Whilst a few years ago we would have only seen a handful of homegrown designers brush against the fashion monarchs of Paris Fashion Week, it is now seemingly more frequent that Aussie designers are having their moment du jour. Whether it is Couture Week or Prêt-a-Porter, this season it appears that local designers are already on high on the Parisian style radar.
On Monday, Australian born duo Tamara Ralph and Michael Russo wowed critics while presenting their Haute Couture Fall Winter 2015/2016 show for British fashion house Ralph & Russo. Set against the fairytale backdrop of an enchanted forest, the regal and intricately embellished gowns allowed for a dramatic and fantastical fashion performance. The highly respected luxury brand is becoming a regular in the Paris Couture Week schedule after being inducted in 2014, and has previously designed bespoke creations for the likes of Beyoncé and Angelina Jolie.
On the opposing end of the high fashion spectrum, Tiffany & Co. National Designer Award alumni, Peter Strateas and Mario-Luca Carlucci, made their Paris debut at the recent Men’s Fashion Week in June. STRATEAS.CARLUCCI, their Melbourne based label, is the first Australian menswear brand to be invited by the prestigious Fédération Français de la Couture du Prêt-à-Porter des Couturiers et des Créateurs de Mode to show the event. The boys proudly presented the SS16 collection which showcased the label’s urban aesthetic, styled in their usual strikingly nonchalant manner. The show epitomised cool with oversized silhouettes, bold fabrics and tailoring that was on-point. This may be the first, but we predict it will not be the last time that we see them à Paris!
As Couture Week continues, we will have our eyes peeled on what local talent may pop up next on the international runways.