MBFWA 2016 Designer Resort Wear – Planning to Go Promenading


Sunglasses at MBFWI can’t believe it’s another year and another Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia (MBFWA). Just where does that time go?

I’m always so excited to be apart of this fabulous week showcasing some of the best that Oz has to offer, and this year didn’t disappoint!

Making my way to Carriageworks in the Sydney suburb of Redfern on a beautiful sunshine day, I’m looking forward to the Sunglass Hut sushi train of sunglasses and meeting up with many pals, including the ever stylish Warren Pasi, the Boy in the Black Bow Tie!

Last year was a huge hit and this year didn’t disappoint either, and I might have fallen in lust with a divine pair of Miu Miu’s!

Bec-Bridge-Runway-Pictures-Resort-2017-MBFWA-12016 sees a move for MBFWA to a later schedule, held in the month of May.

This year it’s all about Resort.

So what’s Resort I hear you ask?

Grace Kelly 1Well, the resort concept started decades ago as collections for holidaying elite, who needed smart casual clothes to wear whist on that cruise on the Mediterranean sea, or promenading in Cannes or the Caribbean.

Famous actress Grace Kelly showed the way in the hit movie To Catch A Thief with Cary Grant.

Resort wear is less about trends and more about functional fashion, going from beach to bar, day to night.

Australian designers are geared to fill this niche.

MBFW-1After all our lifestyle is basically Resort! So, I am planning to go promenading!

Sunny weather, relaxed attitude and super chilled vibe all scream Resort.

This week was brilliant for Aussie fashion, for established designers and new blood too.

So just what did I see?

Over six eventful days I viewed 21 designers in a mix of stand alone and group runways, and had an absolute ball!

These shows were my highlights, but stay tuned for more in coming weeks.

B-&-B-1Bec & Bridge - The dynamic duo nailed it again, showing warm earthy tones, metallics, floaty fresh whites and super soft suedes.

I particularly loved the silver paisley print on black.

This showed a delicate feminine strength.

By Johnny - Runway - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia 2016By Johnny - This show was a departure from Johnny Schembri’s colourful design aesthetic.

Black and white abounded with an almost Marrimeko style print, leading into greys, silver and white, followed by my favourite black and gold.

I felt he covered many era’s of fashion in his show, from the 1950’s to the “80’s. All in all a fun collection.

HAN aHAN – Clean silhouettes, denim, leather and relaxed elegance was what this show was all about.

House Of Cannon – Had us visiting Detroit Motor City.

House of CannonStart your engines and get your motors running, this collection was all about colour, movement and exciting prints.

So much fun!

Karla Spetic - Runway - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia 2016Karla Spetic - Drawing on her childhood in Dubrovnik, Croatia, Spetic` wooed us with navy blue, gentle white and lavenders.

Sweet scalloped edges created soft drama in what was a highly wearable collection.

McGraw 1Macgraw – The super cool siblings delivered what had to be one of my favourite shows.

Fun, floaty and flouncy are the words I’d use to describe this runway.

A lovely pink backdrop with a French rennasaince feel set the scene for romantic separates in superb fabrics.

And the soundtrack was my fave, Adam and the Ants, Bow Wow Wow and the Shirelles all rocked my world.

Steven Khalil -

A true gentleman of fashion.

His shows never disappoint and this year was no different.

Ultra feminine with Dior-esque “New Look” silhouettes, gentle hues and sheer.

A magnificent Bridal finish that drew gasps from even the most hardened fashionista ended this romantic show, proves that we still love classic, beautiful pieces.

It doesn’t always have to be about shock value.

YB 1Yeojin Bae - The lady in me loves these pieces. Everything about this collection was instantly recognisably Yeojin Bae.

She nails understated elegance with an exceptional fit and flawless finish. Timeless with a sultry undertone.

Every year I’m so excited to attend and experience all that Australian fashion has to offer.

We step up to the plate every time, this year entered a new realm, Resort.

How it works on the world stage remains to be seen, but I have every confidence in our home grown talent.

So there you have it.

Jo on ChairJoin me next week when I talk about our emerging talent, the future of Australian fashion.


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