Hailing from two realms of the creative spectrum, designers and best friends Adrian Norris and Edwina Robinson created Aje – an Australian womenswear label dedicated to crafting accessible luxury for fashionable, strong, elegant females with adventurous spirit. Born in the Winter of 2008, following Adrian’s exit from an acclaimed Venetian Art School and Edwina’s departure from eponymous fashion magazine RUSSH, the label’s creations illustrate a pure reflection of the duo’s learnings and background. The like-minded pair has a devotion to hand-loomed and hand-woven fabrications, hand-sequined embellishments, and hand-painted prints inspired by the rugged beauty of their childhood homes on Australia’s East coast. Today, Aje is a leading Australian fashion house leading a major fashion movement in its home country and overseas. The label has become synonymous with effortless glamour, tough femininity and disheveled elegance.
One of Australia’s most celebrated designers, Akira Isogawa has achieved worldwide recognition for his exquisite contemporary designs. Born in Kyoto, Japan, Akira moved to Sydney in 1986 and has since become an icon of the Australian fashion industry. Akira’s garments echo Eastern influences with richly embellished fabrics, vintage textiles and traditional prints. The craftsmanship and romanticism of his designs has become legendary. Since 1998, Akira has shown collections in Paris and presents Spring/Summer and Autumn/Winter collections to international buyers each year. His work has also been embraced by the Australian arts sector, with Akira having designed costumes for the Sydney Dance Company and Australian Ballet, just to name a few.
Undoubtedly Australia’s premier couturier, Alex Perry has added a new level of glamour to our fashion industry with his breathtaking gowns. The designer ‘du jour’ for celebrity red-carpet dressing and high society weddings, Alex Perry is at the top of his game. From the very early stages his brand carried a unique trademark signature – beautiful, luxury fabrics combined with dazzling cuts. Launching his eponymous label in the early 1990’s, Alex’s gowns were instantly acclaimed by leading Australian magazines. Vogue Australia was the first to feature his jewelled corsets and glamorous sheaths in their main fashion shoots. Alex Perry gowns have since ongoingly featured on the covers of Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, Marie Claire, InStyle, Madison & Grazia Australia.
McCall started her career as a stylist in London, where she began designing and selling one-of-a-kind silk pieces on the side. Quickly gaining a fanbase, the alice McCALL brand was born in 2004 when the label was launched at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia. In 2009, alice McCALL began building an online customer base with the introduction of their online eboutique. This was quickly followed by the opening of the flagship alice McCALL boutique on South Dowling Street in Paddington – Sydney’s luxury designer hub, in 2010. To date, alice McCALL is host to five Australian stores, with boutiques located in Paddington, Sydney Westfield, Chapel Street, Macquarie Centre and Chadstone. alice McCALL is also looking to expand globally, opening their first international boutique in Dalian, China in early 2016. Season after season alice McCALL continues to create uniquely feminine, statement pieces with a focus on intricate prints and contrasting silhouettes.
From a rose farm in Canberra where they spent their childhood, to being synonymous with Melbourne fashion, complimentary brother-sister duo – Alpha60 designers Alex and Georgie Cleary have come along way since they emerged on Australia’s fashion scene. Launching their Melbourne-based label in 2005 alongside a Vivienne Westwood retrospective at the National Gallery of Australia, the Alpha60 collection has flourished into a unique, inimitable label known for its fresh take on classic styles and cuts, reflecting a ‘sophisticated quirk’ unique to the brand. Since its inception, Alpha60’s achievements and accolades have been many and varied including solo shows at australian fashion week, L’oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival, two time finalist of the Tiffany and Co Designer Award, showrooms in both Paris and London and collaborations with Sportsgirl, ASOS and Polaroid. Not content to sit and smell the roses, Alpha60 have opened eight Alpha60 boutiques in Melbourne, Sydney and Perth. Inspired by change and a rebellion against the status quo, Alex and Georgie are never far from unveiling their next Alpha60 incarnation which will undoubtedly guide their label into full bloom.
Driven by the design process, each thematic collection is an exploration, a journey that moves seamlessly from one season to the next. A focus on textile development, detailed cutting and quality craftsmanship sets the Aurelio Costarella brand apart. With a distinctive handwriting that ranges from trademark delicate silk chiffon gowns, intricate handcrafted beadwork, embroidery and sharp tailoring, the Aurelio Costarella brand is a luxurious offering of classic pieces with a contemporary edge. In 2009 the Fashion Group International acknowledged this when Aurelio received the International Achievement Award. That same year Aurelio Costarella was nominated for Evening Wear Designer of the Year in the Prix De Marie Claire Awards. Since 2006, Aurelio Costarella has had a presence at New York Fashion Week and G’Day USA and in 2010 his work was showcased at Shanghai World Expo. Aurelio Costarella is recognised as a stable and influential Australian based designer, whilst continuing to earn a formidable reputation globally.
Bec & Bridge is a luxe womenswear label created in 2003 by two dynamic personalities, Becky Cooper and Bridget Yorston. The duo have carved a niche in the Australian industry with their shared vision and intuitive business sense, earning the Bec & Bridge brand a formidable reputation both locally and abroad. The designers’ highly coveted collections consist of something for every fashion savvy customer. Whether it’s their modern effortless separates or their signature luxe party frocks, crafted to elegantly embrace the female form. Meticulous attention to detail and superior materials make for chic and desirable collections season on season. The Bec & Bridge design ethos echoes the relaxed Australian lifestyle and attitude.
