ELLE Insider: The Most Memorable Moments From Afterpay Australian Fashion Week, Day Four

Saving the best for (almost) last.

By Jess Pullar
It was always going to be a good day when, by 11am, we could confidently say one of the best shows of the week had taken place.
The inaugural runway for the Adaptive Clothing Collective presented two stunning collections from disability inclusive brands, JAM The Label and Christine Stephens. The show was a powerful presentation of adaptive designs with a standout being that "fix the system" coat (more on that below).
Of course, Jordan Dalah's hotly anticipated (and jam-packed) show was another highlight, his gravity defying designs taking guests to what felt like another dimension.
Speaking of transporting us, Torannce went full 70s funk—with music references to boot.
Below, ELLE takes you inside the five most memorable moments from day four of AAFW.

Adaptive Clothing Collective

Adaptive Clothing Collective.
As we've mentioned, the Adaptive Clothing Collective Runway was one of AAFW's biggest highlights (calling this before the week has ended, we're that confident).
The presentation focused on functional yet fashionable garments for both abled and disabled bodies. The designers featured on the runway, JAM and Christina Stephens, share a similar vision: act as a voice for the collective of adaptive designers whilst highlighting the endless possibilities of stylish, functional, inclusive fashion.
It was powerful, and it was an important moment for the fashion industry - summed up perfectly by the statement emblazoned on the back of a jacket, as model Chloe Hayden purposefully made her way down the runway: "Fix the system, not me."⁠

The Curve Edit

The Curve Edit.
Day four was a day of memorable firsts. The first ever size-inclusive runway, The Curve Edit, brought together a mix of models who represent the size of over 80 per cent of Australian women.
Size-inclusive designers, Saint Somebody, 17 Sundays, Embody Women, Vagary, Harlow and Zaliea Designs, showcased everything from swimwear to black-tie evening wear. The cheers heard from the crowd as models powerfully walked down the runway was evidence enough to prove that this show was long overdue. Long may it continue to extend into the mainstream fashion industry.

Jordan Dalah

Fresh from his 2022 International Woolmark Prize nomination, Dalah returned to AAFW with gusto, marking a clear evolution in his design process since his debut last year.
That's not to say the collection was without his signature voluminous hemlines, but the more striped back and ready-to-wear offering proved that Dalah is more than an editorial one-trick-pony: his creations are timeless, trendless and as avant-garde as they come


It was a '70s fever dream at Torrance, which opened the show to the distinct twang of the Mandolin before closing out to iconic Simon & Garfunkel hit Mrs. Robinson.
Much like the music, the collection cherry-picked only the most beloved silhouettes and styles of the era, from floral and leather minis paired with go-go boots to free-flowing maxis and button-down dresses worn with broad-brimmed hats and thick-rimmed aviators.
There may be talk of a y2k resurgence, but we're predicting a return to Woodstock after this show.

One Mile

One Mile.
Sammy Robinson's two-year-old, online-only brand made its Fashion Week debut at Beta Restaurant in Sydney's CBD. The runway, which was technically a constructed wooden boardwalk, was filled with sand, contributing to the overall laidback, beach aesthetic that is so inherent to the brand.
Deep ocean blues and mossy greens appeared in knitted skirts and mini sundresses, while leather corsets and matching pants offered an elevated nighttime aesthetic.
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