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Australian designers follow tailoring trend

Despite a midweek power blackout and heavy storms, designers at Australian Fashion Week in Sydney showed a strong mix of commercial womenswear for autumn 09.

Plenty of smart tailoring options, statement shoulders and glitzy embellishment reflected the key trends to emerge from New York, London, Milan and Paris at the beginning of the year. These were fused with a raft of bright colours and prints, traditionally characteristic of Australian designers.

Sydney womenswear duo Camilla and Marc showed chic tailored trouser suits, gold blazers with embellished power shoulders and silver bubble skirts. Premium lifestyle brand Ginger & Smart’s collection was inspired by kite flying, as kaleidoscopic silk dresses sashayed down the catwalk while twisted and draped trousers were accentuated at the hips and tapered at the ankle.

Meanwhile, red carpet glamour came courtesy of Aurelio Costarella, who served up cocktail dresses and classic gowns in earthy tones adorned with splashes of metal beads and embroidery. Men’s and women’s wear duo Romance Was Born served up a theatrical ocean-themed collection of vividly coloured designs featuring knitting and embroidery.

Australian collections typically include plenty of colour and print, and sunset tones were out in force with ruby red, burnt orange, fuchsia, yellow and gold at Lisa Ho, while floral prints were mixed with edgy biker chic at Marnie Skillings.

UK buyers which attended included etail giant Asos and young fashion multiple Urban Outfitters. Florence Torrens, director of buying consultancy Lambert & Associates, was also there, acting for a number of retailers including Fenwick. She said: “My design highlight was
Dion Lee, which featured amazing, innovative tailoring. I also liked Beat Poët - a funky menswear line.”

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