Inspired by strength, passion and love, embodied in the modern woman, Betty Tran seeks to create unforgettable experiences, immersing the Betty Tran woman into a world of inspiration, empowerment and fearlessness. Having commenced in 2012, Betty Tran’s designs have been described as a masterful example of combining modernity, strength and luxurious embellishment into breathtaking couture, day and evening wear. The label is supported by a wide variety of stars and influencers, including Spice Girl star turned X-Factor Judge Mel B, Victoria’s Secret super model Jessica Hart, international model Nicole Trunfio, Australian Miss Universe Jasinta Campbell, and tennis champions and entrepreneurs Serena and Venus Williams, among many others.
Created in 2009 the Bianca Spender label is renowned for sculptured and tailored designs, from a sharply cut suit to a uniquely draped gown. The label mixes structure with fluidity, resulting in looks sophisticated yet spirited. A strong focus on craftsmanship and supporting local industry sits at the heart of the Bianca Spender brand. The label produces all garments in Australia, employing a local workforce and is accredited by Ethical Clothing Australia. Based in Sydney, Bianca Spender has a large Australian customer base, supported by two standalone stores in Sydney and Melbourne, seven concept stores within department store David Jones, and a growing online business. Bianca showed on schedule for the first time in 2010 at Australian Fashion Week and continues to show regularly. In 2015 Bianca Spender expanded into international wholesale.
Bird and Knoll is the meeting of a fashion mind and a creative eye. Founded in 2013 by photographer Natalie Knoll and fashion aesthete Macayla Chapman, the trans-Tasman duo create limited edition luxurious oversized cashmere-blend scarves printed with photographic images of iconic and exotic destinations. Working between their Sydney and Auckland showrooms, they focus on combining tactile, quality textiles and finishes with their signature visual story-telling to create a beautiful brand of versatile and luxe accessories – the final edit to any outfit and must-have for any packing list.
Since Virginia launched the label in 2010, búl has been creating something special. Each collection draws inspiration from a specific coastal location creating classic shapes with a distinctive edge. A focus is always placed on fine details; luxurious natural fabrics and unique prints a hallmark of the label. There is a sense of timelessness and delicacy that exists within every búl garment, allowing pieces to become treasured elements of every wardrobe. After launching to great success búl found it’s place in the market easily, appealing to women who sought relaxed yet quality tailored garments. Virginia’s inspiration for the label, which is the ocean and the coast, have shone through every collection from the beginning. Classic yet relaxed pieces that customers can rely on from season to season. The last four years have seen the brand and its popularity grow rapidly. No longer a newcomer, búl has carved its own niche with media coverage and recognition of the label is rapidly increasing.
The By Johnny girl has no boundaries, she exists both locally and internationally. Whether here or there, they connect with each other, accessing the same information at the same time. She is in a constant state of progression and her wardrobe captures the allure of the ever changing modern woman. By Johnny designs speak of unique concepts, inspired by the world as Johnny sees it. The collections focus on reworking traditional silhouettes with classic styling however differentiating the wearer with the use of bold self-designed textiles and high intensity graphics.
CABLE MELBOURNE is a premium Australian knitwear label that launched in 2007 with the simple aim of creating luxurious wardrobe staples of high quality and durability. The creative force behind CABLE MELBOURNE, Georgina Austin (Sutton), has certainly earned her stripes as a leading light of Australian style. The CABLE style ethos centres around creating modern, timeless pieces that transcend seasons and provide the wearer with unique, elegant wardrobe options. With quality and durability central to the brand’s uniqueness, Georgina is also proudly committed to keeping production in Australia, ensuring that Cable garments surpass those of rival brands due to their integrity of design, manufacture and finish. CABLE prides itself on achieving the coveted ‘Woolmark’, which ensures the use of pure new wool and is recognised throughout the world as a symbol of quality and reliability.
She launched her namesake label ten years ago. Now, celebrated designer and artist Camilla Franks is a name synonymous with Australian fashion and lifestyle. Each CAMILLA piece is infused with story: the destination and adventure are yours to fill with vibrant colour, digital print, bohemian detailing and intricate craftsmanship. All pieces are luxurious, individualistic and timeless, creating a sentimental place in your wardrobe and life. Camilla first found inspiration in theatre, designing flamboyant costumes for the colourful characters of the stage, revelling in the ovation they received. Her entrepreneurial spirit inspired the launch of CAMILLA, and her debut collection of bold kaftans marked a pioneering moment for resort wear in Australia and globally. In 2004, Camilla opened her first boutique, at the world famous Bondi Beach. Her collections captured Sydney’s global yet earthy identity, with exuberant colours and prints, precious silk fabrications, and detailed crystal embellishments.
Since its high-profile launch at Australian Fashion Week in 2003, Camilla and Marc has become the local star in luxury womenswear. Brother-sister duo Camilla Freeman Topper and Marc Freeman have identified and established a sophisticated tone that reflects the ease of the Australian lifestyle, allowing them to build a brand ethos that is at once contemporary and effortlessly elegant. Reaching the ten-year milestone, Camilla and Marc continue to evolve as a multi-faceted luxury brand with global appeal. With each new project, and each new season, the brand strives to deliver beautiful, sophisticated product to an ever-growing fan base.
Born and raised in South Africa, Carl commenced his career as a tailor apprentice in Cape Town. This invaluable experience lay the foundation for the excellence in cut and construction the Carl Kapp brand is renowned for amongst its loyal clientele. The Carl Kapp studio is based in Sydney. All garments are made by an expert team of tailors and seamstresses in Australia. Carl’s true obsession lies in fabrics, which are sourced from Italy, France and Switzerland. Many fabrics are specially hand-woven for Carl in unusual textures and colours. All the fabrics selected have a luxurious handle, with a preference for natural fibres. The Carl Kapp aesthetic is pared-back, with an element of the unexpected. The Carl Kapp woman loves a pared-back aesthetic, unique fabrics and superior cut and finish. The brand has a loyal following for sharp tailored suiting, structured dresses, relaxed silk separates, as well as strikingly simple evening wear.
