Marc’s collection also included beautiful long wool coats, with various different elegant & timeless styles below, I’m not sure which one is my favourite (perhaps the long oversized coat in camel or grey).
Akira Isogawa’s collection featured beautiful silk dresses with ornate embroidery, in keeping with the designers signature style, as well as layered tops and scarves made of tulle, ornate coats and capes (in nude and black) as well as the stunning red embroidered & beaded coat.
Dion Lee’s collection featured bold cuts and clean structured lines. I loved the cobalt blue separate pieces as well as the backless grey jersey top and black tailored suit.
Another highlight was Ellery’s “le Chat Noir” collection, it’s no wonder the designer continues to grow and expand overseas (and is showing in Paris for another year in a row) featuring oversized wool coats, brocade tops and skirts.
In keeping with this season’s trends, long waistcoats in white, black and grey, off the shoulder tops, and if you’re bold you can try the skirt over pants look (yes, it is one of the 1990s look you never thought would comeback, but alas here it is, and some people manage to pull it off nicely).
Ginger and Smart’s collection featured classic staples, wool knits in nude and black colours, white dresses and separates and my favourite look was this wide collar classic beige trench.
Although not that many people know the label Kahlo, with its bold, edgy designs, it is no wonder the label is becoming increasingly popular and is now stocked at David Jones. Favourite looks included the long black skirt with the split, this beautiful blue leather jacket, black leather zip skirt and oversized long wool jacket in charcoal.
A relatively newcomer to the Australian Fashion seen, Karla Spetic’s ‘Crossroads colleaction” featured beautiful long w oversized woold coats in a lovely apricot colour and black, embellished white wool knit & lace dresses in pastel colours and floral prints.
The first time I ever saw the stunning Australian celebrity Fashion Blogger and guest international model Nicole Warne (@garypeppergirl) she was wearing the beautiful white knit by Karla Spetic at Mercedes Benz Fashion week last year.
(Left Picture taken by my sister Clarice @brigadeirochoc at fashion week (MBFW Sydney) last year and picture on the right from @garypeppergirl wearing Karla Spetic top and skirt).
Zimmermann also had another beautiful and feminine collection, with delicate and flounce lace dresses, brocade dresses and my favourite was the long floral dress (the effortless boho chic look) with a long trench coat.
Willow’s collection featured its signature flowy silk dresses in different colours and patterns, and who can resist this chambray long button dress (that could be worn as an overcoat) and matching chambray shorts?
Manning Cartell’s collection features lace A-line skirt and dresses, geometric prints, I also liked their grey cape coat and beige coat with blue detailing.
Melbourne based design duo Strateas Carlucci, won of both the womenswear and menswear categories at the 2014/2015 Australian regional Woolmark Prize last year, with their precision tailoring and exquisite draping of fabrics. The design duo’s AW collection took inspiration from the work of the late indigenous artist Emily Kngwarreye to create their In Digital collections that included bold black and white prints, fine check suiting and voluminous ankle-length coats of resin-coated merino wool.
So there you are, as you can see we have some amazingly beautiful looks this coming winter season from our own Australian designers.
Before spending all your money on high-street stores have a look at which of these statement pieces would complement your wardrobe, let us know which is your favourite? Sometimes it’s nice to invest in some higher-quality garments that withstand the test of time and become long-term staples in your wardrobe. Let’s continue to support our talented Australian designers.