MBFWA The Innovators
Each year, The Innovators runway at MBFWA showcases the beautiful designs of Sydney Fashion School, The Fashion Design Studio’s finest talent. The selected six 2014 graduates were mentored for the past three years by Nicholas Huxley, who has been instrumental in Australia’s rapidly growing design industry – mentoring the likes of Alex Perry, Nicky Zimmerman and Dion Lee.
This year’s innovators, Catherine Conlan, Onticha Sawasdee, Candi Sanderson, Jai Saunders, Jack Huang and Matt Lee, presented their debut collections at Sydney Fashion Week on Wednesday, serving as an incredible exposure to build their careers on.
Worn by Catherine Conlan opened the show and incorporated distinctive layers of free-flowing fabrics and digital printing with a sporty edge.
Onticha followed, presenting chic, modern tailoring of a blend of natural and synthetic fabrics. The detailed designs featured unique silhouettes and structured sleeves with bright pops of colour.
Candi Sanderson’s broody collection displayed monochromatic outfits in earthy-toned fabrics, combining rustic textures and beautiful draping and high necklines to form asymmetrical silhouettes – all complimented with elfin-style pointed-toe flats.
Jai Saunders featured flattering, feminine lines with delicate textures and beautifully placed embellishments. The collection was made up of greys, pastels and navy and each look was playfully paired with a set of headphones.
Jack Huang displayed futuristic designs made of inventive shapes, necklines and sleeves. The collection was mostly androgynous and was fitted to both male and female models on the runway.
The show was closed by Mat Lee whose bold collection featured chunky silhouettes, made flattering by the sheer fabrics, bright, clean colours and daring prints. The collection was filled with contrasting elements and revealed just enough skin for the heavy designs to feel agile.
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