One of my favourite things about fashion week, besides the fun of watching established designers fashion shows and seeing the unique, quirky & beautiful streetstyles around Carriageworks, is also looking out for the new, emerging designers showcasing their creations for the first time and on the off-chance meeting them to get insights on their inspirations behind the designs.
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia (MBFWA) has been a great avenue for emerging designers to introduce themselves to the world and put their heart and soul in what takes months and months of planning into a 5 – 10 minute show. Established designers such as Gary Bigeni showed his first collection at a New Generation show 10 years ago, his eponymous brand has evolved over the years and is stocked at David Jones and at various boutiques throughout Australia and looks to be setting sites overseas. Other designers such as Sass & Bide and Bec & Bridge are also said to have first launched in a New Generation show.
I attended a few of the emerging designer shows at this year’s MBFWA, there were several unique & talented designers showcasing their collections this year. The designers that stood out for me were the following designers that showcased their creations at the St George New Generation show and Raffles Interntational showcase.
Casper & Pearl
Of the six up-and-coming brands featured New Generation show, Casper & Pearl’s designs were for me the highlight of the show.
I loved the floral digital prints, well-tailored lines, sporty luxe look of Casper & Pearl’s collection below. The 22-year-old Adelaide designer Stacey Hendrickson, who founded the women’s youth label when she was 18 is also a talented artist, her designs’ major point of difference was the unique digital prints produced from her own paintings.
House of Cannon
Sleek feminine silk dresses in bold colours (red, blues) and beautiful floral as well as fun dinosaur prints.
Brazilian Native Vanessa Moe’s collection featured sleek feminine dress in block colours, ivory and deep blues, accompanied by bold & unique perspex headpieces.
At the Raffles International Showcase:
Sara’s designs featured beautiful feminine dresses, structured lines, romantic floral printed dresses in pale hues of grey and blue.
Above: Photos from Raffles.
So there you are, some great emerging designers to look out for, we look forward to meeting some of these designers and getting further insights into the inspirations behind their designs.
We will keep you posted & will continue to share with you on J’adorais!