MBFWA - Mens’ Show (Part1)

May 30th, 2012 by by | No Comments

It has been exceptional to see more menswear presented at this year’s Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia, often forgotten as a market of its own. With a dedicated group show in the largest venue, it is sure to renew confidence amongst designers, buyers and consumers that menswear is something to invest in.

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New Kid On The Block: One-on-One With Newcomer, Gabriel Lee

May 23rd, 2012 by by | 1 Comment

From humble beginnings in South Korea, emerging designer Gabriel Lee is one to watch. After debuting at MBFWA in the Raffles College of Design and Commerce Showcase, Lee has sent the media into a fashion frenzy with his elegant designs and skillful artistry. Moving to Sydney after he completed high school, this fresh-faced newcomer has everything going for him. At just 24, he’s won several design competitions and awards, including the coveted Tessuti Award, which saw him travel to New York. Graduating from Raffles in 2009, not even the sky seems the limit for this talented designer. OTSOS was lucky enough to catch up with Lee, in his North Shore studio, for an exclusive sit down interview, post-Fashion Week!

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MBFWA - Photographer favourites

May 21st, 2012 by by | No Comments

Fashion Week for photographers can be one hectic, sleepless, unintentional meal-skipping time. It can feel like you are jumping into a whirlwind of colours and fabrics, show after show, the week turning into one big extravagant blur. Every now and then, however, there are shows that just stick in your mind. They create a series of “Wow’s” throughout the media room. This was, to me, the best time of the week - that rare quiet time where I could to pick and choose my favourite moments. The countdown has already begun for next year, only 10 months to go!

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MBFWA - An Ode to No One’s Visions of Symmetry

May 10th, 2012 by by and | No Comments

It wasn’t a question of who did digital prints this Fashion Week (they were everywhere), it was a case of who did them the best. One contender is certainly Adi Setiadi, the designer behind emerging Sydney label An Ode to No One. Working in collaboration with graphic design agency Helm, Adi developed a series of architectural prints derived from photographs of various structures. Printed on wool and silk, the overlapped and mirrored images - at times verging on the kaleidoscopic - were a perfect match for tailored shift-dresses, skirting and shirting.

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MBFWA - We Are Handsome bring on the sun

May 10th, 2012 by by and | No Comments

One rearing Arabian stallion bodysuit and three years later, We Are Handsome is the final word in bold and beautiful swimwear. With global stockists (hello, Net-A-Porter) and a cult following, things are on the up-and-up for this Sydney-based label. You’re probably familiar with their striking dreamscapes – made from photographic collages with super-saturated colours – and this season extends their limited edition apparel in the form of silk skirts and cover-ups.

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MBFWA - A slice of Ellery

May 9th, 2012 by by | 1 Comment

Everyone wanted a slice of Ellery at Fashion Week. Editors, designer friends and international bloggers queued on the streets before packing into a refurbished warehouse to witness designer Kym Ellery’s Spring Summer 2012/13 collection ‘Delicatessen’.

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MBFWA - A magical moment with Miss Unkon

May 8th, 2012 by by | 1 Comment

On the first day of MBFWA, designer Courtney Meyer presented Miss Unkon’s Spring Summer 2012/13 collection entitled ‘The Life Between’. Inspired by the magical moments in our everyday lives intertwined with the honesty and magnificence of nature and cityscapes, the collection was whimsical in appearance with soft colours and intricate metal embellishment.

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MBFWA Wrap - Day 5

May 6th, 2012 by by and | 1 Comment

In a day dominated by more after-parties than shows, Akira brought a beautiful grace to the end of MBFWA. In the intimate space of The Box, Akira Isogawa led out each of the models by hand beginning with a bridal white dress encrusted with sprays of crystal beading. There were three themes in the collection: soft white, bright kimono dresses and textured block colour accessorised with sculptural wraps reminiscent of coral.

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MBFWA Wrap - Day 4

May 4th, 2012 by by | No Comments

Fashion ran the full spectrum today from the return of beloved fashion icon Jenny Kee to the recent TAFE graduates at the Innovators show. In the evening Carl Kapp and Christopher Esber seriously stepped up the pace delivering two of the strongest shows this week. Jenny Kee made the best use of The Box seen so far, setting her rainbow ‘Australiana’ scarves against a eucalypt wonderland filled with the lemony scent of the bush and sonorous bird calls. Styled by Romance Was Born with elaborate native flower headpieces, the waratah was a defining motif in the prints – ‘my favourite flower’ confided Jenny.

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MBFWA Wrap - Day 3

May 3rd, 2012 by by | No Comments

Bold primary colour was the emerging key trend and those florals just kept coming strong. We started bright and early at Lisa Ho featuring vibrant leafy prints and jewel tones. The colours continued at Alice McCall and her ‘Babushka’ themed collection working rainbow-hued embroidery and gauzy overlays into beautiful dresses and seperates. The On The Streets photography team was particularly enthusiastic stating it was the first ‘instantly wearable’ collection of the week. Later in The Box, Sara Phillips cemented her reputation for pretty prints including layered florals and an animalia print. There were shades of Mary Kataranzou in the nipped-in waists but the pastel palette and soft silks were very Sara Phillips.

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