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When it comes to fashion in the land Down Under, Australia has fast become the crème de la crème for designers and brands alike not only on our shores but right around the globe. Sure, we aren't known for the makings of the High Street, but what we lack in that department we make up for in true homegrown talent who know how to sew a darn good pair of trousers.
Australian Fashion Week made its debut back in 1996, can you believe it, that's 20 years in the making. Our first taste from the Australian fashion designer style stars began in the early 90s with Alex Perry and his glamorous gowns, and Ksubi - who still take us to denim heaven season after season. Fast forward to today we have the originals (#blessed) in the mix with an added array of labels to thank for our wardrobe of wonders. There's Maurie & Eve and C/meo Collective, the Sydney born turned international stars Sass & Bide, Tome and Zimmermann, not forgetting the up-and-comers like Dyspnea and Backstage who proudly hold the Made in Australia title.
On another note, 'tis the season to be shopping. (Because isn't it always?) It's time to spend some of your hard earned dollar bills on that investment bag/coat/shoes you've been saving in your wishlist these past few months.
Need some inspiration? Go right ahead and add these beauties to your shopping cart. Freshen up your closet, and invest in the Best of Australian Fashion for this season and beyond.
Want more from Australian designers? See all the best from last Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia here.
Brother-sister duo - Camilla and Marc Freeman - have been in our wardrobes since 2003 bringing us a luxurious label to love forever and ever. Class tailoring, femme prints and sleek separates. PS - did you know they have a little sister, C&M?
Conceived by Australian blogger/influencer turned designer, Alexandra Spencer and designer friend Teale Talbot, Réalisation Par is the brand that everybody is talking about. Réalisation does not create collections rather it focuses on crafting the perfect wardrobe staples and showstoppers. Modern but with a retro twist, you'll see these designs on every cool-girl Instagram.
SIR is still a new kid on the block but is rising fast. In fact this brand is now officially stocked at Barney's. Standing for "separates, intimates and ready-to-wear", SIR is minimalistic and simple. The brand is self described as 'confident, distinctive and versatile.'
Perth born Kym Ellery is a name not to be forgotten. Tinkering in the realm of dream-like avant garde collections, the parade of fabrics, smart-structured tailoring and unique choice of shapes add a certain attitude to your look.
Both polished and playful, Ginger & Smart is a brand for the cool and confident woman. Each season this label toys with completely different ideas whether it be bold prints or paired back monochromatic looks, all the while remaining true to the luxurious and contemporary aesthetic that's made the brand so popular.
Made for the fun loving girl who likes to go Out-out, Maurie & Eve serves up a mix of feminine styles with a modern, tough edge and the best kind of fancy everyday-wear to be comfortable in. Chic is always on the agenda.
Be enchanted with Aje season after season. If you love a touch of sparkle, look no further. Transeasonal basics and bespoke pieces are all on the menu.
Which Australian Fashion labels hold the Made in Australia title?
Who else do you need to know on the Australian fashion scene? Browse the ultimate Designer Directory of your dreams when it comes to Australian fashion designers and labels below.
Now that we know who's who, let's switch the spotlight to the retailers stocking these Australian fashion designers and labels, and who can get your outfit to you the fastest*:
|RETAILER||FREE SHIPPING||DELIVERY TIME||EXPRESS SHIPPING||DELIVERY TIME||IS IT WORTH IT?|
|THE ICONIC||Orders over $50||Next day||Orders over $50, $12.95
$12.95 for orders below
|Surfstitch||Orders over $50||1-5 business days||Orders over $50, free
$5.95 for orders below
|Next day||Express shipping, yes!|
|David Jones||Orders over $100||3-7 business days||$15||Same day||Min. spend is a little expensive|
|General Pants Co.||Orders over $75||Next day||Orders over $75, free
$10 for orders below
|URBAN OUTFITTERS||Orders over $50
$4.95 for orders below
|5-9 business days||$14.95||2-3 business days||Standard shipping, yes - if you're prepared to wait|
|TOPSHOP||Orders over £75
£5 for everything else
|6-9 business days||£20||5 business days||Min. spend is a little expensive|
|ASOS||Orders over $40
$5 for orders below
|6 business days||Orders over $125, free when code applies
$14.99 for orders below
|2 business days||Express shipping, yes!|
|Dissh Boutique||Orders over $75||3-5 business days||Orders over $75, free
$10 for orders below
|Next day||Express shipping, yes!|
|Styletread||Orders over $65||2-3 business days||Orders over $65, free
$10 for orders below
|2-3 business days||Express shipping, yes!|
*This is a general guide to delivery times based on metro areas within Australia. For further clarification please see the website directly.
Is there a designer or label that we've missed? Please feel free to submit more Australian fashion designers or Australian fashion labels in the comments below.
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|23 Aug 2019||25% off all orders||EXC****|
|23 Aug 2019||Extra 20% off sale items||XTR****|
|2 Aug 2019||10% off orders over $200||FIN****|
|9 Jul 2019||15% off Ray-Ban, Prada, Oakley, Gucci sunglasses and more||FIN****|
|2 Jul 2019||10% off orders over $75||FIN****|
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