There’s nothing like flying the flag for homegrown talent. And aren’t we spoilt for choice when it comes to Aussie designers? Since the debut of Fashion Week in Australia in 1996, the success of our Aussie fashion designers and brands have made their name on the national and international stage. There are those who have become red carpet favourites, brands that have become a staple for celebrities and those that have become a mainstay of many an Aussie wardrobe. Whenever I can, I try to wear local talent as I think we do fashion through such a unique lens that I’m always guaranteed to find pieces that have a little extra personality, and have a different point of view. It’s always hard to narrow down my favourites, but these are some of the Australian labels I come back to time and time again.
Best friends, Becky Cooper and Bridget Yorston, started their brand back in 2003 and I have loved their vision since its inception. Their distinctive style often incorporates sleek silhouettes and a bold and vibrant colour palette which is a pairing I am always on board with.
Dion Lee is definitely one of my favourite Aussie designers and I wear his designs often. With its sleek lines and pared back silhouettes, the brand’s aesthetic is one that really resonates with my love of polished dressing. What I particularly rate about Dion’s brand is his ability to create a perfectly tailored garment that features a feminine sensibility.
I’ve lost count of how many Camilla and Marc pieces I’ve worn over the years because season after season they drop a collection that I just want to wear in its entirely. I find their garments are easy to mix and match as well as versatile, so it’s always been a must-have brand in my book.
The incredibly talented Zimmermann sisters have reached stratospheric heights in the fashion world. And no wonder! Their distinctly feminine aesthetic, coupled with their always on point prints and modern design has made their brand highly covetable. I absolutely love the high end quality and design of their dresses and swimwear.
Rebecca Vallance’s eponymous brand, has been worn by celebs the world over and often features of many a red carpet. I’ve worn her creations for as long as I can remember, with the evolution her brand now incorporating activewear, I can wear pieces from the range to an event, a shoot or in my down time. The combination of classic tailoring and luxurious fabrics that are a signature element of the brand are a winner in my eyes.
Toni Maticevski is truly an extraordinary artist! His ability to drape and sculpt the most amazing silhouettes is breathtaking and I always feel amazing wearing his pieces.
Poppy Lissiman’s brand is another Aussie favourite of mine. Poppy’s eye catching choice of colour and quirky design elevate her accessories to another level. I love the sense of playfulness and fun she injects into each piece.
What makes Christopher Esber different from the others is his ability to design and create sophisticated pieces with a unique “undone quality”. I love that the garments are versatile and have an effortless vibe so I can wear them in myriad ways.
I snap up multiple pieces from every collection Aje drops because I always find myself falling in love with everything. Their brand always manages to create pieces with a feminine aesthetic with interesting finishes and silhouettes. I’ve always never met an Aje puffed sleeve piece I didn’t like!