BY: VANESSA ROBERTS
Today in New York, 20 Australian designers presented their Spring/Summer 2016 collections to an audience of U.S. and International buyers, media and influencers through Australian fashion agency, Fashion Palette.
The excitement for the eclectic collective of talented and emerging Australian designers was evident at Pier 59 Studios in Manhattan as two womenswear shows featured an impressive lineup including: Bec & Bridge, Emma Mulholland X Mambo, Duskii Active, Sabo Skirt, Emu Designs, Tatiana Light, LAGUNA SYDNEY, Hunt & Heart, EDER+BERK, Antonella Ianni, Simmone Standing, Mauricio Alpizar, Viktoria Novak, Belluccio, Luom.o, Nadz & Sabs, Deborah Selleck Couture, Catherine R Couture, Mae’s Sunday and When Freddie Met Lilly.
Prominent fashion buyers also attended, including Kleinfeld, Bloomingdale’s, Lord & Taylor, Intermix, Farfetch and The Box Boutique.
Bec & Bridge opened the ready-to-wear show with a bohemian and vibrant vibe, flowing, sexy silhouettes with a mix of traveller inspired looks and red earthy tones.
Sabo Skirt, launched their new high-end line label, Sabo Luxe – a cohesive collection of minimal wardrobe essentials and with Emma Mulholland x Mambo’s ‘Goddess’ collaborative closing the ready-to-wear show, featuring Mulholland’s signature bold prints.
For the evening and bridal wear show, milliner to the stars, Viktoria Novak awed the audience with her exquisite and elegant headpieces – a royal welcome to the second show.
Nadz and Sabs were all about beading and embellishment, as they interweaved age-old artistries with a contemporary edge and Belluccio closed the show in style with glamorous bold silhouettes, crystal embellishment, and icy detailed gowns.
Hair was soft, with textured movement created by David Cruz for Cutler Salon/Redken. While Australian luxe make-up brand Gorgeous Cosmetics directed by Metro Look NYC kept make-up natural with semi dewy looks. Nails were painted to perfection with ORLY International and Australian footwear brand RMK styled each look with a simple, strappy heel.
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