24 May 2016

MBFWA: The 2017 Resort Collections

Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia 2016
Current diagnosis: Fashion week withdrawal.

Six days, 33 shows and a whole lot of beautiful clothes later, all I can say is: Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia, you have been a corker!

Today I bring you my report on the top-notch Australian Resort collections and let me say that my shopping list has truly grown to approximately the size of 'War & Peace'.

From the very avant-garde, to the fun and flirty, this is the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia 2017 Resort Collections...

Serene and whimsical, flowing yet structured, innocent yet gothic; Matciveski is a plethora of stunning, artistic, juxtapositions. The angelic-nature of oversized ruffles and peeks of underskirts were contrasted with sultrier and gothic elements. Black zipped panelling, crumpled corsets and detached, cloak-like sleeves showed her to be the sorceress and the angel at once. (Read my full review for Mirodoor here)
Maticevski Resort 17

MBFWA Maticevski
 Maticevski Resort 17
 Maticevski Australian Fashion Week
Trends to try:
- Scrunchy textures
- Oversized ruffles
-  Full skirts

Ginger & Smart
Presented in an oh-so-feminine palette of nudes, browns and creams, Ginger & Smart straddled the fine line between bohemian and ladylike. Silky textures were given an edge with cinched in wrap shapes and soft fringing. Assymetry and off-shoulder shapes were perfectly molded in stripes.

Ginger & Smart Resort 17
 Ginger & Smart MBFWA 2016

Ginger & Smart Resort 16-17
 Trends to try: 
-Silky textures 
-Dainty fringing 
-Oversized hats
Misha Collection
Despite starting her label in 2013, the up-and-coming Misha Collection is slowly infiltrating its way into celebrity and it girl wardrobes. This perfect balance of boudoir-style sexiness and classy glamour was an array of whispy lace and layered bustiers. The best part of all? It was open and closed by none other than Bella Hadid!
Bella Hadid Misha Collection
 Misha Collection Resort 17

Bella Hadid Australia
Trends to try:
- Bustier dresses
- Sequins
- Silk Neck ties

Aje's hazey 'post-apocalyptic' scene was a sure fire scream to the 90s. Grungey tees were battered and holed, then thrown effortlessly over denim. Elizabethan ruffle blouses were grunged up with black worker boots and studded denim.

AJE Resort 17
 AJE Resort 17 
Trends to try:


-Distressed t-shirts
-90s ruffles 

Opening with a musical that was some sort of ode to the selfie, Zhivago really pulled out all the stops when it came to glamour! The collection was an adaptation of the 1992 film 'Death Becomes Her' and took the theme of Hollywood glamour and applied a 1,000 watt voltage to it. A plethora of filtered Barbie's strutted the runway in saucy party dresses, contrasted with overly caked, almost decaying, makeup.
Zhivago Resort 17
 Zhivago MBFWA 2016

Zhivago Resort 17

 Trends to try:
-Plunging necklines
- Shoulder pads
- Slitted flares
Karla Spetic
 One of my favorite collections of the week was undoubtedly Karla Spetic. Funky, yet simple, the collection combined clean line and shapes with an air of a European Holiday destination. Color pops of lavender and blue peeked out of wrap skirts and boxy tops. Postcard-perfect photos of holiday destinations were embedded amongst frills and slits.
Karla Spetic Resort 17

Karla Spetic
Karla Spetic Resort 17
Trends to try:
- Scalloped hems
- Lavender prints
- Frilled necks 

By Johnny
By Johnny is known for its cut-outs and colour blocks, so this more flowing collection was truly a turn in a more sophisticated direction. Monochrome prints were draped with ruffles and pulled in strong lines off the shoulders. An air of Sixties Mod was present in oversized florals and high necks, and I loved it!
By Johnny Resort 17

By Johnny MBFWA 2016

By Johnny Resort 17
Trends to try:
- Ruffles
- Monochrome florals
-  Oversized tiers

