Bare-to-there styles with ruffles

Renee Minus White | 5/31/2018, 2:29 p.m.
Inspired by a scholarship from New York’s prestigious Fashion Institute of Technology, designer Helen O’Conner returned to Australia and introduced ...
Resort '19 white ruffled dresses by Thurley for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Australia

Inspired by a scholarship from New York’s prestigious Fashion Institute of Technology, designer Helen O’Conner returned to Australia and introduced the Thurley label. Her collection was frilly, feminine and romantic. The company’s name, Thurley, was derived from a name that has been carried by her family for generations. Stemming from humble beginnings, the brand is now one of the most coveted labels in the country.

The designer draws inspiration from her experiences while traveling, culture and art. O’Conner injects Thurley with a strong sense of personality. Each season, the collection features timeless pieces that are both modern and classic. She specializes in eveningwear, with a focus on masterfully embroidered dresses, extravagant outerwear and elegant gowns.

This season, Thurley expanded its line with the introduction of luxurious daywear, wardrobe essentials and accessories.

In Swimwear, Twosix, another Australian brand, showed a sexy, slimming swimwear line to the runway. These sleek pieces spice up your resort wardrobe with color, cuts and style. While having deep roots in New York and Bondi, Twosix combines the independent attitude of a New Yorker with the laidback culture of Sydney’s eastern beaches. The swimwear is a carefully curated collection that’s designed with quality fabrications and a fit-focused mindset. The construction of each garment is seamless and hardware free. You will also like the mix-and-match pieces that are playful and stylish!

Akira Isogawa is one of Australia’s most celebrated designers. Born in Kyoto, Japan, Isogawa moved to Australia in 1986 and presented his first collection at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia in 1996.

Today, Isogawa’s designs echo Eastern influences, with richly embellished fabrics, vintage textiles and traditional prints. The craftsmanship and romanticism of his designs are now legendary.

The accessories at these shows stood out.

X Nihilo’s handbags were shapely and look as if they were easy to carry in leather. This brand is the brainchild of two best friends, Dianti Wulandari and Jenny Hsieh, who work out of their home studio in Melbourne, Australia. The duo met while studying for their Master of Fashion degrees at RMIT University. They bonded over a shared passion for restrained luxury during an exchange in France. X Nihilo—short for ex nihilo—is a Latin phrase that means creation out of nothing. For the modern woman, they craft a sophisticated and honest range of leather bags. Their bags are designed for women of substance. Retaining the company’s consistent and unique signature, the bags are created in meticulously curated materials, well considered designs and the highest level of dedication and attention to detail in construction.