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AAFW 2021 Day One: Jordan Dalah takes us to new heights with exaggerated silhouetting

Jordan Dalah

We're back.

This morning saw the official opening of Australian Fashion Week for 2021. After 2020's cancellation due to COVID-19, Fashion Week is here again and this time with a new headline sponsor - Afterpay. Our new Afterpay Australian Fashion Week is ushering in a fresh era in the world of Australian fashion. One that is democratised, inclusive and aims for a more sustainable future.

To open the week, we started with a dynamic show from Jordan Dalah. The rumbling of heavy bass welcomed 43 looks down the zigzag catwalk. A print-heavy show that offered up exaggerated silhouettes in all shapes and sizes, it was the perfect high-energy start to celebrate the start of the exciting week ahead.

Later on, Bassike encouraged us to pause at its carbon neutral resort show. Then Romance Was Born took our breath away with a stunning display on a real life merry-go-round.

Below, find everything that's happened at AAFW Day One.


9am: Jordan Dalah

Styled by RUSSH's own Charlotte Agnew, Jordan Dalah's show was hyped for a reason. The dynamic presentation showcased fluted skirts, bubble hems and bows. All energy, we're off to fresh start.


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10:30am: Carla Zampatti Tribute

At 10:30 at Carriageworks, we heard an emotional tribute to one of Australia's brightest stars, Carla Zampatti. A woman who helped to put Australian fashion on the map, a talent who carved a path for those that followed her to walk down. She will be missed beyond words.


11am: MacGraw

MacGraw's romantic resort show happened off-site some weeks ago. It was it a spectacle, a dreamy garden delight that played out in video as part of the AAFW schedule.



1pm: Rebecca Vallance

A show that made you want to get up and dance, Rebecca Vallance rang in her 10th anniversary with a show that told us exactly what she's all about: glamour, modern elegance with a dash of sex appeal.


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2pm: Bondi Born

Could there be a more iconic location than views over the Sydney Opera House. Bondi Born took us off-site to the ultimate Sydney location to show its joyous resort collection. It was a sight to behold.


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3:30pm: Bassike

Bassike's show was one that started with a moment of darkness and reprieve. It was fitting for a collection titled Pause. A first, the show was also carbon neutral.


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4:30pm: Alice McCall

Time travel to the 70s with Alice McCall's Discoteca. The bright and whimsical show was McCall at her best, a collection that was both editorial and yet wearable.

6pm: Romance Was Born

Certainly worth the wait, Romance Was Born are storytellers. Designers Anna and Luke invited us into their world of fairy lights, carnivals and childlike whimsy. It was a breathtaking resort collection that also featured a first for the pair, bridal.


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