The next big thing may come and go, but our favourite local designers are the stayers – doing their own thing and doing it well. Sitting out many of the single season trends, these guys concentrate on well made timeless originals, all the while staying true to their own distinctive aesthetics.

Willow
GPO, 350 Bourke Street, Melbourne
Mon–Thu 10am–6pm
Fri 10am–8pm
Sat 10am–6pm
Sun 11am–5pm
582 Malvern Road, Hawkesburn
Mon–Sat 10am–6pm
Sun 11am–4pm

Embracing both fantasy and timelessness, Willow is one of those labels that affords its buyers the opportunity to wear its pieces both day and night. Easy to dress up but similarly simple to dress down, Willow seems to embrace an ethos that fuses fashionable femininity with the importance of quality materials. The softness of line and touch makes the wearer feel content at all times.

Akira GPO, 350 Bourke Street, Melbourne
Mon - Sun 10.30am-6pm

We’ll be honest with you: 1) Akira Isogawa is one of the greats of Australian fashion design; 2) His store is rather intimidating.

From an aesthetic point of view it has a certain charm, albeit a feeling of temporariness as fixtures seem less fixed and more curation – which, with Isogawa in mind, rings true. Akira’s work is rivaled by few and his high-concept pieces make the visit worthwhile; after all his ability with colour, silhouette, cut and drape is the product of years of work and authentic talent, and is evident in these beautiful clothes and creations.

Collette Dinnigan
553 Chapel Street, South Yarra
Mon–Fri 10am–6pm
Sat 10am–5pm
Sun 11am–5pm

Recognised as one of New Zealand’s greatest fashion exports, Collette Dinnigan moved to Australia to study costume design in her late teens. Heralded around the world from an early stage in her career as a designer, Dinnigan’s collections now include ready-to-wear, lingerie, bridal and the newest addition of a children’s wear line, inspired by her daughter. Although wholly clean and classic, Dinnigan’s designs do not lack hints of great character.

collettedinnigan.com.au

Josh Goot
Found at Belinda

Synonymous with innovation, time and time again Josh Goot uses colours and shapes that serve as inspiration not just to its designers, but also to its wearers. Most importantly however, although simple and easy to wear, the collections never skimp on elegance.

joshgoot.com

Toni Maticevski
Available at Myer. Clearly intrigued by the concept of silhouette and contrasting materials, Maticevski excels in designing unusual gowns. Inspired to make “clothes born of emotion for an emotional response,” Maticevski claims to make “the cold warm and the lost beautiful”.

www.tonimaticevski.com