The Best of Sydney Fashion Week

No longer the "kid sister" to bigger fashion weeks in Paris and New York, Sydney's fashion week has become increasingly an influential place to watch for emerging labels gaining popularity stateside.

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No longer the "kid sister" to bigger fashion weeks in Paris and New York, Sydney's fashion week has become increasingly an influential place to watch for emerging labels gaining popularity stateside, attracting top editors, buyers, and stylists. A prime spot for discovering new talent, designer Toni Maticevski -- who created these opulent, mixed-media evening gowns -- was one of the best of the week.
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Another feathery look from Toni Maticevski's spring 2012 runway.
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The most buzzed-about show of the week was the return of ladylike label, Lover, to the runway. The brand has made a splash stateside with their flirty separates and breezy tops, and the designers showed a decidedly more adult collection for Spring 2012 with sleek white pieces and Victorian lace.
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A slick white dress by Lover.
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Prints were an important theme on the Sydney runways, particularly vintage-looking pieces like this matching pant set from Alice McCall.
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Another printed look from Alice McCall's spring 2012 runway, complete with side-baring cut-outs.
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New brand "Bowie" created a name for itself this week with an opulent collection inspired by Asian mythology and classic woven silks.
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Dramatic headgear like this black feathered fan accessorized Bowie's spring 2012 collection.
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Camilla and Marc are a familiar staple in indie NYC boutiques, but their dramatic spring presentation -- staged in Sydney's glorious State Theatre -- cast the collection in a new luxurious light.
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Expert print-mixing techniques at Camilla and Marc, accented with the season's trendy prime colors.
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Christopher Esber is one of our favorite talents from Down Under, with ultra-structured silhouettes rendered in ladylike florals and pastel shades.
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In addition to his signature architectural pieces, Esber churned out a selection of unusually deconstructed looks in pale iridescent pink.
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Newcomer Daniela Caputi sent models out in young, spring-perfect looks centering around pastel separates layered with easy, lightweight jackets.
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Another flirty spring look from Daniela Caputi's runway.
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Another relative newcomer, Dion Lee, made a major splash this week showing his spring collection on the promenade beneath Syndey's iconic opera house.
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Unlike the recent flurry of tribal prints, the new spring patterns seem to be more geometric and modern.
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Aussie label, Ellery, countered long, fluid pieces with more feminine shapes like the poufy white skirt shown at left.
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New talent Jamie Lee showed a series of space-print pieces embellished with '60s-inspired ruffles and pouf sleeves.
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Another ruffled look from new designer Jamie Lee with lilac floral embellishments.
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We loved the restrained way designer Josh Goot played with ink-spattered prints for spring, pairing them with buttoned-up oxfords and slim blouses.
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Painterly prints from Josh Goot.
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You've likely spotted Zimmerman's covetable swimwear on the racks of your favorite beach boutique, but their ready-to-wear collection is equally admirable. For spring, laser-cut lace was used to created unusual pants and tops that were feminine without looking "granny."
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Another cut-out lace look by Zimmerman.
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