Lately, anyone who follows fashion would have been inundated with show coverage and fanfare from the various fashion weeks happening internationally.
Whilst the overseas shows may make you want to jump straight on a plane to shop these covetous labels in their natural habitat, there is simply no need to head overseas in the pursuit of great fashion anymore! Our very own backyard is home to some much loved labels that are on the fast track to becoming iconic and sought-after international brands in their own right.
Read on for 7 of our favourite local Aussie labels that’ll save you that ticket to New York…
Tash Oakley features in Caslazur’s latest campaign
Caslazur is a womenswear label with a luxury resort-like feel. Created by Cassie Snelgar, a South African native and true wanderer, Snelgar is lucky enough to call Sydney, Hong Kong, London and Johannesburg home.
Inspired by exotic cultures, African folklore and the natural phenomena of her birth country, Snelgar fuses her own original prints with luxurious fabrics to create comfortable, fashion forward pieces that are already making a huge splash across the globe. The label has garnered the attention of celebrities such as Cara Delevingne, Jennifer Hawkins and Kylie Minogue and has received coverage across Elle UK and Vogue.
Caslazur’s new capsule range, Acapulco Loco, boasts intoxicating exotic prints, subdued pastels and opulent hand-woven metallics, which are incorporated into the perfect mix of relaxed tailoring, linen separates and breathable camis. Every piece is a reflection of the luxe-nomadic lifestyle as envisioned by Caslazur.
The collection is travel friendly and easy to wear, offering an effortlessly stylish selection of beautifully crafted pieces, from structured day wear to romantic flowing evening wear, as well as a vast array of staple accessories that are required pull off an effortlessly elegant look wherever you are.
Ellery is one Australian brand that is too cool for you not to already know about. Having steadily established itself as a leading Australian designer label since its inception in 2007, Kym Ellery, the talent behind the label, is a true visionary.
Becoming a go-to staple for Australian IT-girls, Ellery has carved out a niche for itself, with it’s effortlessly hip aesthetic. Strong signature silhouettes and ballsy combinations of textures, layers and detailing, make Ellery’s designs instantly recognizable, and have thrust the label to the elite end of Australian fashion.
Ellery’s cult following includes the likes of Nicole Richie, Rihanna, Madonna, Georgia May Jagger, Cate Blanchett and Kate Bosworth; proving that Ellery has fast tracked from the one to watch to the one everybody wants.
Ellery’s current Pre-Fall collection is a clear nod to 70’s aesthetics with flamboyant blouses, dramatic collars and cuffs, clean-cut classic tux pants, tailored blazers and coats that all range from the casually slouchy to the rigidly architectural. The collection, in essence is classic tailoring with a modern twist, with a reappearance of familiar designs that we have come to love Ellery for. You are going to want and need, every piece in your wardrobe.
3. KARLA SPETIC
Karla Spetic launched her namesake label in 2008 just two years after graduating from design school, and is one Australian brand that continues to go from strength to strength.
Within all of her collections are the foundations of the basic silhouettes of angular blazers, clean shirts and tailored pants. Karla Spetic uses predominately natural fabrics such as wools and silk blends and flirts between gender roles with longer hems and modest shapes, her style described mainly as sophisticated yet dreamy.
Regarded as pretty and playful, modern and minimalist, her pieces are celebrated worldwide with 24 stockists in Australia and four in New York, Dubai, Auckland and Jakarta. Not to mention some of the most well known celebrities including Beyonce Knowles, Solange Knowles and bloggers Nicole Warne and Susie Bubble adorn themselves with Karla Spetic pieces.
We can’t wait to see what the talented designer who is on the fast track to fashion royalty will have us all lusting over next.
Distinguished by its timeless simplicity and quality, Khalo pays homage to an undeniable love of leather and androgyny. Co-founded in 2011 by Rachelle Sinclair and Fay Du Chateau, this talented duo creates structured pieces with a modern edge.
With a focus on high end fabrics, refined tailoring and androgynous shapes, Kahlo features a signature aesthetic of masterfully constructed yet wearable pieces and the philosophy that clothing should make one feel effortlessly confident and empowered.
For their autumn winter 2015 collection the pair have continued their affinity for strict, clean lines and a luxe-leather aesthetic throughout which results in pieces that are fashion forward, contemporary and elegant, and blurring the lines of femininity and masculinity. We love the pared back and effortless style of the clothes and would happily live every day in this current collection.
The brand is in demand both locally and nationally with the likes of Azealia Banks, Rose McGowan, Rachael Taylor, Emma Lung and Phoebe Tonkin all devotees of the label. But what truly sets Kahlo apart is the attention to detail, with 100% of the brand manufactured right here in Australia, and each piece individually hand crafted. What’s not to love about that?
5. MICHAEL LO SORDO
Michael Lo Sordo has been making waves in the fashion world at home and abroad since launching his eponymous label in 2008. Known for its signature bold prints and sculptural designs, this label demands attention for its razor-sharp romantic minimalism.
Inspired by design concepts from past and present, Michael Lo Sordo reworks traditional silhouettes, with an elegant take on modern dressing, mixing both masculine and feminine qualities to his collections through fluid silhouettes and modern tailoring. With a strong focus on quality and fabrication his keen eye for detail can’t be denied.
Michael Lo Sordo’s highly anticipated AW15 collection is easily summed up by one word: Romance. The simply stunning cherry silk maxi dress simply stole the show at the David Jones AW 2015 Collection.
Always sharp, edgy and beautifully cut his clothes have impressed the likes of Kim Kardashian, Naomi Campbell, Katherine Heigal, Lara Bingle and Megan Gale. This Aussie designer can do no wrong.
6. REBECCA VALLANCE
Since showing at New York fashion Week last year, Rebecca Vallance has become one of Australia’s latest fashion exports, who is in high demand both locally and internationally.
Her self-titled label provides a whimsical take on classic structured tailoring providing innovation in shape and the use of unique textures. This focus combined with a vast array of luxurious fabrics have seen her pieces become a must have amongst style icons and celebrities including Halle Berry, Coco Rocha, Behati Prinsloo, Jessica Hart, Sofia Vergara, Guiliana Rancic, Rachel Finch and Nicole Trunfio.
We can’t wait to get our hands on the Rebecca Vallance AW15 Collection which explores high collars, detailed leather jackets and form fitting dresses. Rebecca Vallance puts her ladylike polish on masculine tailoring to create alluringly wearable pieces that can easily be taken from day to night, appealing to the elegantly edgy modern woman.
7. YEOJIN BAE
Success has come quickly for Korean born fashion designer Yeojin Bae whose entire first collection (launched in Australia in 2006) was snapped up my New York retailer Barneys. Since then Yeojin Bae’s sophisticated approach to womenswear has seen her become a cult favourite.
Yeojin Bae infuses each of her collections with an edgy elegance and razor sharp tailoring that reflects the most chic side of fashion. Each Yeojin Bae piece is an investment in a modern distortion of classic styles. The designs are ladylike and feature strong colours and intricate cut outs that express a modern femininity with an edgy, understated sophistication.
Yeojin Bae’s coveted signature looks have been worn by many international stars including Sarah Jessica Parker, Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna, Rose Byrne and Aussie locals Jennifer Hawkins, Rachel Finch and Jessica Mauboy.
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So many great Aussie designers have emerged in the last 10 years. The standard of Australia fashion is really high and I’m happy to see it that way.