Raffles International Showcase at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia 2016

tellmeyblog - Raffles @ MBFWA 2016Phew, after a big weekend last week I am finally back to sit in front of my laptop and start updating my blog. For those who are in Australia, you have probably noticed Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia (MBFWA) had wrapped up for another year last Friday. This year MBFWA has changed their usual Spring/Summer showcase to Resort to reflect the warmer Australian climate. Although I failed to make it to the shows during MBFWA due to work commitment this year, I managed to go to Raffles College of Design and Commerce pop-up showroom launch at The Design Residency to talk to some of the most promising emerging designers in Australia about their resort collections.

The Design Residency is a unique pop-up space located on the city-side of Darlinghurst where new designers will have a chance not just to showcase but also to sell their products. The designers in this year’s Raffles’ MBFWA show are not in production yet but it’s still good to let the public see their work in a store setting.

I have featured Chaddie‘s designs in my post on last year’s Raffles Graduate Show, and the label’s MBFWA debut collection certainly did not disappoint. Chad Nguyen is the mastermind behind the label who combines femininity with modern wearability in his design. When spoke of his favourite piece in the collection, he pulled out this gorgeous flowy black number.
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And how good it looks on the runway!
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Also adore this white midi dress with green pleated inserts!
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De La Motte always has a soft spot in my heart simply because a) the designer Anne de la Motte is such a sweetheart; and b) you don’t see new interesting menswear label everyday.
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In the last couple seasons, you can see there is a growing trend of blurring the genders and De La Motte is definitely embracing that. I will totally wear that print canvas jacket myself!
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Leah Williams‘ work is as contemporary as I have first come across with her graduation collection in 2014, only more sophisticated.
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This sheer shirt has caught my eyes when I first saw it at the showroom launch and it still did when I saw it in the runway photos!
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Queency Yustiawan is another designer I have met at Raffles’ 2014 graduate show. I love the sleek silhouettes and wearability of her pieces. After all, most of us are not runway models. We need stylish items that can get a nod from HR.
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Look at that movement!
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Seriously, you can never go wrong with a cute shirt dress in the office.
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If you think age is a barrier to success in the fashion industry, think again. Gemma Saccasan, a 51-year-old grandmother of five redefined boundaries with her romantic pieces designed for the 30-70 year old market. Her collection is based on the garden she designed and grew for her children.
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A botanical print she has created for the collection translated beautifully into this classy maxi dress.
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When the 70’s vibe is done right in 2016…
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If you are after something quirky and fun, look no further than JRAA Code. Funky but not costume-y equals cute.
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Iva Pfeiffer‘s resort collection is definitely more ready-to-wear than her graduate collection but no less intricate. And who can say no to a cute little white dress?
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Just by writing this post makes me want to go shopping! So Raffles designers, please please please put your work into production ASAP!

(Runway photos : Cliff Philipiah)

 

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