New York Fashion Week has been heavy on Australian flavour this season. First Sass & Bide and Dion Lee announced they would be joining Zimmermann on the Spring 2014 schedule, breaking the tradition of showing in London. And on Friday, seven more local designers presented their latest collections to an intimate group of buyers and press at Chelsea’s Pier 59 Studios as part of Fashion Palette’s Australian showcase.
Aurelio Costarella, Et Al, Phillip Glasso, Akira, Mossee, Nicola Finetti and Steven Khalil made up the group of emerging designers, local favourites and eveningwear top guns who made the trip stateside for Fashion Palette’s third NYFW group show. And while New Yorkers will have to wait almost a whole season cycle before giving any of these looks some street time, with spring currently warming up the Southern Hemisphere, the show provided the perfect inspiration for stocking our own summer wardrobes. See below for seven things we can’t wait to wear once the collections hit shop floors.
1. The headpieces at Aurelio Costarella. Costarella’s woman is known for her evening dresses, but it was the accessories we couldn’t take our eyes off this time around. Heavily embellished headbands sat tilted towards the forehead and some featured blown up, stiffened mesh that shaded the models’ eyes like an elegant version of Kanye’s infamous shutter shades.
2. Et Al’s voluminous sheers. This Melbourne brand’s relaxed tailoring and fluid drapery has been gained a cult-like following since it was launched in 1987. Demonstrating ingenuity without breaking their own mould, Et Al’s Spring 2014 highlight was a sheer maxi skirt that billowed out from the neck and was styled with a lacy black bodysuit.
3. Phillip Galasso’s flower bed embellishments. One of Galasso’s sexed-up tea party dresses featured a sheer peplum top, a white rosette bib and a poufy skirt covered with two tiers of three-dimensional flowers. Surprisingly wearable.
4. The oriental wallpaper print at Akira. More bijouxed sheers worked their way into Akira’s Spring 2014 show, layered over dresses in a wallpapery print of stylised roses and antiquey lotus flowers.
5. Mossee’s painter-striped silks. The lush silk sundresses at Mossee were painted with primary-coloured stripes of varying thickness, with pops of black and psychedelic eyewear giving us Prada vibes.
6. Nicola Finetti’s space age metallics. Finetti’s sculpted hem skirts and thick white vests were a clean take on Blade Runner chic, and we can’t wait to try a pair of those silver cigarette pants.
7. The finale gowns at Steven Khalil. We’ll admittedly be dreaming about these rather than actually buying them, but those gauzy white bridal gowns with diagonally ruffled tiers made one hell of a grand finale.
Image: Aurelio Costarella via Fashion Palette