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Debut at Fashion Exposed


runway show for Debut, a popular biannual completion for emerging garment and accessories designers in its seventh season, was certainly a standout at this year’s Fashion Exposed fashion fair. From thousands of entries nationwide, a dozen of the best were selected by a panel of industry insiders, and given the opportunity to showcase their autumn/winter 2010 collections.

The three categories, apparel, avant garde and accessories, were represented by brands Andie, Dames and Divas, Danielle Zanetti, Ellen Bartels Designs, Eternal Safari and Sebastian’s Sister, Grazed Youth, Kuwaii, Marion Liese, Metamorphose, Miss Wee, Sabio Designs and Tara Badcock. What a showing it was.

I could write forever about these fascinating designers and their varied inspirations, from Kuwaii and Eternal Safari and Sebastian Sister’s edgy film noir nuances to Miss Wee’s industrial influences for her jewellery to touches of Australiana and history in Sabio design’s clothes. But what is truly important is that even though the styles were as varied as could be, they had this in common: highly innovative designs (Tara Badcock’s lovely macaw inspired top), quality and attention to detail (Marion Liese’s senuous, slinky slips), and the wow factor (Ellen Bartel’s amazing jewellery, love the henna inspired necklaces!)

If this show was anything to go by, ladies, hang on to any ankle boots you have, RUN out for anything Asian inspired (love Dames and Diva’s vintage kimono range) and also grab several sculpted architectural pieces, bonus for origami or elaborate folds. From frills (tartan capelet from Grazed Youth anyone?) to distressed knits a la last season’s Rodarte but much more wearable (Metamorphose), this talented dozen has it all.

For jewellery, either go all out with an eye-catching, bold pieces, or accentuate with a delicate few. Danielle Zanetti paired turbans with chunky necklaces simply begging me to take a Moroccan inspired holiday (or shopping trip).

This event may have been very bad for my wallet, but it is very good to know such outstanding talent exists down under. Do keep an eye out for these designers, diverse though they are, their flair is undeniable.

Congratulations to winners Danielle Zanetti Jellewery Designs, Sabio Designs, and Marion Liese.

Wise words by Amanda Phoon The P Life

Images courtesy Fashion Exposed

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