Behind the Catwalk: Working at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia

Fashion Week: We've all seen it online, plastered on the pages of fabulous fashion magazines and of course injected into the contents of our wardrobes. But this week, I was lucky enough to take my fashion infatuation to a whole new level.

Drum roll please.....
Yes fashionistas, I was lucky enough to actually work at Sydney Mercedes Benz fashion week as a volunteer and I can honestly say it was the best weeks work I've ever experienced in my life.

In a nutshell, I mixed with the style sirens, the bloggers, the designers and of course the models. I saw (and worked with) some sensational pieces of clothing, stunning models and internationally seen catwalks.

Are you intrigued? Read on for a full low down of what I got up to this week and get ready to see some truly breathtaking designs.

Monday 7th April: Ellery

Kym Ellery's amazing creations were displayed at the prestigious 'Iceberg' at Bondi Beach. Guests were greeted with stunning scenery and flawless table plans, including custom Ellery coffee cups and programs used as placemats: Chic or what?

The look was one of perfect juxtapositions: the contrast of impeccable tailoring with relaxed sports-luxe. 

The models donned slick cat-like makeup, including winged eyeliner, over sized earcuffs and spiked faux-fringes.

The front row included the stunning Jessica Mauboy and Scottish actor Gerrard Butler. And of course, with them,came a plethora of paps and media moguls.

Tuesday 8th April: Michael Lo Sordo
Nothing can describe how amazing it is to work behind the scenes at a fashion show, and Michael Lo Sordo's fabulous display was no exception. I was dressing Sydney stunner Bella, who rocked a stunning low cut, backless black number with a matching soft trench. 

Before I worked at fashion week, I, like many others, thought that models ate erm, well, air! But I was soon proven wrong:
 'I can't wait until the next three shows are done, then I'm gonna eat a huuuge bowl of pasta', my model laughed. Yes folks, they are just like us. I even spotted them munching on jelly sweets backstage! This brought an important and controversial question to mind:

Why is it ok to call models too skinny when it would be so unacceptable to call anyone overweight? Dear media, These girls just have fast metabolisms and fab genes!

 Above: Stunning bra and suit creations by Le Sordo and models Bella and Chanique prepare for the show.

Lo Sordo's collection was the empitomisation of feminine chic,with soft sorbet tones and modern, ruched trenches. The super slick silk numbers were paired with flat white pumps; which the models were very happy about!





Above: Models line up for show time and the girls strike a pose for backstage paps (you may recognize Chanique and Abby from last season of Australia's Next Top Model)


The show marked Michael's sixth year at Fashion Week and once again, he proved his undeniable understanding of how to dress the female body.

He stated: 'This season I really looked at the women and who she is. It's really about: 'who is this woman and how can we dress her?''



Cameo
If I had to choose a favorite collection from the shows I dressed it would be 'Cameo'. Young, fresh and flirty, the show featured bold monochrome geometric, neon yellows, bright whites and thick lace patterns.

The show gave us volunteers the opportunity to prep the garments as well as put them on the runway stunners. 

How are garments prepped I hear you ask? Well, each piece is steamed or ironed to perfection and shoe bottoms are taped in multiple layers to avoid damage. 
 I dressed LA based model Joanie in a show-stopping  neon- tulle shirt teamed with Cameo's most unique print: the geometric.

The makeup look was girl next door meets glamor, with futuristic glowing skin and backcombed, messy low ponies.

 Above: Cameo's beautiful clothes (I want everything!) and a model poses for a quick snap.

 Below: It's show time!

Designers Kathryn and Siham were super down to earth and even gave volunteers there own Cameo piece to take home as a thank you! I am wearing my stunning geo number right now as I'm blogging! (Visual inspiration, you see!)

Experience the magic for yourself below:



 Wednesday 9th April: Jayson Brunsdon
If you're obsessed with 'Top Model' as I am, you would have had a field day at Jayson Bransdon. I managed to have a quick chat with America's Next Top Model stunner Fatima, who was super lovely.
I also chatted to controversial contestant from Australia's Next Top model, Cassie Van Den Dungen, who is known for her very-slim frame. Despite Top Model portraying her in an unflattering manner, she was really sweet and chatty and even brought her lucky teddy bear to the show with her. A random fact for all you fashionistas: she has a wonky ear piercing, which made putting in Brunsdon's stunning fruit embellished hoops in suuuper difficult.


 The theme for the show was 'Rio', a city that Brunsdon himself is very fond of. The collection was beautifully bright and featured metallics, an aurora of greens and blues and tribal-inspired jewellery.

Left: The models in Brunsdon's designs

Below: Setting up the quirky catwalk
The stand out piece from the collection was a shift dress embellished with bright fruit patterns. During the shows finale, the runway was filled with models wearing this same dress, making it impossible to ignore!

 Above: The gorgeous finale dress and my model Chloe rocking Redken's wet-look hair.


Above: Models pose for a group photo and Cassie Van Den Dungen strikes a stunner.





Swarovski
Uber chic and uber sparkly: It can only be swarovski!

And this show certainly packed a whole lotta sparkle! Think entire tank tops made of crystals (see below) mixed with chunky cuffs, clutches and even Swarovski shoes!



 The collection featured sheer sleeves, jewel tones and a modern take on the suit. But one thing was for sure, the creations oozed the glamour and class that would make any woman feel like a princess. The hair and makeup matched this glamzon vibe, with undone curls and golden, smokey eyes.
 Models included the sexy Stenmark twins, who I was lucky to see between dress changes (pervert? Never!)
This sexy gold military number was a total show stopper!

The Stalker Files
The rich, the famous and the damn right beautiful individuals I bumped into (or admired from afar)
With Victoria's Secret supermodel Shanina Shaik backstage after the Swarovski show. Is it actually possible for anyone to be this perfect?

Chatting to Australia's Next Top Model finalist Shanali Martin who is super sweet.



King of Aussie fashion Alex Perry getting a coffee (Stalker, much?)

Fashion sensation Nicole Warne aka garypeppergirl, who always looked flawless.

If I had one word to sum up my experience, I would simply choose 'wow!'

I have met the most amazing people, worked with sensational clothes and designers and gained an experience that will stay with me forever.

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