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.
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.
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.
The product of two Sydney sisters, Serpent & the Swan is a label inspired by a shared childhood love of the animal kingdom and a dark and morbid fascination with the anatomy of creatures and their mystical incarnations. The label has just launched their custimisable basics range, Sculpt It. The collection pays special attention to cuts lines and shapes, making it subtle yet visually striking.
The Sculpt It collection is a unisex basics range made with premium fabrics to compliment each garment. The collection focouses on giving consumers the ability to create a unique garment with the Serpent & the Swan’s hallmark trimmings. Their organic bamboo jersey t-shirts, washed linen shirts and 100% wool knitted sweaters cardigans and scarves are customisable with unique buttons, toggles, leather pockets and trimmings, horses, wolves skulls, bones, chains and zips. This hallmark of the Serpent & the Swan collection adds to the unique aesthetic of each garment.
Step 1: Select from Serpent & the Swan’s range of high-quality unisex basics.
Step 2: Select from a variety of handmade trimmings to adorn the garment with.
Step 3: One the creation has been purchased, Serpent & the Swan will sculpt the order to your specifications and mail it out.
Sculpt It is available online now at www.serpentandtheswan.com
The latest AW 2014 collection by Bless’ed Are The Meek is a collaboration of all things divine by Sophie “Hirschy” Hirschfelder. See the collection for yourself and read my interview below!
1. What are three elements prominent throughout this AW2014 collection?
BUTTER SOFT LEATHER / MONOTONE PALETTE / TEXTURED KNITWEAR
2. What sets this collection apart from your other AW campaigns?
THE GRAPHIC MINIMAL DESIGN LINES
3. What do you think will be a stand out trend this winter?
CHUNKY KNITWEAR & BORROWED FROM THE BOYS TAILORING
4. What did Sophie “Hirschy” Hirschfelder bring to this collection?
AN INTERNATIONAL ANDROGYNOUS EDGE
5. What are some garments that are purely influenced by her?
THE BLACK AND WHITE MOTO INSPIRED LEATHERS
6. As a brand how do you stay definitive and individual throughout each of your collections?
WE START WITH A THEME OR CONCEPT OFTEN INSPIRED BY ART OR NATURE AND WORK THAT THROUGH EACH COLLECTION
7. When creating a new collection to you tend to push boundaries and a take a chance with your styles?
IT’S A CONSTANT BATTLE! WE ARE ALWAYS PUSHING FOR NEW AND GETTING IN TROUBLE WHEN STYLES DON’T SELL…….ITS A MATTER OF GETTING THE BALANCE BETWEEN EDGINESS AND COMMERCIALITY
8. What is the most exciting thing about releasing a new collection to the public?
ITS EXCITING SEEING THE MEDIA RESPOND IN A POSITIVE WAY AND BLOGGERS COMING ON BOARD TO USE THE GARMENTS IN THEIR POSTS AND OF COURSE SEEING PEOPLE OUT WEARING BLESSED IS ALWAYS A GREAT FEELING
9. Do you think this AW2014 collection is similar to other Blesse’d Are The Meek collections?
THERE IS AWLAYS A BLESSED HANDWRITING RUNNING THROUGH EACH COLLECTION, GRAPHIC ELEMENTS, PLAYS ON TEXTURE AND INTRICATE STATEMENT PIECES
10. Who would you love to have wearing this collection?
The latest collection from Cameo the Label speaks for itself. Combining feminine florals and cool mints, the range is nothing short of what we’ve come accustomed to expect from the Australian designers.
Those Spaniards know exactly how to combine fresh palms in sleek and sporty influenced silhouettes into their latest Spring Summer 2014 campaign. The range includes crop tops, eclectic prints and board shorts, as well as their signature crisp whites, drapery silhouettes and dreamy sport luxe trends. Here’s a taste of the balmy collection to cure your Mondayitis.
Images courtesy of Zara.
For beautifully coloured fedora hats to suit any style and any season, Lack of Color has you covered. Their simple range of fedoras are an elegant staple to any outfit. Shop their collection online now; www.lackofcolor.com.au
Why bother having to decide between wearing a skirt or shorts, when now you can wear both! The latest summer trend no doubt taking over your Instagram newsfeed is the skort. If the combination of names hasn’t already given it away, the skort is a pair of shorts that are made to look like a skirt. With a fabric panel across the front to resemble a skirt, a skort has all the comfort of a pair of shorts with the chick femininity of a skirt.
Skorts are essentially skirts with a pair of shorts hidden underneath, though they’ve become the must have statement piece for summer. Labels such as Zara, ASOS, Witchery, Missguided and Beginning Boutique have made this combination apparel look appealing and desired. With an endless array of colourful options to choose from, the skort is best paired with a plain tee for a casual summer look.
The skort is a regularly used term in some regions, though it’s only just caught on in our humble abode. With girls across the country rocking the ‘shorts that look like a skirt’ look there doesn’t seem to be any complaints with this newly adopted trend.
Skorts were initially developed to provide more freedom to do activities such as sports, gardening, cleaning, or bike riding, yet maintain the appearance of a skirt. Skorts are most often part of female athletic uniforms and are most popular in sports such as hockey, tennis and golf.
Becoming an immediate favourite on the Ladies Professional Golf Tour of the 1960, professional golfers famously known for first wearing skorts were Natalie Gulbis & Paula Creamer.
Today in the fashion world, skorts have become an essential garment. Rightly so, as the comfort and style of the skort makes it a winning statement piece for the summer season. Similar to the spork, the skort is a tribute to the end result of two great things combining. The multiplication of a skirt and shorts is a unique yet popular trend and will doubt become prominent in all retails throughout the summer.
So you’ve no doubt heard of Triangl Swimwear. That super hot swimwear range, promoted by those super hot girls. Ye, well as if their 400, 000 plus followers on Instagram were not enough they have decided to launch a Triangl underwear line. Not complaints there I’m sure. Set to launch in Australia in a matter of days, women as well as men across the country are buzzing from excitement. With even more styles and beauties to add to their already growing reputation, Triangl’s underwear line will no doubt follow in its sister swimwear line’s footsteps. Below is a sneak peak of the line courtesy of the Triangl Swimwear Facebook page. Cue drooling and body envy now!
The ‘Isabel’ Underwear Set in Spearmint Micro Mesh
The ‘Lucie’ Underwear Set in Candy Pink Micro Mesh
The ‘Isabel’ Underwear Set in Licorice Micro Mesh