Australian Fashion Week: The beautiful, the bold and the downright bizarre new trends you’ll be wearing

Megan French
The Nightly
2 Min Read
Comebacks, new eras and fashion-forward were all in the spotlight at Australian Fashion Week.
Comebacks, new eras and fashion-forward were all in the spotlight at Australian Fashion Week. Credit: Wendell Teodoro/Getty Images for AFW

Australian Fashion Week drew to a close on Friday and, as always, it was a mixture of the beautiful, the bold and the downright bizarre.

Carriageworks in Sydney’s inner west was awash with actors, influencers and style gurus throughout the week.

Comebacks, new eras and fashion-forward were all in the spotlight, but it wasn’t just those on the runway that were turning heads.

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The weird and wonderfully-attired crowds that flocked to the shows were also keen to flaunt themselves as budding fashionistas.

There was no shortage of celebrities and influencers sprinkled within the crowd of fashion buyers, editors and journalists, with style-conscious big names, such as Sonia Kruger, Kate Waterhouse, Jackie O, Ricki Lee Coulter and Rebecca Judd prominent.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 13: Sonia Kruger (L) arrives ahead of the Carla Zampatti Presented by Porsche show during Australian Fashion Week Presented By Pandora 2024 at Carriageworks on May 13, 2024 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by James Gourley/Getty Images for AFW)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 13: Sonia Kruger (L) arrives ahead of the Carla Zampatti Presented by Porsche show during Australian Fashion Week Presented By Pandora 2024 at Carriageworks on May 13, 2024 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by James Gourley/Getty Images for AFW) Credit: James Gourley/Getty Images for AFW
Perth content creator Unice Wani, yellow Wiggle Tsehay Hawkins and Perth model and actor Edyll Ismail, pictured at Staple The Label's runway show
Perth content creator Unice Wani, yellow Wiggle Tsehay Hawkins and Perth model and actor Edyll Ismail, pictured at Staple The Label's runway show Credit: Instagram @xdyll

Inside, the return of the Carla Zampatti label to fashion week for the first time since the death of the legendary designer in 2021 was highly anticipated.

Now with Zampatti’s son Alex Schuman and creative director Karlie Ungar at the helm, it showcased its resort 2025 collection featuring sophisticated ensembles of high necklines, bulky metallic jewellery, luxurious silk dresses and sheer fabrications.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 13: Models walk the runway during the Carla Zampatti Presented by Porsche show during Australian Fashion Week Presented By Pandora 2024 at Carriageworks on May 13, 2024 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Wendell Teodoro/Getty Images for AFW)
The Carla Zampatti show. Credit: Wendell Teodoro/Getty Images for AFW
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 13:Creative Director of Carla Zampatti Karlie Ungar and CEO of Carla Zampatti Alex Schuman thank the audience after the Carla Zampatti Presented by Porsche show during Australian Fashion Week Presented By Pandora 2024 at Carriageworks on May 13, 2024 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Stefan Gosatti/Getty Images for AFW)
Creative Director of Carla Zampatti Karlie Ungar and CEO of Carla Zampatti Alex Schuman. Credit: Stefan Gosatti/Getty Images for AFW

Popular athleisure brand P.E Nation entered a surprising new era on day two, with the launch of its RE/CREATION collection.

Steering away from its signature aesthetic of loud colours and clashing prints, creative director Pip Edwards sent a diverse cohort of models down the catwalk in elevated wardrobe staples with a neutral palette and sleek silhouettes.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 14: Models walk the runway during the P.E Nation show during Australian Fashion Week Presented By Pandora 2024 at Carriageworks on May 14, 2024 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Nina Franova/Getty Images for AFW)
Models walk the runway during the P.E Nation show. Credit: Nina Franova/Getty Images for AFW

Romance Was Born put on a breathtaking celestial showcase with other-worldly props and high-voltage designs.

The optimistic colour palette exuded an electric feel, synonymous with the brand’s bold aesthetic and show-stopping designs, and was described as “jaw-dropping” by stylist Aymeric Futol.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 15: A model walks the runway during the Romance Was Born show during Australian Fashion Week Presented By Pandora 2024 at Carriageworks on May 15, 2024 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by James Gourley/Getty Images for AFW)
A model walks the runway during the Romance Was Born show. Credit: James Gourley/Getty Images for AFW
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 16: A model walks the runway during the Blanca show during Australian Fashion Week Presented By Pandora 2024 at Vaucluse House on May 16, 2024 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Wendell Teodoro/Getty Images for AFW)
A model walks the runway during the Blanca show. Credit: Wendell Teodoro/Getty Images for AFW

Summer may have come to an end, but it seems the Australian fashion industry still wants to shine, with metallics a top trend on the streets and the catwalk.

Ready-to-wear label Acler brought the drama with gold lamé boots alongside a palette of warm sunset hues. New Zealand prodigy Rory William Docherty’s Resort 2025 collection embraced high-shine materials, as silver foil-like dresses appeared alongside reflective blazers, hats and bags.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 14: A model walks the runway during the BEC + BRIDGE show during Australian Fashion Week Presented By Pandora 2024 at the Overseas Passenger Terminal on May 14, 2024 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images for AFW)
A model walks the runway during the BEC + BRIDGE show. Credit: Brendon Thorne/Getty Images for AFW
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 14: A model walks the runway during the BEC + BRIDGE show during Australian Fashion Week Presented By Pandora 2024 at the Overseas Passenger Terminal on May 14, 2024 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images for AFW)
The metallic trend was prominent throughout the week as seen here by BEC + BRIDGE. Credit: Brendon Thorne/Getty Images for AFW

In line with the omnipresent metallic notion, womenswear favourites Bec + Bridge and Viktoria & Woods both featured silver garments that shimmered down the runway like Taylor Swift on her record-shattering Eras Tour.

And the reign of sheer garments is also far from over. Whether it was a slight dabble, such as P.E Nation and Carla Zampatti’s sheer skirts, or a confident showing, like Albus Lumen’s post-apocalyptic dresses and see-through tops or Beare Park’s elegant dresses.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 15: Ayesha Madon attends the Third Form re-FORM show during Australian Fashion Week Presented By Pandora 2024 at Carriageworks on May 15, 2024 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Hanna Lassen/Getty Images for Third Form)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 15: Ayesha Madon attends the Third Form re-FORM show during Australian Fashion Week Presented By Pandora 2024 at Carriageworks on May 15, 2024 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Hanna Lassen/Getty Images for Third Form) Credit: Hanna Lassen/Getty Images for Third Form
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 16: (L-R) Emily Gurr aand Saskia Wotton attend the Blanca show during Australian Fashion Week Presented By Pandora 2024 at Vaucluse House on May 16, 2024 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Wendell Teodoro/Getty Images for AFW)
Emily Gurr aand Saskia Wotton attend the Blanca show. Credit: Wendell Teodoro/Getty Images for AFW

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