Fash­ion Aussie de­sign­ers un­veil their lat­est looks.

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Stellar - - Contents - Aus­tralian fash­ion is in a league of its own – as these new of­fer­ings from eight of our most suc­cess­ful de­sign­ers prove

The French are renowned for their inim­itable houses of cou­ture. Amer­ica has Park Av­enue princesses and the West­ern wear made fa­mous on its fron­tier.the UK claims Bri­tish coun­try cloth­ing, Sav­ile Row and the Mods. But what of our own na­tional dress? These days, there is a lot more to Aus­tralian style than cossies and board­ies. And if fash­ion is a re­flec­tion of its na­tion, then Christo­pher Es­ber, Bianca Spender, Re­becca Val­lance and Dion Lee are among the de­sign­ers turn­ing our ath­letic life­style and nat­u­ral beauty into in­ter­na­tion­ally mar­ketable com­modi­ties. As for la­bels, of­fer­ings from Ellery, Macgraw, Bas­sike and Zim­mer­mann burst with the con­fi­dence of our young and vi­brant coun­try. This makes them a per­fect fit for lo­cal tal­ent like Jeet Pavlovic and Aus­tralia’s Next Top Model win­ner Aleyna Fitzger­ald, who model their looks in an ex­clu­sive shoot for Stel­lar.

“There is a sense of op­ti­mism to Aus­tralian style,” says Nicky Zim­mer­mann, cre­ative di­rec­tor of Zim­mer­mann. “Our life­style and the en­vi­ron­ment shape how we dress.” With her sis­ter Si­mone, she be­gan sell­ing dresses at Syd­ney mar­kets in 1991; their bold vi­sion fused fash­ion with swimwear. “Fash­ion is some­thing to have fun with,” Zim­mer­mann tells Stel­lar. “It’s a way to ex­press your­self and how you want to feel and be un­der­stood.”

Kym Ellery founded her epony­mous brand a decade ago; she has since de­camped to Paris, say­ing it “has val­i­dated aware­ness of the brand glob­ally. For me to re­alise that is where we are at is ex­cit­ing.

Pho­tog­ra­phy BEC PAR­SONS Styling KELLY HUME In­ter­views GE­ORGINA SAFE

Jeet (at left) wears Macgraw over­alls, $595, and shirt, $565, macgraw.com.au; Chris­tian Louboutin shoes, $1495, (02) 8355 5282; Tif­fany & Co. ear­rings, $2050, tif­fany.com.au. Aleyna wears Zim­mer­mann dress, $2500, zim­mer­man­nwear. com; Rochas shoes, $1200, (02) 9362 0510

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