Celebrating fashion and culture, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week 2017 comes to Sydney bringing the most innovative, established and upcoming designers together.
Australian Fashion Week has become the nation’s biggest fashion attraction with the most fashionable people, red carpet celebrities and retailers all descending on Sydney for a week of shows. It has proven that Australia knows more than any other nation how to transmit its passionate lifestyle to fashion with its mind-blowing premier fashion and resort collections from Australia’s leading designer brands.
As the MBFWA draws to a close for 2017, Farfetch had a chat with four fashion influencers to find out more about what they like the most about the MBFWA and how they think it reflects the fashion and style of Australia.
Steph Sparks - watermeloncrush.com
‘Australian Fashion Week is unlike any other week of its kind across the globe. What draws me to Australian fashion is what drew me to this beautiful country in the first place - the people and the place is unlike anything else - it’s relaxed, but still dressed for the occasion. It’s wearable, friendly yet oh-so-stylish. It’s that outfit that makes you feel like the brightest spark in the room, yet you’d happily dance the night away in it - without changing your shoes.’ Think of Romance Was Born with its fantasy themes captured in breath-taking pieces, flowing silhouettes and sheer fabrics.
‘Australian fashion celebrates everything that fashion should be; an expression of self, with an injection of cool factor and a twist that could only come from people who spend their time in a country drenched in sunshine, rich in culture and an open minds. Australian Fashion Week is exactly this - a parade of approachable, fresh fashion that's easily incorporated into any wardrobe - wherever you may be in the world.’
Claire Fabb - Style By Yellow Button
‘My on-set life doesn’t differ from my MBFWA life. MBFWA is an amazing opportunity to dress up’ – designers such as Christopher Esber and Macgraw have you covered here - the former with its minimalist look yet impeccable tailoring; the latter with feminine silhouettes and textural fabrications.
‘As much as I adore wearing high fashion and donning my heels for dinner, I feel right at home wearing my regular every day outfits in my role as a stylist and digital consultant. It’s a fair representation of my personal image and style.'
'I, like anyone who trawls the pages of magazines, blogs and instagram, loves fashion. The last few years for me, it’s been all about supporting emerging Australian designers in my every day and that is what MBFWA show cases – our exceptional wealth of talent.
However, it’s not just about the designers on the schedule; it’s also the new breed of creatives emerging from behind their closed doors. MBFWA is a celebration of all things Australian design - both big and small.’
Andrea Csinger - Andi Csinger
‘Fashion to me means comfort! My fashion style is rather minimal and I love to live by the motto “keep it simple”.’ Designers such as Dion Lee keep a minimalistic approach giving emphasis on construction and tailoring with uncomplicated silhouettes and sleek shapes.
‘However, this doesn’t really apply during the craziest fashion season of the year, Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. It is amazing to feel the energy and being able to show who you are through outfits and then seeing people appreciate that.'
'It’s also great to experience fashion through eyes of likeminded people. Seeing all the creations on the runway is so fun, feeling the vibe and appreciating the designer’s hard work. It’s pretty fascinating to see how the fabric folds and watch it all in front of me.
This one week for most of us means swapping the basic tee and jeans combo for more vibrant, sometimes even crazy outfits.'
Jasmin Howell - Friend in Fashion
‘In Sydney anything goes when it comes to style, so there was a lot of variety at MBFWA! This year, one dominating theme was dressed down style, with a strong 'sport' influence, along with a focus on key accessories. Think more of Strateas Carlucci oversized silhouette and effortless modernity to pull off a bold yet simple look.
Aussie style is very much influenced by our beautiful weather and relaxed culture, so my MBFWA wardrobe this year has very much embraced this, experimenting with interesting silhouettes, proportions, colour, prints, and bold accessories’
Thanks to so many talented and inspiring Australian fashion designers, fashion week never disappoints and the MBFWA 2017 hasn’t been any different - with so many beautiful Resort Collections out there, don’t leave it till the last minute to start dreaming (and planning!) your next holiday wardrobe.