Established in 1965, the Carla Zampatti brand has expanded to a retail network of 26 boutiques and concept stores across Australia. Today, her clothes are a distinctive part of the modern Australian lifestyle. Carla has been recognised with a number of Australian and international awards for achievement and excellence, including Bulletin/Qantas Businesswoman of the Year, and in 1994 the fashion industry of Australia named her Designer of the Year. The Australian Fashion Laureate was awarded to Carla in August 2008, an award polled by members of the industry as an initiative of the New South Wales Government and IMG Fashion. This award recognizes outstanding achievement and is the highest award honoured in the Australian fashion industry. Already a Member of the Order of Australia (AM), Carla was appointed Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) as part of the Queen’s Birthday Honours in June 2009. This honour recognises Carla’s contributions to fashion and business as well as being a role model for women.
Celeste’s raw, effortless design style successfully creates garments her loyal customers have come to instantly recognise by constructing clothing that appears effortless yet feels luxurious. Japanese inspired silhouettes, artistic prints and natural fabrications are woven together with Celeste’s relaxed Australian aesthetic to create designs evidently carefully curated. Already a cult-favourite amongst the fashion set and featured in Vogue Australia, Elle girl Japan, In-style Germany, Harper’s Bazaar, RUSSH, Oyster, Yen and more the brand can be found in over twenty selected boutiques internationally.
Since founding his Sydney label in 2010, Christopher Esber has built a global reputation for precision tailoring and a purity of expression that he employs to create silhouettes of structured fluidity that whisper rather than shout. His background in tailoring has allowed the integration of structural menswear techniques across all pieces in his collections. Mixed masculine and feminine codes have been reformed with a sophisticated approach, with elements of contemporary tailoring. Christopher’s vision of an idiosyncratic perspective on women through elegant minimalism and laid back sensuality often plays with paradox and duality, but each collection further refines his desire of stripping back the concept to the purest core of an idea.
Collette Dinnigan became the first Australian to mount a full-scale ready-to-wear collection in Paris in October 1995, and in 1996 was invited by the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture to show on the prestigious Paris Fashion Week schedule. In 2008, she was invited to join the esteemed executive board of the organization. Now, Collette has many successful and ongoing collaborations with luxury brands and companies such as Qantas, Audi, Specsavers and Dom Perignon. In recent times, Collette has turned her eye for design, lending her aesthetic to a number of interior collaborations and special projects including new Sydney residential development, Golf House Surry Hills with architect Peter Israel, designing luxury penthouse suites at Bannisters by the Sea Mollymook, an exclusive wallpaper range for Porter’s Paints, a range of designer optical and sunglasses for Specsavers and a new linen collection with homewares specialist, Linen House.
Proudly Australian owned by the family who started it all, Cue has been at the fashion frontier for over 45 years. In 1968 Cue introduced a modern point of view to Australian fashion. At the height of Mod, Carnaby St and Beatlemania, and inspired by the latest looks from London, Cue opened its doors in Sydney’s Strand Arcade; trend driven and ambitious with new styles arriving in store each and every week. Since then they have danced through disco, worn the power suits of the 80s, embraced 90s minimalism and immersed ourselves in 00s luxury – now they continue to celebrate what is new and next. Focused firmly on the future of Australian fashion and with a dedicated and passionate design team, Cue combines a wealth of experience with ceaseless creativity. At Cue they have fun with fashion and reinterpret trends in unexpected ways always starting with the Cue signatures; statement prints, luxe fabrics and sharp tailoring.
After graduating from Whitehouse Institute of Design and a Masters in Design from Accademia Italiana Arte Della Moda Design Institute in Florence, Italy, Daniel Avakian returned to Australia to begin his namesake fashion label in 2006. His collection promised the designer to be one-to-watch and his label has reaffirmed expectations again and again. In 2009 the designer put his label on hold, becoming an integrated part of the Australian industry and improving his knowledge and experience of the industry working with high-end retailers and label development. In 2014, the Daniel Avakian label returned to the fashion scene bringing with it the designer’s approach to classic tailoring, clean silhouette and luxurious finishings inspired by the modern woman.
At 28 years of age, Dion Lee has established himself as the most critically lauded, and awarded, fashion innovator to emerge from Australia in recent times. Lee debuted at Australian Fashion Week in 2009 after graduating from Sydney Institute of Technology the year prior. Lee was the first designer to stage a runway presentation at the Sydney Opera House in 2010. The morning presentation captured the optimism and youthful spirit of the Australian brand and was followed with international acclaim and commercial support from retailers in Australia and abroad. In February 2013, Lee participated in the International Woolmark Prize as the Australian Finalist, also presented at London Fashion Week. New York has become a secondary base for the brand, showing regularly on the seasonal schedule. A significant amount of growth and reach in the international market has ensued; further cementing Dion Lee as one of most influential designers to come out of Australia.
Elissa McGowan is a luxury womenswear brand from Sydney, Australia. McGowan’s modern approach to luxury is braced by creating products that are built to last, while remaining considerate of the environment from which the label is inspired by. With plans to build the emerging label into an internationally recognised luxury label, and continue ethical manufacturing in Australia as well as working with the highest quality, and innovative textiles to grow the artistic aesthetic of the label. Behind the luxury womenswear label is a brand ethos, one that is conscious of using fibres that are built to last and transcend seasons.
Established in 2004 Elk is proudly based in Melbourne, Australia. The label designs original, contemporary fashion, accessories, hand crafted leather goods and footwear. Led by founders Marnie and Adam, the Elk team have an incredible passion for Australian design and independent fashion. Bi annual collections focus on seasonal colours – always in natural hues. Created with a unique aesthetic of stylish simplicity using fine quality raw materials sourced from all over the world. Elk’s strong design and un wavering commitment to working with small manufacturers across the globe whose traditional skills and techniques guarantee authentic, high quality production result in new and exciting ranges each season.
