Spring/ Summer 2018
NYFW Gets a Visit from 7 Down Under Designers
New York Fashion Week got invaded by Aussies this afternoon. Fashion Palette was back and better than ever displaying catwalks from eight incredible designers from down under here at Pier 59 Studios.
Australian fashion always has a carefree, wearable vibe that is often overlooked on the flamboyant New York Fashion Week runways. Fashion Palette aggregates top designers from their home country of Australia to show each year under the bright catwalk lights.
Opening the show was Sabo Luxe, an industry favorite from last year’s Fashion Palette runway. The SS18 collection was inspired by the essence of a summer vacation. Sultry silhouettes in girly patterns had guests envisioning a steaming summer night under the stars with a cocktail in hand. Pieces flowed in dusky sunset hues and a flirty aesthetic. Ultra-feminine vibes were seen throughout the collection with the use of a variety of gingham prints, ruffles, grommets, and beads.
Next up, Ashlee Lauren’s ‘Zenith‘ collection turned heads paired with neutral lingerie. This bridal headpiece designer decided to represent the concrete jungle in its enormity and vibrance with her SS18 pieces.
“Bring on this adventure; we are going to soak up the good energy, learn, connect and be totally and utterly swept away by all that this city and this experience has to offer.“, said designer Ashlee Lauren.
Showing for the first time at New York Fashion Week, Ashlee Lauren’s incredible collection of pearl and jewel encrusted headpieces astonished attendees. Foliage inspired brushed gold and pewter crowns made a statement with intricate adornments and chic shimmer.
Bronx and Banco’s SS18 collection was a blast from the past with an 80s prom inspiration and a playful attitude. Heavily embellished fabrics with a gold, silver, and neutral color palette danced down the runway. The designer focused primarily on extenuating the shoulders with exaggerated puff and bell sleeve details. Feathers, layers, ruffles, and sequins seamlessly meshed into an extraordinary yet cohesive collection.
Haus of Song’s catwalk debut demonstrated when masculine meets feminine and minimalism meets maximalist, beauty is unearthed. With a collection inspired by the clash of movement, Haus of Song proved that a clash of color isn’t something to be afraid of. These Aussies paired bright, bold yellows with eggplant and red opaque tights. Both flowing maxi dresses and structured blazers hit the Haus of Song runway in unexpected color combinations.
Guests were then guided back in time once more with Flare Street—this time to a free-spirited, psychedelic era. Striking velour bell bottoms fluttered across the floor in cosmic prints. This collection was heavily influenced by pop art icon Peter Max and the cosmic 60s artwork he produced, particularly in reference to the Universe in his psychedelic artwork.
“Flare Street’s designs are for those who aren’t just fiercely fashionable but also have a sense of life and individuality. I want people to feel empowered and as though they are expressing themselves in their truest way.“, says designer Nik of Flare Street.
Using cosmic and lunar motifs to create a celestial narrative, Flare Street presented two distinctive color palettes. The stories of both the light playful cosmic heavens and the rich, brooding midnight were apparent throughout the collection of curve-hugging flares. Australian artists Harley and J and Shell Shimmin contributed specially commissioned pieces for this collection exploring the contrasting moods and magical possibilities of the universe.
MB the Label confirmed the artistry in simplicity. Basic colors, basic materials, and basic designers were used to instill the vision that fashion doesn’t have to date. The designers sought out to create a more high-end collection to complement their successful MBASICS range. Celebrating the female figure, MB the Label presented bodycon skirts, sheer blouses, and plunging jumpsuits in an elevated, classic fashion that won’t be forgotten.
A favorite of Julia Torannce Hemingway, Marrakesh inspired her SS18 collection. The streetstyle type vibe became as a result of the muse of the bustling streets. Beautifully embossed leathers had an ultra-luxurious look to them and were elevated alongside beautifully hand painted prints. A standout ensemble from the collection was the oversized menswear inspired suit covered in rich bronze sequins perfect for any red carpet.
Elliatt’s New York Fashion Week collection entitled ‘Reign’ embodied the perfect balance between wearability and innovative, fashion forward detailing. The much anticipated SS18 collection incorporated luxury fabrications such as structured multi colored and monochrome laces, delicate embroidered mesh, and classic suiting. Focusing on innovative detailing such as specialty trims and hardware, the pieces explored a range of micro ruffles, sleeve shapes, and cutouts. The bold color palette of peach-rose, merlot and ice-mint is complemented by neutral tones of dusty grey-blue and white. A strong feminine undercurrent tied the capsule together. Strong, wearable shapes paired with specialty embellishment synonymous with the Elliatt brand were embodied in this runway collection.
Notable attendees included Francesca Curran of Orange is the New Black, India de Beaufort of ABC’s Kevin Probably Saves the World, Empire’s AzMarie, Zeke Thomas, and Montana Tucker.
About Fashion Palette
Established in 2009, Fashion Palette is an Australian fashion agency designed to help fashion designers expand their businesses via annual runway platforms by connecting designers with industry professionals, consumers, media and buyers.
Fashion Palette New York Fashion Week (FPNYFW) serves as a platform elevating and celebrating Australian fashion as a unique creative international platform, and reinforcing its integration into the industry by offering showcasing designers rare opportunities, tools, contacts and base to network and establish an abundance of connections within the global market.
FPNYFW is now in its fifth season and has rapidly become a high-end, all-inclusive trusted international springboard, focused on establishing innovative independent Australian labels into the US market. Connecting designers with global buyers, media, stylists, bloggers and industry professionals to help designers gain a bigger slice of their market.