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. St. George Project NextGen provides a platform for emerging designers to show and provides them with mentorship and resources.
Jason Hewitt likes to use clothes to explore the boundaries of gender and cultural exchange, which sounds loftier than his clothing would suggest. His resort 2017 collection involved a lot of deconstruction of simple fabrics, followed by reconstruction with zippers or snaps in contrasting colors. One oversized trench coat with an intentionally patchy dye job looked cool over track pants.
You can go ahead and consider Anna Quan another designer exploring deconstructed workwear basics. Her origami white button downs and navy skirts were certainly cool, but in a world where Jacquemus exists, one does have to wonder how many overly complicated button-downs one woman needs. Still, there's no denying there's a market for Quan's brand of art-world workwear, and we could see one navy dress layered expertly over wide-legged pants if worn by the right gallerista.
Do you like leather? If so, you'll love Holystone, the brand specializing in head-to-toe, locally sourced leather. The leather one-piece swimsuits had us sweating on the front row, but the basket-weave miniskirt was an instantly covetable piece, as were the brand's brilliant jackets.
Paging Miley Cyrus: Kaliver is the quirky brand just waiting to be worn with your next set of nipple pasties. There was a little bit of everything, from naked dresses to furry skirts, but beneath the quirk is a strong sense of design. Kaliver's oversized bomber jacket provided a new take on a now-exhausted trend. Plus, who can resist a puppy-covered pencil skirt?
One might expect something more outrageous from a brand named Monster Alphabets, but for resort 2017, designer Sarah Watanabe kept it simple. Nearly everything was black, which allowed skilled craftsmanship to take center stage. A simple dress, for example, went from basic to must-have with a delicate spiderweb weave at the v-neck.
Designer Merryn found her footing at brands like Zimmerman before launching Third Form, a label already garnering buzz in Australia. Everything from the lines to the fabrics to the colors were kept simple, but a matching denim set was the real standout — partially because it came without the anxiety-inducing sleeve strings used on other looks in the collection.
Disclosure: IMG provided my travel and accommodations to cover Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia.