RAFW S/S 2010-11 Day 1 Highlights

I’m sure my American readers are looking at that title, that curious string of digits and letters wondering what it all means. I’ll tell you what it means: it’s one of the best weeks of the year Down Under.

It’s the 15th year of Rosemount Australian Fashion Week (RAFW) in Sydney, and all those awesome Aussie designers are showing their spring/summer 2010-11 collections. Remember, their seasons run opposite of ours. But I love it because wherever you are, someone’s country gives you inspiration for the season you’re actually in!

Pre-show and Day 1 Lovelies
Seasoned designer Carla Zampatti kicked off her superb collection prior to RAFW, at her very own mansion. Her S/S 2010-11 collection is an homage to clean, sophisticated glamour. I loved the makeup, especially the bright orange and fuschia lips by MAC—they were brilliant with her elegant, mostly  monochromatic dresses. See Carla Zampatti S/S 2010 show photos.

Photo: Getty

This year it seems like the designers are really stepping it up because, there is so much to love.  So far, for the glam quotient, Aurelio Costarella wears the crown. His gowns are a-maaaaaaaaaaa-zing. I would so love to see him dress an American celebrity and crack this market. His work is phenomenal. See Aurelio Costarella S/S 2010 show photos.

For chic wearability and overall gorgeousness, Ginger & Smart stole my heart. Flowing silk in muted earth tones and pastels were chased with just the right amount of abstract prints. Adored the skinny pants and airy feel of this show. See Ginger & Smart S/S 2010 show photos.

PS: Must read RAFW summary Loving and Loathing: Day 1 by Vogue Australia. Why is air con (or lack thereof) a permanent issue in Oz? I think we need to send some HVAC boys down there and cool all those poor people off.

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