Australian Fashion Week

Monday, April 15th 2013

Postcard from Sydney: Highlights from Australian Fashion Week

Australian Fashion Week has just wrapped up in Sydney, and Shopbop buyers Jenny and Justin are back in the States with amazing pictures and stories. We asked them to recap their week away.

What was the highlight of the week on the runways and in the showrooms?
JENNY: The swim shows were so fun and had a great vibe! We Are Handsome sent a model on a bicycle down the runway, and Camilla had an amazing show in Centennial Park—in a giant teepee.
JUSTIN: I loved seeing the huge range of Australian designers we carry, from the swimwear brands to the ready-to-wear collections. Big standouts were Dion Lee, Ellery, and Josh Goot.

What was the highlight off the runways?
JENNY: Spending time with our Aussie designers. They showed us all the great spots in Sydney.
JUSTIN: The Dion Lee show at the Sydney Opera House was beautifully edited and chic. And the Ellery show had amazing, cool energy that was super inspiring!

Best street style trend you noticed?
JENNY: It was all about separates. We saw spot-on styling of crop tops with suiting and skirts.
JUSTIN: Great fashion sweatshirts, and jackets draped on the shoulders like a cape.

Favorite meal?
JENNY: Fresh pasta from Sean’s Panaroma in Bondi Beach.
JUSTIN: Fricassee of gnocchi romaine, roasted butternut squash, broccoli, swiss brown mushrooms, and goats curd at Felix Restaurant.

Next time you’re in Sydney, you’re going to…
JENNY: Work up the courage to walk over the top of the Sydney Harbor Bridge!
JUSTIN: Go swimming at Bondi Beach!

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Monday, May 21st 2012

Postcard from Sydney: Highlights from Australia Fashion Week

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The shows have wrapped and the jet lag has (nearly) subsided. Our team is back from Australia Fashion Week, and with them, they brought plenty of snapshots and Aussie inspiration. Buyers Jenny and Justin share a few of their favorite moments from the week.

Favorite moment on the runway:
JENNY: The We Are Handsome show. Not only were the prints fab, they were blasting Skee-Lo’s “I Wish.”
JUSTIN: Great hyped up energy at the Ellery Show!  Such a cool scene!

Favorite collection:
JENNY: Zimmermann for swim; Talulah for easy summer dresses; and Bec & Bridge for their crisp, white collection.
JUSTIN: Josh Goot was bright, bold, urban, and chic.

Best new find:
JENNY: Designer stick-on nail polish collaborations. Ellery has the coolest print!
JUSTIN: Josh Goot!

Favorite moment off the runway:
JENNY: Pistachio-orange breakfast pastries at the Dion Lee appointment!
JUSTIN: Shopping and having a flat white in Paddington.

Best non-fashion thing you did all week:
JENNY: We snuck off to Bondi Beach for lunch and had the most amazing hummus wraps!
JUSTIN: Eating dinner at Icebergs on my last night.

Chicest street-style spotting:
JENNY: Josh Goot. All the girls in Sydney were wearing the collection.
JUSTIN: Ellery show!

Next time you’re in Sydney, you’ll be sure to:
JENNY: Have dinner at Icebergs!
JUSTIN: Go to the zoo and see a koala bear!

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Friday, May 6th 2011

Australian Fashion Week Recap: Our Favorites

Darcy and Jane, two of Shopbop buying’s finest. were in Sydney for Australian Fashion Week. Here, they offer their take on their days Down Under.

Favorite shows:
Darcy: Lover’s 10th anniversary show at the Sydney Opera House was spectacular! Lots of red lace, blush, ivory, and black. Zimmermann had great prints, cutout details, and standout maxi skirts and dresses.
Jane: Dion Lee had amazing printed skirts and a cool color palette. I loved the structured dresses. In all, it was a gorgeous collection. Camilla and Marc took on colorblock with stunning results. Loved the black blazer with neon sleeves!

Biggest color story from the week:
Darcy: We saw light yellow and pastels, but also a lot of bold colors like deep green and cobalt blue. There were hits of neon and lots of white, too.
Jane: I noticed lots of corals, pastel blue, light mint green, loads of cobalt, and bubble pink. Mixing these colors was big, an extension of the current season’s bright separates trend.

Standout runway/showroom trend:
Jane: We saw colorblocking, separates, and unique prints everywhere. There were lots of new wide-leg pants in prints and solids. Some cropped, others with slits up the side! So chic for resort!

Standout street style trends:
Jane: The Aussies are wearing bright pants and skirts, blazers, lots of studded shoes, and lots of Alexander Wang. We spotted some teal nail polish, which was so cool. Darcy and I each brought some back.

Friday, May 6th 2011

RAFW with RUSSH Magazine: Shakuhachi Runway

Photo by Lucas Dawson.

It was skin, hiding and revealing it, that fascinated Shakuhachi this season. Sheer fabrics, perspex shoes, and plenty of cutouts. Sporty colorblocked silks and flowing jersey followed. Shakuhachi has a strong following, and they will not disappoint fans with this collection.

--Billie Iveson
RUSSH Magazine


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Friday, May 6th 2011

Meet Jess Blanch, Editor in Chief of RUSSH Magazine

RUSSH Editor in Chief Jess Blanch. Photo by Candice Lake.

We’ve been spending some time in Australia of late, and while there, we’ve grown to love RUSSH magazine (almost to the point of obsession). We’re collaborating with the glossy this Rosemount Australian Fashion Week, so we thought it time to get to know the folks behind the magazine a little better. We talked to the woman who works to shape the RUSSH vision, Editor in Chief Jess Blanch.

