This week I look at the next four designers who impressed the audience with their sensational style, all of whom were captured so superbly by my colleague Sydney photographer Steven Godbee.
Let’s start with the first of the two swimwear labels who were included on the runway, Aqua Blu,
Established in 2000, this Sydney label creates an extensive range of contemporary separates and fabulous prints.
Catering for sizes 8 to 18, they also provide fuller cup fittings so every woman can find her perfect fit, something we all want in swimwear.
I loved the drama of their opening look, a sexy full sleeve one piece offset by a dramatic low cut back
A striking print was the perfect choice to take this look to new heights.
Out came bustier style tops teamed with boy leg briefs in a gorgeous riff on paisley.
Also fresh and fun, were stripes featuring a trapeze cut neckline.
A white lace mallot, was sleek and cool, while a relaxed midriff palm print top worked perfectly with white bikini briefs.
Must say that I loved the fit and structure of these pieces, all in all a strong collection.
Next up, designer Rachel Sandison’s nod to the 1970’s with her swim label Wild Pony.
Since 2010, Rachel has been creating collections featuring horse shoes and wings of pegasus, symbols of good luck and freedom respectively, talismans for the wearer.
Starting off strong with Mexican “day of the dead” motifs on both bikinis and one pieces.
All her range was a touch bohemian, which I loved.
A black and white mosaic print had a hint of Morocco about it, and a black one piece with red fringing was glamour by the pool.
My favourite was a take on the mosaic print, featured as a one piece.
The deep V neck and red piping was super sexy, while being quite timeless.
The black lace peasant top with drawstring tassel detail would be great popped over swimwear or teamed with palazzo pants for a cocktail by the pool.
Roxcii was fierce from the opening look.
Glamour that could be resort, races or black tie glamour.
From the drama of the “swimming pool reflection print” voluminous skirt, which was as light as a feather to the laser cut midriff caplet over a full skirt with a stunning jewelled waist detail, this was exciting.
The “pool print” shown in both blue and pink, worked well as both a pencil skirt featuring a black and white trim and as a diaphanous full length look.
Teamed with a black long sleeved midriff top decorated with crystals, it was sports luxe meets glam!
Must say, I loved it!
There was quite a Dolce and Gabbana feel to some of these pieces.
The afore mentioned laser cut caplet, a gorgeous jewelled shift dress and a full length strapless gown in a stunning rose print with a contrasting blue rose detail were very Italinate.
A gorgeous gold mini dress had a 1960’s feel and a nude cut away evening gown, very Eli Saab! It looked like it was made for Jennifer Lopez.
Sexy is the word!
This week’s established designer is Nicola Finetti.
The former architect launched his eponymous label in 1995 and has been going from strength to strength ever since.
This collection had a sleek look with a touch of flirtiness, feminine without being twee.
The combination of cobalt blue and black is always a winner for me, and this didn’t disappoint.
Whether it was a black mesh detail, combined with the blue or the combination with splendid sun ray pleats, it all gelled perfectly.
Fresh white with cut away sleeves featured mesh again for that sports luxe feel and the clean lines of an asymmetrical neckline made the most of a superb black, white and baby pink print.
All elegant and refined, throw in a touch of hot pink and these looks go anywhere.
But for me, my personal favourite was the black lace dress with a deep V-neck.
The set in sleeve, fit through the bust and waist, heading down to a dreamy detailed hemline screamed ’50’s bombshell, and it doesn’t get better than that ladies and gentlemen.
Any of these labels would be excellent for travel, just cherry pick your favourites. I know I have!
Next week I look at the final four designers from Fashion Palette 2015.
I do hope you will join me.
Jo Bayley, Fashion Elixir, The Culture Concept Circle, 2015
Photos: Fashion Palette 2015, Sydney Art Gallery, ©Steven Godbee, with thanks, Steven Godbee Publicity & Photography