It sounds like a miracle, but after more than one year of lockdown and travel restrictions, Afterpay Australian Fashion Week (AAFW) is the first international fashion week since Milan last year and it is hosted in Sydney’s Carriageworks.
It appears to be a very well orchestrated mix of stream and dal vivo shows. With live creations from Australian-British wunderkind Jordan Dalah, a virtual show from Macgraw and beautiful contrasts by Rebecca Wallace, this is certainly a “not to miss” event for all fashion lovers.
An excellent article by Australian Vogue has rounded up all the runway trends you need to know from 2021 Afterpay Australian Fashion Week as the event continues. Here is how to get in the mood with the latest Winser styles.
“As delightfully audacious as some collections were this year (see Iordanes Spyridon Gogos’ lysergic runway for reference), most designers saw clothing as a palate cleanser, fashioning pieces that were relaxed and neutral. Easy suiting, therefore, was the order of the week. At AAFW debutantes Commas and Beare Park, fluidity was king—wrap blazers and loose trousers worn waterside. St. Agni, meanwhile, championed collarless blazers and linen pants, silhouettes so minimal they were almost monastic.” says Vogue.
“The AAFW runways have given the slip dress a modern makeover. Gone are the décolletage-baring spaghetti straps. This season’s sleeveless, bias cut gowns are high-necked and brunch-ready. While Anna Quan’s silken dresses were slightly formal, elevated with cap sleeves and a satin finish, Beare Park and St. Agni designed eye-catching silhouettes in humble shades, body-hugging pieces in oatmeal and cream.” says Vogue.
What better context to introduce Winser London’s star summer dress for 2021?
Pants under dresses
“The easy, breezy mood of resortwear has seen our homegrown designers embrace silhouettes with similar levity. In the territory of two-pieces, it seems that labels are choosing to embrace the best of both worlds, layering loose trousers underneath shirt dresses. At First Nation Fashions and Design’s groundbreaking showcase, hand-dyed and painted pants sat wide-legged beneath A-line tunics. Meanwhile, Oroton’s visions of the trouser-tunic combo were airy and earth-toned, spattered with wallpaper florals and worn with suitably flat sandals.” says Vogue.
“Are the runways pink, or are you just looking at Australian Fashion Week through rose-tinted glasses? This year, pinks were vivid and fresh, scattered petal-like throughout the resortwear on show. At Oroton, pink recurred in billowing shirt dresses and headscarves, a showstopper arriving in the form of a simple backless maxi dress. And while Macgraw's pink florals were relatively subdued, cap-sleeved and silken, Bondi Born chose shocks of raspberry, neon co-ords glowing against the horizon line of Sydney Harbour.”says Vogue.
“The bows at Jordan Dalah were, admittedly, exceedingly dramatic, but we couldn’t help but notice the repetition of the design across collections from both Macgraw and Rebecca Vallance. Macgraw’s take on the bow was preppy and realised with a distinctly Mod girliness, featuring bows in lieu of statement buttons on long-sleeved shift dresses. Rebecca Vallance, however, envisioned the bow on a night out, attached asymmetrically to feathered mini dress, or front and centre on a velvet mule.” says Vogue.
“Minimal effort, maximum pay-off. If we could summarise the beauty of co-ordinates in a single phrase, it would be simply that. Seems like our post-pandemic designers are also embracing the simplicity of a good, statement-making set. At Alice McCall, colourful co-ordinates abounded in ’60s and ’70s-inspired patterns and silhouettes, psychedelic prints and bubblegum in flared bottoms, finished off with Jackie Kennedy-approved buttons. At Macgraw, co-ordinates were cotton, breezy and crafted with brunch in mind, while at Bondi Born, sets were vibrant—raspberry and tangerine-coloured shirting giving onlookers a taste of escape.”
Winser London definitely embraced the colorful co-ordinates mood this season as we introduced a stylish “shirt and short” set, entirely made from end of roll fabrics left unused from catwalk shows. The Oversized Cotton Shirt comes in 5 colours; Cat Deeley’s beloved Oxford blue, the Cardiff Times’s selected lavender, a preppy cool aqua, and the forever classics white and navy. Team it with the matching sustainable shorts and be ready to step out in style, whilst at the same time supporting the circular economy and the “slow fashion” movement as they are all made with love for you in the UK.
“Only fitting, really, that the shade of the season is the colour of rebirth and reflection. For Bassike, whose carbon-neutral show was grounded by the concept of ‘pausing’, the prevalence of deep green pointed to Mother Nature herself. Jordan Dalah, on the other hand, cocooned models in deep green hoods that were both comforting and protective, while Macgraw’s offerings took on the shade of the grass surrounding it.”
The green of Winser London’s forever Grace Miracle Dress or eternal Lauren Wrap Coat are staples some already cherish in their wardrobes. For spring/summer we have added the ultimate wrap dress in a beautiful forest green which will make you feel as if nature is embracing you. The style is fully sustainable as made from recycled catwalk fabric, a breath of fresh air for the environment too!