The New Guard – MBFWA, Next Gen Emerging Talent, 2016


Jo In JeansThink Fashion Week and does your brain immediately envisage big brands and large department stores?

Sure there are the established labels that we all know and love on the Australian fashion scene, but they all had to start somewhere.

What better place than Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia (MBFWA).

The last day of fashion week traditionally showcases up and coming designers through group runway showings.

This is one of my favourite days as I love to see all the brilliant new talent that is just bursting to be explored.

There are three runways that support these creative new comers and they are Next Generation, Raffles and the Innovators.

Today I’m going to talk about Next Generation, sponsored by St George, it featured six designers all showing great individual flair. With hair by Redken 5th Avenue and make yup by MAC Cosmetics this show always delights, as it did again for 2017 Resort.

MB 1Jayson Hewitt – Bold colours and shapes were what this collection was all about.

Splits and eyelets are all quirky details.

MB 4Monster Alphabets - The devil is in the detail with this collection.

Using high quality fibres including silk, linens and cottons, this was simplicity at it’s best.

I particularly loved the lace inserts, so delicate.

MB 3

Third Form - This collection had a sense of urban style and minimalist sophistication.

I adored the fabrics and shapes used in this striking collection. One to watch!

MB 2Anna Quan – produced a strong collection from the first look.

Classic silhouettes in a monochrome palette.

A highly accessible range that I feel would work in any market.

MB 5Holystone - Designer Renee Sealey specialises in leather and it suits her down to the ground.

I was so impressed by the flawless finish on these pieces.

Cool jackets in both blazer and biker styles, sexy pants and woven leather midriff tops all oozed rockstar sensibility, and the PVC pieces were a bit of cheeky fun.

MB 6Kaliver – Super cool with a sense of whimsy is how I would describe this label.

Imported leathers,denim, silk, faux fur and beading all strutted down the runway on what was a very strong finish to an impressive show.

As you all know, I’m all about supporting Australian designers, new or established.

We need to nurture our new creatives, so next time your shopping, on any level, think about buying local.

It makes perfect sense.

jo-bayley-ciao-170Jo Bayley, Fashion Editor, The Culture Concept Circle, 2016

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