Colourful flora and fauna prints were abundant at Australian Fashion Week as designers looked to tropical islands for inspiration.
2014/15 summer's forecast looks bright and sunny thanks to We Are Handsome, Jayson Brunsdon and Suboo. All three showcased a collection either saturated with colour or exploding with island designs.
We Are Handsome brought the fun and energy into Fashion Week, showing their collection at the Paddington Reservoir Gardens. The lush ferns and plants around the makeshift runway complimented the tropical vibe as models strutted out in leafy, animal and oceanic prints. Sticking closely to their aesthetic of constructing pieces that 'capture the spirit and emotion of summer', We Are Handsome took no reserves as they sent out a model who held a live snake. Designers Jeremy and Katinka Somers seemed to be suggesting a tropical getaway is appropriate come the warmer weather.
Jayson Brunsdon's collection was inspired by the rich Brazilian culture, food and people in Rio De Janeiro. Titled 'RIO' it celebrated a modern girl who isn't afraid to walk out the door dressed in cobalt feathers or iridescent sequins. Metallic and reflective materials dominated the collection as models sashayed down the runway in a vision of sexy femininity and funk.
Brunsdon said: "The vibrant Carioca culture clash is infectious," where it seemed the Brunsdon girl is the life of the summer parties.
Suboo placed the focus on resortwear that's both easy to style and easy to pack. It had the essential ingredients for a chic summer holiday; silky maxi dresses and printed swimwear that took you on a trip down LA with those iconic palm trees. The Suboo girl is relaxed and fuss free during the day but can easily pop on a pair of heels and dance the night away.