All the up and coming designers showcased at MBFWA 2018
2018's new talent is incredibly strong.
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week regulars would know that the designers in showcases like Raffles International, The Innovators and St. George NEXTGEN are the top picks to become big names in the future. Brand favourites like Anna Quan, Camilla and Marc, and more made their first showings there, so you can be sure that the calibre is high and the innovation is off the charts.
Scroll through to see our take on the showcases, and see some of the featured brands we think you'll want to follow extra closely over the next few years.
St. George NEXTGEN Showcase
If there's one thing you can count on in the St. George NEXTGEN Showcase, it's talent in spades. These are the designers predicted to make the biggest waves, the up and comers who are the best of the best. As the name suggests, it's all about the next generation in fashion, and if this year is anything to go by, the future of fashion is in very safe hands.
Featuring Alissar. H, Chris Ran Lin, Of RO and Gina Snodgrass, the showcase was a blend of primary colours, naked dresses and androgynous splendour – all in all, a recipe for an exciting and creative future of fashion. We're particularly excited to see the designers being brave with fabrics and textures, with Alissar. H in particular doing some innovative things with denim, while Of RO featured mesh and mixed textures within the naked dresses draped elegantly over the models.
Given that the St. George NEXTGEN Showcase was home to now-established designers like Isabelle Quinn and Anna Quan, it's entirely possible that the spotlight on these designers will see them growing into bona fide Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week regulars, showcasing their very own shows and hosting suites in the future.
Image Credit: Of RO, St. George NEXTGEN, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia/Getty Images
FDS: The Innovators
The Innovators show is here to break barriers, shatter expectations and showcase talent of the highest calibre from Fashion Design Studio. Scoring a break in this graduate show is an incredibly challenging and prestigious process, so you know that the designers showing have put in some seriously long hours to refine their collections to the absolute perfection that strode down the runway this week.
Featuring designers Matrai, Dana Lock The Label, Gillian Garde, ODD, Shroud, ZRD, Whitehart and Zella May, the show was full of avant-garde looks and bold choices that had us all wishing we were brave enough to wear the looks day-to-day. Think bright, bright pink (fuchsia was definitely a runway trend), sheer panelling, experimental textures and daring cut outs.
The Innovators show was home to big name designers like Christopher Esber and Dion Lee, so keep your eyes peeled for the labels in the MBFWA 2018 Innovators show to make a huge impact on the Australian fashion scene.
Image Credit: Shroud, FDS: The Innovators, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia/Getty Images
Raffles International Showcase
When it comes to international new talent, the Raffles International Showcase is the place to look. With colleges all over the Asia Pacific region, the showcase takes the best graduates and gives them a platform to show their collections. From menswear to bridal, this year's offerings had it all, and we were incredibly excited to see all the hard work come to fruition.
Featured designers included A.M., Carley Rose The Label, GTAB, Ingrid Husodo, Leah Williams, Valusta and VIVIANTUNG. With so many designers you can be sure to see a wide range of styles, designs and genres, so it's definitely a show to keep an eye out for if you want variety.
The Raffles International Showcase is one of the most hotly anticipated shows for this very reason, so it should come as no surprise that the talented designers who showcased this year will have seriously bright futures ahead of them.
Image Credit: VIVIANTUNG, Raffles International Showcase, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia/Getty Images
Spotlight: St George NEXTGEN designers
Given that the St. George NEXTGEN Showcase is such a huge stepping stone for up and coming designers, check out the talent yourself with a closer look at 2018's showcasing designers.
Creating denim looks that would have you questioning how you ever wore plain jeans before, Alissar. H is a label to keep an eye out for. The long draped designs were completely different to anything we saw over the course of the week, and featured some of the main runway trends – including the extra long sleeve.
Image Credit: Alissar. H, St George NEXTGEN, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week/Getty Images
Chris Ran Lin
If there's one label that wasn't afraid to experiment with colour, it's Chris Ran Lin. From mustard yellows to forest greens, with a dash of vibrant crimson to keep things interesting, Chris Ran Lin was the premiere destination for new colourful talent. Layering featured heavily in the designs, and we're already obsessed with a few of the pieces.
Image Credit: Chris Ran Lin, St George NEXTGEN, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week/Getty Images
Pushing the boundaries and making a statement are two things that Of RO managed to achieve easily this Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. Featuring different textures, mesh fabrics and exposing the body in naked dresses, Of RO is a daring pick and one that we won't be soon be forgetting.
Image Credit: Of RO, St George NEXTGEN, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week/Getty Images
If androgyny has a special place in your heart, Gina Snodgrass is a name that you'll want to note down right this second. With jewelled embellishments and feminine lines, this collection was a standout and closed the show with a bang. Keep an eye out for this one, because it'll be big.
Image Credit: Gina Snodgrass, St George NEXTGEN, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week/Getty Images