After hours of 'fierce' models and super serious shows, Macgraw was a sugary-sweet breath of fresh air. Upon entering the theatre, the audience were sat facing a Barbie pink door. As the lights dimmed and the music began, a smiling, innocent-faced girl skipped through clad in a cascade of ruffles. Pretty frills, florals and pleats were all joined with innocent smiles and flowing girls. After the show, I was left with a huge craving for ruffles, cotton candy curls and all things girly.
Macgraw resort 17
Macgraw Resort 17
 Macgraw mbfwa 2016 
Trends to try:
- Tiered ruffles
- Peter Pan collars
- Ditsy florals

Bec & Bridge
We were taken away to a dreamy, bohemian land in a far away, exotic land. As the audience entered, they were met by artists drawing mandalas on the floor in chalk and a musky scent of incense floated in the air. The clothing itself was made for the glamorous traveler. Slouchy white cottons and more-fitted one-shouldered pieces were perfect for a day-to-night wardrobe. The one shoulder cut was a favorite of the brand and appeared on slinky swimsuits and beige jumpsuits. 

Bec & Bridge Resort 17

Bec & Bridge Resort 17

Bec & Bridge Runway 2016
 Trends to try:
- One shoulder
- Suede
- Slinky metallics

Bianca Spender 
Who knew that earthy tones could look so polished? Bianca Spender presented a collection that was sophisticated, on-trend and just that perfect amount of quirky. Adding a 90s pazazz to an understated neutral palette, shapes were tailored, yet oversized.  An element of glam rock was captured in silky suits and perfectly-cut overalls, which showed that office dressing doesn't have to necessarily equate to boring.
Bianca Spender resort 2017
Bianca Spender MBFWA 2016
Bianca spender resort 17
 Trends to try:
- Khaki
- Blazer and Pants combos
- Fitted overalls

C/Meo Collective
 I had the pleasure of interviewing head designer Siham, who told me that the collection was inspired by 'the art form of cubism'.The perfect balance between clean and minimal and on-trend bohemian, the collection was the ultimate wish list. Oversized, double breasted blazers were low-cut and belted at the waist, taking the office fashionista to a whole new level. The office staple of the white shirt had an equally modern makeover and was ruffled, bowed and pleated to make it equally as chic after office hours.
cameo collective resort 17
Cameo resort 17
 Cameo collective resort 17
cameo collective runway 2016
Trends to try:
- Silk neck scarves
- Tiered ruffles and fringing
- Belted blazers 

Bondi Bather 
 The classic Aussie bather got a more sporty makeover courtesy of Bondi Bather. High waist bottoms and sportsbra shapes were accompanied by oceanic prints of splashing waves and palm leaves. Schnootzl the Sausage Dog even made a very anticipated appearance, which resulted in a plethora of 'awws' from fashionistas.
Bondi Bather resort 17
Bondi bather dog
 backstage Bondi Bather
 Trends to try:
- Water inspired prints
- Neoprene bags
- Sheer necklines

I'm a sucker for pretty swimwear and the swim show presented three new brands to go on my radar: Duskii, Palm Swimwear and Aquablu. Always exotic, these collections showed the ultimate beach babe in romantic crochet pieces, sporty separates and tropical embellished numbers.
Duskii resort 17
 MBFWA Swim 2017
 Swim Resort 17
 Trends to try:
- Crochet swimsuits
- Rash vests
-Sleeveless kimonos

Cynthia Rowley
 Known for her flirty take on swimwear, dresses and separates, Sydney seems like the perfect venue to showcase her resort collection.A plethora of floral chiffon made an appearance in layered skirts, flowy pants and maxi dresses. It came with a side of nineties sports luxe via bomber jackets and sporty jumpers. The combination of the flowing, nomadic elements and the more structured silk pieces represented the nonchalant girl who could throw together multiple trends and look effortlessly chic. She wandered through the Caribbean in all her luxury, donning soft folk dresses by day and silky blouses and embellished blazers by night. 
(See full review for Mirodoor here)
Cynthia Rowley Resort 17Cynthia Rowley Australia
Cynthia Rowleyy MBFWA
 Cynthia Rowley 2017
 Trends to try:
- Embellished silk shirts
- Color block swimsuits
- 70s

