AUSTRALIAN FASHION WEEK: MY HIGHLIGHTS

I have just returned from my second trip to Australia Fashion Week in Sydney, I committed to the epic 24 hour journey last year and had such an incredible time that I jumped at the chance to go again (I am currently sat in Singapore airport, the mid-point of my 24 hour trip home). The industry in Sydney is making huge efforts to establish itself amongst the traditional fashion cities, while some of its biggest export talents made the jump to the New York or Paris schedules several seasons ago.

It was wonderful, therefore, to see Dion Lee (a NYFW regular) open the week with a beautifully staged show outside the Sydney Opera House. Watching the models stride out in signature silhouettes, flashes of tomato red and liquid satin against such a breathtaking backdrop of architecture and moody grey skies was quite a sight (it was also a pretty close call, raining for hours that morning at which point an email was sent warning all attendees that the show would take place outdoors no matter the weather).

It is fair to say that there is a certain laid-back attitude when it comes to Aussie style, something that I enjoyed watching on and off the runways (I have rounded up some of my street style girl crushes here). Three of the emerging brands that caught my ever-roaming eye did so because they captured this vibe, albeit with very different aesthetics.

First up, minimalist favourite and shirting maestro Anna Quan took her signature double-cuff monogrammed button-up (as seen on everyone from Margaret Zang to Sara Donaldson and Camille Charriere) one step further with deconstructed styles, cotton dresses and oversized trench coats, accessorised to perfection with Alighieri jewellery.

The boys behind Double Rainbouu know just how infectious those Bondi summer vibes are, and created a line of tongue-in-cheek Hawaiian shirts, logo tees and shearling pool slides for ‘pool punks and beach babes’ everywhere, including a certain Mr Justin Bieber (who is amongst their biggest fans).

Set at the landmark that is Bondi Icebergs Club, 10 Pieces, is a seasonal collection of 10 pieces (no surprises there) that I can only describe as Rick Owens meets Off-White. Yep, that good.

And I just couldn’t sign off this post without calling out my favourite collection of the week from Michael Lo Sordo. One part chic daytime dressing with striped shirts and oversized trench coats, one part sexy 80s lame and satin. Hot stuff.