I’m always amazed by the talented pool Australian Fashion designers being showcased at Mercedes Benz Fashion week. I was lucky enough to attend a number of shows throughout the week by both established designers and emerging Australian designers, showcasing at Sydney’s Carriageworks. This year’s resort collections were bold, feminine, celebrating the female form.
Day 1 of fashion week started with an ode to the 90s by Alice McCall, featuring lace dresses, glittery disco dresses and jumpsuits made in shimmery pinks and baby blue colours.
The collection also featured fun feathered jackets and matching feather bags. My favourite look of the collection was the ruffled dress with floral prints in blue below (I loved the cross-over strap detail on the back of the dresses, below on right).
I loved Bianca Spender’s Resort 2018 collection, again the 90s look transpired, this time a much more sophisticated, strong woman, power dressing was a strong theme in this collection. The collection featured beautifully tailored suits, in pastel blue, pinks, and nude colours.
Best of all, I loved all the trench styles, including this beautiful pale blue above trench and nude trench style jumpsuit below.
The other highlight of the day for those looking for evening wear was Steven Khalil’s beautiful and feminine collection. The designer is known for his striking dresses with intricate detailing, and his resort 2018 collection did not disappoint, intricate lace and embroidered dresses, tulle skirts and long floor-length gowns.
The collection featured striking ball gown dresses with beading and intricate embroidery, and his closing look, a stunning full-skirt lace bridal gown.
Day 2 of fashion week started with my favourite sister duo, the Macgraw sisters, who brought us another fun, feminine and frilly collection of beautiful lace dresses, check ensembles, with a Parisian influence. Cute ‘madeleine’ capes, Chanel and YSL inspired monochrome ensembles with bow detailing, navy stripes and pinafores. An ode to all things French with Francophone colours (blue, red and white) featured in the collection.
A relatively new, up and coming designer is Hansen & Gretel, showcased a fresh, feminine collection of silk check dresses and matching ensembles, floral hawaian printed dresses.
Roopa’s (Roopa Pemaraju) resort 2018 collection featured silk dresses in bold pinks and orange colours, with colourful prints and beaded detailing.
I was so excited to be able see one of my favourite designers’, Michael lo Sordo’s resort 18 collection. The models floated down the catwalk intertwining perspex sculptures. “Red is the new black” according to Michael, whose bright red designs featured throughout the collection.
I loved the long red trench ensemble below (middle), as well as luxe evening lounge suits. The 90s styles also transpired in this collection, with slinky long black velvet dresses with cut-out details, layered over lace fitted tops. There was also an ode to power dressing, with strong shoulder tailored pinstriped trenchcoat and suits.
Tailored striped suits and silk luxe ensembles, as well as long a-line dresses with cut-out details.
Above: Michael lo Sordo’s runway finale – captured on my iphone. It was such a beautiful finale to a great start to fashion week.
For Day 2 of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, I was inspired to wear something feminine with an edge. My feminine look with an edge was on point with some of the fashion shows we saw that day.
I love to start my week on a high-note and there is no better way to elevate your Monday mood than with a bit of power dressing. My Monday style inspiration was to combine the feminine florals of this figure-hugging Erdem London floral print dress and contrast the look with the strong edginess of this oversized Burberry trench coat.
The look was accentuated by cinching the waist with a black Burberry double – buckle belt, and killer pointy – toe Zimmermann heels. I topped off the look with a single statement feathered earring and Ellery sunglasses.
Above pictures by Clarice Chian (@brigadeirochoc). Beating mondayitis with power dressing and my morning coffee ;).
Above: Running around between shows with Clarice (left), Kash O’Hara (The Style Doctor). Pictures by the Style Doctor photographer, Carolin Margi (@shotswithcarolin)
My sister Clarice and I were coordinated in our floral prints and pink tones, Clarice wore a yellow lace self portrait top, chloe pants and shoes and cult gaia straw bag.
Above: These heels were made for strutting – Clarice wears Chloe, Kash in YSL and me in Zimmermann.
Our look for Day 2 for MBFWA ended up featured in the Style Watch of the Sunday Telegraph. Thanks to Prue Lewington for the feature.
Look forward to sharing more highlights of our fashion week fun!
Credit: Runway photos from the Style Doctor & Vogue (as my iphone pictures didn’t do the dresses justice).