My recent trip to Sydney for the 20th Anniversary of the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia has shown, that there's a reason to celebrate the designers from Down Under. Mind you, there might even be a space for a whole-hearted "Halleluja!" for the circular flounced sleeves seen at Ellery and MacGraw, causing several of us onlookers to part with a bit mouth water. If you followed me on Snapchat when the circus was in town, you'll have seen me on the run between the shows, praising the overall focus on nonchalant wearability with a diversity in garments that meant it communicated to both an Australian and an international wardrobe. More specifically there was a big mix of fuzzy AW coats on display at Strateas Carlucci to go over those lighter lace styles a la Kate Sylvester and Alice Temperley to cater for both sides of Equator.
A remarkable strength from the land Down Under that shan't go unmentioned was the evening wear. Betty Tran made the unconventional extraordinary by using a scuba-like material for embroidered couture gowns and let the models walk down the catwalk to empowering feminist quotes.
Best beauty look was hands down Manning Cartel, bringing back the strong brow paired with a fluorescent red lip (also seen at Bianca Spender) and the most enviable hair with big waves gathered together with a transparent rubber band a few inches from the ends. Oh, and let's not forget, since we are actively reliving the best fashion decades from the last century, the 60's inspired silhouettes and jacquard prints to go with it.
My first season at the fashion week Down Under didn't let me down, and let's not pretend the perfect weather and the indulgent waffle breakfast at the Pier One wasn't a big part of it. I managed to escape the city a few days in when the crazy storm came over Sydney just days after the fashion week, but tropical storms aside, I'm determined to boomerang back for upcoming seasons.
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