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Your Guide to MBFWA Resort '17

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Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia has come to Sydney and it’s ushered in a new era of Resort collections - here’s everything you need to know about who was best in show, the 'FROW' and exactly what Resort is all about.

Welcome Resort ’17

This year marks a significant shift in the 20+ years MBFWA has hosted the best of Australian fashion. Instead of the traditional seasonal bookends of Autumn/Winter and Spring/Summer, designers are showing their Resort collections on the catwalk — and it’s exactly what you’d expect: modern, wearable clothing that caters to our increasing need for a season-less wardrobe and frankly, provide the answer to what exactly do you wear during unpredictable climes (it’s May and we’re still wearing shorts). 

It also marks a turn towards more commercially viable collections and unsurprisingly, further growth of athleisure designs. So if you’re a fan of versatile and easy-to-wear clothing that you can wear to the office, on the weekends, and yes, to a resort holiday, get ready to love the Resort ’17 collections.

Best in Show

From Romance was Born to Manning Cartell, here's a run-down of our favourite shows so far.

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Romance was Born

Collection name: Whispering Angel

In brief: Celebrating their 10-year anniversary, Romance was Born's Resort '17 show was further proof that the brand continue to push boundaries with their unique take on Australian design. Set in the grand Cathona House in Darling Point, the intimate show had the models walk through the house in fabulous Liberace-inspired attire, which included feathered trim, oversized ruffles, sequinned embellishments, and prints of Australian flora and fauna, a recurring signature from the brand's design duo, Luke Sales and Anna Plunkett.

What we loved: The fringed and feathered dresses, and the tightly-curled wigs on the models that made them look like cherubic 'whispering angels.'

The 'FROW': The show's very limited seating meant it was mostly fashion industry types that managed to score a seat inside the house. This included design icon Jenny Kee, Vogue editor-in-chief Edwina McCann, and David Jones' own merchandise director, Donna Player.

Shop Romance was Born's current season collection.

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Bec & Bridge

In brief: Inspired by a celebration of an Indian summer, the collection had a nomadic spiritual vibe throughout, and not least because of the hand-drawn Rangoli art on the concrete runway. From signature form-fitting styles in gold and brown lurex, one-shouldered pieces from swimwear, jumpsuits and dresses, and sequinned mini dresses, each piece is guaranteed to appeal to the brand's party-girl devotees looking for a bit of divinity.

What we loved: The fluid, dusty pink dress with flared sleeves made from shimmery satin is an absolute knock-out.

The 'FROW': Tahnee Atkinson, Samantha Jade and David Jones ambassador Jesinta Campbell in a vamp, all-black outfit.

Shop Bec & Bridge's current season collection.

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Ginger & Smart

Collection name: Voyager

In brief: The collection’s inspiration was the earth’s reflection from space which translated into aerial prints, textured fabrications and cosmic-shaped jewellery.

What we loved: An ultra-feminine collection with lace, raffia, smocking and pleating, asymmetrical hems and layers, with sporty hints in the form of hooded jackets, sculptural shoulders and metallic elastics. It’s also the first time swimwear is shown by the brand.

The ‘FROW’: Fashion heavyweights like Christine Centenera, Emma Lung, Terry Biviano and Kate Waterhouse.

Shop Ginger & Smart's current season collection.

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Rebecca Vallance

In brief: A sexy collection of flirty black and white lace designs with a zesty hit of yellow.

What we loved: Playful details like ruffles, apron-like straps and shoulder-baring dresses.

The ‘FROW’: International model Bridget Malcolm, and Elle Ferguson and Tash Sefton from They All Hate Us.

Shop Rebecca Vallance's current season collection.

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Dion Lee

In brief: Fashion and business meet at Dion Lee’s show held at the Bloomberg Building’s rooftop space featuring a collection with sleek, minimal pieces with a twist - just what’d you expect from Dion Lee. For this collection, the twist came in form of Swarovski crystals and faceted lace embellishing his mini dresses and tailored separates.

What we loved: The wrap skirt and corset pairing - just the right mix of bodycon and sculptural draping.

The ‘FROW’: Front row A-listers like Margaret Zhang and Jesinta Campbell watched the show underneath the stars. 

Shop Dion Lee's current season collection.

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Manning Cartell

Collection name: Diaphanous

In brief: Utility meets femininity in the collection which saw khaki and graphic camo mixed in with deconstructed silk and lace pieces. There were also vibrant hits of colour in ochre yellow and cherry red toned down by powder blues and pale pinks.

What we loved: The slip dresses cut on the bias and pyjama-like silk separates which showcased the effortlessly glamourous style of the Manning Cartell girl.

The 'FROW': Set in Milson's Point right underneath the Harbour Bridge, the likes of TV presenter Carissa Walford, fashion blogger Nadia Fairfax and PR guru Montarna McDonald had the spectacular Sydney Harbour as the show's backdrop.

Shop Manning Cartell's current season collection.