28 August 2013

Brisbane Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival Emerging Designer show 2013

Words by Saskia Edwards
Images by Jonathan Rae

This year’s Brisbane Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival Emerging Designer show was set within the newly opened City Hall. 

The renovated building maintains its charm, but with various Enter the Void light tricks and an interior dome - when looked up at - resembling the prelude to an alien abduction. A circular stage replaced the conventional catwalk and promised a dynamic visual display, but became frustrating with an often inconsistent and obscured view. 

The evening began with awards for emerging designers who took inspiration from media.


Palm Beach designer Sue Paul was awarded the Outstanding Use of Material award for her textile created from plastic and paper discs (appropriating Dexter’s sadistic use of plastic ensembles for high fashion). 

 Liam Blaik took out the award for Innovation and Creativity after embedding QR codes into his fabric. Austin Moro won Technical Excellence in Design through his concept translated into an idyllic floral creation and Samantha Delgos claimed People’s Choice Award. 

(Pictured designs: Far left Liam Blaik, back left Sue Paul, fourth from right Samantha Delgos, rar right Austin Moro)
(Pictured: design by Sharina Dymock)
(Pictured: design by Kerren MacDonald)
After the audience endured a series of advertisements, the Emerging Designer Group Show proceeded in showcasing new design talent.

 Amongst the designers (and deluge of glitter, bird cages and questionable taste) Molly & Polly Swimwear presented an exiting and fresh collection. Molly & Polly’s real accomplishment was managing to make tackle boxes and fishing rods stylish and beyond the domain of flanno clad men protesting, ‘this is living!’

(Pictured: Molly & Polly)
(Pictured: Molly & Polly)
(Pictured: Molly & Polly)

 Similarly, featured label Peony Swimwear seamlessly incorporated Akubra hats that certainly did not inspire thoughts of Bob Katter. 

Other featured labels included Erin Hassall designs, Playsuit, A Jacksonian Era, Sinead James, Begitta and Stokes Thompson Design.

(Pictured: Begitta)
(Pictured: Sinead James)
(Pictured: Sinead James)
The festival continues until August 30. See the street style from the event here.

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