Stylist Donny Gallela wraps up Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia 2016


THE 2016 Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia wrapped up on fashion high, thanks to a very special show by Oscar de la Renta.

Supermodel Shanina Shaik opened and closed the show in dazzling style. The elegant collection included a mix of couture and ready to wear pieces.
Another New York based label to show was Cynthia Rowley, showing long sleeved pastel hued wetsuits and flowing maxi dresses.

Camilla wowed the fashion pack by showing an African-inspired ‘Jambo jambo’ resort 2017 collection on board the 45 metre ‘Seadeck’.

The spectacular display saw African dancers, drums and colourful eye catching prints.
White dominated at the 46 shows, most designers dabbled in it. Macgraw was a real stand out.

Dresses, some with lace and layers of ruffles. It was incredibly refreshing to see the models smiling on the catwalk.

ByJohnny evolved from his signature body con dresses by showing airy style dresses, in a colour palette of mostly white, black and metallics.

We are Kindred’s divine show, featuring dreamy white lace dresses. Akira and Dion Lee added to the white wash A few designers drew on the ‘90s for inspiration. From the gritty denim spotted at Aje, to the printed Lycra and swimwear at We are Handsome.
Stylist Pip Edwards launched her sports luxe label, ‘P.E. Nation’. Edwards explained that nineties styling and music had been very influential to their 55 piece collection.

The iconic ‘90s slip dress, was given a modern edge at Daniel Avakian and Georgia Alice.
A clear message from designers was they want to see women with bare shoulders. Tops and dresses featured off-the-shoulder or cut out details.

Zhivago showed sexy off-the-shoulder dresses in metallic tones.
Steven Khalil showed a delectable collection including off-the-shoulder dresses with delicate flower embroidery details.

C/MEO’s collection of pretty pastels, whites and prints with many shoulder baring tops and dresses.
It is one of the hardest colours to wear, yet designers showed countless shades of the colour. Toni Maticevski opened the week, with a collection of mouth-watering gowns in front of 800 people at Barangaroo.

Model Nicole Pollard wore an off-the-shoulder cornflower coloured dress.

Manning Cartell provided one of the most breathtaking shows, staged underneath the Harbour Bridge with a glorious Sydney Harbour backdrop. They showed a bold bright yellow.
Chartreuse-hued dresses were spotted at Bianca Spender. Models were sent out wearing RM Williams boots, which added a 90s vibe.

Dion Lee opted for pastel yellow, while Bec and Bridge’s Indian summer theme, saw a bright yellow dress with cut out midriff detail.

Kits, Tome and Rebecca Valance all included yellow looks. Sheer Thin, floaty and sheer fabrics glided down the catwalks.

‘IT model’ Bella Hadid walked for Misha Collection opening the show in a black sheer lace dress.

Alice McCall hosted a special dinner at Porteno, serving the fashion pack with much-needed sustenance.
Before dinner guests mingled around four dressed movie sets filled with models wearing the new range, featuring sheer fabrics and delicate lace detailing.

Karla Spectic sent models in white and black sheer tops with strategic squares of fabric providing some modesty.

Christopher Esber used sheer net fabric combined with knots in neutral tones with pops of turquoise.

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