MBFWA – Day Four

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ON THE CATWALK.

There was a great diversity of designers showing their collections on day four. Newcomers We Are Handsome and AJE presented their collections for the first time at MBFWA, and an iconic Australian label we though to be extinct made a comeback for their first showing in over thirty years. Props were big on the runway with icy poles, seashells and gum tree branches making us nostalgic for summer.

We Are Handsome.

With icy poles in their hands, two-toned lips and waved hair, models strutted down a zebra print runway to present the latest We Are Handsome collection. Told out over three stories: The Matriarch, The Streets and The Enchanted, We Are Handsome kept us on the edge of our seats with animalistic, landscape and floral inspired prints. Their scooped one-piece swimsuits, triangle bikinis, body-con dresses and leggings all made an appearance, along with new styles that included a pencil skirt, sheer paneled-bodysuit and long flowing skirt. With fashion heavyweights and celebrities lining the front row, it’s clear that this is a label to watch.

Images courtesy of The Vine and Vogue.

Jenny Kee.

The last time the fashion pack saw a Jenny Kee show was in 1981 when she collaborated with Linda Jackson to present a collection that went on to inspire Karl Lagerfeld. More than thirty years later, Kee has returned with her Art of the Scarf presentation. Styled by Luke Sales and Anna Plunkett from Romance Was Born, the installation showing had models standing on blocks draped in colourful layers, while surrounded by gum tree branches. The collection was inspired by the nature and colour that’s unique to Australia, but we’re seeing hints of the textiles and traditions we uncovered on our trip to Cuzco in Peru last year.

Images courtesy of Vogue.

AJE.

Choosing to show their collection off-site at the Paspaley flagship store in Sydney’s Martin Place, AJE was one of the labels showing for the first time at MBFWA.  With designer pearls surrounding the runway, the setting was the perfect venue for a collection that had been inspired by an abandoned shipwreck. Jackets reflected shark bites and fishtail skirts had coral-like detailing. Flat pirate boots were an unexpected addition and gave an added edge to the glamourous sequined garments.

Images courtesy of Vogue.

OFF THE CATWALK.

So technically this was day three at the Ellery show, but being sleep deprived we forgot to post it. As fans of both Lara Bingle and Jodi Gordon, we just simply had to share. This is them at Ellery, wearing Ellery. It looks like both girls have worn the separate pieces of a matching outfit. Which do you prefer?

What I wore.

With the We Are Handsome show and after party on, it was only fitting that I wear something from the label. I chose this sweet little windmill dress and paired it with a cream blazer. I actually prefer this dress with bare legs, but I had to go into work and it’s way too short for the office.

Images by Jessie Dang.

WE ARE HANDSOME mini-dress.

GARY BIGENI blazer.

JEFFREY CAMPBELL ankle booties.

ALEXANDER WANG ‘Rocco’ bag.

CHRONICLES OF NEVER sunnies.

As the founder of THIS ISLAND LIFE, Laura is an expert on all things summer. When she's not at home in Sydney, she's chasing the warm-weather to exotic destinations across the globe.

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