Hailing from Perth, Western Australia, Ellery was born into a creative household. She grew up surrounded by the art of her Mother; a New Zealander who worked in Textiles, Print Making and Ceramics. After completing a certificate of Fashion Design in Perth, Ellery made her way over to London to attend highly acclaimed fashion school, Central St. Martins. It was here that she completed summer school studying Fashion Illustration and Sketchbook Building, developing the invaluable design skills she now possesses. Previously working for over 4 years at Russh magazine as a crucial part of the creative team, Kym watched the magazine rapidly develop into one of the most cutting edge and renowned fashion titles in Australia. Kym’s keen eye and avant-garde inspiration has translated both onto the pages of Russh and then into her label ELLERY creating a brand of international recognition. Editorial coverage of ELLERY has gone from strength to strength, thrusting the label to the elite end of Australian designers. A bevy of requests have since been coming in; from Madonna’s Stylist to US Vogue and Harper’s, dressing some of the world’s top models and extremely influential Australian women. ELLERY’s fast tracking from the one to watch to the one everybody wants.
When Emma Mulholland made her debut as one of four TAFE students chosen to present a range at Australian Fashion Week, she immediately stood out as a designer with a lot of promise. Within a few short months Kanye West was spotted purchasing a backpack at Alice Euphemia in Melbourne, and since then her designs have been worn by the likes of Azealia Banks, Grimes, M.I.A, and Kimbra. With her debut solo show at Mercedes Australian Fashion Week showing her Spring Summer 13/14 collection, Emma Mulholland caught the attention of international buyers and press in what was a packed out show, style.com marking her as an “an up-and-coming designer” with a distinctly unique aesthetic. On first impression, her clothes may scream blaringly loud. But on closer inspection, the designs sing a different tune. Shapes and silhouettes are actually very wearable and flattering. Clusters of intricate embellishments and macramé textures weave heartfelt recollections of growing up beachside on the South Coast. With a strong following in the US and a successful collaboration with cult french streetwear label ‘Jennyfer’ (the collection sold out in 45 minutes) the international market looks extremely promising and is the major focus for the label in 2014.
Lukas Vincent, otherwise known as the Australian designer behind the brand Ex Infinitas, has segmented an aesthetic that combines the lyricism of 70s surf culture alongside a polished, minimalist modern punk. Vincent’s acute ability to combine the Australian trite – everyday – sand, surf and beach sensibilities into refined functional tailoring is testimony to his knowledge acquired from the scene on the streets, as a young nomadic boy raised in a suburban Melbourne beach town, combined with his experience working with leaders in the industry in Paris and New York.
Since launching the brand in late 2015, Ex Infinitas has been featured in countless international publications including Vogue Paris, Vogue U.S, Vogue Italia, I-D Magazine, WWD, Hercules Universal, GQ Magazine, 10 Magazine, Manuscript, Fucking Young! and The Daily Front Row. Sara Maino selected the brand as one of the 200 best emerging brands in the world for the 2016 September Vogue Italia Talents issue. In 2017 WWD also featured the brand as one of the best new emerging brands to watch during Paris Fashion Week. International demand for the sought after tailored surf collections has attributed to a rapid increase in worldwide stockists, from 6 to 30, over a brief two season period. With the brands key retail partners including iconic luxury stores such as Browns London and H.Lorenzo in the U.S.
FROM BRITTEN P/L is the product of brothers Alexander and Tim Britten-Finschi. Launched in 2010, the Melbourne-based label’s philosophy stems from the utility, function and history of menswear. Seemingly simple at first glance, their designs are evidently complex and cleverly considered, demonstrating close attention to detail, finish and function; FROM BRITTEN P/L ensures that the aesthetics achieved by elements of practicality are not lost in the pursuit of form. Since the labels inception in 2010, FROM BRITTEN P/L went on to win the VAMFF “National Designer Award” presented by Tiffany & Co in 2013. This led to the brand being sought after and signed by legendary Paris based PR firm, TOTEM fashion, famously known for discovering young talent like Raf Simons and many notable designers. Earlier this year, FROM BRITTEN P/L was honoured with the inclusion in L’UOMO Vogue’s ‘Powerful Australia’ issue, being chosen as one of 5 labels to showcase Australian talent in the event held at the MCA to celebrate Editor-in-chief Franca Sozzani. FROM BRITTEN P/L is in based in Melbourne, Australia where they have a fully integrated factory where the product is designed and assembled.
Established as a label in 2003, Gary Bigeni is a fashion anomaly with a reputation for masterful drape, intelligent silhouettes and a sophisticated use of colour; it’s easy to be seduced by the quiet confidence exuded by the clothes he creates as each piece is carefully considered to become a wardrobe staple for the modern woman. The beauty in the simplicity offers the wearer the ultimate in restrained chic; a gentle sophistication. Gary Bigeni signature is preserved with modern silhouettes and understated complexities that cleverly translate into a versatile everyday wardrobe for woman. Refined lines, controlled drape and effortless elegance define the Gary Bigeni aesthetic and collections always maintain a focus on luxury fabrications such as silk, wool and fine Italian cottons; Gary punctuates his seasonal collections with regular artist collaborations for prints which have included Matthew Johnson, Eduardo Santos and Marie Hagerty.
Ginger & Smart designs for spirited women whose distinctive style is an expression of their individuality. A sense of cool confidence and discovery underpins the luxury contemporary design aesthetic of the brand, which seeks to combine the polished and the playful aspects of a woman. Founded in 2002 by Sydney-based sisters Alexandra and Genevieve Smart, the inspiration to establish the business came from the desire to combine family talent to build a strong fashion-lifestyle brand. With Alexandra’s creative business background as an editor and publisher for high-quality lifestyle magazines, combined with Genevieve’s years spent at the design helm of some of Australia’s most successful fashion businesses, their united industry knowledge covered every possibility for a successful and exciting fashion venture. Ginger & Smart combines captivating design with the finest quality materials and first rate manufacturers. Accredited with Ethical Clothing Australia, the brand product mix includes designer fashion, a leather accessories line, a spa collection and a newly launched diffusion collection called Akin by Ginger & Smart.
