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Feature: Highlights from Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia


Toni Maticevski

Toni Maticevski

 

 

We bravely delve in fashion Down Under.

By: Triston

Berlin, Germany

 

This year’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia‘s presentation of the Spring/Summer 2012/13 season, held in Sydney, lacked a few notables such as Josh Goot and Dion Lee, with many in the crowd openly wondering if the week would suffer as a result. Judging by what was displayed, there needn’t have been any concern. Newer designers upped their craftsmanship game, producing retail lines that have been appealing to the mass market for some time now.

 

This is my first time in the Land of Oz and my first time at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia. My first impression of the country and Australian style, if I could sum it up in a word?

 

Daring.

 

Toni Maticevski’s (Melbourne) well-received collection was a wink and a nod to nature with clean, classic lines paired with non-traditional lengths. Peek-a-boo sheer tops and glittering dinner jackets for women. This was the line to top all lines for the week.


Toni Maticevski

Toni Maticevski

 

 

 

The Frill Is The Thrill!

The 40s, 50s, and 60s, considered by many to be the great boom of modern fashion, were well represented in the collection. The models featured in the lineup looked as if they had fallen out of a Parisian cafe with their up-do and boufffant hairstyles adorning the catwalk. Even the music accompanying the collection was a lesson in cool: Lana Del Ray and Sade set the mood.

 

Toni Maticevski

Toni Maticevski

 

Toni Maticevski

Toni Maticevski

 

 

I saw the preview for emerging designer Michael Lo Sordo, which deluged the catwalk with a stream of colors, from fuschsia, brilliant reds, and varying shades of blue. These and other colors could be seen on his signature print dresses which have become quite the trend in Australia. For the chic city girl, there were also cocktail dresses with plunging necklines to feast your eyes on. Lo Sordo’s print dress was combined with a cherry red halter top and a jacket to match the skirt on one model. The end of Lo Sordo’s catwalk presentation ended with a show-stopping pleated skirt in silver, aptly coined ‘the gladiatrix dress’.

 

 

Michael Lo Sordo

Michael Lo Sordo

 

Michael Lo Sordo

Michael Lo Sordo

 


 Honorable Mentions

 Crystal Tsoi was one of my favorite lines of the week. Not only were the colors deep and richly textured, but the symmetrical cuts of the designs gave the entire collection a slightly futuristic look. Hemlines have never been displayed at such varying lengths before.

 

 

Crystal Tsoi

Crystal Tsoi

 

 

Lisa Ho threw out arguably the most vibrant colors of the night, featuring gowns emblazened in colorful arrangements, and bold color with plunging necklines.

 

 

Lisa Ho

Lisa Ho

 

Kym Ellery had probably the most talked about line of the night. She featured metallic microshorts are for the trendsetters, as well as a shimmering couture gowns in the same material.

 

 

Kym Ellery

Kym Ellery

 

Two designers especially used color to boldly go where few designers ordinarily venture. The Zimmermann collection featured frilly floral pieces, as well as ruffles and halter-neck tops. Their swimwear collection was also very strong, with floral prints setting the mood for the runway. Winson Tan also several sheer skirts with unique cut-outs that is bound to be a hit this season. The collection was overall very feminine with dashes of bold color over innovative lines that certainly was a hit with the crowd. 


Zimmermann

Zimmermann

 

Winson Tan

Winson Tan

 

Photos courtesy of  MBFWA Matt King/Getty Images AsiaPac; Alex Singh; Blake Azar

 

 

*Triston is a jet-set performance artist, writer and novelist, living between Istanbul and Berlin. You can check out his thoughts at http://www.myspace.com/triston.


 

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