May 25, 2016  —  by

Highlights from Australian Fashion Week

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Toni Maticevski’s vision for resort 2017 seamlessly married his trademark streamlined futurism with a bondage twist. It was an aesthetic pairing that brought a sense of tension to the collection, with the bound and gagged models contrasting the often eruptive drapery of the garments.


In the increasingly commercial, conformist arena of Australian fashion week, Akira Isogawa’s gender-neutral resort 2017 collection brought a welcome change in tone. Sticking to his tried-and-true formula – a blend of sculptural drapery and soft tailoring – Isogawa worked primarily with a palette of neutral tones, accented by floral shades of red, pink and yellow. The result – clothes that are simultaneously architectural and natural – was a reminder of why Isogawa has managed to remain a quiet yet constant fixture in the Australian fashion industry over the past two decades.

Ginger & Smart

Playing on an extra-terrestrial view of the earth, Ginger & Smart presented a soft and pure take on archetypal resort wear. True to the brand’s style, the collection was abundant in texture, with raffia and lace used to full effect. Topographic micro-pattern embroidery throughout the collection brought home the designers’ planetary vision.

Dion Lee

This week marked Dion Lee’s return to Australian Fashion Week, but the designer’s resort offering was a massive departure from past seasons. Case in point: the boxy, bare-shouldered variation on a shirtdress which opened the show. Shown beside asymmetrical silk dresses so lustrous they appeared almost molten, the opening look established the dichotomy between rigidity and fluidity, which Lee explored throughout the collection. It was a lesson in polished sensuality — something Lee has perfected through practice.

Karla Špetić

Recollecting her youth in Croatia, Karla Špetić’s ‘Memories’ resort 2017 collection was a nostalgic ode to Dubrovnik. Bursts of lavender throughout the collection alluded to the scent of folded clothes, while navy tones called to mind the depths of the Adriatic Sea. Špetić toyed with the idea of a postcard both literally — through box pleating, scalloped hems and photographic prints to mimic stamps — and as a metaphor for the collection’s ‘wish you were here’ vibe.

Georgia Alice

Emerging designer Georgia Currie struck the nail on its head with a collection that brought new life to two of fashion’s biggest tropes over the last five years: sleepwear and nineties sportswear. Oversized shirts were reined in by thick-strapped, rectangular bandeau tops, and they were worn under dresses seemingly fashioned from men’s suiting. Light, slinky knitwear and metallic silk dresses kept the nineties look going. True ‘effortlessness’ is non-existent in fashion, but the Georgia Alice woman, having seemingly thrown a dress over her pyjamas and left the house in remnants of last night’s makeup, came very close.