With Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia set to kick off in Sydney from 30 April to 4 May, Australia's fashion pack is clearing out their wardrobes and getting the hangers ready for some key pieces from the Spring Summer 2012/13 collections.
Support some of Australia's best designers and browse through their upcoming ranges to select a few key items for your wardrobe. Investing in several quality pieces and teaming them with other affordable picks from your wardrobe will ensure you carry off an effortlessly chic look all year round.
Investment fashion items
If you only have enough cash to shell out for a few key pieces of designer clothing, choose well and ensure they're items that will give you plenty of wear in the years to come. Consider items like:
- Well-fitted, black blazer
- Flattering, comfortable pants
- Evening dress
- Chic work skirt
- Pair of classic heels
- Quality handbag
Some of Australia's favourite designers
If you're looking for top quality labels to set the pace for your wardrobe, try browsing the collections of these great Aussie designers:
Akira Isogawa: Born in Japan, Akira Isogawa moved to Australia in 1986 and studied at the Sydney Institute of Technology, where he combined contemporary Japanese design with Australian influences. He's now one of the nation's favourite designers and can certainly offer some gorgeous investment pieces to bring colour and depth to your wardrobe.
Ellery: After working at national magazine Russh and studying fashion design in both Perth and London, Kym Ellery has developed a keen eye for detail and knows exactly what looks good on modern Aussie women. Her label Ellery has been attracting plenty of international attention with beautiful tailoring and innovative design.
Dion Lee: Only three years after the label's runway debut, Dion Lee has earned a serious reputation and picked up a bevy of top awards. He's also collaborated with Cue stores to bring more affordable designer pieces to the mainstream.
Josh Goot: After his runway debut in 2005, Josh Goot has picked up many awards and also showed his collections at various London and New York Fashion Weeks. He has also leant his skills to the Designers for Target project and now has his collections stocked in various boutiques and department stores. With a focus on modernism and minimalism, his pieces offer quality second to none.
Toni Maticevski: Toni Maticevski's whimsical and elegant pieces range from a fast-developing ready-to-wear collection to glamorous wedding dresses. He graduated from RMIT with First Class Honours before earning his stripes in New York and Paris, then returned to Australia to launch his own label in 1998.
Zimmermann: Sisters Nicky and Simone Zimmermann established their ready-to-wear line in the early 1990s and have since expanded into swimwear and children's clothing. Their bright colours and gorgeously vibrant prints combine to offer Australian women comfortable and chic beachwear. Take a look inside one of their 15 stores across the country.
Kirrily Johnston: Beautifully elegant fabric and flattering cuts mean you could potentially find many great investment pieces for your wardrobe in one of Kirrily's Sydney or Melbourne stores. Her weekend wear encompasses clothing for both men and women, with fine detailing and great tailoring.