Sunday, 10 October 2010

fashion down under

Given that I have spent the last few weeks travelling from Melbourne to Adelaide and, as my thoughts turn towards how close we are to going home, how much of that has been spent dreamily planning which outfits I will wear on my return to the UK, I thought it would be a good idea to think through some of the Aussie designers that have made their mark on the inetrnational scene for the 'Land Down Under', as well as some up and coming and exciting new creatives.

Originally a stylist, Alice McCall's calling to be a world-renowed designer began in London, later taking her back to Oz and Sydney where the label is now based. Collaborations with sass and bide and Topshop have not done anything to slow the popularity for her stunningly feminine designs and her SS 2010/11 show was everything from a flurry of beautiful nude ruffles to a hardworking navy romper.

Established brother and sister team camilla and marc are well known throughout the fashion world and with good reason. Since 2003 the duo have been turning fashion audiences heads with their signature looks; this season was no different with body-con, an earthy traveller vibe and some relatively rare splashes of colour continuing their failsafe combination of femininity and strength.

Turning down an internship with John Galliano you would think makes for almost certain fashion suicide, especially for graduates fresh out of fashion school. But the duo behind the label that was to become Romance Was Born knew their minds and stuck to their vision - and look where it has gotten them! Years later and a fantastical creative force was a reality, treating those who witness their shows to a different theme each season. SS 2010/11 again brought wearable pieces intermingled with stunning one-off creations contained within a world of the prehistoric.

Taking the limelight at the most recent Rosemount Australian Fashion Week, Dion Lee was hotly anticipated and didn't disappoint. Taking inspirational from natural elements as well as man-made, the designer has cemented his place as one of Australia's newest fashion stars after his debut last year and his equally well-received collection for this season which saw a perfect marriage of conceptual exploration and functionality.

So there we go, some Aussie designers - old and new - to be going on with. Let me know if you've discovered any amazing new talent from the land that brought us Vegemite, Christmas on the beach and Crocodile Dundee ("Call that a knife?!") - at this point I would like to apologise to all the Aussies out there for this gross generalisation - I 'd love to know and hear your finds!

Here's a little Aussie totty I'll leave you with... luckily Australian fashion doesn't stop with Mick eh?!


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