House Of Cannon
Although they may be a relatively new brand, 'House of Cannon' are quickly becoming known for their quirky and distorted photographic prints. This collection saw a number of stunning dandelion designs emblazoning tailored blazers and pants. But the most show-stopping print of all was the car prints, which were distorted along the lines of the garment in a flattering and chic manner. 
House of Cannon Resort 17
 House of Cannon runway
 House of Cannon MBFWA
 Trends to try:
- Printed blazers
- Assymetric blouses over leggings
- Matching printed sets
Oscar De La Renta 
 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week closed with a plethora of dreamy cocktail and wedding dresses courtesy of Oscar De La Renta. Now under the trusty hands of creative director, Peter Copping, the collection remained true to the late Oscar's undeniably luxurious brand. The runway was opened and closed by Victoria's Secret model Shanina Shaik and featured a number of exquisite wedding and occasion dresses.
Oscar De La Renta Resort 17
Oscar De La Renta MBFWA
 Shanina Oscar De La Renta
 Trends to try:
- Delicate embellishment
- 3d florals
- Silky gowns

Ohhh you're still awake? Thank you for making it to the end of this crazy long post. It was Oscar De La Renta and those super stunning dresses that kept you going right?

  If you're still craving a bit more of MBFWA you can check out my outfits from days 1 and 2 here.

Which collection made you go 'oh my gosh'?

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  1. Such incredible shows! Must have been a blast seeing it all live in front of you. I love Zhivago's collection!
    Have a happy week!

  2. Love the shots babe

    So many amazing designs

  3. Wow all of these looks are so amazing

  4. Great collections! Amazing styles!
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  5. Thanks my dear :D

    Great collection. Seems to be an amazing event :)

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  6. insane photography. So jealous this looks like an amazing event!

    Love LC

  7. Great collection. Seems to be an amazing event :)

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  8. So many amazing designs! I would love to go to fashion week sometime, it would just be so fantastic to see all the shows in real life :) x

  9. There are quite a few things I really like, especially black dress from by Johnny! I am sure you had a great time watching all these shows :) xx

    Ela BellaWorld

  10. These looks are funky, fun and fabulous!

  11. This looks wonderful :) I love resort wear and the water styled blue halter bikini grabbed my attention here, it's the type of cut and style I would opt for.

    Some lovely and quirky items here, like the vivid mono suit also and the floaty looking dresses!

    Lovely inspiration!

    Laura xo

  12. This Looks so awesome.
    Love the Dresses<3

  13. So many great designers but House of Cannon is my favourite

  14. So many great designers but House of Cannon is my favourite

  15. So much inspiration in one place! I hope someday I will visit MBFWA :)

  16. That's so cool, love your style!

    Alice Cerea

  17. Great post dear!


  18. I seriously love all of the collections shown here, all of which are unique in their own right, yet still features similar hints of details, such as ruffles. Thanks so much for sharing a recap with us, beautiful, I hope you enjoyed every minute of Fashion Week; it really is such a wonderful and inspiring season! Have a wonderful week ahead, girlie!



  19. Great looks; Macgraw's are my favourite!


  20. Fabulous pictures! Love the ruffly dresses from Macgraw :)

  21. Wow, I'm in love with the Zhivago collection, Hollywood Glam is definitely rocking my world! Thanks for sharing all these wonderful shows with us.

    Much Love,

  22. Beautiful collections! I really like the color pattern from the House of Cannon


  23. Cheers,

  24. Your photos are so good Rachel! Would love to explore the fashion industry in Australia since I have heard it is emerging!

