Rosemount Australian Fashion Week has finally come to an end. With its close comes the promise of sleep, and many many clothes to covet in the coming months. Here's what we liked from the spring/summer 2011/2012 shows.
1. Stark, all-white looks were in nearly every collection and happened to be the opening look at lots of shows, including Josh Goot, Alice McCall, Flannel, Arnsdorf, Lover and Stolen Girlfriends Club.
2. Best show theme: Romance Was Born’s whimsical collection inspired by the Never Ending Story. Designers Luke Sales and Anna Plunket’s spring 2011 range was full of over-the-top embellishment, with some pieces more wearable than others. Cate Blanchett watched from the front row.
3. Despite having made it overseas, Aussie model Julia Nobis was back in full force walking the runway at dozens of shows. Meanwhile, Bambi Northwood-Blyth, who walked nearly every show last year, was noticeably absent.
4. It was the year of the technicolor runway, with cobalt, fuchsia, tangerine and fire engine red leading the way.
5. Therese Rawsthorne’s soft tailoring made for one of the most wearable collections of the week. There were relaxed dresses in flattering shapes, feminine shirting and wear-everyday jackets.
6. The prettiest pleats of the week (and there were lots) belonged to Magdalena Velevska, whose immaculately constructed dresses caught the eye of many a fashion editor.
7. Leather was everywhere at RAFW, from booty shorts to corsets, but this caramel colored maxi dress at Kirrily Johnston might be the best incarnation. However, not sure how well it would fare on a warm Sydney day…
8. The Zimmerman show wasn’t just beautiful; it was a perfect depiction of Australia’s sophisticated approach to sexy beach wear.
9. You’ve got to love the 70s sex appeal of the thigh high split: totally demure and revealing at the same time. They were everywhere at RAFW, either one on the side or two in the front.
10. What’s not to love about a jumpsuit? It comes across effortlessly polished and dresses up or down easily. There were all sorts throughout RAFW, including this cute printed Sara Phillips number.
**All photos: Vogue Australia