Sara Donaldson (Harper and Harley, The Undone); Yan Yan Chan; Romy Frydman (Style Me Romy); and Talisa Sutton (Badlands) sat down with Broadsheet to look back on the biggest trends, the best after parties and how they will incorporate what they saw on the runway into their wardrobes. With a combined Instagram audience of 702,500, when these ladies give advice, we listen.
Standout runway trends?
Talisa Sutton: I definitely noticed a nod towards power suiting and soft tailoring coming across in two pieces: blazers and resort-weight trench coats. I also loved the inclusion of colour; this might be the season where I start to embrace a wider palette.
Romy Frydman: There’s nothing hotter than red right now, hints of it [were] everywhere, in all shades. It’s also the year of relaxed, undone suiting as seen at Dion Lee.
Yan Yan Chan: I feel like designers really stuck to their aesthetics and brands this season, which was quite refreshing. There was definitely a lot more pops of bold colours.
Sara Donaldson: Pinstripes, navy and soft camel tones.
Three of your most-wanted pieces from the shows?
TS: Michael Lo Sordo’s pinstripe trench – this with a T-shirt and jeans is perfect for everyday. Albus Lumen’s white shirtdress – with a pair of simple sandals and a straw basket, this is instant holiday mode. And Hansen & Gretel’s gingham bomber jacket.
YYC: I have a few favourites from Dion Lee and Strateas Carlucci. Lots of red, oversized coats and pants – pieces that are easy to layer and wear from day to night. I'm all about cost per wear, and pieces that have bold silhouettes – a little masculine but sexy at the same time.
SD: Christopher Esber shirting, Albus Lumen white wrap dresses and Dion Lee black, cut-out knitwear. The shirting I would style with simple mid-length skirts, the dress on its own with fine gold jewellery and the black knitwear with denim.
Designer you were most impressed by?
TS: Dion Lee – I loved his bold use of colour, tailoring and the decision to incorporate menswear into the collection.
RF: Katama’s pool party for location and timing, they presented on the perfect Sydney morning.
YYC: You can definitely tell that the Strateaus Carlucci boys don't take their designs too seriously, which is something I love. "DEVO" shirts paired with white, high-waisted, baggy leather pants. Lots of red leather and oversized suiting. The whole setting of the show reminded me of what a fashionable Berlin nightclub would be.
SD: Albus Lumen was my highlight. I feel like I could wear every single piece in the collection; it made me want to plan a holiday.
Has the street style changed from last year?
TS: I noticed a more casual approach to the week (which I love). More jeans and shirts, but done in a very chic way. I think practicality is such a necessary part of the week.
RF: More sexy white shirting, less bomber jackets.
YYC: I feel like people are starting to embrace their own style a lot more and are becoming less scared to show their individual tastes, rather than just sticking to a trend. So the street style game this year was definitely a lot more eclectic as a whole. And also quite laid-back.
TS: I loved the abstract jewellery by Holly Ryan at the Karla Spetic show and Dinosaur Designs at Bianca Spender. Also, the simplicity of the woven basket with black ribbon carried by the girls at Albus Lumen. And there were too many great trench coats to name!
YYC: I never thought red tights and strappy heels could be a thing, but Michael Lo Sordo proved me wrong.
SD: Albus Lumen x Ryan Storer seashell jewellery.
Where did you go for a drink when it wrapped up?
TS: Fratelli Paradiso for a red wine and pasta.
RF: Icebergs for a long, long lunch and Sgroppino.
YYC: I'm always in and out of the star lounge, the have the best shiraz. But I'm staying at the QT and they make the best Espresso Martinis.
Funniest thing you overheard or saw at a show?
TS: Too much fashion, not enough week. I’ll be saving that one for an Instagram caption!
RF: The elbow jabbing to get to the front row when security says it’s safe to fill all the empty seats.
Best after party?
RF: Ellery’s 10-year retrospective party, all the way. It was so good to catch up with old friends.
Georgia Fowler at Ellery's after party.
Upcoming Australian designer to watch?
RF: Vale for taking denim seriously.
YYC: KitX is definitely a favourite of mine. There's just something super appealing about her futuristic/gladiator-esque aesthetic. It's super fem and strong – plus she's also educated me a lot on designing ethically and sustainably.
SD: Thomas Puttick is one to watch having just launched his first collection with incredible attention to detail and interesting elements.