We round up the key Resort collections from Australian Fashion Week.
Matteau's Relaxed Elegance
For their runway debut, designers Ilona Hamer and Peta Heinsen set the bar high, delivering resort wear with their signature refined polish. An earthy palette of almond, cream, terracotta and saffron is punctuated with 70s-inspired liberty prints. The Matteau woman is confident in her skin. She’s bold, yet unpretentious, and like the clothes she wears, enduringly sophisticated.
bassike's Playful Prints
Long-renowned for producing seasonless wardrobe essentials, bassike’s Resort ’20 collection is an unexpected celebration of colour, texture and vibrancy. While the pieces are a departure from their usual hues, designers Deborah Sams and Mary Lou Ryan's unmistakable effortlessness and emphasis on comfort and sustainable fabrication remain unchanged. Paint-splatter prints in green and tangerine are notably fresh, along with tonal lemon and rainbow-check looks - all with just the right amount of skin.
Christopher Esber's Masterful Fluidity
Adept at translating the juxtaposition of femininity and strength into his designs, Christopher Esber once again delivers a well-rounded collection of pieces for every woman. Daring cut-outs contrast exaggerated suiting, while his coveted dresses boast sheer detailing, lace panels and crystal-encrusted trims. Inspiration from ‘90s runway favourites is present, complimented with Esber’s notorious deconstructed class.
Lee Mathews' Refreshed Monochrome
A harmony of boyish tailoring and feminine dressing, Mathews’ delved into her archive to produce an eclectic collection of looks, with volume and print leading the way. Her unrestricted shapes are adorned with polka dots, candy stripes and artful graphic prints. Oversized shirting is finished with ruffle details, and see-through silks make for the perfect resort dress.
Albus Lumen's Lifestyle Addition
Marina Afonina took on a new venture this season, launching Albus Lumen Casa, the label’s new collection of lifestyle products. The first is a series of ceramic plates, titled Signum, or ‘sign’ in Latin. Each is crafted to represent the 4 elements of air, water, fire and earth and bears their corresponding star sign. Afonina’s core values of spirituality and female empowerment shine through with this all-female collaboration between herself, astrologist Srna Vuckovic and ceramic artist Alana Wilson.