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After a three-year absence, Australian couture label ae’lkemi made their highly anticipated return to the runway at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia to showcase their Spring/ Summer 2014/15 collection.

Inspired by Gothic Venetian architecture with heavy Byzantine and Moorish influences, head designer Alvin Fernandez has masterfully created a collection that is an embodiment of modern elegance and grace combined with intricate style and design.

The collection stays true to ae’lkemi’s design philosophy of creating timelessly elegant pieces by taking a classical shape and twisting it into a contemporary form while developing and maintaining the design integrity of each piece. Fernandez wanted to mesh the classic style of ornamentation and embellishment with a modern tailored look and feel, clean lines and unconventional evening wear fabrications.

Sheer french lace jumpsuits and capes juxtapose python evening gowns and feathered skirts while tailored suits show off a strong yet feminine silhouette. The collection also features heavily embellished sheers gowns, glittering beaded mesh sets and signature silk jersey pieces in a palette of white, black, red and soft metallic.

Models took to the runway adorned with dramatic couture jewels designed exclusively by iconic jewellery designer Samantha Wills. Fernandez and Wills combined their unique visions and inspirations to create a range to compliment the collection which mixed old world opulence with visually seductive and playful surfaces and textures.

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Auckland based designer Vanessa Kim collaborated with Mino from the street style photography quartet, Foureyes, to unveil the much anticipated SS14/15 range on the New Generation runway at MBFWA.

“The Invitation” introduced the fashion sphere to an androgynous collection akin to both Vanessa and Mino’s wardrobe.

The directional range features a pure colour palette of primary red and blue balanced with white and icy greys. Organza predominantly features fusing understated luxury with a modern minimalist feel. Elegantly oversized silhouettes from fluid wide leg pants to clean, boxy panelled shifts graced the runway bound for both commercial and critical success.

Staying true to her ethical design ethos the collection also features whole garment technology, a vein that runs through each and every Daniel K collection. Lightweight breathable knitwear has been produced using a single yarn of merino wool resulting in seamless and relaxed knitwear whilst minimising the waste of fabric.

Cool, contemporary and understated is the Daniel K persona. ‘The Invitation’ is enough to meet the demands of a modern wardrobe whilst remaining individualistic.

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Coming off the back of her London Fashion Week presentation, designer Cassie Snelgar of luxury ready to wear label Caslazur showcased her trans-seasonal collection ‘Rocking Rococo’ as part of the New Generation show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia.

Snelgar, a South African native who calls Hong Kong, Sydney, London and Johannesburg home created the collection to show between London and Sydney and to be relevant to each market.  From her extensive travelling, Caslazur emerged out of necessity and comfort.  With an education in Architecture and Fine Arts, Snelgar studied Fashion Design at Parson’s New School of Design in New York and has recently been chosen by ELLE UK’s Harriet Steward as her designer to mentor.

The collection combines old worlds craftsmanship with contemporary design. Snelgar creates every original print, inspired by exotic cultures, African folklore and natural phenomena of her birth country.

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After two years of anticipation – including constant shows, collaborations and the magnificent teaser Thinking In Textures – Chet Faker has released his debut album. The question on everyone’s moistened lips is: was it worth the wait?

We start with some slow piano, toppling chords and atmospheric reverb. Then Faker’s voice comes in… and we’re back. From the first 30 seconds of ‘Release Your Problems’, we are pulled into his universe of signature soul and looping dub, layered under sultry vocals and suggestive lyrics.

‘Talk Is Cheap’ is familiar Faker in both subject matter and sound; a heavily textured and masterfully produced flirtation. It is hard to imagine any other Australian artist who could pull off a line like, “I wanna make you move with confidence / I wanna be with you alone.” But oh, how he does.  A less sultry, lighter ‘Cigarettes & Loneliness’ is a stripped-back showcase of Faker’s experimental side – choral and slightly strange. This is contrasted by ‘Melt’ featuring Kilo Kish, the duet smouldering over pulsing downtempo beats.

Built On Glass is an album that delivers what fans want, but leaves a little room for developing and filling out Faker’s sound. It’s soulful, it’s honest, it’s sex – it’s Chet Faker, matured.

Words courtesy of The Brag Magazine.


The dramatic collapse of a glacier is the protagonist in Australian-Chinese designer DORIS Q‘s Spring Summer 2014 collection.

‘Chasing Ice’, the devastatingly beautiful documentary by acclaimed environmental photographer James Balog about the effect of global warming, along with DORIS Q’s vivid imagination evolved into a wearable yet dramatic story comprising of foamy neoprene, sporty mesh, water proof fabrics  and wispy silks reminiscent of sea spray. ‘The way the glaciers moved and icebergs collapsed in to the sea reminded me of a sleeping Tyrannosaurus waking up.’ Explained Doris, ‘it was haunting and spectacular at the same time, which I wanted to reflect in this collection.’

Shades of cool whites, blues, grays and blacks reflect the icy landscape and arctic seas, while white digitally printed glaciers and sculpted shapes completed the glacial outlook for the collection.

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Celebrating the launch of the new Activia fusions range, fitspos and yogi’s alike took part in a Barre Body beginners class at Bondi Junction. As well as an intimate fused cooking demonstration by the ‘Healthy Cook’ Dan Churchill, guests discovered the Activia Fusions range. The fresh and healthy fusion of sunshine inspired flavours in the new Activia Fusions range was perfectly demonstrated in the Barre Body studio. The new flavours included the Activia Fusions Lemon and Ginger, which combines a classic characteristics creating a spicy essence for the tastebuds, while the Lychee and Pink Grapefruit conjures visions of balmy summer nights and pool-side glamour. Activia yoghurt tub contains unique Bifidus ActiRegularis probiotics to reduce that ‘blurgh’ feeling. The launch event was all things health, happiness and well-being combined.

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M B F W 2 0 1 4 P A R T 2

Our final photo re-cap of the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Sydney is now live. See below all the high lights from the second half of the fashion filled week.








Images courtesy of Couturing.