Haryono Setiadi is a Sydney based fashion designer synonymous for his meditative exploration of precision tailoring, innovative fabrication treatments and unprecedented inventiveness. Earning widespread international acclaim after debuting Australia’s first 3D printed collection in A/W 2011; Haryono has ridden the crest of an ever-increasing wave of critical and commercial success. At the end of 2012, Haryono launched his highly anticipated A/W collection titled ‘Principle of Perception’. The collection was immediately purchased by international luxury e-tailer Moda Operandi, expanding the label’s current international distribution strategy. In April 2015, Haryono presented his first Resort collection during at Mercedez-Benz Fashion Week, entitled ‘Canvas’. Haryono was a regional finalist in the 2015 International Woolmark Prize. In October 2015, Haryono was one of five designers selected to present at Jakarta Fashion Week for the event, Dewi Fashion Knights (DFK), a closing night celebration, orchestrated by leading Indonesian fashion magazine, Dewi. Haryono was also invited to present a Mini Runway at the Australian Embassy, hosted by the Australian ambassador, Paul Grigson.
Born from necessity, the Helen Kaminski brand embodies innovation and the Australian lifestyle. In 1983, Kaminski hand makes her first hat, to protect her children from the searing Australian sun. She was noticed by Vogue Australia and in the next ten years continued to grow. In 1993 Helen Kaminski Pty Ltd was formed as the brand we know today. Preserving, innovative and stylish, the brand now offers a range of headwear, handbags and fashion accessories. The brand has continued to thrive internationally as well, expanding into Asia, the US, and Europe. Embracing the Helen Kaminski heritage the brand moves forward, always growing and innovating.
In a world driven by speed, Jac+ Jack offers an alternative. Originally established in 2004 as a knitwear business, the label has grown to encompass all aspects of the contemporary wardrobe with pieces that are made simply and with integrity. The label’s designers and founders, Jacqueline ‘Jac’ Hunt and Lisa ‘Jack’ Dempsey, place particular emphasis on the use of premium, natural fibres for the label’s collections, imbuing them with a sense of touch – both that of the maker and their wearer. The overarching style of the clothing is modern, with a considered simplicity, with pieces working effortlessly into a your existing wardrobe.
Jamie Ashkar is conceptual and minimal, with strong functionality and attention to detail. The label pushes minimalism through line, geometry and bold prints that incorporates new and traditional tailoring techniques; emulating what the modern woman wants to wear. Jamie Ashkar designs for the strong and confident women who likes to stand out and always be forward with fashion.
The antithesis to fast fashion, Jennifer Kate translates the latest trends into investment pieces to treasure season after season – no more ‘wear once’ items. A natural evolution from designer Jennifer McCloy’s love of fashion, Jennifer Kate is at the very heart of it a structured business model. Her previous career in Corporate PR may seem far removed from the runway, but Jennifer grants the success of the label to just that – the ability to marry her respect for the nobility of the craft, with an understanding of consumer demand. “Jennifer Kate was born of a desire to make clothes that I wanted to wear.” Be it the elegance of suede or the versatility of leather, wearing Jennifer Kate makes you feel instantly unique. Created with this philosophy in mind, and couched in a level of brand transparency demanded by today’s consumer, Jennifer Kate is designed for your wardrobe.
Blindfolded and asked to get dressed; backs to fronts, arms through legs, pants as jackets, layered, wrapped, knotted and slung; KACEY/DEVLIN aims to question the fallacies and fictions that clothing has adapted over time, through ‘the undone’. KACEY/DEVLIN looks to the exposed body as the starting point. Inspired by the unconscious decisions we make, each collection begins with a short film, where wearers engage directly with unfamiliar garments. It is these gestures and movements that inform KACEY/DEVLIN pattern cutting and construction decisions. Although conceptual, KACEY/DEVLIN is firmly grounded in wearability and quality construction. Combining locally sourced sustainable fibers with luxury silk and wool blends, textured knits and leathers, KACEY/DEVLIN garments visually and conceptually converse with one another, allowing for ongoing curiosity and interaction. KACEY/DEVLIN opens a space where we are no longer passive consumers, but rather active co-creators.
“I have always been distinct. Standing out from the crowd may not have always been easy, but it gave me the inner strength to harness my passions and talents. With a character built strongly upon foundations of self- motivation, dedication and originality, I have always thrived in high pressure situations and striven to meet every goal presented to me. This has aided me in the creation, implementation and operation of Kaliver from day one – allowing me to meet every challenge with vivacity and creativity. I have been professionally involved with the fashion industry since 2012, having completed several internships with brands such as Seventh Wonderland, Sara Phillips and Camilla. Studying my Bachelor of Business at Bond University and my Bachelor of Design at Whitehouse Institute has provided me with a myriad of skills that strengthen my passion for design. Although Kaliver officially started in 2009, it has actually been developing inside me since I was twelve. Every fashion trend I didn’t follow – every rule I would not conform to – has led me to Kaliver. I see design everywhere. We are part of design, and through Kaliver, I want every woman to know how distinctly beautiful she is every day”.
