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24/07/2014 - 10:15 AM

It might just be us, but is anyone else still recovering from Fashion Week in April? In case you hadn't noticed, we were covering every inch of the industry event for a seven days, bringing you all the style and beauty [1]from the runway, backstage, front row and the street. And already it's time to start think about next year!

The official dates for MBFWA 2015 have been set, with a save-the-date email circulated to media this morning announcing that Sunday, April 12 until Thursday, April 16 should be earmaked next year for Fashion Week at Carriageworks in Sydney.  So we still have a bit of a wait until the runway extravaganva kicks off again. In the meantime, take five to recap the top 10 moments everyone was buzzing about at this year's Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia, from snakes on the catwalk to amazing installations.

Dion Lee Line II

It takes something (or someone) special to draw a fashion-fatigued media pack to a warehouse offsite. But, when you're Dion Lee [2], you can show just about anywhere and the crowds will come. The Australian designer showcased his diffusion offering, Dion Lee Line II this morning in a converted warehouse in Waterloo, Sydney. Typically the Line II collection is more affordable and wearable than the main offering, and the SS'14/15 offering certainly holds up that reputation. it was the shirting that really stood out for us. Origami-like folds, splits and buttons that do up at the back (but were left undone) gave crisp white shirts an all-new look.

We Are Handsome

Snake. On. The. Runway. Do we have to explain any further [3]? For the swimwear label's Spring Summer 2014/15 show, models carried a live python around the runway. Talk about wow factor.

Bianca Spender

Bianca Spender really put on a show [4]on day four, sending models around a vast warehouse space, where they navigated a creepy, wind-torn house. Basically, it was one of our favourite shows of the week for its theatrics and its fashion.

Michael Lo Sordo

Models navigated a three-dimensional sculpture [5]on the Michael Lo Sordo runway — and that was the first inkling that this Spring Summer 2014/15 showcase would be different. While the collection paid homage to the designer's signature tailoring, there was a more ethereal element in play.

Ellery

As soon as Julia Nobis stepped onto the runway [6]it was clear Kym Ellery [7] had kept up the volume for Spring Summer 2014/15. Flared sleeves continued into the season, finishing plunging necklines with a distinct Ellery touch. While the silhouettes were long, and sleeves flared, the main focus was on the torso, which Ellery decorated with peplum-inspired layers or fabric detailing and folds. And could there have been a more fitting show venue for this design legend than iconic Bondi Beach?

Alex Perry

Alex Perry, Alessandria Ambrosio, Australia and Fashion Week are phrases we're pretty excited to include in the same sentence. Always a hotly-anticipated name on the schedule, Alex Perry's Spring Summer 2014/15 show set a glittering standard [8]on the first full day of Fashion Week. While the clothes would have been enough to get us talking (Alex Perry's designs always are), Perry added Alessandra Ambrosio into the mix, booking the Victoria's Secret beauty to open and close today's show. Needless to say, there was whip-lash caused in the front row as the music got louder and Alessandra stormed the runway to an energetic beat.

Alice McCALL

If we could live forever and ever in Alice McCall [9]'s cosmic runway wonderland, we would. For her Spring Summer 2014/15 "In My Dream We Were Flying" collection (which also marks the label's tenth birthday!), the designer transported show-goers on a dreamy fashion escape. Shredded white paper fluttered from the ceiling and in the centre of the runway, broken sculptures hung from wire, making the dream-like show set even more bizarre and fantastical. [10]

Christopher Esber

After watching Christopher Esber's Spring Summer 2014/15 showcase [11]we are certain of one thing — the Esber woman means business next season. Perhaps it was the sharply-tailored, double breasted military jackets that invoked the no-nonsense vibe, or maybe it was silk, side-spliced midi skirts that we didn't want to cross. Either way, everything about this line was made for the collected, confident woman.

Carla Zampatti

It's hard to think of a more fitting way to start Fashion Week [12] than with Australian design veteran, Carla Zampatti. The local high fashion hero opened the season with a sultry beat, heating up the MBFWA runway right from the word go — and proving once and for all that the Zampatti woman is a mysterious, sophisticated lady of the night. The show opened with a charge of black dresses and separates that set the grown-up, sultry tone for the collection. But, don't be fooled, while the hems were long and many of the necklines high, this collection was hot. Perfectly-fitted floor-sweeping gowns and flared jumpsuits slashed at the waist, back, or leg took on a sexy finish, while gold hardware and glistening-wet skin made tailored separates equally hot.

Maticevski

Miley Cyrus streamed out of the speakers as the first looks debuted on the catwalk. Instantly, Maticevski's Spring beat was set [13]. There's a reason why Toni Maticevski is Australia's reigning king in evening-wear, and the reason is this: he manages to make gowns feel cool and relaxed, but also look red carpet-ready.

For the finale, models walked with flowers in their mouth, a reference to the collection's botanical inspiration and name; "Orchid Metamorphosis".


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