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.
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.
SEASCAPE is the Fall 2014 Collection by Zulu & Zephyr.
Rugged, sharp, delicate & versatile – SEASCAPE is a collection drawn from the natural elements of a brooding coastline. A palette of navy, black, sky blue and fresh whites – coastal colours that cast an ethereal tone over a 65 piece collection. Leather, silk and cotton mesh fabrics feature across the full collection with beautiful attention to finish and detail. A refined collection that has been inspired by the versatility and energy of an ever changing coastline.
Zulu & Zephyr is made for the sun, the salt and the sea.
It’s one thing being fit and training regularly, it’s another thing looking great whilst doing it. Below are my favourite sportswear labels, which not only look great, but are comfortable enough to work out in.
L’urv is a boutique women’s sportswear label that caters for the unique and active individual. Function and fashion co-exist creating a performance label that is like no other. Their collections are inspired by nature and colour.
L’urv is for vitality, creativity and positive living. With limited addition designs and contemporary colours, L’urv’s womens sportswear will ensure you standout in the gym and on the street. Both stylish and comfortable, L’urv’s sportswear extends beyond dance, yoga and fitness to your everyday wardrobe. With directional silhouettes, unique detailing and modern styling, L’urv’s sportswear allows you to workout without losing your cool.
The Upside create yoga and active wear that reflects the changing values and needs of modern day society. Their functional collection looks great both in and out of the studio.
The Upside design clothes that empower the individual to move freely throughout the lives they create. The Upside is an approach to dressing that includes contemporary eco-friendly styles with a strong emphasis on health and spiritual pursuit.