After her departure from namesake label Willow in 2013, 2015 saw the launch of Kit Willow’s new brand, KitX. With a focus on ethical and sustainable ready-to-wear fashion, the fledgling label is a result of consultation and collaboration with global organisations including Nest and Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), as well as like-minded suppliers. The first collection from the brand, spring/summer ’15, made its debut at Paris Fashion Week and focused on luxurious detailing in high quality fabrications. KitX is born from a spirit of kindness, integrity and transparency. The x represents the future. KitX strives to be a pioneer in design-led, sustainable and ethical fashion. “We create product love with high frequency wear, superior quality and creative design while consciously sourcing materials that minimise harm to our planet’s precious resources.”
Lui Hon is the product of a successful and balanced partnership between the designer and Director Luka Maich. Everything is manufactured locally in Melbourne using a variety of sustainable materials. Crafted from quality wools, silks and leathers, individual pieces stand strong. Each piece can be signature, stand out garments, but also layer seamlessly with others. The collections remain coherent as garments from each season flawlessly intermingle. Hon believes that the beauty of femininity is maximised when it is combined with strength. This concept in combination with his influences are reflected in his designs; from his choice of fabrics and colours to the longevity and diversity of each product. Hon’s work is based on his belief that fashion should be timeless and functional, his fluid silhouettes and calm colour palettes allow texture and form to take centre stage. His biannual collections have put this theory into practice to much acclaim.
‘New Guard’ designers Beth and Tessa MacGraw launched their eponymous label in April 2012. The sister duo have since carved their place in the Australian designer landscape with signature in-house prints and a keen eye for beautiful fabrications in wearable silhouettes. In 3 years Macgraw has attracted a strong fan base of contemporary high-end dressers who appreciate easy yet unique, detail oriented design. Their colourful personality has also garnered the attention of key media, stockists, social media and celebrity. Macgraw debuted at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia in April 2014 to critical acclaim. The brand showed again at MBFWA in April 2015 to a packed room of key media and buyers. The label has since taken orders from a slew of luxury retailers in Europe, U.S.A and Asia and is stocked by global luxury e-tailers Moda Operandi and Avenue 32.
Manning Cartell is the brainchild of sister’s Cheryl, Vanessa and Gabrielle Manning. The family formed business, founded in 2005, was titled after their shared name, and the consistently sophisticated and beautifully crafted designs reflect the trio’s collaborative vision and work ethic, which has allowed them to strongly position their label in the Australian market. Authenticity, integrity and honesty are values shared by the sisters and evident not only in the pieces they design, but also in the company culture they have created. Quality, respect and an ethical approach to manufacturing in Australia is an integral part of their brand’s DNA, and in 2012 Manning Cartell was accredited by Ethical Clothing Australia. The distinctive imprint of Manning Cartell is one of visual richness framed by craftsmanship and attention to detail. Innovative fabrics, unexpected details, colour and print are fundamental; whilst the imagery drives and defines the tenor of each collection.
Mauricio Alpizar the brand was born out of the desire to create unique pieces, ones that scream fabulous and transcend the seasons. We aim to design timeless pieces, those that surpass trends and become treasured items in a woman’s wardrobe. Alpizar mainly designs for women with occasional menswear tailoring, he combines timeless designs with an edge.
MEGAN PARK was established in London in 1997. Since returning to Australia to its hometown of Melbourne 10 years ago, the MEGAN PARK brand has retained its signature style that caught the attention of international buyers and media. MEGAN PARK collections are consistently impressive from season to season, the pieces possess a luxurious artisanal appeal with a modern bohemian spirit. Committed to their team of artisans, everything is designed in-house, and a single garment will be worked on by the same tailor or embroiderer from start to finish. The MEGAN PARK brand appeals to a life of style and now incorporates jewellery, a home collection and a children’s line. MEGAN PARK continues to evolve its offering to cater for their loyal customers.
“I have always been inspired by our ability to transform an object into an emotion”.
Mia Chicco jewellery is entirely handmade using centuries old techniques and inspired by her Italian heritage, studies with the masters in Florence and an appreciation for ancient Roman treasures. Mia’s collections explore texture, form and arrangement, resulting in masterpieces that find beauty in the contrast of technical precision and the imperfect and authentic. Mia’s time in London and extensive work on behalf of clients both locally and internationally ensures that her pieces reflect a truly global perspective.
Having previously worked for iconic labels such as Christopher Shannon, Christopher Kane and Perks and Mini (P.A.M), Amanda Cumming and Kate Reynolds established their independent fashion label PAGEANT in 2010. PAGEANT is a mid market men’s and womenswear label based in Melbourne, Australia, catering for a global market, producing two trans-seasonal selling collections a year for Spring/Summer and Autumn/Winter and manufactured in Australia. Their garments are forged from technically sophisticated fabrics, with aesthetic odes to sportswear.
Pared is the creation of founder and designer Samantha Stevenson and her partner Edward Baker. With the combination of Samantha’s design skills and Edwards strong background in the fashion and retail industry together they founded the business in 2011 while based in Sydney, Australia.
Five styles were launched for summer 2012 and since then pared has released a further two collections of eyewear with each range evocative of a certain place and time. The brand has established itself as a boutique label with a strong following in Australia, New Zealand, Asia and the USA. The unique use of colour combinations, distinctive cutaway details, unusual material and surface treatments ensure a point of difference from other eyewear brands.
Paolo Sebastian is a high end fashion house based and produced in Adelaide, South Australia. With a focus on couture and evening wear, the brand is dedicated to producing the highest quality, hand-made garments and upholding the traditions of couture. In recent years, Paolo Sebastian has graced many local and international red carpets, gaining worldwide acclaim and is now stocked in six countries including the United States, Kuwait and Singapore. Paolo Sebastian releases two couture collections each year and works directly with numerous clients in Australia and abroad.
