Another week in fashion has come to an end, and while we are still recovering from a Couture hangover from last weeks monumental shows, we are turning our attention to local launches on home soil. From Bassike's latest collection, to new initiatives from Net-a-Porter, to Copenhagen Fashion Week highlights, here are our top 6 fashion moments from the week.
Bassike Pre-Collection 2022
Bassike launches Pre-Collection 2022, a collection rooted in optimism and exuberance. In a shift away from the brands signature tonal styling, colour-blocking is more of a focal point than ever, with a vibrant palette translating into seasonal prints hand drawn by local artist Amy Hunter. With sustainable practices still very much at the forefront of the Bassike brand, timeless silhouettes are offered up with a sentiment of a better future.
Net-A-Porter Launches Annual Vanguard Education Fund
As part of its globally renowned talent incubator program, global retail giant Net-a-Porter launches their first Vanguard Education Fund, a new mentorship program in partnership with the British Fashion Council (BFC) designed to help final-year BA students as they embark on their professional careers in the industry.
Influential mentors will be taking part in the fund, with designers Cate Holstein, founder of Khaite, Conner Ives and Christopher John Rogers amongst the panel. Alongside stylist Julia Sarr-Jamois; editorial and tech expert Eva Chen; business mogul, musician, and actor Jessica Jung; Net-A-Porter’s content director Alice Casely-Hayford, and senior market editor Libby Page.
The Vanguard Education Fund sees Net-A-Porter engage with the BFC’s network of UK-based universities alongside Net-A-Porter’s network of international universities, to encourage more diverse talent and to help students as they embark on their professional journeys. The fund will be open to final- year students studying at UK universities within the BFC Colleges Council and selected international institutions (Parsons School of Design, Politecnico di Milano, TAFE Australia and FEDISA Fashion School Cape Town) across multidisciplinary courses, from fashion and design to ceramics, fine art, photography and jewelry. Four winners will be selected and awarded a £12,500 bursary fund and paired with two leaders within the industry, who will act as mentors for the academic year.
Australian actress Olivia DeJonge joins Bulgari family as a jewellery and watches brand ambassador
Australian actress Olivia DeJonge has joined Roman luxury maison, Bulgari, as a new jewellery and watches brand ambassador.
Set to star as Priscilla Presley in the upcoming Elvis biopic directed by Baz Luhrmann, Bulgari’s legendary connection to the film industry has always been a point of difference for DeJonge. “Bulgari has such an amazing legacy and connection to the cinema industry. Their creations have been worn by the most beautiful and inspiring women in the world... [Bulgari] designs [have] this unique savoir-faire & boldness, which makes them so desirable. I am thrilled and honoured to be joining the Bulgari family,” she said.
WORN Gemini collection
WORN release their Pre Fall 22 collection, examining a woman’s life lived in the present tense, asking essential questions about womanhood, modernity, creative identity and personal freedom. In the campaign, 7 woman from all different generations were asked 3 questions surrounding their relationship with the environment, what being a woman feels like, and what purpose they felt clothing served and should serve.
GANNI Love Forever Ever FW22 show
For Fall/Winter 2022, Ditte Reffstrup, Creative Director of GANNI draws inspiration from the 90s musicians of her youth. Björk and PJ Harvey are there in spirit, a tribute to her heroines. Designed in the studio with lots of optimism and a rush of energy from seeing the world open up again, Reffstrup riffs on 90s grunge during a moment in time where we've never yearned for a subculture more.
POHO launches POHO Flowers Double Bay
Joining the vibrant local community in Double Bay, Poho Flowers announces the opening of their new flagship retail space. While not exactly a fashion moment, Poho expands the world of floristry. Ed West, director of Poho, challenges the perception of what a contemporary floral studio can be.
Functioning as a multi-sensory floral experience, the offering expands beyond floral expertise and into the realm of art and beauty for a holistic offering at their new destination flagship.
R.M.Williams introduces its new seasonal collection, From The Ground Up
Hallmark Australian brand R.M. Williams has launched its new seasonal collection, titled, From The Ground Up. Centred around an appreciation for the land we tread, the offering is an elevated collection that showcases the brand’s iconic apparel, whilst honouring the classics through a contemporary lens. Undoubtedly R.M. Williams' most extensive seasonal collection yet, From The Ground Up features an expansive range of new products and styles, alongside reimagined classics.
For Menswear, the brand introduces hardy, durable boots like the Rigger Commando, a lace up style with a flat heel and tonal back tug; the Randwick lace up boot in molten leather; and the Arnhem boot, with its chiselled toe and flat heel, alongside seasonal colourways of the Craftsman and the Macquarie. The ready to wear collection sees jackets, coats, vests and shirting plus hard-wearing fleeces and rugbys fuse utilitarian workwear and style.
The Womenswear offering mixes elegance and utility with the introduction of the Erica boot, featuring a chiselled toe with a flat heel in yearling leather; the Curio, a square toe boot with a cuban heel; and the Victoria, a western style top boot with a cuban heel and a leather screwed outer sole. New takes on signature favourites return, like the Lady Yearling and the Maya. Coats and shearling jackets are similarly included, alongside romantic shirts, bow neck blouses and weightless midi dresses crafted from cotton and silk, adding an ease and lightness to the collection.
Afterpay Australian Fashion Week: The Experience
IMG announces its series of designer runway shows and programming for Afterpay Australian Fashion Week: The Experience, AAFW’s integrated consumer offering. AAFW will take place 9 -13 May 2022 at Carriageworks in Sydney and virtually at AAFW.com. “We’re thrilled to present this lineup of designer runway shows, special events and activations exclusively for consumers taking place in-person at Carriageworks. The relationship between designers and their customers has never been stronger and AAFW: The Experience gives consumers a gateway into Fashion Week to engage with the designers they follow in an intimate way,” stated Natalie Xenita, Vice President- Managing Director of IMG’s Fashion Events and Properties, Asia-Pacific. “The five-day program offers fans a truly unmatched experience featuring runway shows from some of the newest and most notable names in Australian fashion.”