For Australia’s Fashion Week, several young designers presented impressive collections. Ophelie’s line focuses on simply tailored styles with elastic embedded in beautiful handmade fabrics. It was a smart way to marry traditional silhouettes and modern tailoring. Their clothes are for strong women who love a subtle color palette This company’s two young designers, Sean Loh and Sheila Agatha, were both honored graduates of Raffles Design Institute. They met while studying in Singapore.
The Malaysian and Indonesian duo were both born in 1990, and joined forces after graduating in 2012. Their first project won Harper’s Bazaar Asia regional New Generation Award. They were encouraged by friends to present their fashion collection during Australia Fashion Week.
The collection was inspired by “Memoir of a Yakuza’s Daughter.” The women who wear these clothes should feel dramatically bold, strong and beautiful in an artistic way. The designers desire was to break the rules within the boundaries of tradition while uniting qualities of old and new. In some Japanese-inspired silhouettes, women’s clothes are draped in pinstripe suiting and jacquard. There are Hakama-inspired pants, menswear-inspired silhouettes and kimonos in expensive textured fabrics and lush colors.
Anna Hoang’s designs for Anna Quan features women’s ready-to-wear. Based in Sydney, Australia, the label looks forward to making every day special. Anna Quan’s clothes exude subtlety and detail.
“Beautiful clothes should not be limited to occasional wear,” says Quan. Every piece is designed with the wearer in mind. In the collection, there are fashions for day, evening and play. Before becoming a fashion designer, Quan studied journalism and law at UTS. However, she has always recognized her true passion to pursue a more creatively fulfilling career. She has interned for Karla Spectic and Adam Worling, and debuted her label and first collection in 2013. Her collection in Australia’s Fashion Week was superb.