8 Aussie Labels to Watch in 2012

These talented "down under" designers were highlights of Sydney Fashion Week.

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Aussie labels to watch for this season.
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With all the design talent emerging "Down Under," Sydney Fashion Week has become an increasingly important event on the fashion calendar. These eight Aussie labels knocked the socks off of editors and buyers alike. Launched in 2009, Magdalena Veleveska showed simple silhouettes with intricate design flourishes, including the beaded silver swirls in this neon skirt.
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Velevska's minimalist shapes and knack for subtle (yet impactful) details should make her new collection a retail hit while brands like Jil Sander and Celine continue to enjoy so much editorial play.
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We were especially charmed by the work of Michael Lo Sordo, whose shiny satin bomber jackets and layered metallic looks felt fun and fresh.
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Aussie labels seem to love their head-to-toe prints, but Michael Lo Sordo's take on the trend had a special sophistication, here styled with a contrasting red bra top and sleek pencil skirt.
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In the same vein, Sara Phillips executed wild "mirror" prints of illustrated plant and animal life on her structured cocktail dresses and tailored separates.
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We were extra keen on Phillips' cheeky peplum-waist shell top, which was styled with matching cropped trousers in cobalt blue.
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Newly arrived in New York with its Mercer Street flagship store, Aussie favorite Zimmermann continues to be a crowd-pleaser with its ethereal silk dresses and feminine printed pieces. Here, a kimono-like look with a wrap belt and laser-cut skirt.
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An elegant floral wrap dress with sheer mesh details at the sleeve and neck from Zimmermann's spring/summer '12 collection.
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Alice McCall embellished simple silhouettes with bold black and white beading and delicate silk embroidery for a luxe baroque effect.
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Layering sheer silks over bold graphic prints lends a mysterious appeal to McCall's spring collection.
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Launched three years ago, An Ode To No One is among Sydney's most buzzed-about new labels. Here, a wrapped cocktail dress fashioned from an unusual geometric print which, upon closer inspection, is revealed to be a series of architecture photographs.
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This contoured mini-skirt features a textured panel in a stained-glass print.
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Bec & Bridge also explored simple geometric shapes in their standout spring collection, which featured this striped shift dress in navy, turquoise and gold.
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An elegant white sundress with sheer stripe cut-outs feels casual enough for a day at the beach but could be dressed up for a chic evening outing.
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Dylan Cooper's cheeky mixed-print ensembles included floral brocades and painterly stripes.
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In keeping with this season's saturated suit trend , Dylan Cooper offered up a tailored magenta pant suit with a moody, sheer floral blouse.
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