On and off the runway, the fashion crowd put on a commanding performance, focusing on layering, sharp tailoring and neutral color palettes that will soon become a mainstay in our wardrobes.
While the magic of AAFW is usually done by a select handful of fashion editors, stylists, influencers, and buyers, we’re here to provide a guide to the best times to meet.
Some highlights of the annual fashion event:
THE OROTON SHOW WAS AN ODE TO SUN SEEKER
Australian Oroton returned to AAFW for the second year in a row after making his debut during last year’s trade event. The presentation featured a catwalk lined with tree trunks painted in crisp gold and white, with the collection an ode to sun worshipers.
The clothing that prevailed was in shades of bubblegum pink, yellow and green sprinkled on maxi dresses and cotton poplin shirts. Our favourite? The series of striped and printed designs that call us towards summer.
WE ARE KINDRED PROVIDED A REST AND FRESH AIR
Tucked away on Sydney’s lower North Shore, in the prestigious suburb of Mosman, is the launch of We Are Kindred’s Resort ’23 collection.
Rather than do a classic runway show, the bohemian-inspired brand opted to present a series of vignettes. Models posed in an enchanted garden to showcase the brand’s latest offerings, providing a respite from the busy week as guests enjoyed sweet treats.
MATTEAU CALLED US TO THE BEACH
Matteu showed that almost always, less means more. The presentation of its Resort ’23 collection was the perfect example.
Set in a white room, the seascape of a deserted beach provided the perfect backdrop for her capsule summer wardrobe. Despite a neutral color palette, the collection was brought to life with the brand’s signature prints and swimwear.
With St. Agni known for its monochrome offering, the brand shook things up with hints of metallics and flashes of fur. Midnight hues and dreamy creams proved that St. Agni reigns supreme in black and white beachwear, with silhouettes reminiscent of the ’70s thanks to statement collars.
MICHAEL THE DEAF BROUGHT US BACK TO HIS HOTEL ROOM
The show got off to a smashing start. In the 88th floor penthouse of Crown Casino, an elite group of editors, industry alumni and friends of the brand gathered with caviar and champagne in hand to watch Michael Lo Sordo present his Resort ’23 collection. Despite a minor interruption due to a broken vase, the show kicked off with signature MLS suits, silky gowns and cut-out designs displayed around the hotel’s marble room. Year 2000-inspired diamonds made their way into form-fitting tops and even a Paris-Hilton-approved thong.