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.
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.
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.
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.
Walking into the fashionable Carriageworks for MBFWA, instantly felt like what I would imagine to be walking on a runway – under the spotlight, glamorous, buzzing, in order and creative. A plethora of fashion arrangements. Showing that every choice was fine tuned, from threads to hair to shoes to makeup. An effortless art for this bunch.
The 8pm SWIM show was packed out. A fun vibe of chatty people filled the room. Certainly more males than expected, for obvious reasons and a small selection of tired bloggers that were over catwalks and taking notes. Refreshments courtesy of San Pellegrino offered by men in white and red pin stripe shirts and elegantly dressed girls was the perfect summer’s day drink to set the spring-summery scene.
However, it was bound to be a show that would make anyone dislike the fresh autumn chill that has hit a previously sunny Sydney. Bondi Bather opened the show with sunset coloured bikini’s, then brought in bright ocean blues. Winter appropriate long sleeve lycra bikini tops teamed with basic bottoms make the dreaded childhood trend look instantly fashionable. Dream come true for those pale skinned beauties! The stunning Imogen Anthony really blew us out of the water closing Bondi Bather by bearing all in a bikini made purely out of sand.
Carena West was purple, silver, white and hot pink. The high waisted cut out, purple, black and white pattern bikini was defiantly a favourite, Instagram is a testimony to that one. And when it’s paired with jellies and socks what’s not to love! The model stopping to take a selfie on the runway perfectly portrayed the bold, confident and fun designs of Carena West. Not to mention the collection could be seen through the 3D Image Viewmasters that were given away. Inner child was awoken!
Next up Surface too Deep were well aware of how to capture the female eye. Opening the collection was a fine specimen of a male walking in pastel patterned trunks. Yet, I’m not sure that’s what all those iPhones were taking photos of when he appeared on the runway. The girls however, wore basic cut pastel pattern bikinis, some teamed with a simple frill. Frills became a trend throughout the collection on block colour one-piece bathers, as well as the high waisted bottom. Think mustard yellow, deep red, black and olive green – colours that aimed to bring us up to the surface but the earthy kind.
Finally, Cleonie took us on a European summer journey. And the journey is not complete without the gorgeous European lover, right? Cleonie was generous enough to provide us with two. The male models wearing the psychedelic blue flower board shorts, carrying a pot of flowers already had minds wandering. But they continued to wander with beautiful collection pieces including strappy triangle bikinis tops and strappy bottoms. Cleonie proved that one could do no wrong in a little black bikini, with a simple modernized frill and a flattering high waisted bottom. It was the perfectly classic way to close the amazing MBFW SWIM collections, leaving us drowning in the thought of next summer.
Words by Renee Ilich.
Here at All I’ve Heard we’ve put together our half week photo re-cap of all the highlights from this years Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in Sydney. Here is part one of our MBFW image re-cap. Enjoy x
BEC & BRIDGE
GINGER & SMART
MICHAEL LO SORDO
Images courtesy of Couturing.
VIKTORIA + WOODS x LINDY KLIM CAPSULE COLLECTION
The collection was a collaboration of both soft undertones and signature staples. Fully versatile, each garment is perfectly designed to adapt to the changing seasons and trends. Making them timelessly appropriate all year round.
Warm over coats, soft leathers and distressed denim are standout throughout the capsule. Their presence is a reflection of the modern woman. Reflecting not only her busy lifestyle but also her appreciation for designer quality elements.
Developing a functional and quality enhanced wardrobe is a definitive ambition of Viktoria + Woods, and this capsule collection in conjunction with Lindy Klim enhances this aspiration ever so well.
The Viktoria + Woods pop-up store is located at 1087 High St, Armadale until the 27th of March. You can shop the collection online here.
This piece was also featured on Couturing.
The final day of the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival showcased Target’s hottest season looks as well as their exclusive range by Danii Minogue. As well as Target rocking the runway, the Future Runway also took to the stage with their futuristic trends. Here are our top picks from the final day of the VAMFF.
Images by Lucas Dawson Photography.