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The Innovators group show put on a display of the best that The Fashion Design Studio had to offer, with 6 students showing off their emerging labels. First on the runway was Ciara Nolan’s self-titled label that drew on vibrant prehistoric aesthetics. The Fashion Design Studio graduate lead the viewers into a dinosaur inspired textile wonderland, with a neon touch and accessories to match. Her unique approach to streetwear used her signature prints on a neoprene bombers dress and embossed leather giving a primal touch of modern fun.
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Ciara Nolan’s bold purple print with a dinosaur eye walked the runway
With accompanying necklaces in bright pink, green and black added to the collection
A neon reptilian style swimwear from Miss Nolan’s collection turned heads at the Innovators showcase
Logvin Code an emerging womenswear label created by Julia Logvin showcased the graduate’s debut collection ‘As Above, So Below’. Her collection drew on elements of nature, ancient symbolic patterns and codes. Experimenting with avant-garde ideas with neo-technical fabrications to create truly unique garments. The collection played with silver futuristic elements, visually capturing fringe details that created a strong statement on the runway. Follow Logvin Code’s progress and designs via her Websiteand Facebook.
Silver fringe details from Login Code’s collection at MBFWA
A sleek cape with yellow circular applique from Julia’s As Above, As Below collection
Futuristic fringe seen on MBFWA
With an essence of a modern girl with a masculine twist, Hayley Dawson’s self-titled label brought a simplistic and sleek approach to design. Hayley took on the design world after mastering fashion recruitment and the marketing world, Miss Dawson described her garments as “mixing classic androgynous tailoring with easy to wear silhouettes, creating a look that has minimal effort, maximum impact.” Her collection played with cool blues, dark tones and white with clean cut feminine lines mixed with masculine silhouettes.
A calming blue was seen on the runway paired with a metallic twist
Bold buckle back details from Miss Dawson’s collection
Model shows off a dress with a masculine twist from Miss Dawson’s collection
Bei Na Wei has been winning over the fashion industry ever since her graduation from the Fashion Design Studio in 2013. Starting off in electrical engineering the young designer decided to pursue her love for fashion, by making the bold move of quitting her job of designing power stations. She is now fully immersed in designs and in her designs you can see the influence from her summer studying patternmaking at the prestigious Central Saint Martins in London. Bei Na Wei creates feminine qualities in bold fabrications with detailed and intricate craftsmanship. Her debut collection Chimera featured Perspex backpacks, clutches and visors with a strong juxtaposition with soft draping and metallic materials. Follow Bei Na Wei’s designs via her Website, Facebook and Instagram for all her upcoming updates.
Soft draping seen on the MBFWA at Wei’s showcase
Byron Bay designer Kiaya Daniels created her menswear label in 2013. Kiaya aims to create “innovative, hybrid designs with considered wearability. Merging clean tailoring with a more casual, sportswear approach, the label expresses relaxed sophistication.” When Miss Daniels moved to Sydney she was accepted into the Fashion Design Studio in 2010 and decided to fully study menswear by taking a year to work aside a menswear tailor. Her collection sported a simple print and mixed clean tailoring with a sport lux touch. With the men mixing a tailored combo with a new balance sneaker and leather backpacks, her designs brought a modern and refreshing take on fashion.
Sports luxe on the runway from Kiaya Daniels
Model showing off a sleek sporty combo with leather satchel backpack at Miss Daniel’s runway
Last to walk the Innovators show was Saudi Arabian born designer Yousef Akbar, who debuted his womens’ wear self-titled label. He is definitely making his mark in the fashion world since his studies with winning FLAIR Designer 2013, FLAIR Best Tailoring 2013 and TAFE Evening wear Award 2013 just to name a few of his award winning accomplishments. To add to his list of achievements he has worked alongside Australian iconic designers Dion Lee with his Woolmark Prize winning entry for his ‘Romance Was Born’s’ marvel comic’s collection. And with a plan to expand into menswear, there is no doubt that he will soon be a force to be reckoned within menswear as well. Yousef’s collection played with unconventional materials, luxurious fabrics and textures to create an eye-catching collection. Make sure to follow Yousef’s work via his social media links Website, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
With bold lines walked Yousef’s collection at MBFWA
Truly unique silhouettes in bold colors seen in Yousef’s collection at MBFWA
An eye-catching statement with sequin details on the MBFWA