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Australia Fashion Week Comes to a Close

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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.

Day 5:
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.

Photo: Matt Jelonek/ Getty Images (Zambesi); Courtesy of Estelle Dévé and Camilla and Marc

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Nicole Miller’s New Zealand Fashion Week Diary

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Paris fashion week may still be raging on, but Nicole Miller (left) recently headed down to a sunnier fashion experience: New Zealand fashion week, in Auckland, where she was invited to present her collection. Below, the New York-based designer fills us in on the goings-on down under, and click below for more photos from the week.

After 21 hours, my assistant Janey and I finally arrive in Auckland, and suddenly it doesn’t seem so far away. It’s Tuesday morning and day 1 of fashion week. Our show will be Thursday. We check in and have to unload trunks for our fittings—we have 21 models coming in and four hours to do it all. Somehow it makes New York look like a breeze. We managed to get it all done in time to go to the Cybele show, one of the tightest shows I saw all week. I had checked out the line before I came so I was anxious to see it. It had some fabulous digital prints, and some of the prints were mirrored in the cuts of the clothing. Very nice!

The whole NZFW venue is very interesting—it’s held in an old navy yard, so it was all on the funky/rustic side. But a few brands, like Zambesi, showed offsite, which was cool, too. Zambesi was held in a huge warehouse; the runway was almost a mile long! Zambesi is one of the hippest brands in New Zealand, and I’m surprised their clothes are not easier to find elsewhere.

On day 2, we had our last fitting and then headed to the Jimmy D show—another of my favorites. It was entirely black and white—and mostly black! Designer James Dobson did a great digital print that was done by an artist friend of his, Andrew McLeod, both on T-shirts and georgettes. And that night we went to the most interesting experience of the week: the NOM*d show, also held in an offsite venue. The show was called Dance Macabre and was inspired by the black plague. It was four vignettes going simultaneously: a dinner scene, a bedroom scene, a fire, and a crushed car with a performer on it. It was quite fascinating—though you couldn’t really see the clothes. But it was so cool it didn’t matter. Continue Reading “Nicole Miller’s New Zealand Fashion Week Diary” »