Forget the beach babe cliché. Fashion, Australian style, just got a lot more interesting...
WORDS BY AMELIA BELL
The weather might be as gorgeous as ever, but Australia’s most exciting design talents are bidding farewell to their beach-babe moniker in favour of rule-breaking, contemporary fashion. Yes they’re already smashing it in activewear, but now avant-garde silhouettes and expert tailoring are coming to country’s style fore. So here are the ones to watch this year - Europe, you’ve got some competition…
It’s safe to say this in-demand Aussie label – revered for their pop-culture-inspired prints - has mastered the art of eclecticism. Their mission? To create a ‘fashion dreamscape’ with every theatrical runway show, and provoke an emotional response through their fashion-meets-art collections.
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Dion Lee’s cult following (one that goes way beyond Australia) comes in no small part from his architectural silhouettes, so technical and precise you’ll feel like a gorgeous sculpture. A real pioneer for the modern identity of Australian fashion.
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Michael Lo Sordo began his career as a chef, before turning his hand to design a year later - thank God he did! His label’s aesthetic is based upon razor-sharp tailoring with an air of romanticism. Those silk wrap blouses and fire-engine red trench coats are just impossible to resist.
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Okay, Ellery is certainly no newcomer to the fashion scene. In fact, the celebrated Australian design house already has something of a signature in their voluminous silhouettes. But we’re especially excited about this season. Why? As soon as you spy those patent leather flares and fitted floral dresses, you’ll get it.
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