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Australia fashion week wrapped in Sydney today, and Style.com’s special projects editor, Maya Singer, has been reporting back on the most exciting shows. To view our complete Australia fashion week coverage, click here.
Fashion week in Sydney concluded this afternoon with a show by Zambesi (left), one of the major brands from New Zealand. Even if you hadn’t known that Zambesi was based in Auckland, the clothes on the runway made it altogether clear that a non-Australian sensibility was at work. To put it plainly, Zambesi designers Elisabeth Findlay and Dayne Johnston have an affection for the eccentric and borderline frumpy that the local Sydney designers do not share at all. The men’s looks, designed by Johnston, were relatively straightforward—vaguely thuggish tailoring, plus the odd flourish like a pair of tailored wool shortalls. The womenswear, from Findlay, had a bit more range, with crispy and rather clinical white looks ebbing into more challenging pieces, such as long narrow dresses covered with fringe tassels. For both sexes, the sharpest looks were the ones in a tartan organza; very on-trend, that.
Zambesi aren’t the only carpetbaggers on the Australian fashion scene. Jewelry designer Estelle Dévé hails from the South of France, originally, but her brand is based in Melbourne, and in the five years since she launched, it has emerged as something of a cult phenomenon. Dévé’s signature pieces are plated rings with a rough-hewn look; this season, she’s elevated her aesthetic quite a bit, drawing on her French heritage for a bit of soigné, and sourcing influence from the surrealists. Standout pieces in the new collection include statement necklaces with egg-shaped crystal pendants half-covered in a dissolving layer of silver.
Dévé adapted several pieces from the new collection for a capsule range of bracelets and necklaces made in collaboration with Camilla and Marc (left). Those pieces were on the Camilla and Marc catwalk at the very start of Australian Fashion Week; so too was the jewelry work of Ryan Storer, whose dangerous-looking ear pieces adorned all the models at the show. Storey’s brand is ultra-new”—his very small debut collection is shipping to stores now, with a selection of the ear pieces due to arrive at Browns in London at any moment.
It’s a long way between Australia and New York—23 hours by air—and accordingly, Aussie designers have had less of a presence in the city than they might. But this week, the Australians in New York Fashion Foundation and the Woolmark Company have brought five star down-under designers to the city to give them a chance to shine. The Australian Five, as they are called, get their official American coming-out party tonight at the Crosby Street Hotel. Before they present their collections in New York this week, Style.com introduces the fab five: Kym Ellery, Magdalena Velevska, Fernando Frisoni, Christopher Esber, and Michael Lo Sordo.
Ellery, a Perth native, has long been a standout at Australian fashion week since she first presented her collection in 2007. After a stint at Russh magazine, she noticed a gap in the market and launched Ellery. “My goal: to create garments that women really want to wear,” she tells Style.com. “A seamless urban uniform for women with style.” Her uniforms mix comfort with aesthetics, focusing on architectural shapes with luxurious fabrics, and have been picked up by everyone from Courtney Love to Abbey Lee Kershaw. She’s also got a scented candle coming out this year and, in keeping with her zine roots, she’s working on the latest issue of her annual “book-zine,” the Ellery Gazette.
Unlike a few of her Australian Five compatriots, Veleska studied and worked in the fashion industry for over ten years before launching her own line. “This was something I wanted right from the start,” the Macedonian designer says. Her collections are “textile-driven,” she explains, with couturelike embroidery techniques and lace-worked knitwear. “These are juxtaposed with pieces that have a minimal and future-forward aesthetic.” As she continues to develop her label, she’s ready to start pushing the envelope, developing new textiles and exploring new knitting and felting techniques.
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