Where does new design come from and how is it nurtured?
As I have said before I love a good runway, and I love seeing new talent.
I met up with my friends Warren Pasi and Scarlett Varga.
Forty three young guns proudly showed their creativity and style to industry bigwigs, bloggers and buyers.
This is a chance to be snapped up early in the piece by leading retailers, something all designers hope to achieve.
After all financial backing is so important to getting a collection out of the minds eye and to fruition.
Guests were treated to tasty canapés and flutes of sparkling wine, a fabulous start to the night.
I must say I was quite impressed with the 43 graduates.
The night kicked off with an exciting collection from Yousef Akbar, who has won a string of industry awards since his graduation in 2013.
He’s a womens wear designer with a strong Balmain vibe. Think metallics, studs and sequins.
Another I really enjoyed was Miwa Kawasoe, I felt her collection was highly accessible with shades of Victoria Beckham or Roland Mouret.
I loved her use of colour blocking and clean silhouettes.
Melrose by Courtney Dennis showed huge promise with a dramatic monochrome cape.
Also Elsie by Elsie Lawrie, who took us on a dreamy romantic holiday with stunning white lace and appliqué mixed with azure blue.
I’d pack it all for a trip to Bryon Bay or Positano.
Imogen Merrony wowed with a Celine like sensibility, sublime.
Jessica Van took it to the next level with hessian fabric manipulated to create a softness and movement not usually associated with this utilitarian cloth.
Bobbi Rickards took us back to Woodstock with a hippy luxe vibe.
Well cut flares, that moved with ease, looked super cool.
Fredrick Jenkyn rocked fringing and moulded bustiers which was a clever juxtaposition.
Laura Fazzolari took us to Italy with shades of Dolce and Gabbana, loved the embroidery details.
Honi Perrin de Graff showed print bases swim and resort wear using bold prints.
I really loved the flow of this collection.
There was so much more and I have just scratched the surface, but if that was a taste of things to come, I’m excited.
I can’t wait to see the path these young designers take.
The future looks bright for Australian fashion.
Jo Bayley, Fashion Elixir, The Culture Concept Circle, 2015
Watch an interview with Yousef Akbar