When co-designers Kathryn Forth and Julia Ritorto first met to conceptualise Acler, their common goal was to rebel against cookie-cutter digital design and bring the design process back to its fundamentally tactile roots.
Each Acler piece is developed over a process of 12 months, and is subtly redrafted, and redraped along the way, allowing the design to take on its own form naturally.
The end result is a meticulously constructed piece, which has an organic sculptural shape and an ultimately refined minimalism.
The Acler signature is a harmonious balance of structured feminine silhouettes and billowing, androgynous shapes, ultimately celebrating simplicity of design.
Alice McCall is an eclectic brand with a playful sensibility, using unique detailing and charming folk-like craftsmanship to create charismatic, modern keepsake collections.
McCall started as a stylist in London where she began designing and selling one-off silk pieces at markets in London and quickly gained a fan base. The eponymous brand was born in 2004, where the label launched at Australian Fashion Week.
The brand has achieved international and local applause through fashion weeks at London, New York and Sydney with a strong following by Katy Perry, Kendall and Kylie Jenner, Iggy Azalea, Alexa Chung, Phoebe Tonkin, Isabelle Cornish, Mimi Elashiry, Sarah Ellen and Nicole Warne.
Asilio is architecturally strong, a brand dedicated to modern graphic elegance and beauty.
Setting precedence for visionary designs with directional prints and unique fabrications, the aesthetic is a collision of contrasted and refined femininity.
With a strong focus on artistic capsules that influence and contradict, the brand continues to grow with a unique handwriting that is passed on through each collection.
High quality campaign imagery and magazine style look books are a visual trademark and create a farsighted experience, which chronicles the progression of the brand.
The face and creative mind behind Asilio is Cynthia Farchione, who has 12 years of industry expertise in retail design and fashion. She has crafted her own unique design signature and encapsulates the qualities needed for predicting trend progression and harnesses the innate ability to turn statement pieces into wardrobe 'must haves.'
"I set out to create collections that keep my consumers excited and wondering what might be next for Asilio. I want each range to tell a story and to explore different realms of creative prose where my style is memorable but ever changing." Says Designer Cynthia Farchione.
In the beginning, in Melbourne 2003AD a small gathering of obsessed fashion devotees embarked on a quest to create divine and coveted pieces with which to adorn themselves.
And so Bless’ed Are The Meek was born, and it was humbly decreed that they would strive together to push the boundaries of meekdom.
So they gathered the finest fabrics and travelled to the four corners of the earth where they saw intricate details and embellishments and modern things like invisible zips. and they were in awe and inspired.
The small and creative team toiled for seven long years and made the exodus to Sydney in 2009 where they grew and prospered and became sexy and sophisticated. And soon the word spread that Blessed was divine.
BOSSA is the epitome of sleek, edgy and on trend fashion. BOSSA’s pieces are much more than items of clothing, they work to create a look and a lifestyle. In a short amount of time, BOSSA has become a celebrity and fashion blogger favourite and has been seen on Kendall and Kylie Jenner as well as models Rosie Huntington Whitely and Chanel Iman.
C/MEO COLLECTIVE's vision is to supply experimental designs to dictate future taste. Since its establishment in 2010, C/MEO COLLECTIVE has endeavoured to build its own unique aesthetic through its inspired use of directional prints, premium fabrics and bold silhouettes.
Each of C/MEO's eleven yearly collections hinges from a central theme, which inspires the fundamental prints, shapes and fabric. Therefore, each C/MEO range can be seen as a capsule collection, where one range can stand independently from the other. Together, they form a formidable collage of wearable innovation. In this respect, C/MEO garments can be considered innovative, as the process behind their creation runs deeper than just clean lines and following trends.
Faithfull the Brand was established in 2012 on the Island of Bali, Indonesia by the two friends Australian Sarah-Jane Abrahams & Norwegian Helle Them-Enger.
Their friendship allows them to fuse Scandinavian simplicity with the Australian laid-back spirit. Together they create the perfect balance with their diverse backgrounds in design & marketing, sales & retail.
The name 'Faithfull' comes from their love for all things Marianne Faithfull - who is ever evolving with her style, in fashion, music. She has always followed her own rules.
The brand has a warm, feminine appeal - is youthful & effortless in design, with a flair of bohemian spirit. They aim to create affordable everyday pieces that are made for chasing the sun.
All pieces in the collection are hand-made, hand-printed and hand-dyed in Bali, Indonesia.
Finders Keepers the Label has evolved into one of the world’s most sought after fashion labels for its effortlessly polished style. Since its inception in 2007 by Australian Fashion Labels’ Creative Director Melanie Flintoft, the label has stuck true to its ethos of providing attainable high street designs in quality on-trend shapes and fabrics. Therefore, the Finders Keepers girl is varied in her individual aesthetic, yet all stand united due to their confident and playful take on fashion.
Similarly, the label has caught the attention of multiple celebrities and style icons, who frequently select Finders Keepers for their press photos, editorials and public appearances. Among them are Jessica Alba, Kylie and Kendall Jenner, Kourtney Kardashian, Jennifer Hawkins, Iggy Azalea, Jessie J, Whitney Port, Demi Lovato and Bambi Northwood-Blyth, as well as an army of some of the most influential bloggers from around the world.
At its core, The Fifth Label emanates versatility. Through its use of original prints and an accessible colour palette, The Fifth support a laid back sensibility to clothing with a focus on quality and wearability. From the monthly ranges of paired back essentials to statement pieces, styles from The Fifth can be used as the bass notes to any wardrobe.
The concept for The Fifth Label came when Australian Fashion Labels Creative Director Melanie Flintoft discovered a growing demand for price-pointed daily essentials that still maintained design integrity and reliable quality. She enlisted Amy Hicks as Head Designer, trusting in the fashion graduate’s knowledge of fabrication, craftsmanship and trends to create a label that is effortless, adaptable, youthful and – in a word – cool.
The Fifth Label has garnered a cult following for its uncomplicated yet spirited approach. With every collection, Amy and her team are constantly redefining the expectations for how everyday style can be delivered, using placement prints and denim in easy-wearing fits.
Zaliah is created by mother-daughter duo, Tiarne and Monique Ettingshausen. With early careers in the fashion industry, they both developed a bond for fashion forward pieces, with breathtaking leather items specifically catching their eye. T&M travelled afar to source only the best materials create their Zaliah items, so each piece can grow old with their owner and stand the test of time.
The backbone behind ZALIAH is creating beautiful products using only the very best quality leather/suede and selling the garments at an affordable price point.
'Quality not quantity’ is what they stand by. Each item is individually made upon order, and many hours have been spent to make sure every product is exactly how they want it. With a goal to always produce high quality garments, they guarantee you will not be disappointed in your Zaliah piece!
West Australian-based label Zhivago is rapidly building a reputation for their signature fusion of impeccably tailored ready-to-wear, avant-garde separates and show-stopping red carpet gowns.
Co-designed by longtime friends, Lara Kovacevich and Lydia Tsvetnenko and meaning ‘daring’ in Russian, Zhivago was launched at the 2012 Perth Fashion Festival to widespread critical acclaim.
Over the past 3 years Zhivago have dressed an enviable list of international and national celebrities including Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Kendall and Kylie Jenner, Giuliana Rancic, Dej Loaf, Leslie Grace, Liz Trinnear, Jennifer Hawkins, Dannii Minogue, Delta Goodrem, Samantha Jade, Jesinta Campbell, Nicole Trunfio, plus many, many more.