P.E. is the ultimate active wear concept that is about multi-tasking performance wear for every woman, to wear everyday. The founders Pip Edwards (P.E.) and Claire Tregoning (C.T) met during their time at Sass & Bide. Pip is a long standing fashion veteran having worked in PR and Design for Ksubi, whilst also freelance styling with DLM before landing her senior creative and accessories designer role at Sass & Bide. Claire also a long standing fixture in the fashion industry, studied fashion and textile design. Post graduation, she move to London to work in the design team at TopShop. After 2 years, she embarked on a solo journey and launched MAISE which lead to her appointment as Senior Designer at Sass & Bide.
Australian fashion label Rebecca Vallance has firmly established itself as one to watch on the international scene. Since showing on-schedule at New York Fashion Week in February 2014, Rebecca Vallance has become one of Australia’s latest fashion exports. Signature to Rebecca Vallance’s collections is her structured tailoring and luxurious fabrications which combined with a global aesthetic have seen her pieces become a favourite and must-have amongst style icons; celebrities and top models. Rebecca Vallance is stocked at David Jones department stores in Australia, via designer boutiques globally and is available on rebeccavallance.com. Rebecca Vallance continues to develop a distinct presence both throughout Australia and internationally.
Romance Was Born is a tour de force of contemporary Australian fashion fusing together their unique storytelling vision and design prowess. The internationally renowned duo Anna Plunkett and Luke Sales met while completing their degree in fashion design and in 2005 established the inimitable label Romance Was Born. Known for their ability to transform any theme or inspiration into a glimmering, chimerical paradise full of wonderment. Romance Was Born create clothes that are more than just a sum of their parts – they create immersive cultural experiences that provoke an emotional response. Collaboration is an integral part of design for Romance Was Born, who choose to collaborate with artists or brands that share their creative passion and are dedicated to their own process, including Disney, Marvel, Lego, May Gibbs, Linda Jackson, Jenny Kee, the Sydney Theatre Company and the National Gallery of Victoria. Together they find creative common ground and build an awe-inspiring relationship between fashion and art. Each Romance Was Born collection becomes a dreamscape production to explore vast themes of fantasy and vibrant imagery and the results are breathtaking.
SARAH & SEBASTIAN is a contemporary jewellery label founded in 2011 by Sarah Gittoes and Robert Sebastian Grynkofki. Their mutual respect for innovative design united the duo to create conceptual-based pieces featuring a modern yet timeless aesthetic; handcrafted using the highest-quality, ethically-sourced materials.
For over 25 years women have embraced Scanlan Theodore’s modern elegance and independent spirit as their very own. Synonymous with intelligent well-crafted designs, Scanlan Theodore’s devotion to simple, clean, modern aestheticism has not changed since its inception in 1987. The labels dedication to independent beauty is infused in each Scanlan Theodore creation, defining a new genre of femininity. The Scanlan Theodore woman is confident, intelligent and complex – for it’s all the layered facets of life that make a design, an image and indeed a woman, a timeless beauty of memorable quality.
Serpent & the Swan, the Australian women’s, men’s and lifestyle brand that launched in 2009, is inspired by two sisters fascination with the anatomy of creatures and the connection between the macro and micro worlds that are contained within ourselves and the universe around us. The vision and aesthetic of the brand seeks to represent those ideas through drawing on different collection inspirations. Serpent & the Swan creates an alluring world within their lifestyle brand, which the consumer is invited and inspired to immerse themselves in. Each collection has within it special placements of handcrafted, animal or anatomy inspired trimmings and/or a unique print. The subtle yet striking hardware takes on many forms including buttons, brooches, zipper-heads and toggles and has become a hallmark of the label’s unique signature. All hardware and prints created are unique to the label and designed in-house. Incorporating their different creative backgrounds and a distinctive shared visual aesthetic, the label aims to offer a collection that is both beautifully designed and inspired by the designers own vision, rather than influenced by runway trends.
Melvin Tanaya and Lyna Ty are the faces behind Australian based, luxury label Song for the Mute. Founded in 2010, the brand are known internationally for their unique design philosophy and unflinching attention to detail and continue to stand out with their masterful use of a wide range of fabrics. Fabrics are at the core of Song for the Mute and each used is the result of an exhaustive process, with more than 90% made from scratch exclusive to the brand. All garments are made in Australia.
State of Escape was founded by Brigitte MacGowan and Desley Maidment in 2013 with the vision to create a truly unique, edgy and beautifully designed range of carryalls. The concept came about with the discovery of the gorgeous neoprene fabrication and the desire to showcase its inherent qualities – it’s strong, lightweight and soft to touch. The State of Escape brand is driven by an appreciation for sophisticated simplicity which will continue to be the focus as they expand their product range.
Combining their backgrounds in communications and industrial design, Peter Strateas and Mario-Luca Carlucci of Strateas.Carlucci have cultivated a strong aesthetic with a focus on construction and tailoring, that references utilitarian elements and utilises the best quality fabrics and unique techniques. Resulting in a modern label whose DNA is grounded in structure and minimalism. Making their debut during the autumn/winter season of 2012 the pair has quickly made a name for itself at home and internationally. In 2014, as well as being named GQ Designer of the Year, the brand made its debut at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia, received the prestigious Tiffany & Co National Design Award for excellence in design and was announced as dual winner of the menswear and womenswear categories for the International Woolmark Prize Australia Regional Finals.
Established in 2008, as a luxe resort label, synonymous with custom prints, interesting detailing and directional cuts, Suboo is now a multidimensional brand with seasonal collections of resort and swimwear. Growing from a handful of directional boutiques Suboo has gained a dedicated following and support of retailers across Australia, US, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Endorsements from premium department stores and online stores such as Selfridges, Moda Operandi, Intermix, Neiman Marcus, Shopbop, Revolve, Nordstrom and Saks, has cemented the brand as a resort & swimwear mainstay.
