Fashion Palette showcased the Spring/Summer 2015/2016 collections of thirteen Australian designers at the Art Gallery of NSW on Tuesday,10 March 2015. Over 600 plus industry guests, fashion identities and consumers were seated by the runway as the designers showed the coming trends for Australian fashion.
Guests included Kate Waterhouse, MTV’s Imogen Anthony, The Bachelor’s Sam Frost, designer Nicola Finetti, designer Arthur Galan, Sydney Fashion Blogger, Antoinette Marie, They All Hate Us Elle and Tash and Sarah Ellen.
The looks were sophisticated and sharp, marrying fun, bold prints with neutrals. Nicola Finetti, the king of chic opened the show with tailored pieces showcasing bold pops of colour in a mostly cool colour palette.
Milliner, Viktoria Novak unveiled her new collection, which saw her experimenting with a range of metals and intricate beading. Aqua Blu and Wild Pony presented their fun, bold and bright swimwear ranges. Wild Pony designs had a native influence with designs brazen with skulls, fringing and embellishments whilst Aqua Blu was heavily inspired with the bright lights of Rio.
Never ones to disappoint, Arthur Galan AG and Leona Edminsten led the way with what’s trending for SS15/16 with Arthur presenting classic structured designs layered over flowing flirty pieces giving us the more is more approach to dressing. The spotlight was on primary colours in an array of luxurious fabrics, tailoring never looked so good. Leona gave us bold playful prints that could take you to work to cocktail hour seamlessly.
Thomas Lazar and Melbourne’s very own Alin Le’ Kal proved they were the ones to watch with Thomas’s outlandish, intricate one of a kind pieces dominating the runway. Alin Le’ Kal closed the show with his highly anticipated collection featuring a palette of neutrals, metallic and hand beaded pieces including cut out evening dresses that left little to the imagination.
The next wave of talented emerging designers did not disappoint with eveningwear designers Roxcii and Elle Zeitoune showcasing beautiful pieces with a high focus on pastels and bold prints. LAB HOMME presented smart, tailored pieces with elements of street wear, taking men’s fashion to new heights. Antonella Ianni played with androgyny with her tailored ready to wear collection in a classic colour palette of black and white whilst contemporary label Nadz and Sabs showcased exquisite beading on raw silk and excellent craftsmanship.
The Art of Fashion theme ran strong throughout the runway show and cocktail function with the models looking like live works of art with face paint, paint brushes and palettes in tow. The model sparaded 182 looks, styled by teams from Sachajuan and Bodyography with nails by Essie and lashes by Ardell. Contemporary footwear label Billini showed off their must-have heels on the runway.
Pre-show drinks by Moët & Chandon, Calabria Family Wines, Red Bull, Rekorderlig, Nakd Water and Sofi Spritz were enjoyed by guests with delicious canapés served by MORSUL at The Art Gallery of NSW with the menu designed by the one and only Matt Moran. The menu featured beetroot macaroons with horseradish crème fraiche, seared kingfish and smoked duck breast with rhubard en croute. Guests gathered around the entrance surrounded by the live models and music by harp player Karen Hickcock. After the runway guests were seen looking through their gift bags full of products from Fashion Palette’s fabulous sponsors including: Modern Wedding Magazine, T2, Alpha Skincare, Dove, Chapstick, Frank, Naked Harry, Pukka, Ardell Lashes, Racinne Skincare, Slim Secrets, Bodyography, Sachajuan, Real Techniques, Summer Salt Body, Essie, Absolute Organic, QT Sydney, Billini Shoes, Ghooomo and Raw C.