Fashion

Orange Fringing & A Dinner Party: Every Major Moment From AAFW Day Three

It's not a case of wanting but needing.

Here's every major moment you (might have) missed from Afterpay Australian Fashion Week day three.

Aje

Fashion and art are two in the same, but Aje took that notion to the next level with a collection of gorgeous billowing, yet structured silhouettes—everyone deserves to take up space in a room, and this collection will certainly help you do that. Standout moments included a luminous orange fitted dress featuring a fringed skirt that swished and swayed with movement down the runway. Plus, that final puffy fuchsia dress—for obvious reasons.

ESSE

Showing at the iconic Bennelong restaurant at the Sydney Opera House (while it stormed outside), ESSE was a masterclass in tailoring and classic silhouettes. Neutral coats, soft tailoring and exquisite shirts were all on show, but the highlights were fringed skirts just demanding to be swished. An ideal capsule wardrobe that'd take you from office to wedding guest — we love.

Daniel Avakian

Fun, frivolous, funky. The three F's summed up Daniel Avakian's Resort 2023 collection, which heavily drew from the 1980s (the first time we've seen the decade referenced so obviously this week). Electric blues, neon greens and popping reds dominated the runway, with shoulder pads, bike shorts, and bold reflective patent leather coats telling us what we've always known: The inspired era of Madonna and David Bowie lives on, and we love to see it.

KARLA ŠPETIĆ

KARLA ŠPETIĆ presented one of the boldest collections so far. The first clue came when the iconic Jaws theme music blasted across Gallery II. Then the first model walked out in a black, barely-there dress (which almost resembled netting?), accompanied by a wet look hair and Slappa's thongs. Two blazers—one baby pink, one baby blue—had cut-outs that could be shark bites, while one dress had a shark cut-out on top (in case anyone had missed the theme so far). A resort collection of silky pinks, blues, greens and neutrals had us dreaming of the pool, but it's the shark motifs that'll stay with us the longest.

Auteur

If there's one thing we desperately need from the Auteur show, it's the pair of sparkly boy-cut undies — very Carrie Bradshaw in the Versace undies and blazer in Sex and the City season 4. Lucinda Taffs presented a collection that was high energy, high sex appeal, and highly coveted. Let cheeky cutouts reign supreme.

Sass & Bide

An enthralling laser beam display was the backdrop for Sass & Bide's runway show which saw sequinned skirts and gold cowboy boots steal the show. Flowing fabrics in the shape of trousers, oversized shirts and maxi skirts were another headliner, keeping in tune with the free-flowing nature of the show. Oversized earrings dangled from a single lobe, while fur shawls in black and baby pinks added yet another layer of shape and dimension. The laser beam display left us with stars in our eyes, but the fashion looks themselves were shining even brighter.

Emma Pills

Over in Vaucluse in the evening of AAFW day three was a house party-slash-runway thrown by jewellery designer Emma Pillemer. Models, influencers and yes, some of the Luxe Listings Sydney cast attended the shindig, which included pop-ups from Steve Madden and Quay. A particular highlight? Bowls of cheesy gnocci served hot.

bassike

The most intimate event on day three was bassike's dinner party to present Resort '23, inspired by the Great Barrier Reef. Splahes of orange fringing, open mesh dresses and luxury silks dominated the collection, which was made from 79% sustainable fabrics—sustainability is core to the bassike brand, after all. Shout out in particular to the octopus print, we give it 8/8 tentacle arms.