TDE stocked on thedailyedited.com and across Australia in David Jones is an eponymous line of customizable and personalizable lifestyle accessories designed and created by Alyce Tran and Tania Liu. With a focus on individuality, each product in their leather range is made on a limited run incorporating the brand’s ethos that you can make it your own. TDE embraces the notion of personal style, and because of this you won’t see scores of other people with the same thing!
Since launching his label in 1999, Toni Maticevski has retained a strong hands-on approach to his work, draping and sampling his designs himself. He balances the design and creation of a successful ready-to-wear label alongside his bespoke practice catering to one off commissions. His particular mix of high glamour and exacting technical know-how, coupled with a restrained and sleek tailoring have earned him local and international recognition. Driven by his desire to continually experiment, Maticevski’s work exhibits considerable diversity from one season to the next. Choosing to eschew mainstream trends, he acknowledges that rather than trying to make his collections commercial, he prefers to work on ideas that are creatively challenging and likely to push his designs further. Toni has been a regular highlight of fashion weeks both in Australia and in New York. After showing successfully and having established such a unique and individual approach to fashion and his brand, Toni returned to Melbourne where he has established himself and works with a tight team all of whom are slowly re-establishing the brand and direction.
From the time VIKTORIA & WOODS launched in 2004 our approach was simple: to create effortless wardrobe staples with a pared-back, contemporary feel. At the heart of the label is our signature merino wool collection that launched the brand. Since then, the offering has expanded to include premium fabrications such as silks, cotton basics, chunky cable knits, and luxury coating.
Founder Margie Woods & co-director Lisa Reynolds, create collections for women who value a simple, cherished and meaningful design. Over the years, collections have developed a cool ‘sports-luxe’ vibe, now synonymous with V&W. Proudly, the greater part of our collection is made in Australia and accredited by Ethical Clothing Australia. We value quality fabrications and wherever possible, aim to use textiles that leave a lighter footprint on the planet. VIKTORIA & WOODS is available nationally in the worlds most coveted boutiques and department store, David Jones. Our flagship stores are located in Armadale, Emporium and Paddington.
Combined, Georgie and Lizzie have over 30 years industry experience. Georgie has worked buying and developing product for numerous Australian fashion retailers – travelling the world on buying trips to identify commercial trends and bringing them to Australian shores. Lizzie is a recognised fashion authority. A former magazine editor, Lizzie has associated with the world’s most stylish celebrities and international icons, as well as appearing as a judge on the Australian series of Project Runway. She has a weekly fashion segment on Mornings on Channel 9 and her work with celebrity engagement and shoot production has been instrumental in the success of the not-for-profit Witchery White Shirt Campain and most recently, Pink Hope’s Bright Pink Lipstick Day. Kindred’s philosophy is that of contemporary Luxe. With a mixture of rich fabrications and feminine silhouettes, we deliver the newest techniques and design innovations with signature We Are Kindred flare. We Are Kindred speaks to todays’ modern, fast paced woman. We provide an edit of the season’s must have pieces with creative mix-and match capabilities to make your wardrobe (and life) sexy and fun.
ZHIVAGO is a high-octane Australian fashion label, widely acclaimed for their signature fusion of tailored ready-to-wear, architectural proportions and provocative red carpet gowns.
Launched in 2012 by co-designers Lara Kovacevich and Lydia Tsvetnenko ZHIVAGO has rapidly developed a devoted cult-like following; counting supporters amongst some of the world’s most prominent style-makers, influencers and celebrities.
ZHIVAGO is designed for the confident, calculated statement-maker, who lusts for opulence and directional design. Now stocked in over 60boutiques worldwide, ZHIVAGO the label is both seductive and sophisticated.Their high voltage designs enhance the female form and further empower the confident woman. ZHIVAGO has been a regular highlight of Australia Fashion Week and in 2016, made their international debut at LAFW.
Sisters Nicky and Simone Zimmermann founded their namesake label in 1991. They fast won a loyal following – smart, sartorially savvy women with an eye for quality fabrics and clever cutting. Early in its evolution, Zimmermann took the bold step of fusing fashion with swimwear. It soon found its footing with the fashion elite. Zimmermann’s bold original prints, beautifully made one-pieces and sculptural bikinis create a new point of reference in flattering, sexy and stylish swimwear. Zimmermann present their ready-to-wear collections each year in both Sydney and New York.
Established by Emma van Haandel, EVH is Australia’s leading luxury communications and events agency. Our unrivalled network extends across the industries of fashion, luxury, art, design and entertainment. We offer a full suite of communications services including public relations, special events, VIP / CRM, content creation and digital strategy for discerning, innovative global brands.
Flaunter is where brands and media come together to create, connect, and collaborate. We offer a streamlined platform for brands to upload and organize their hi res, media-ready content (photos, videos, documents and more!) and an easy-to-access system for media to follow, find, and download it.
It’s visual file-sharing made simple, in a system that just works. Beautifully.
Brands benefit from increased exposure, detailed reporting, and a comprehensive system for storing and sharing content. Media benefit from a one-stop shop for all things fashion, beauty, and interiors.
For over twenty five years Designer Rugs have complimented the aesthetics of residential homes and commercial spaces throughout the world with rugs of exceptional quality and unique designs.
By working in collaboration with leading Australian artists and designers, this innovative and design focused company has earned an outstanding reputation for producing custom made rugs for private clients and commercial professionals alike.
Designer Rugs also provides customers looking for ready made rugs with affordable and creative collections of hand made rugs in a wide variety of styles, influences and sizes.
Based in the heart of Parramatta, Raffles College delivers specialised certificates and bachelor degrees in Design and Arts (visual communication). Raffles College have been established for 25 years, keeping pace with industry. They deliver excellent courses and produce graduates who are well respected and successful in their creative careers. They do this by having lecturers who are active in the industry which means their teaching skills are based on real-time knowledge of the professional landscape.