Fashion Aussie designers unveil their latest looks.
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.
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