Afterpay Australian Fashion Week is just over. However, we aren't quite done yet. Let's take a moment to look at the week's most outstanding designers. Our line-up includes long-term favourites such as Aje or Micheal lo Sordo, as well as newcomer designers.
Whether big-name or newbie, these Aussie fashion designers should be added to your cart!
A combi of part-nordic, part Australian, the label Henne is a source for everyday wardrobe staples.
With an epic runway show, Henne presented their new collection "CHROME", delivering a big dose of business chic paired with an eccentric aesthetic that just needs to get into our wardrobes.
Statement blazer, sharp accessories like razor-pointed knee-high boots or attaché cases, as well as vintage-inspired sunglasses offered an etsy yet sleek look for the coming winter wardrobe.
Discover Henne on our app.
2. Cameron Hill
Say ciao to grandma's knitwear and hello to sophisticated knitwear from Cameron Hill.
The label was founded in 2021 and brings knitwear to the next level. With a love for handmade textures and knitting, designer Cameron Hill creates minimalistic yet luxurious lacework with intricate geometric patterns.
As one of the beautiful winners of the Next Gen runway, Cameron Hill had her debut at AAFW with a remarkable runway show.
Shop Cameron Hill on the Australian.Fashion app.
Their collection "Element" is truly a celebration and culmination of the 15-year anniversary of Aje. When designing their Resort collection, the designer returned to the design codes that have shaped the brand since it began - the elements that make Aje: raw beauty, femininity with an edge, artisan sentiment and our Australian heritage.
Aje, founded in 2008, has established itself as a master in the art of event attire and garnered international recognition for its distinctive range of striking silhouettes, vibrant patterns, and effortlessly feminine touch.
Explore their collection and shop here to find your perfect ensemble.
4. Michael lo Sordo
On his 10th anniversary, Michael Lo Sordo debuts a spangly dedication to French nightclubs on his runway show at Australian Fashion Week.
Taking his inspiration from the wild 90s, crystal knit minis, revealing cut-outs and a new side of menswear were a standout on the catwalk.
The Aussie fashion designer should be your destination when it comes to elegant and glamorous evening wear.
Founded in 2021, Joseph & James makes refined streetwear that feels like a warm hug from your best friend.
With a cohesive capsule collection of relaxed but sophisticated menswear, makes subtle yet compelling statement pieces for him.
What we love about Joseph & James?
The fresh prints and considered colour combinations feel both polished and fun.
Discover the Melbourne-based label on our app.
6. Bondi Born
Bondi Born is THE contemporary brand for luxury swimwear and resort wear.
Presenting their new collection "Lembeque" on a water-side location, the label echoed the collection’s focus: a Sydneysiders’ beach dream, combining billowing silhouettes and drapery in high-quality silks and linens.
Shop your next summer wardrobe here.
7. Xi Wu
Avant-garde meets minimalism.
Designer Xi Wu explores tells the story of her bicultural upbringing via both Eastern and Western garment techniques in each of her collections.
Xi Wu's designs are minimal, with a big focus on details and the transformability of the garments,
Explore Xi Wu's fashion on our Australian.Fashion app
Not quite Australian, but we still embrace this New Zealand-based label!
Maggie Marylin strikes the ideal balance between attention-grabbing statement pieces and functional, timeless basics that form the foundation of any wardrobe.
Extra point: As a B-corp-certified brand, Maggie Marilyn has been steadily making its way into our wardrobes with its carefully crafted and sustainable pieces.
Explore the label and their collection on our app.
9. Liandra Swim
Founded by Liandra Gaykamangu, a beautiful Yolngu woman from East Arnhem Land, Northern Territory Australia, Liandra Swim is a First Nations label that has sustainability at its core.
Liandra's signature prints are inspired by Aboriginal Australian culture, giving the opportunity to exhibit a slice of culture, that has been tens-of-thousands of years in the making!
Each collection represents a unique story: Their River Run Collection captures the meandering journey of river systems across Arnhem Land, as they begin from the Arafura Sea and end deep inland, where the desert earth is vibrant shades of red and orange.
Presenting their new resort collection "minerale". Karla Spectic presents a beautiful ready-to-wear line inspired by the Earth's natural frequencies and crystal formations.
Through fluid bias-cut dresses, relaxed and deconstructed tailoring, bodycon pieces featuring multi-crystal prints, and strategically placed cut-outs, the Australian designer took her runway show on a journey of introspection.
Discover Karla Specitc now on our Australian.Fashion app
Marking its debut at Australian Fashion Week, Melbourne-based brand Joslin showcases its dreamy collection "Cirrus".
As a love letter to the wholistic experience of holidays, the collection consists of romantic, resort-inspired linen dresses and light weighted pieces that underpin the timeless elegance and an alluring holiday vibe of the label.
Their seasonless collections are crafted from natural fabrications and traditional techniques.
Shop Joslin studio here.
And that's a wrap!
Australian Fashion Week has been a blast and we loved seeing new and old Aussie Fashion Designer with their gorgeous collections and runways shows. If you haven't had enough from Aussie fashion week, have a look at our favourite street style from AAFW!
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Contributor: Patricia Pira