A few months ago, the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia schedule was looking a little sparse. The industry-only event, which this year move to a new location in Carriageworks, was lacking of some of Australia’s most internationally renowned names. Dion Lee was nowhere to be seen. Nor was Ellery or Sass & Bide. But in true fashion style, the Mercedes-Benz-sponsored event has seen a cluster of names added to the bill at the last minute.
For Dion Lee, it will be an intimate presentation and dinner on the Tuesday, while Ellery will show offsite on the same day. Hot on the heels of their London show, Sass & Bide are set to host a private function on the Friday. Another new name to be added to the schedule at the tenth hour is newcomer Emma Mulholland, who will make her colourful catwalk debut on Thursday night.
But Mulholland isn’t alone in making her debut. Leather lovers Kahlo will enjoy their first solo show this year, as will Phoenix Keating, a designer who is no stranger to the spotlight since Lady Gaga has been known to wear his creations.
Another newcomer, Khim Hang is set to debut his label, Han the Label on Wednesday, describing Fashion Week as “the next move for the brand”. he says. Despite being based in Brisbane, Han the Label has generated buzz for its European minimalist aesthetic (in both womenswear and menswear) in a very short amount of time. “This collection being showcased really marks and solidifies the brand's aesthetic and also, really, the brand itself.”
When asked what we can expect from the collection, titled Bandits, Hang says: “A lot of white, interesting details and unexpected finishes.”
On the other side of the spectrum, this year’s MBFWA also marks a few veteran milestones, with Camilla and Marc and Jayson Brunsdon celebrating 10 years since they made their runway debut at the event. Runway veterans Alex Perry, Lisa Ho and Easton Pearson will also be showing and, after a three-year absence, New Zealand label Zambesi will also make their Australian return.
“We always love presenting the collection as a show and this year is ideal timing for Zambesi to return to Australian Fashion week,” says designer Elisabeth Findlay. “After an extremely successful winter season, our confidence and enthusiasm levels are high!” Along with her husband and design partner Neville, Findlay will be closing the week in the coveted Friday afternoon time slot.
It should prove one of many highlights across the week. Stay tuned!
*Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia runs from April 8 to 12 in Sydney.
Throughout the week, Broadsheet Sydney will be bringing you all of the highlights and details with daily wrap-ups of the shows. Onsite shows are also available to watch via a live-stream on retailer Jasu’s website as well as from Martin Place.*