For the first time, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week: Australia is focusing on Resort collections, and we're Down Under to bring you all the best of Aussie fashion. From New York favorites making a homecoming to brand new designers making their mark, Sydney has got plenty to offer.
Melbourne-based designer Toni Maticevski had the honor of kicking things off Sunday evening in Sydney, which doesn't come as a surprise to locals: Maticevski is one of Australia's most celebrated fashion brands, often referred to as Australia's Alexander McQueen. While that lofty title may be up for debate, it's certain that the designer has an eye for finishing touches. Maticevski loves pleating, ruffles and detail work that add depth to his designs.
Where he was most successful was in the voluminous gowns, whether in whites and neutrals or in moody dark blues. The skirts ended just at the ankles, perfect for the woman currently investing in statement heels.
Several looks came accompanied with some high-flash bondage gear by Sydney jeweler Ryan Storer, including bejeweled ball gags, piles of chokers and diamond handcuffs. The standout piece among these was a choker attached to a set of cuffs by strands of diamonds running down the back. It's a motif that's been explored in fashion before, perhaps most notably by Marc Jacobs at Louis Vuitton, but it added a layer of complexity to Maticevski's evening looks.
If you've heard about Misha Collection lately, it's likely because the brand scored Bella Hadid as an exclusive to its runway Monday afternoon. And if ever there was an Australian fashion brand made for Hadid and her posse of famous model friends, this was it: Full of neutral and black dresses with a sexy, bodycon sensibility, it isn't hard to imagine Bella or her sister choosing one of these items for a night out (paired with a choker, natch).
From lacy, lingerie-inspired separates to sleek black dresses with sharp, architectural detailing, Misha Collection is a line fit for a Monica Rose client.
The main thing to know about Zhivago is that it opened with a choreographed musical number. The second thing to know is that the resort 2017 collection centered around the selfie-obsessed generation, a point hammered home by the crucifix-heeled pumps, the soundtrack featuring tracks like Kanye West's "I Am a God" and everything in between.
Zhivago is a brand for party girls, which was reflected in every super-tight, super-short, low-cut look. While many of them felt excessive, the standout was a number that included sexy see-through lace with a sequined miniskirt that we'd imagine a Power Bitch would wear to a holiday party.
New York Fashion Week mainstay Dion Lee presented resort 2017 in Sydney, on top of Bloomberg's building here in Australia. It was a deceptively minimalist collection, kept in a simple color palette of neutrals, navies and black, which allowed the lace-up details and massive folds to appear seamless and easy rather than fussy.
The finale looks all had smatterings of crystals across portions of the looks, wrapping up with a minidress made entirely of massive stones. It was a gorgeous finish to a collection that managed to keep the minimalist feel of the other pieces, as well as the perfect homecoming for one of Australia's most successful exports.
Disclosure: IMG provided my travel and accommodations to cover Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia.