After I realized I’d be attending Afterpay Australian Vogue Week this yr, I used to be fairly excited, and never solely as a result of it might be my first time in such shut proximity to koala bears.
Over the previous couple of years, I might developed an affinity for Aussie style manufacturers like Christopher Esber, Sir the Label, Matteau and St. Agni. All of them converse to my longtime appreciation of relaxed, understated-yet-feminine dressing, which, after transferring to Los Angeles, veered much more in the direction of the lighter materials and breezy silhouettes favored Down Below.
“Australians aren’t pretentious,” Bondi Born co-founder Dale McCarthy tells me after unveiling the model’s newest colourful, minimalist swim- and resort-wear. “We like extra pure issues and the extra significant issues in life which can be essential, so why would you spend three hours on the point of go to the seashore? It is nearly being comfy and relaxed.”
Whereas there have been exceptions, in fact, lots of the manufacturers who confirmed throughout AAFW embodied this relaxed, less-is-more angle. Sure, they have been exhibiting resort collections, which by nature are extra relaxed, however most weren’t diverging a lot from their spring and fall aesthetics. And though many of those collections will not hit shops till the top of the yr, I left these exhibits impressed to model myself equally at residence this spring and summer season.
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These outfits are designed to take fashionable people from the workplace (or, these days, the house) to dinner or to the seashore. There is a simplicity and, relatedly, a versatility to those appears to be like that feels extra related and interesting than ever — particularly as these of us within the Northern Hemisphere begin to expertise hotter climate.
From Aje to Michael Lo Sordo to Wynn Hamlyn, browse some chill AAFW highlights within the gallery beneath.
Disclosure: IMG supplied journey and lodging for me to attend and canopy Afterpay Australian Vogue Week.
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