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Prêt-à-porter, Fashion Week Australia S/S 2016

(June 01, 2016)

Prêt-à-porter,
Isabelle Herring

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia 2016
The best catwalk shows

Maticevski - runway
Maticevski collection at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia 2016
Images courtesy Mercedes-Benz Fashion - © Getty Images
 

The Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia Spring/Summer 16 event is now over. Gothic influences were one of the most prominent trends within the collections featured, mostly within the jewellery featured with the garments on the catwalk as well as the darker tones. The main colours featured within the collections as a whole include mostly neutrals, as well as the dash of a pastel colour thrown in. The fabrics used include light materials such as taffeta, as well as cottons of various weights and net. In terms of embellishment and appliqué as a theme running throughout the garments, it appeared to be a very minimal feature, if at all. I am now doing to explore two of my favourite collections from the show in more detail: Maticevski and Zhivago.

Maticevski 

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Maticevski collection at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia, Sydney
Images courtesy Mercedes-Benz Fashion - © Getty Images
 

In this season's Fashion Week Australia, Sydney, Maticevski's show seemed to have quite a futuristic feel in terms of the set of the catwalk and the music being played in the background was very beach influenced. I found this to be a very interesting mix. In terms of the garments shown, they appear to be extremely modern and clean cut. A lot of layered-up ensembles are visible.
 

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Toni Matičevski at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia
Image courtesy Mercedes-Benz Fashion - © Getty Images

An interesting thing to consider is that the collection seems to be mostly white, with a few colours such as light pink, lilac and gold being shown later on. Layering is present within the collection as well as fabric manipulations such as frills and pleating. On some of the garments, multiple fabrics can be seen, such as a dress which is heavily pleated and features a patterned fabric underneath a very plain sheer chiffon.
    

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Maticevski collection at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia, Sydney
Images courtesy Mercedes-Benz Fashion - © Getty Images

In contrast, there also appeared to be patterned outfits without multiple layers. In terms of style of the garments featured, one-shouldered and strapless dresses are present. They tend to be full length and very full and not fitted. It also seems that halternecks and the Bardot shoulder style are prominent within this collection as a whole.

 

Zhivago

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Zhivago co-designers Lydia Tsvetnenko and Lara Kovacevich at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia
Images courtesy Mercedes-Benz Fashion - © Getty Images

Zhivago was another very notable designer in Sydney during Fashion Week Australia S/S 16. The overall look of the catwalk appeared to be very minimalistic, modern and simple. The feel of the collection was mainly New Romantical and Gothic. This is due to the flashy, metallic fabrics, in contrast with the dark ensembles complete with dark makeup looks. In terms of the general colours of garments seen, metallics, dark blues, black and white tended to be the most notable within the collection shown. In terms of fabric manipulation, only draping appeared to be present. This collection is more notable for the fabrics being used rather than dramatic shapes featured within the range of outfits.
  

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Zhivago collection at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia, Sydney
Images courtesy Mercedes-Benz Fashion - © Getty Images
  

The types of fabrics used include light cottons, mesh fabric, brocade style fabric and glittered lace as well as velvet. One thing I did notice was the overall presentation of the show. It was a lot more planned out than the other as a whole. They even included a small dance routine in the middle of the show, which was a unique touch. In terms of the style of garments featured, it was evident that V-necklines were included, as well as padded shoulders and halternecks. Splits featured within the dresses skirt were also popular as well as paneling.
   

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Zhivago collection at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia, Sydney
Images courtesy Mercedes-Benz Fashion - © Getty Images
 

In comparison to each other, both Maticevski and Zhivago were very different in terms of styles and colours used. The overall feel of the catwalk sets were fairly similar, with them both being fairly simple in background choice. Maticevski could be seen as having more of a visually interesting collection, with a lot of draping being evident throughout, whereas Zhivago focused more on fabrics, with fairly simple shapes being shown. Zhivago’s choice of fabrics were more aesthetically pleasing though. If I had to choose from the two designers as to who was my favourite, I would pick Zhivago. They used a really different way to present their collection, which added a fun element to the catwalk, as well as the fabrics being more to my preference and taste.

Isabelle Herring, June 2016

If you liked this, you will enjoy these from Isabelle too:
     New York Fashion Week F/W 2016; March 2016

     bloggers and vloggers; December 2015

     Review: Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty; October 2015
     Festival essentials; June 2015

     New York Fashion Week F/W 2015; March 2015

     Does size really matter?; December 2014
     Looking for value?; September 2014

Isabelle blogs on fashion as Isabelle Rachel!

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     Blog Facebook page: isabellerachelblog
     Twitter: @IssyHerring
     Instagram: issyherring
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