Having just wrapped Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia in Sydney, after a whirlwind week of attending shows, showroom appointments, meeting with international editors and friends, I’ve highlighted my favourite shows and brands to watch for the Resort 18 season. THE SHOW OF THE WEEK Romance Was Born – as long-time collaborators and friends, we’ve worshiped and admired everything that Romance Was Born has created; over ten years of collections to the bespoke events and window installations crafted for Parlour X. Anna Plunkett and Luke Sales are two of Australia’s most talented artists, who brought a sense of fantasy and whimsy to womenswear, and a unique and memorable environment to match. The show was hypnotising and magnetic. So thankful they closed the week with a bang! Best show yet! DAY 1 Opening the week on Sunday at the landmark location of Sydney Opera House; Dion Lee presented his signature aesthetic is of opposing elements and duality. The laser cut styles of which he is known felt modern and technical. A highlight for me were the silk-satin ensembles and separates which were elegant in colour and style. DAY 2 Albus Lumen in its second-year presentation was uplifting and a promising way to commence the week. Seated outside in a courtyard setting fit with Moroccan tiles and only a tipped over vessel of lemons, models were tranquil in lightweight pinafore dresses and separates, some outfitted in a headscarf and some with Ryan Storer custom ‘shell’ jewellery. The show cemented the designer’s eye for detail in her curated presentation. DAY 3 As part of the St. George NextGen, Meredith Bullen is one to watch. As an emerging talent, Meredith stood out with her Japanese-Belgium aesthetic and her interesting use of denim. It’s exciting to watch this brand evolve, she has a future in Australian fashion. For Resort 18, Christopher Esber explores ‘antithesis’, embracing new elements beyond his signature draw cards while keeping true to his modern aesthetic. This came through menswear tailoring juxtaposed with hyper-feminine colours, fabrication and hidden twists. He is a smart designer. DAY 4 Celebrating a tenth year in business, Ellery presented her most iconic, archival looks from the last decade, in collaboration with Etihad. A VIP cocktail event, hosted by my friend Kym Ellery, provided a benchmark of reflection and celebration. Congratulations Kym! DAY 5 Ten pieces brings minimalism to Sydney fashion week, the lifestyle brand serving up modern comforts in the most picturesque backdrop – Icebergs, Bondi Beach. Favourite pieces were the bold use of orange knitwear and their relaxed sportswear styles of black and white staples – it’s a show not to miss every year. What I loved about the week: all brands as part of the Parlour X stable or whom we believe in as Australian talents, presented a strong signature of their aesthetic. The DNA of each label or brand was evident in each runway show. The week that was! Eva x
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