AAP picture researcher Kristen Daly chooses ten of the most thrilling moments at MBFWA, as captured by photographers Dan Himbrechts and David Moir.
I spend a lot of time browsing entertainment and fashion coverage for our clients, so I am no stranger to imagery from premieres, awards shows and film festivals around the world. But there's one glamorous event in Australia that never fails to leave me a little awestruck.
This year's Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia, photographed for AAP by Dan Himbrechts and David Moir, delivered drama, glamour and fresh trends for fashion lovers on the front row and those watching from afar (like me). Here are my favourite wow-factor moments that embody that sweet spot between a seasoned photographer's skills and the spectacle of a MBFWA presentation.
Camilla and Marc
Camilla Freeman-Topper and Mac Freeman's label is on the up and up - especially after Meghan Markle opted for one of their jackets at an event in London last month. Their show on Sunday was the first of the week, and it proved a tough act to follow, with Victoria's Secret star Georgia Fowler and Vogue cover girl Charlee Fraser fronting an ensemble of models in an otherworldly, desert-like set at Sydney's Royal Hall of Industries.
It's not common to see models smiling on the runway, so I adore this snap by Dan Himbrechts featuring a megawatt beam from Instagram influencer Ellie Gonsalves. The enthusiasm suited a show that offered a wide range of swimwear options, including svelte one-pieces and on-trend reds and yellows, and championed a more diverse range of sizes than we're used to seeing at fashion week.
After generating buzz for their playful, feminine designs at MBFWA last year, sisters Tessa and Beth Macgraw impressed their growing fanbase by staging this year's whimsical resort collection against the spectacular backdrop of the Swifts Mansion in Sydney's Darling Point. A generous dose of autumnal sunshine after a rainy weekend was certainly welcome, and highlighted the romantic pinks, blues and greens perfectly captured in this shot.
We Are Kindred
We Are Kindred has made its name off pretty florals and bohemian vibes, but the latest collection lifted this festival-worthy aesthetic to new heights with seventies-inspired styling and enchanting accessories. Sun hats aside, designers Georgie and Lizzie Renkert also made it memorable by pairing the models with young girls in mini-me designs. Too cute! All elements considered, including the bright bursts of flowers lining the runway, it was perfect for Instagram.
Emilia Wickstead x Matchesfashion.com
Dan Himbrechts has a knack for delivering crisp, compelling action shots, and he nabbed some beauties of Emilia Wickstead's sunlit presentation at Wylie's Baths on Tuesday. Her second capsule collection for Matchesfashion.com fused delicate floral prints inspired by 50s interiors with fresh, unfussy silhouettes. I especially love this ethereal wide shot of two twin-like models, dressed in white swimsuits and old-fashioned bathing caps, threading their way through the rich blues and browns of a Sydney coastline.
Romance Was Born
Anna Plunkett and Luke Sales, the iconoclast designers behind Romance Was Born, recently announced they've been invited to show during Paris couture fashion week this July and their latest collection is a fresh reminder why. Labelled 'Opal Goddess', the collaboration with Australian artist Jenny Kee riotously mixes jewel tones and pastels, tulle and silks and other Parisian flourishes. This shot from Wednesday's presentation by Dan Himbrechts juxtaposes the rippling lines of a Romance Was Born creation with another detail that seems just right for the adventurous label: a giant, sparkling moon.
I love David Moir's moody, evocative images of fashion week, especially when they demonstrate a playfulness with light. This shot of the St George's Nextgen show, an annual attitude-filled runway that offers fashion followers an opportunity to keep track of emerging designers, is one of my firm favourites.
Like 'em or hate 'em, the sartorial offerings of I.Am.Gia have garnered an enviable following, with it-girls Bella Hadid, Kaia Gerber and Kylie Jenner among its loyal fans. The upstart label made its MBFWA debut on Wednesday, and the opening look did not disappoint: thigh-high boots, puffer jacket draped around the elbows with startling insouciance and a blue rhinestoned bikini that's certainly not for the meek. Let's not forget the shaggy, acid-red crop with matching eyeshadow and butterfly tattoo. It's a lot, and David Moir got it all on camera.
Akira Isogawa's eponymous label is one of Australia's most prestigious, and the celebrated designer delivered the goods again with a 25th-anniversary show full of gauzy fabrics anchored by contemporary touches. My favourite moment, though, was at the close of the show, when Isogawa's jubilant appearance on the runway was met by generous applause.
Camilla Franks is a fixture of Australian fashion, and her recent announcement of a breast cancer diagnosis added a sense of triumph to her presence at the end of an extravagant show inspired by Japanese design. This money shot by Dan Himbrechts centres Franks in a lineup of models, all sporting kimono-like looks with more than a touch of the label's iconic kaftan. It was an affecting and flower-filled finish to another compelling Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.
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