INDUSTRY ALL-STARS: These labels continue to put their own stamp on Australian fashion’s signature brand of cool.
This year, the Zimmermann girl channeled her inner Lolita. Think sugar-coated sexpot complete with bows in the hair and plenty of skin. Florals and a pastel palette were ultra girly, while bomber jackets and laser cuts kept the feel sporty and modern. With a brand new flagship store in Soho and one opened last year in LA, the label continues to be an ambassador for the country’s seductive, never-ending summer vibe.
In many ways, this collection was consistent with Ellery’s avant-garde eye. There was plenty of structure, as well as varied proportions like the exaggerated, round shoulders that appeared more than once. The biggest departure was a more diverse color palette (including green, cranberry, fuchsia and metallic) and the introduction of heavy, asymmetrical draping. Needless to say, whatever color or shape the Ellery girl is wearing, she demands all eyes when she walks into a room.
After a few quiet years, Ksubi’s lastest collections have reminded us that they are truly the original exporter of playfully grungy, Aussie style. There was plenty on offer for the downtown girl with laidback denim parkas layered over barely-there shorts, metallic track pants paired with miles of midriff, and a bit of black leather for after hours. Even the sleek LBD had the Ksubi touch with a shirt thrown around the waist — or maybe it was the fact that it was modeled by designer Dan Single’s babin’ girlfriend Bambi Northwood-Blyth, either way.