From 12-16 April, the best of Australian fashion was shown in catwalks, galleries and showrooms around Sydney for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia (MBFWA). We've taken notes, picked our favourite looks, photographed our favourite street style fashionistas, and drank the champagne — it was hard work but here's our pick of the shows, and the best highlights from each one.
The opening show for MBFWA was fittingly dramatic (beginning with a performance from The Australian Ballet and ending with a disgruntled neighbour) and featured sensational pieces we have come to expect from Ellery. Read the full report on Ellery here.
Inspiration: Contorted nudes of Egon Schiele’s expressionistic paintings which came through in the asymmetrical cuts and artful quality of the collection.
Colours and fabrics: Mostly monochrome black and white in varying fabrics and textures, including jacquard, lace and silk, plus some wool grey suiting with hits of colour in cornflower blue, pink and rust.
What we loved: What we've dubbed the 'Ellery flare,' which starts off narrow then widens out to bell-sized flares — a signature theme continued from past collections.
In detail: Ceramic buttons and pendants used as hair accessories and on the coats were created by the designer's mother. As for the shoes, we'll trade our stilettos for the chunky heeled loafers adorned with a delicate chain anyday.
Show highlight: Top model Gemma Ward opening the Ellery show.
Shop Ellery's AW15 collection.
Romance was Born
Presented in a salon style at the Art Gallery of NSW, Romance was Born SS15 collection was called Cooee Couture, a fantastical trip through the unique Australian landscape featuring nymphs, wildflower dames, mystical bird spirits, and burnished roguish outlaws.
Inspiration: The collection was a 'fashion shout-out' to artist Linda Jackson's flamboyant style and a tribute to her fashion label Bush Couture.
Colours and fabrics: The fabrics had watercolour prints hand-painted and embroidered by Linda Jackson, which ranged from rainbow tie-dye, sequined silk, and taffeta with pearlescent ink.
What we loved: It was pure Australiana from the references to Ned Kelly to waratahs and cockatoos, done flamboyantly and bursting with creativity.
In detail: The accessories and jewellery were created for the show by Dinosaur Designs — we were especially taken by the wooden bangles stacked from wrist to elbow, which made a wonderful clacking sound as the models walked past.
Shop Romance was Born's AW15 collection here.
The grand-dame of Australian fashion, celebrating her 50th anniversary this year, showed her SS15 collection ahead of MBFWA at Bennelong Point at the Sydney Opera House.
Inspiration: A celebratory nod to 80's excess glamour.
Colours and fabrics: Brilliant, saturated colours in hot pink, buttercup yellow and electric blue, alongside black and white ink blot prints and overblown flowers.
What we loved: The hot pink opera coat tied at the neck with a bow — an elegantly feminine look.
A collaborated effort: Luxury jewellery brand Cerrone created rhodium and pearl rings, renowned miliner Hatmaker, created one-off headpieces for the show, while stylist Michelle Jank helped Carla put it all together.
Shop Carla Zampatti's AW15 collection here.
Images via Getty Images, Anthony Gattari, and Kate Smith for M.A.C. Cosmetics