Shopbop: For readers who may not be familiar with RUSSH, how would you describe the magazine?
Jess Blanch: RUSSH is built on originally produced editorial and fashion created by people who love the magazine. It’s the fashion magazine that you read, a magazine that encourages you to be yourself and not one that tells you what to wear or how to be.

We’re not into celebrities but we are very much into models. Our cover girls have included Eniko, Jessica Stam and … I just wish I could tell you our next one for June!

In our hearts we’re Australian, but we’re international in mindset. You can buy RUSSH anywhere—from a country town in Australia to Collette in Paris. And of course, you can check in daily at

SB: What kind of regular features should readers look for?
JB: We showcase innovators in fashion, beauty, music, and the arts, and we do this through our contributors, all passionate people living their dreams around the world. Regular features range from inspirational profiles and international trend reports to our annual astrology special with the amazing Susan Miller. There’s something in there for everyone.

SB: Let’s talk about fashion week. Describe a typical day for you during RAFW.
JB: Busy. We’re filming at the shows so we’re torn between reviewing the collections and filming backstage for videos we’re producing to roll out over the next few weeks. Our coverage isn’t about being the most instant. It’s about sharing what we’ve seen, what goes on behind the scenes.

And really, there is also quite a bit of driving between shows, but we get to hang as a team while we do it, which is nice as we don’t get to do that every day.

SB: What will you be wearing as you go from show to show this year?
JB: No doubt I will end up wearing a pant and jacket. I’m quite a uniform dresser and I find a pant and a jacket so practical. Yesterday I woke up and put cowboy boots on with my suit, in a “maybe I’ll be a cowboy today” moment, but the novelty wore off before I left the house.

I’m going for comfort with my worn-to-death Celine boots, an envelope bag from Australian leather maker Louis Cardini, slightly ’70s Lover suits, or a cable- knit jumper and jeans.

SB: What’s your favorite part of RAFW?
JB: I love seeing the story the designers are telling with their collection come alive in a show. When new inspirations culminate to something fresh or just something beautiful. I like seeing the journey they’ve been on and appreciate what a personal thing it must be to share.

SB: How would you describe your personal style?
JB: Classic, I suppose. I think a white silk blouse can be everything, but every so often I wear something ridiculous. I don’t really have the patience for accessorizing. And I only have one rule: not to wear black on Sundays, but don’t ask me why.

SB: What’s the must-have piece in your wardrobe this season?
JB: A flat men’s-style loafer. It’s amazing how quickly you can get places in them.

Check out some of Jess’s work in our Australian Fashion Week coverage.

Friday, May 6th 2011

RAFW with RUSSH Magazine: Camilla and Marc Runway

Technicolor dream. Camilla and Marc certainly didn’t limit their collection to one particular story. There was neon, metallic brocade, neoprene, prints, and sequins. We saw sporty tank dresses, dropped-waist ruffle dresses and plastic box clutches offered. What especially caught our eye? A neon-blue crop-leg pantsuit.

--Billie Iveson
RUSSH Magazine


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Thursday, May 5th 2011

RAFW with RUSSH Magazine: Kirrily Johnston

Kirrily Johnston often sends a global warrior down the runway but this collection saw her moving from “no fixed address” to “happy to be at home.” Inspired by the space around her, the collection (aptly called Habitat) brought soft leather referencing her own couchly comfort and the most elegantly feline Bengal print we’ve ever seen. A base palette of rust and slate was accented with rose-gold copper from Johnston’s long-time co-conspirer Sylvie Markovina and paired with structural swimwear and up-the-calf sandals. From floor-sweeping gowns to super-soft shorts, the mantra here is that it’s time to relax. We all know the KJ woman has an edge, and we saw it here when Rosemary Smith opened the show.

--Jess Blanch
RUSSH Magazine

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Thursday, May 5th 2011

RAFW with RUSSH Magazine: Arnsdorf Runway

Photos by Benedict Brink.

Julia Nobis opened the show in white, setting the scene for the looks to follow. From there, an explosion of color: fuchsia pink, softlime green, and orange. The accessories were beautiful, simple shoulder and envelope clutch bags, which matched with metallic flat and heeled sandals. Favorites? A few too many: a linen A-line skirt paired with a beige silk singlet top as well as a fuchsia shirt with a knotted lime green shirtdress worn as a skirt.

--Billie Iveson
RUSSH Magazine

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Wednesday, May 4th 2011

RAFW with RUSSH Magazine: Friend of Mine

Designers Letitia McLean and Teale Talbot from Friend of Mine cited Anita Pallenberg in the film Performance as their main inspiration. The collection had a strong woman in mind, and the brand isn’t afraid to be sexy. A white suede mini dress with a raw edge opened the show and a range of barely there dresses followed. For the less brave, there were their signature shirts and beautiful cuffed leather pants. A color palette of tan, white, and black ruled the day.

-- Billie Iveson
RUSSH Magazine

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Tuesday, May 3rd 2011

RAFW SS11/12: Backstage at Bec & Bridge

A model gets ’70s-inspired lashes backstage at the Bec & Bridge runway show.

Bec & Bridge turned to Max May of MAC to complete the look of their Violet Haze collection. Bronze eyes and loose waves complemented the modern ’70s feel of this standout collection.

Models wore a bronzed eye and no foundation for the Bec & Bridge show.

Backstage at Bec & Bridge, a model wears long, loose waves to complement the ’70s-influenced collection.

A few final touches.

Models in an exclusive Akubra fedora and a magenta suede dress.

Models pose backstage at Bec & Bridge.

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