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RAFW – The End 2010

Australian designers and the fashion collections they produce just seem to get better and better as the years go on – the creativity and appreciation of fabrics, colours and texture evolve into beautiful, quality creations – they are our home-grown designers and without them we wouldn’t have the unique Australian fashion we are blessed with each and every day.

Friday on the Catwalk

Arnsdorf

Well the statement shoulder seems to have slipped – a new trend exists – the ‘power elbow’. No draping or floating in this collection – very chic modern tailoring and shapes used. Beautiful colours from soft rust to blunt khaki.

Ms Couture

I like. I like a lot. An opening of virginal whites and floaty fabrics creating an essence inspired by the 50’s for the entire collection – shifted towards sexier black designs for all of the minxes in Australia. The use of the corset – magical for a woman’s body.

Miss Unkon

Lots of floaty fabrics and floral prints – very pretty. Great denim shorts, ruffles used on shirts and thigh skimming fish-tail dresses.

Agua Bendita

Great use of colour, prints and embellishment’s; Love the use of texture with some lace, many ruffles, beading and sequins. Say no to a plain bikini.

Blackbox Apparel

Like but didn’t love – hate the use of mesh. Liked the use of sheer paneling.

Karen Neilsen Collection

I like very much! Vintage inspired simple cotton swimwear. Really cute patterns and a great use of ribbons.

Lisa Blue

Hate the patterns. Love the lace overlays.

Lisa Maree (Aust)

Nothing better than a gorgeous crochet bikini – reminiscent of lazy days spent in tropical north Queensland – in style of course.

Rebecca Manning Swimwear

Wish List! Ammmmaaazzing prints from artfully dabbed splotches to a fantastic black and white print leopard swimsuit. Love this –

Roopa Pemmaraju

Great harem pants and lightweight prints on some fabulous resort wear.

White Sands

Oh take me away to the beach please!! GORGEOOUS beach and resort wear – will be perfect for my October visit to Fiji I think! A Favourite would be the breezy, loose beach pants in soft fabrics. Swimwear is in cute high waisted designs with added texture including the much loved ruffles. A big fan.

NEW GENERATION

By Johnny

A very figure hugging collection – not for the wobbling tummies that’s for sure. Great use of coloured sequins and the bodysuit.

Emma Veall

Ruffles and dip dye – beautiful blouses in sheer femininity. Great party looks in a black palette.

Flowers For a Vagabond

Stop the press – uber S.E.X.Y. Loved the gold palette with the collection made up with ruffle inspired designs with A LOT of textures.

Garth Cook

A simple palette of blacks and nudes – very simple and chic. I like a lot.

Khrysalis

Loved this collection as I am a big fan of the use of tulle. There was a gothic sub-tone to the designs which I thought was very cute and there were some amazing prints on the swimwear and dresses.

Luisa Fredrica

LOVE. Sparkles and suiting what a mix – purple colours and marbled printing o n a great collection of trousers, jumpsuits and casual tees.

Plasidapparel

Sporty basics – cute but boring – couldn’t care less.

Sim.me.ri.an

Pretty much black – which we all know I am a massive fan of. Leather embellishments and detailing on classic linen dresses – some gorgeous waistcoats that were for men but I would totally wear them.

Hussy

Very CUTE party looks with short dresses in great colours. A great array of fun clothes with vibrant prints – perfect for dancing the nights away.

Ksubi

Great sweater dresses, I am a big fan of this casual but luxe look. Great denim textures and the expected rips, frays and cut outs. Definitely the comeback designer of the week with a fantastic collection.

The top trends of the season are pretty clear as they made an appearance in every designers collection-

NUDE

It ruled the runway – every collection was centered primarily around muted peach, toffee, beige and minted tones. A fantastic palette.
The most amazing designs were the nude fabrics with layers of contrasting textures from finely embellished egg shell embroidery to intricately woven knits; from floating chiffon’s to brusque organza’s.

Who went nude best?

Lisa Ho – The designer opened fashion week with nude and set a standard for the whole week of many many nude designs. The collection also used the draping predicament quite well also.
Ginger and Smart – A favourite of mine; there were many ‘must haves’ in this collection. The uses of soft floaty dresses in the nude palette were done to its best.

DRAPING

The mixture of the drape with nude tones is to die for – it oozes chic femineity. Fabrics have been pleated tucked and of course twisted into beautiful creations which simply accentuate and flatter any woman’s figure.

Who draped best?

Therese Rawsthorne – Easily.

LEATHER

Again with the nude tones but there wasn’t much draping with the fitted leather designs that dominated shows from Flannel to Kate Sylvester. To be honest I am not a fan of TOO much leather – a nice leather jacket – HOT; a fitted leather skirt with a draped singlet – Hot; leather singlets and pants – NOT. Horrible. Teamed with cotton shirts or dresses there were some beige buttery soft suede and leather jackets/ vests which would add the perfect amount of luxe divine-ness to any outfit.

Who went leather best?

Fredriche Grey – Showed everyone else up in my opinion.

PRINTS

Ahhhhhhhh my favourite – nothing better than a fanfuckinghtastic print. They were technicolour dream-coat style from dresses and jackets to swimmers and shorts. Fabulous! From contrasting black and white to a wide array of blues, yellows, pinks and purples; Colours were used in all the prints finest moments to prove them as the best and most creative on the catwalk.

Who printed the best?

Manning Cartel

Romance was Born

Ae’ lkemi

TEXTURE

Panels, ruffles, sheer skirts, tulle, embroidery, sequins, silk, strobe, beads, cut outs, pleats, frays and weaves contrasted with one another organically in the greatest way possible in this seasons collections. On no one (who knows fashion) will you see a simple outfit solely made from a base of cotton fabric – BORING. A cotton singlet will be teamed with a leather skirt, sky high heels and an embellished printed coat – add to that some 90’s inspired OTT accessories and THAT is a ‘ this season outfit. ‘

Who texturised the best?

Nicola Finetti

Camilla

And the best Shows were –

Camilla – Avatar inspired

Dion Lee – Pushed the trends in a stand out show

Romance was born – Theatricals put to its best.

And just a little photo from Arnsdorf that I thought was V cute and V funny –

I hope you all enjoyed Fashion Week as much as i did and i look forward to seeing what you come up with for the next season!

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