Rosemount Australia Fashion Week is no more, and with a change of sponsors come multiple changes to the lineup. Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia has released the preliminary schedule for the Spring/Summer 2012/13 collections, and who’s missing is almost as manifest as who’s present. Lover’s Susien Chong and Nic Briand won’t be there, red carpet maestro Alex Perry has been lost to L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival along with cult New Zealand label Stolen Girlfriends Club, and fellow Kiwi Kate Sylvester is also conspicuously absent.
But the schedule as a whole is far from disappointing. Zimmermann, Lisa Ho, Ellery, Kirrily Johnston, and Bec and Bridge are all in so far. Romance Was Born will be staging one of its famously exuberant shows, and elusive streetwear label Ksubi one of their famously sporadic ones. There are also exciting rookies aplently. Here are four of the most promising local designers who will be showing alongside the big names: