10 Travel Tips when planning a trip to Mekong Delta for Women

As the year takes its toll, leisure lovers may be making their trip plans. Though the trips coincide significantly with the festive season, some areas are worth paying a visit anytime. For its richness, a visit to the Mekong this season could serve as a great pacification to the thirst for nature.

The beautiful scenery, the rich historical past and a good word from a friend are some of the key attractions to this area. These alone may not be enough, making some travel plans is advised.

10 Travel Tips when planning a trip to Mekong Delta
10 Travel Tips when planning a trip to Mekong Delta

10 Travel Tips when planning a trip to Mekong Delta

Here, we seek to unravel some of the few tips that can contribute to making your trip in Vietnam and Mekong in particular interesting. Let’s sample some ten tips to go in Mekong delta that you need to have in mind.

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Fawn Features Micky In The Van

Fawn Features: Micky In The Van

The Micky In The Van Autumn/Winter 2013 collection fuses flirty femininity with a nonchalantly laid-back attitude. Subtle design features and intricate nuances add a unique flair to each piece. Finding inspiration from within, drawing on her passions and knowledge about marketable fashion, designer Estelle Michaelides expertly creates wearable art.“I try and incorporate my loves and passions, as well as it being marketable. I don’t want to limit my artistic integrity but I also need to bear in mind that it needs to be marketable,” Michaelides says.

Having previously studied fashion at RMIT and now running her own fashion boutique, the Estelle Shop, for the past five years, Michaelides understands the industry and work behind being a fashion designer.“People think that fashion design is…that we sit there with crayons and colour in but it’s not easy, it takes a lot of knowledge and awareness and understanding. The female form is such a beautiful thing and you want to embrace that and make a woman feel like she loves being in her body.”

Micky In The Van encapsulates the hopes and dreams of Michaelides and invites wearers to play with designs, mix and match patterns, and use garments as a tool to develop their own creative style and character. The range combines puffy sleeves, gathered seams and chic pocketing, evoking a style similar to Gwen Stefani and Carrie Bradshaw.“Sleeves are actually quite puffy giving a European flare — a Spanish matador feel,” Michaelides says.

Practical yet stylish, the collection is a throw back to the past as Michaelides brings back the bolero.“There’s just something really gracious about a bolero. I find it really flattering on a female figure because it is cropped and you can still extenuate the waist with a beautiful thick belt or a fitted pencil skirt.”

Creating gorgeous and playful fashion, Micky In The Van is not only designed in Melbourne but also MADE in Melbourne.“I’m deeply passionate about making my home city self-sustainable.”

We couldn’t agree more! Check out the full collection at theestellestore.com.au/Micky_In_The_Van.php or pop into the Estelle Shop at 382 Smith St, Collingwood.We teamed up with Estelle and the Micky In The Van crew to showcase our favourite pieces from the collection. Stay tuned for the editorial feature this Friday!Words by Natalie Claire King.Image Credits. 1-8: Behind the scenes shots from the Fawn Micky In The Van collaboration shoot. Photographer – Jessie May, Model – Phoebe Tait, Hair & MUA – Stephanie Hague, Stylist – Natalie Claire King, Behind The Scenes Photography – Natalie Claire King.


Fawn Loves Eleni Nott

Fawn Loves: Eleni Nott

Geometric shapes both in print and silhouette, underpin the range Ode To The Ideal; work from Whitehouse Institute student designer Eleni Nott. Designing the print herself, Nott started with an image of skin and veins then manipulated it with grids, bringing out the soft colours and unique pattern. The range was created last year, in which Nott developed an architectural-like style through pattern work. This weekend, the budding designer will feature in Student Runway Two at Melbourne Spring Fashion Week.

Nott is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Fashion Design, and says her most recent range Perception, showcasing for the first time on the MSFW catwalk, is more organic and fluid than her previous collection.“There has been a bit of an evolution with my work style. This time last year I was definitely a lot more construction focused, whereas this time around I’m a little more organic.”

Nott explains Perception is about how the wearer and the viewer interact with the garment. Taking traditional design elements and re-designing them, she creates a hybrid between fashion and art.“I think most of my pieces are more challenging, you have to think about how you’re wearing it, it’s not like you just whack it on.”

Choosing to use a monochromatic colour palette, made up of whites, creams and beiges, Nott challenges traditional depictions of fashion, pushing the aesthetic appeal. “I wanted to stick with skin-colours because I thought that it’s…it’s a reflection of the person wearing it to some extent, how they’re wearing the garment.”

Feeling excited and relishing the opportunity to be a part of MSFW, Nott says the Student Runway gives young designers a chance to reach audiences quickly before graduating.

When school’s out, Nott plans on flying over to Europe to secure an internship with high-end designers like Martin Margiela, Céline or Christopher Kane.“I just want to learn from the best and go from there.”

Purchase tickets to the Melbourne Spring Fashion Week Student Runway Two here with Ticketek or call them on 132 849. The show opens Sunday September 1st at 8pm at the Melbourne Town Hall.Words by Natalie Claire King

Image Credits. Photography – Jessie May, May Photography. Makeup – Victoria Lennard. Hair – Natalie Claire King. Colourful necklace – Superficial Sadie, from The Estelle Store. Black ring – Allan, from The Estelle Store.

Brand We Love MCMLX

Brand We Love: MCMLX

On the hunt for cool printed yet simple tees for both men and women? If so, Australian label MCMLX is the brand for you.

Leon Shore and Tom Joyner are the masters and creative force behind the MCMLX label. These unisex tees are the result of their individual and combined passion, hard work and determination to start the label. “We planned each element of our plan meticulously, gathering quotes from across the country and making endless charts, lists, diagrams, graphs, sketches, cups of Milo, coffee, tea, cordial,” says Tom. “Creating our website was also time consuming and we wanted to make sure we had everything just right before we launched.”

Leon says being in the design industry comes both naturally and by one’s own interest. “I studied design in college and am now studying Textiles and Graphic Design at University,” he says. “We kind of figured out the screen-printing thing ourselves through some practice and tips from my mum. Both of us have always had an appreciation for design and clothes and I think when you surround yourself with it then you naturally fall into it.”

Their current collection lacks in colour but for good reason. “We keep it simple and distinctive, we believe that design doesn’t have to be in your face to be noticeable and focusing on the details is the most important part” says Leon. Tom agrees, “We were always set on black and off-white. We knew that colour wasn’t something that readily appealed to us, at least for our current line.”

The images on their tees are inspired by both reality and dreams. “Inspiration for me comes from the idea of appropriating older iconography,” says Tom. “For example, the ‘Lonely Heart’ tee was inspired by old medical sketches from a Victorian era medical handbook, and the ‘Jack Rabbit’ tee was inspired by old portraits of politicians.” Leon finds inspiration in the most unlikely places, saying “It could be a scribble on the back of a bus seat, wallpaper in a café or just day dreaming during a uni lecture”.MCMLX may have never been born had it not been for Tom and Leon’s plans to travel, due to which a little project was started to raise funds. “The project was ‘Owl Vs Pig’, which began in 2010 during our gap year,” says Leon. “Back then, we were screen-printing all our designs on pre-made blanks and selling them through some limited stockists on various market stalls.”

Leon says that even after coming to the realisation that their estimated profit margin may not happen, they still decided to continue what they were doing purely for the enjoyment it provided them. “We learnt a lot through that experience and managed to breakeven and still have enough money to travel,” he says. “After travelling, we scrapped the whole label and decided to start fresh, taking on board all we had learn from Owl Vs Pig. That’s when MCMLX was born.”

How did the name MCMLX come about, you ask? “Choosing a name was difficult for us, but we eventually settled on MCMLX (1960 in roman numerals), not because of its intrinsic meaning, but simply because it read well on paper,” says Tom. “Other contenders were ‘Big Bird Millionaire’s Club’, ‘Naughty Grandma’, ‘Meatlovers’, and ‘Swag Swag Swag’”.

When asked about what is next for MCMLX, the boys had their own answers:

Leon: “We dream big so it’s hard to say!”

Tom: “I’ll be frank, shirts that button up.”

For more information and to shop, visit: http://www.mcmlx.com.au

DIY Ice-cream Cone Cupcakes

DIY: Ice-cream Cone Cupcakes


I noticed little cupcake cones popping up a fair bit on Pinterest (from the warmer northern hemisphere, no doubt) and thought I’d give them a go. I’m really pleased with how they turned out and even though they’re not really ice-cream, der – somehow they do manage to put you in a warm, summer mood!

To re-create your own you’ll need to make the cupcake batter from scratch (or even store bought if you feel like a short cut).Here’s my favourite recipe:

200g unsalted butter, softened

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup caster sugar

3 eggs

2 1/2 cups self-raising flour, sifted

1/2 cup milkHere’s how to do it:

Preheat fan-forced oven to 180°C. Line muffin tin with paper patties followed by the ice-cream cones.

Beat the butter, vanilla and sugar in a bowl with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add the eggs 1 at a time ensuring you beat them after each addition. Stir in flour and milk in half intervals.

It’s important to add something to the mixture at this stage – unlike normal cupcakes, which are round and stout, the ice-cream cone forces a longer shape meaning much of the cupcake is contained within the cone un-iced. So to avoid a dull batch of baked goods, add some chocolate chips or fruit like berries or mangoes to your mixture.

Fill the cones 2/3 full with mixture and bake for 15 to 17 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.

Allow the cupcakes to cool before icing and adding sprinkles.

For more baking and DIY tutorials – check out thedustyfoxx.tumblr.com.Words by Nadia Draga.



Fawn Bits Gillian Franklin at MSFW Industry

Fawn Bits: Gillian Franklin at MSFW: Industry

Becoming the first female under 30 to achieve the role of General Manager with Revlon and now in the position of Managing Director at The Heat Group, Gillian Franklin is one of Australia’s most innovative marketers. She shared her insights at the MSFW: Industry session on Tuesday 3rd September as a part of Melbourne Spring Fashion Week.

At just 24 years old Franklin was appointed General Manager of Revlon and says it was a great step up to start what she terms her “real career�?.“It was incredibly exciting, it was the 80′s, Revlon was the number one cosmetic company in the world and I had to go to New York and present our budget for Australia to the board.�?

Being the first female General Manager in the world under 30, Franklin stood out. But instead of shying away from the attention, she grabbed the opportunity and took advantage where she could. “I really made a point of being noticed because I was female,�? says Franklin, and she encourages other businesswomen to do the same. “Take advantage of opportunities where you can be noticed and impress people.�?

Starting The Heat Group from a coffee shop with just two other women, Franklin’s success comes from hard work and knowing the importance of planning ahead. “I look at my life in 10 year chunks…and Revlon was the start of that. I was offered two roles at Revlon and I could have gone with one that was three layers from the top or one two layers from the top, but I wasn’t looking at that job, I was looking at the next job.�?

Now directing The Heat Group, Franklin strives for excellence. She says a lot of businesses today underplay the importance of culture within the workplace. The Heat Group has four core values – creative, dynamic, passionate and smart – setting in place the company’s culture. “Culture really is about values and to me the difference between having a good business and a great business is only about the quality of your people. Your people need to live and breathe and embrace your culture and your values and we recognise that brands are brands, but it’s the people that make a difference.�?

As well as strong values the company’s motto, “Don’t say no, say how�?, keeps employers motivated and ready for any challenge. “There is no challenge that we cannot deal with… It’s always about: how do we get things done? How do we solve problems? How do we take advantage of opportunities? It’s a really important statement.�?

With Franklin’s passion and determination, it’s no surprise she’s successfully reached her career goals. Now, off to draft our 10-year plan…Share

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DIY Floral Crown


It’s an exciting day for the Fawn team as today marks the start of a new feature to the site, something that we’ve all been hanging out for and we know that you’re going to love…

We’d like to announce the inclusion of our very own DIY tutorial segment brought to you by none other than the lovely Nadia Draga over at The Dusty Foxx blog. You can check out Nadia’s brand new feature at the start of every month so stay tuned for more DIY greatness from this crafty creative.

DIY Floral Crown

Summer’s finally here which means sun, sand and countless music festivals! Why not dress up your Boho beach look or your carefree festival threads with this easy DIY floral crown.What you’ll need:

Headband (try to get one that matches your hair colour)

Artificial flowers


Hot glue gun

Let’s get started:

Start by trimming the floral buds off the stems – I went with a combination of white, pink and lilac flowers – but you can be as bright and bold as you like!

Decide where you want your largest flowers to sit on the headband – that way they can work as a base for smaller flowers to cluster around.

Once you’re happy with the position of the largest flowers, secure them in place with your hot glue gun.

Continue playing with the position of the smaller flowers and glue them in place once you’re happy – there’s no science behind where these should go, just keep playing until the crown looks full and lush. Too easy!


Art for the Jungle


Remember Greenpeace? It’ll now be in the forefront of your mind with this genius art exhibition raising funds for the environmental cause – The Art For Jungle Project – on Thursday 28th June at The Standard in Surry Hills. The fundraiser showcases an eclectic mix of art and jewellery on display, helping the fight against rainforest destruction and wildlife extinction in Borneo and throughout the world. For a measly $5, which will be donated to Greenpeace, you can view art and accessories from creatives across Australia as you sip on a beer – and get there early and you may just get it for free!

Works on show range in price and include photography, line drawings, canvas paintings and typography design, and if you don’t manage to find anything hanging on the wall that takes your fancy, check out the stalls selling jewelry, prints, purses and clothing or buy a raffle ticket for a chance to win prizes including wine and organic preserves, With a percentage of money from works sold going towards the fundraising for Greenpeace, and the rest to help the exhibiting young emerging artists, you won’t be the only one who benefits from foregoing the comfort of staying at home. Lend a hand and come on down Thursday night!


DIY Make Your Own Pattern Tights

DIY: Make Your Own Pattern Tights


Well, it’s officially autumn! Time to switch your wardrobe from summer brights to warm, earthy tones and embrace the changing weather. Although it’s bit of a bummer this gorgeous summer we’ve been having is wrapping up, the silver lining for me is the fashion. I LOVE autumn fashion! Especially tights!

Make Your Own Pattern Tights
Make Your Own Pattern Tights

Pattern tights are a fun way to add a splash of colour to a simple outfit and they’re really easy to customise and make at home! I definitely didn’t invent this DIY – but here’s my interpretation on how to try it out yourself.Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Coloured tights
  • Contact paper
  • Fabric paint (white works best on most colours)
  • Craft punch
  • Paint brush
  • Scissors

Here’s how to do it yourself:

Start by trimming a long, thin piece of cardboard (a similar weight to a cereal box) to insert inside the tights. This does 2 things – firstly it keeps the tights flat which makes it easier to paint on the pattern, and secondly it prevents the paint from bleeding through to the back of the tights. Make sure you round the edges so you don’t poke a hole in the material.

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Use your craft punch on the contact paper and create lots of little templates of your pattern.

Stick the individual templates onto your tights in whatever pattern and spacing you like – there’s no rule around how to place them but in this example, I used around 25 hearts on the front of each leg and 25 on the back.

Give your heart templates a coat of fabric paint. Wait until they completely dry and then give them a second and third coat of paint.

Once the paint is completely dry, carefully peel off the contact paper templates to reveal your pattern and you’re done!Something I’ve learned along the way…

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I’ve found that you get better results with a nice clean shape for the pattern rather than something too intricate. Hearts, bows, and balloons – all wins. Tiny birds and umbrellas – not as successful.A handy tip before you start!

Tights obviously stretch when you pull them on which can cause a bit of a problem for the painted pattern. You don’t want your image to turn into a messy blob – not so cute. To reduce this stretched out effect, select a pair of tights in an extra large size – this will ensure they stretch as little as possible.Note that the inspiration for this DIY came from Lemon Jitters and DIY Immy – check out their lovely blogs!

For more fashion, beauty and DIY ideas – check out The Dusty Foxx blog

MBFWA Wrap 2013

MBFWA Wrap 2013

After all the pinning, rushing around, interviewing, criticising, strutting, beautifying, coffee-drinking and glory – Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia is over for another year. With everything done and dusted, the industry has proved itself with a statement and has noticeably challenged itself to step up from last year.

We couldn’t exactly report everything about everything (as much as we would have liked to!) so to save your attention spans a workout, at Fawn we’ve cropped the week in a way that feasts your senses, but also tells the stories of each designer, even if you weren’t an attendee. Happy reading!DAY 1

This year marks the 10th since the bro/sis duo launched in ’03. And what better way to kick off fashion week, than with the highly-dynamic force to be reckoned with that is camilla & marc. Inspired by the Russian Matryoshka doll which Camilla Freeman-Topper says symbolises “the layers of the label’s past.” And so it did – crisp whites fuses with metallic gold and stark blacks in textures of lace, leather and fine jacquard, culminating in a collection that is signature to the couple. The standouts were without a doubt, finely-tailored jackets, drop-crotch trousers and elegantly embellished sheer shirts. A white leather shift dress stole the show, as did belted safari jackets, mullet and asymmetrical pencil skirts and silk blouses (worn effortlessly by Ruby Jean Wilson in this instance), while super-drop crotch pants remained somewhat unflattering.

The peplum seemed overdone this year, and out of the vernacular of c&m, yet it was an overriding theme of their anniversary. Nevertheless, they delivered a wonderfully memorable collection and proved once again just why they are at the forefront of the Australian fashion industry.

A shining designer to watch – Christopher Esber made a prodigious, minimalist statement with a decidedly crisp, tidy feel. At just 26 years of age, Esber favours clean lines and monochrome. He is a sort of wunderkind. Showcasing his fifth show on Monday, he shined at New York Fashion Week last September alongside the ever-vivacious Kym Ellery (see below) who unsurprisingly made rave reviews out of sheer genius.

This year, deceptively simple tailoring makes the most impressive statement, but with some thoughtful surprises thrown in for good measure. It’s no surprise he works closely with textile-weaving specialists when his love for all things technical manifests as experimental shapes, raw edges and dresses that are unexpectedly slit in the back. He effortlessly created futuristic fabric mash-ups and mixed bonded tweed and reversible knits and silk, with velvet Devore to thrilling effect. Tres beautifique.

On the completely different end of the fashion spectrum, Roopa Pemmaraju has a knack for creating a strikingly harmonious collaboration of fashion and art, and also encompasses her reach to feature renowned Australian women indigenous artists from the Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation. Tribal vibes are a backdrop for striking patterns with a quintessential Australian feel.

Standouts were a wide-legged jumpsuit, belted at the waist with a wide halter neck. A sleeveless A-line shirt dress, buttoned at the collar and, again, fastened at the waist. With the print applied only to the sheer silk overlay, the layer below a plain white, this piece had a great sense of movement as it trailed along the runway.

Pemmaraju naturally gravitates to ancient ways of life represented on today’s runway. The vibrant nature of our landscape is on show: green plant life, red sand, spring wildflowers, wild bush berries and fruits, deep blues and reds of rock formations and the effervescent desert sky. Metres of fabric – these clothes are not for wallflowers – are set up with reproductions of the artist’s work, providing them a new life beyond the canvas from which they’re drawn.DAY 2

As day two rolled around we saw the debut of Talulah Swim and their SS13/14 collection. The Brisbane-based designer has had a dazzling run, and Talulah is now being stocked by the likes of Neiman Marcus and Shopbop – a testament to Kelli Wharton’s dazzling creations. Swim was a delectable flurry of psychedelic prints, forming the basis of flattering two and one-piece suits designed for a multitude of body types. To that we say bravo.

SS13/14 delivered triply florals in the way of bodycon dresses and shirt/short combinations whilst vivid splashes of fuschia played off entirely white looks. In three words: cool, sexy, fun. A retro 60s take on sporty luxe – and prints, prints, prints!

It was an intriguingly oriental-inspired SS13/14 collection on Tuesday. Minimalism met a meticulous eye for detail in Kym Ellery‘s latest runway offering, with gorgeous floral prints bringing to life flared pants and structured dresses. Splashes of white lace and fur emphasised exaggerated shapes, forecasting dramatic lines and oversized outerwear as key spring/summer trends.

Statement shoulders and floor-length Eastern-style gowns with metallic floral patterns were standouts on the runway as were neutral shades of spearmint, beige, white and black.

On a similar note, Ginger & Smart opened their fashion week runway with oodles of midriffs and pencil skirts to please. Memorable favourites consisted of cut-out bras, graphic grids of criss-crossed squares teamed with overblown peonies, bonded organzas in off-whites and pops of print to give it that all needed sophisticated and confident punch.Geometrics reigned, as G&S stayed true to their visual aesthetic, vivacious patterns and graphical block colours were a key trend. Among the other beauties delivered were high-waisted cropped cigarette pants and wonderfully exposed midriffs.

Cobalt blue, pale salmon, emerald greens and black and white combinations formed the essential colour spectrum, while sleek three-piece suits captured the eye of front-row fashionistas.DAY 3Alice McCall‘s Cruise 13/14 collection this year took inspiration equally from both the earth and the sea. Listed amongst her influences in creating this ethereal take on the architecture of nature is German botanist illustrator Ernst Haekel, French artist Rene Jules Lalique‘s Art Nouveau jewels and, of course, fittingly for a cruise collection, ‘l’ocean’.

Structurally this collection was particularly exciting; pleated silks floated wide and airy on tiny models, emphasising the weightlessness of an oscillating manta ray suspended in water, while gravity-defying ruffle detailing curved delicately around bodies mimicking the architecture of a coral bed. The palette was a quiet statement of pale pinks, periwinkle blue and soft watercolour-inspired prints.

The only boldness came with a strong navy and white story which took cues from the stark architectural contrast between twisted, sun-bleached coral and the quietly convalescing deep blue ocean.Serpent & the Swan presented a beautifully mesmerising installation of their latest collection: soft, luxe leathers featured both as separate pieces and as heavy embellishments for soft sheer and lace pieces. Sisters Hayley and Lauri Smith unveiled their much anticipated Spring/Summer 13/14 collection inspired by a shared childhood love of the animal kingdom and a somewhat dark and morbid fascination with the anatomy of creatures and their mystical incarnations. Following this theme, the collection dubbed “Insecta Botanica” explores the idea of growth and the inherent relationship between plant and human life cycles.

Leather harnesses over soft dresses, relaxed t-shirts and shirts with sheer wide trousers and leather bra/brief ensembles aimed to imitate the juxtaposition of hard and soft aspects found in nature, alongside embroidered organza, loose mesh knits, raw linen and fluid silk dresses. Insecta Botanica is a collection of uniquely beautiful and androgynous garments that stay true to the brooding image of the label, adorned with the handcrafted gold and brass trimmings which have become a hallmark for Serpent & the Swan.

Although, a surprise entrant of this year’s fashion week was five year old Vanishing Elephant, whose wares were never really designed for a runway. They are one of Australia’s fastest-growing labels, with a wholesale presence which is strong throughout the country, and bells-and-whistles free, well-made, affordable clothing. The show’s setting was a spectacularly old railway museum at the Australian Technology Park. The label represents a rather one-off hybrid of buttoned-up classicism and indie spirit. More than the average twee florals and motifs of this season, V.E. prints excelled in moving beyond these. An oversized polka dot rendered a denim-on-denim womenswear look excitingly new, while a horizontally-striped linen suit that appeared as though dip-dyed created a strong presence about the designer’s creative progression.

This label probably doesn’t need to show for another five years: their customer isn’t one who cares much for all that flashy hype, and the label’s progression is more sustained than others, which is partly what makes it so popular with its largely male audience.DAY 4

Breaking records in a global fashion week first, though, was Sydney label Bless’ed Are The Meek who have partnered with Tourism NT on their Summer ’13 collection. Projected footage recorded at various locations across the Northern Territory onto the runway in 3D before, during and after their show on Thursday, made quite the impression.Maria Maung, designer for the label, said previously that she wanted the audience to “get a glimpse of the place I had pictured in my mind while I was designing.” “The initial inspiration for the wanderlust collection came from the idea of being in open spaces, places that transcend time. I had seen the work of Australian artist Murray Fredericks who captures landscapes that look so surreal, and so it was a natural progression to explore the NT’s Red Centre, a place that is the source of intrigue for many Australians – so surreal and mysterious” she said.

Back in 2011, Shakuhachi gave us the runway show that never ended – ticking off every imaginable trend box in the process. This year we got a more concise edit, but still with the same need-it-now appeal. You could imagine fashion It Girls and blogger-types jumping all over the on-trend PVC separates, garishly good jungle and tapestry florals and candy-coloured metallic party pieces. But for the less adventurous amongst us there were strikingly simple silhouettes in black and white to fall back on – a particularly good graphic bustier cocktail dress featured, while pretty pastel prints and clean-cut separates in sheer white would look effortless yet modern on a warm Summer’s day.

There was a distinctively sci-fi element to Shakuhachi’s S/S vision, catering to the fully-fledged space cadet as well as earth-bound types. Whichever way you choose to wear it, the future is looking mighty fierce.

Day four saw Emma Mulholland make her MBFWA debut, so popular that a number of people were turned away at the door. The eclectic collection was a loud, bold and exuberant debut from the designer. With a distinct 80s and 90s feel, it harks back to her Mambo-inspired collection in 2011. Her threads have been worn by the likes of Kanye West, the Sydney designer assisted at Romance Was Born and Ksubi before striking out on her own. Mulholland has attracted a cult following for the colours, prints and all-round coolness that she embodies. The admittedly winter themes for summer are combined with a more tropical water skiing style to bring it back to summer.DAY 5

The final day of Australian Fashion Week rolled around, with New Generation 2013, an exhibition of Australia’s emerging names in fashion, with a diverse line-up including Desert Designs, Faddoul, N&S, Tristan Melle, Jamie Ashkar, The Letter Q, Zhivago and Betty Tran.Desert Designs kicked it into gear with a bold, vibrant punch of coral, turquoise and vermouth in tribal prints. Geometric black and white patterns interchanged with the brand’s trademark textiles, adding the modern touch that has given D.D. its edge.Zhivago was another brand that stayed in touch with its budding identity without being afraid to branch out. Translating to ‘daring’ in Russian, their surprisingly restrained colour palette and simple structures lender to a mysterious, almost foreboding allure without sacrificing wearability.Betty Tran, one of the biggest names among the line-up, finished off the show with a very explicit goal: defining the ‘Betty Tran Woman’ – one who is poised, professional and polished. Luxurious brocade fabrics breathed life into simple dresses and basic ensembles.It’s clear why Tran has had so much commercial success – boxy tops, A-line frocks and tiered skirts are very wearable – though the accessibility of the collection felt like it came at the expense of innovation.

Pulling of a full house on day five of fashion week is no easy task, but the eager masses crowded into the darkened theatre to see Staple The Label‘s runway debut. Michelle Jank presided over the styling and creative direction, setting up a perpex divide and creating an air of expectation with dramatic spotlight choreography.

The clothes didn’t escape her tricked-up touch either, with clever layering and distinctive combinations put together from the minimal but modernist S/S line. Liquid silvers and shimmering sheer organza shells added futuristic glamour to the streamlined separates and unfussy, sports-inspired jackets and dresses. It was cool, it was wearable, it was everything your wardrobe wants and doesn’t yet know it needs. Key looks were a grey marle sports piece spliced with white perforated (p)leather and modern organza shell tops and slips worn over simple shapes in white, black and hot pink.

A satisfyingly surprising smorgasbord of garments to make any fashion-lover swoon, 2013 at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia went out with a bang.Words by Gaia Gardiner.Share