  25. Wow, you've got to see such amazing collections! By Johny is definitely my favourite, I love the 60s vibe :)

  26. WOWOWOW!!! Just love all of your pics! Such fab energy from the fashion shows! AWESOME!
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  27. a great post, I did not know, precious photos, I will read from now.

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  28. So many great collections, Macgraw looks so good, love the ruffles! Xx

  29. wooow so many amazing styles :)

  30. Love these photos! This is such an incredible post, I really enjoyed seeing all the different resort wear <3

  31. Amazing looks! xx

  32. Gorgeous post; photos are beautiful!

    Faye .x

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  33. What a show! Many thanks dear Rachel, to put this informative post together and honestly I want to try out everything you recommend - especially big hats, studs and one shoulder. I'm always impressed by the creativity of the designers and the impressing handicraft of the fashion and therefore your post was pure joy for me <3 Have a happy rest of the week Down Under!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

  34. Thank you so much for sharing these with us, Rachel! Now I don't understand fashion but these collections are amazing and some are wearable for day to day life. I might be wrong but was it the haute couture the ones that look really funny and not for everyday wear?

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  35. Gosh!! I sure do need to have a life like this... If only I was tall enough to be a runway model. lol.
    Only in my dreams. Thank You for this wonderful post of inspiration.

  36. I didn't heard about all theses brands but I love it, this is so different and trendy.
    Such a great post !

  37. This is amazing! I just love the bold white pieces! They are so chic and perfect combo of stylish and practical with edge! :)

  38. So many great outfits and collections it's hard to pick a favourite! I liked pieces from most of them :)

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  39. So many really great trends!!! Loving the OTS pieces and all the fun ruffles!

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  40. C/Meo Collective is always so wearable and gorgeous!! Hope you had a fab (if slightly crazy) fashion week

    Denton & Lou 

  41. I am so loving these collections.. especially the AJE and the Misha Collections. I am totally see myself in some of these pieces. Absolutely beautiful. Wonderful post Rachel.

    Kia / KTS

  42. Looks like you had a fabulous time! One day I will come (I hope!)

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  43. Wow Wow, Amazing Collection! Thanks for sharing with us.
    Kisses, Raysa

  44. What a collection. Really like the White Dress tho.
    Great Review dear and wish you a lovely day.

  45. I'm loving most dresses and swimsuits if not all. Would like to try that oversized white hat, looks so fab but might look weird when I put it on me! Lol.

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  46. The different collections are amazing and the event was packed to capacity! I love the shoes and the makeup of the models. I sometimes wish I wish tall so that I could model but I know someone who would make a great model,YOU!!!

  47. wow so many great pieces !

  48. wow look at the pattern off the first white dress, so gorgeous x
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  49. really amazing collections, my dear, I go crazy for oversized ruffles

  50. really amazing collections, my dear, I go crazy for oversized ruffles

  51. Wow to attend a fashion runaway must be fun, thank you for sharing this amazing photos.x

  52. This is amazing! I've never been to any sort of fashion show, except the ones they did in malls when you were little haha. Someday!


    1. Stunning selection love! This fashion shows looks so fun! So great that you were there! The dresses are amazing! Thank you for sharing!
      Have a wonderful weekend, gorgeous!
      xx Pisa 😘

  53. Loved the photos!! So many great looks!!

  54. So very inspiring and incredible! I love the variety from clean and simple to boho. Adore Bec& Bridge and By Johnny. Oscar is always stunning! Fantastic roundup!


  55. They all look so amazing!

  56. Great collections and amazing styles! Thanks for sharing the recap with us! :-) xo

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  57. Holy glamorous!! The collections were amazing but I mostly love the swim wear but I would expect nothing less because this is Australia and the beaches call people by names because of how amazing the are!

  58. Wow! Look at some of those exquisite outfits! Looks like an incredible experience =o)


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