Three designers to watch: Australian Fashion Week brings out the best

Following last week’s intense and exceptionally well received Australian Fashion Week (AFW), three designers came out on top as one’s to watch.

There is an increasingly talented array of designers and the international fashion press are excited to think that AFW will take a serious place in the fashion show calendar.

Here are my one’s to watch: Christopher Esber, Karla Spetic and Michael Lo Sordo

Croatian born Karla Spetic designs clothes that are fresh and feminine, über cool and rather playful at times.
She often takes inspiration from the art world, collaborating with illustrators and artists to create unique prints: in autumn/winter she made use of Lichtenstein comic strips; her most recent collection was inspired by the work of William Eggleston.

JOELLYN organza

Christopher Esber is the new minimalist on the block.
Esber goes to town with texture, working with textile weaving specialists to create futuristic fabric mash-ups.  Invisible mesh panelling featured a lot in his A/W13 collection. He loves mixing bonded tweed and reversible knits or silk with velvet devoré … and the look and feel is thrilling!

Esber is also the winner of last year’s L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival National Designer Award.


Sydney-sider Michael Lo Sordo is firmly on my favourite list, however there is a touch of Dion Lee to his collection.
There’s a lot of Lee to a lot of his circumstance to date. With rich tailoring and futuristic structure. Lo Sordo was named 2012 QANTAS SOYA 365 Fashion Winner, a finalist in the LMFF National Designer Award in 2012 and 2013 and invited to show in both New York and Milan during 2012.

Perhaps this is why I like what I am seeing. Lo Sordo is known for his innovative digital print and mixes luxe plush with pleated tailoring. Most recently for his autumn/winter 2013 collection, Lo Sordo invented a unique print effect by marble-dyeing silk and wool.

See full collection from AFW via Prince of Scots

michael lo sordo



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