STREET STYLE and celebrity spotting at Australian Fashion Week

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Rainy weather hasn’t stopped the Australian fashionistas from showing off their schick looks at the biggest event on the style calendar.

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Scroll down to see what Christine Centenera (Fashion Editor Vogue Australia), Margaret Zhang (Shine By Three), Antoinette Marie (Sydney Fashion Blogger) and Nicole Warne (Gary Pepper Girl) wore.

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THE INNOVATORS wow the fashion crowds

6 TAFE students believed in and followed their dreams.. And they found themselves on the runway of Australia’s most prestigious annual fashion event!

The small group of emerging designers (Hayley Dawson, Kiaya Daniels, Bei Na Wei, Julia Logvin, Ciara Nolan and Yousef Akbar) graduated from the Fashion Design Studio at Sydney Tafe. The leading fashion design institute’s alumni list speaks for itself.. iconic names such as Akira Isogawa, Alex Perry, Nicky Zimmermann, Lisa Ho, Ginger & Smart designer Genevieve Smart, Dion Lee, Romance Was Born designers Luke Sales and Anna Plunkett, Karla Spetic and Dylan Cooper have all began their amazing journey here.

Australia has a proven ability to produce and support world-class fashion designers with Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week providing an excellent opportunity to catch they eye of industry insiders from around the world. Buyers, retailers, celebrities and members of the regional, national and international press are all hunting for the best looks enabling the fresh talent to gain recognition, expand their brand and step on the global stage.

Congratulations!!!  I hope you’ll love my photos as much as I enjoyed taking them.

Keep on following your dreams, believe in yourself and never give up:)

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The NEW GENERATION of Australian Fashion

With the absence of some of the industry’s biggest names during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, the Australian Fashion Chamber announced a new initiative to promote and develop Australian fashion design by nurturing young designers both locally and internationally.

The newly formed not-for-profit organization’s Board of Directors will be led by Edwina McCann, Editor-in-Chief Vogue Australia: “The AFC is a welcome addition to Australia’s fashion landscape that will help foster talent and create sustainable, unique and inspiring businesses of which we will all be proud”.

As part of the New Generation platform, IMG has hand-picked upcoming designers to present their Spring/Summer collections with the aim to watch them grow into successful global businesses in just a few short years.

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The New Generation in the focus of the media

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East meets West – LAN YU debuts bridal collection at MBFWA2014

Lan Yu is the first Chinese fashion designer to show at MBFWA. She presented her enchanting bridal collection in ‘The Box” at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia with Jesinta Campbell posing in one of her most remarkable designs.

The ethereal collection featured floating delicate white gowns with crystal embellishments, feminine silhouettes and lots of tulle around the body.

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The fashion installation revealed a breathtakingly beautiful combination of traditional Chinese embroidery and Western couture.

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The young designer has began learning a type of traditional embroidery known as ‘Su Xiu’ from her mother at the age of six, followed by her studies at the Fashion Institute of Technology both in Beijing and New York, where she picked up the best of both worlds delicately balancing exquisite Chinese embroidery techniques with Western structural design and fabrics.

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She is not only the favourite bridal designer for China celebrities but her elegant and mystique designs have been spotted regularly on the red carpet of film festivals all over the world.

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Lan Yu is regarded as one of Asia’s most influential designers and owns an impressive list of awards:

  • ‘China’s Top 10 Designers’
  • ‘Designer with the Highest Media Attention’
  • ‘Asia’s Most Influential Designer’
  • ‘China’s Most Influential Designer’
  • ’2014 Forbes China 30 Under 30: Rising Stars Of Entrepreneurism In China’

Here is a video of her beautiful work.

I hope today’s fascinating presentation will open up new doors to promote her haute couture works on the international fashion stage.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia – SWIMWEAR 2014/2015

It’s time to focus on the latest beachwear fashion trends of Summer 2014/15.

Bright sunny days, beautiful beaches, sunbaking, swimming, surfing… Here is all you need to enjoy to best of Australian summer!

Flattering styles and photographic prints from the iconic Bondi Beach

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Bold colors and playful prints inspired by summers spent at New Zealand beaches

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Nostalgic feelings of past adventures to Las Vegas

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Retro and hand-drawn prints reflecting the memories of a recent trip to Italy

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STRATEAS.CARLUCCI – Monochrome Magic

Following Aurelio Costarella’s beautiful sorbet colour palette, Strateas Carlucci’s dark mood, sleek styling and strong architectural approach provided quite a contrast. The Australian based label created by Peter Strateas and Mario-Luca Carlucci has been launched in Paris first with the aim to establish themselves in the overseas markets and make their official Australian debut later.

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Although the brand was born just two years ago, they already made a mark on the industry. Their ‘sink or swim’ manoeuvre has paid off and their collections have been picked up by 20 stockists all over the world in Russia, Italy, France, Ukraine, Austria, Bulgaria, Saudi Arabia, Finland, China and Hong Kong.

The label’s vision is to create garments that are timeless through structured and minimal styles. Although the outfits are officially separated into womenswear and menswear on the runway, customers are encouraged to cross gender boundaries and pick out unisex garments from either collections.

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The collection showing yesterday was called ‘Fracture’, reflecting the concept of “fractured forms’ with garments created with a sharp, architectural construction and tailoring.

Their signature jacket is made of kangaroo leather accompanied by thick wools and layers upon layers of dark fabrics on the runway. I like their sleek suits and I am sure that both the international and local market will warmly welcome their clean and minimal aesthetic.

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AURELIO COSTARELLA – Parisienne Glamour

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia 2014 has kicked off with an absolutely glamorous contemporary interpretation of classic 1920’s/30’s Parisienne silhouettes showcased by Aurelio Costarella this morning.

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Western-Australia’s most successful designer has named Man Ray and his muses as source of main inspiration behind the collection titled “Solaire” taking us on a ‘journey from delicately pretty to decadently noir.” He swept me off my feet.. I loved those delicate fabrics, pretty colours and feminine silhouettes. Tres jolie!

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The astonishing evening gowns evidenced the strong influence of the most iconic designers living at the turn of the century and the early 1920′s such as:

*Madame Grès - the “grand sphinx” of the haute couture famous for her flowing Grecian-goddess style dresses

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*Sonia Delaunay – noted for her use of strong colours and geometric shapes

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*Madeleine Vionnet – the Queen of the bias cut introducing the revolutionary feminine new look to the world of fashion

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*Paul Poiret – best known for freeing women from corsets and for his unique inventions such as hobble skirts and harem pantaloons

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Apropos corsets and feathers.. Let’s just not write them off yet!

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Aurelio Costarella’s luxurious, sensual but also simple and modern designs have earned a well-deserved reputation for the brand in the world of celebrities. International superstars like Rihanna, Dita von Teese, Eva Mendes, Tyra Banks, Nicole Scherzinger, Dannii Minogue, Geri Haliwell, Natalie Imbruglia and Jennifer Hawkins have all worn his exquisite masterpieces.

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What a remarkable way to celebrate 30 years in the fashion industry!

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