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Published: 11 Apr 2013

Australia FW S/S 13-14: Highlights


As Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia comes to a close, we highlight some of the standout collections from Sydney.

Christopher Esber’s relaxed breed of elegance impressed with loose silhouettes, luxe fabrics and androgynous shapes, making for a cool, grown-up take on casual.

After showing last season’s A/W 2013 collection in a presentation in Paris, Kym Ellery took her eponymous label back to her hometown for S/S 2013-14. Interested in silhouette and texture, the Ellery collection focused on satin and sexy, sporty shapes while the bell-top shoes were a playful finishing touch.

Dion Lee, one of Australia’s best-known designers internationally, chose to show a small, capsule collection as part of a private dinner at the Sydney Opera House. Known for his strong, futuristic look, Lee showed cutaway dresses and leather pieces with a confident, warrior aesthetic, teamed with boots by Australian heritage workwear brand R.M Williams.

A favourite on Instagram this week, bohemian fashion and lifestyle brand Camilla by designer Camilla Frank staged a show inside several giant teepees decorated with a distinctly hippie feel, reflecting the collection’s earth goddess inspiration. At the opposite end of the scale, Manning Cartel’s combination of tomboyish cool, 1970s disco prints and sexy attitude proved a winning combination.

Melbourne’s From Britten was a menswear highlight with tactile, light-reflective fabrics and long, boyish shorts creating grungy silhouettes that felt very London.

Meanwhile, in the swimwear sector, photo-real prints remain a strong direction; We Are Handsome opted for wild animals (giraffes, wild horses and penguins all featured), while Gypsea showed cats and cockatoos on swimsuits.

See the full list of designers, plus catwalk images and videos, on the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia website.