It's been a bigger-than-usual week in fashion, at least for Australians. With Afterpay Australian Fashion Week 2022 occurring across the last five days, it's safe to assume many of us have been occupied with presentations from designers like Alix Higgins, Esse Studios and Indigenous Fashion Projects. Yet, the fashion world continues to rage on outside the AAFW bubble. So if your mind was elsewhere, we're bringing you the most salient (and our favourite) fashion moments from the week just gone. Find them, below.
Fendi and Versace celebrate their shared friendship with Fendace
More than a collaboration, Fendi and Versace follow up Fendace, their joint collection which debuted in September 2021 with a fresh campaign captured by iconic photographer Steven Meisel. Kim Jones and Silvia Venturini Fendi bring their perspective to Versace, meanwhile Donatella Versace injects Fendi with her own unique vision. The campaign itself sees a glamorous throng of models, namely Adut Akech, Amar Akway, Anja Rubik, Anok Yai, Imaan Hammam, and Lina Zang, entering the Fendace nightclub to let loose swathed in loud colours and reimagined monograms. However, at the door they must content with the club's fearsome bouncers: Naomi Campbell and Kristen McMenamy, of whom are dripping Versace's Medusa motif with the Fendace Peekaboo and Baguette in tow.
Launching on May 12, you can explore the Versace by Fendi collection online and in-store at Fendi, meanwhile you can find Fendi by Versace at Versace's own respective outposts.
Dior unveils Miss Dior sunglasses range
First unveiled at Dior’s spring summer 2022 RTW show, the Miss Dior sunglass line now includes two new models for the Fall 2022 collection. Inspired by the 1950s, the new creations reimagine the butterfly shape, highlighted by delicate metal frames in gold or gunmetal finish. Each pair echoes the punk spirit of the collection and the lenses are adorned with dark shades of grey, green, or blue or vibrant colours like pink, and yellow.
Explore the Miss Dior sunglasses collection here.
Loewe taps Anthony Hopkins and Jessie Buckley for its Pre-Fall campaign
For Pre-Fall Loewe has enlisted the eye of Juergen Teller to reimagine its signature handbags, specifically the Puzzle, Amazona, Hammock and Flamenco styles. To bring this vision to life, Loewe taps actors like the formidable Anthony Hopkins, Jessie Buckley and Josh O'Connor along with Kaia Gerber and Saudi Arabian musician Alewya, plus Japanese Paralympic athlete Maya Nakanishi.
Bassike unveils its Resort 22 collection during a dinner at MCA
An immersive film presentation among industry folk and friends was how bassike chose to reveal its Resort 22 collection. Guests flocked to the Museum of Contemporary Art for an intimate dinner at the gallery's Quayside room, where breathtaking views of Sydney Harbour added to the ambience. Inspired by the Great Barrier Reef, the collection was captured by Ben Morris on Hamilton Island, where volume and bold colours all clashed to simulate the marine-life as they inhabit the reef in harmony.
“For Resort 23, I was drawn to life below water, in particular the complexity and vibrancy of the Great Barrier Reef and the intricate ecosystems that make up this wonder of the natural world. The colours, shapes and textures of the reef are mirrored in the silhouettes, prints and styling of the resort 23 collection, with the signature details and considered ethos that bassike is known for.” says bassike Creative Director, Deborah Sams.
ESSE and Yu Mei team up for AAFW
Amidst Charlotte Hicks' triumphant collection for ESSE Studios at AAFW 2022, the designer teamed up with New Zealand native label Yu Mei for a capsule of leather goods. Having debuted at Bennelong, the bespoke Yu Mei x ESSE colourways will drop sometime in October this year alongside the ESSE Editions.
Marle launches winter 22 collection, 'The River Answer'
New Zealand label Marle has launched its winter 22 collection, titled 'The River Answer'. With consciousness at the heart of the brand, each piece has been designed with intention, and its quality and longevity shines through with each garment designed to last in wardrobes beyond one season. Blue, jade and ink tones feature throughout the collection, with a connection to the ocean and to the sky a central theme of the release. “I’ve been called to blue tones so much lately and this collection felt right to bring that to the forefront. Blue brings a feeling of serenity - and that’s something we’re all going to need for some time to come,” explained Marle Creative Director, Juliet Souter.