Australia may be a faraway land, but our homegrown talent is continuing to put us on the map internationally, changing the fashion industry’s perceptions of our little sunburnt country as they go. Despite the unique challenges Australian designers face—seasonality and geographical isolation among them—there’s a bunch of exciting designers who are continuing to push the envelope creatively, pumping out collections that are timeless, yet inherently Australian.
Of the slew of designers carving out a name for themselves locally and internationally, there’s a select few that are really making their mark by securing heavy-hitting e-commerce stockists like Net-A-Porter and Lane Crawford. At CHRONICLES, we love to support emerging talent where possible, hence us jumping at the chance to get behind this week’s BT Runway event and support one of my favourite charities, Dress for Success (DFS).
For those unfamiliar, DFS is all about empowering women to chase down economic independence by providing professional work attire, coaching, and mentoring services. Funds are raised for DFS in partnership with leading Aussie designers—Bianca Spender, Camilla & Marc, Carl Kapp, Carla Zampatti, Dion Lee, Ginger and Smart, Manning Cartel and Toni Maticevski—for the fab-u-lous BT Runway, which will go down tomorrow night (March 28th). This important night on Australia’s fashion calendar also feat. the announcement of BT’s Emerging Fashion Designer Award (with past winners including the likes of Michael Lo Sordo and Christopher Esber). This year’s finalists include the v talented Anna Quan, Albus Lumen and Double Rainbouu.
Once you’re done perusing all the lewks we shot one cloudy afternoon down at Clovelly beach, you can head over to The Iconic to purchase the runway looks, with 10% of proceeds going towards DFS (from 27th March to 10th April). Alternatively, you can donate nearly-new professional attire, money or your time straight to DFS here.
Here’s to supporting new talent and women… always!