Victoria’s Secret Angel Shanina Shaik has shone in more ways than one during Australian Fashion Week.
Modelling exclusively for Swarovski on Wednesday, the Melbourne-born beauty drew enthusiastic applause from the crowd as opened the show for the luxe jewellery brand.
Wearing an extravagant necklace made of crystal and metal rings over a flannel shirt, which was teamed with baggy trousers, she led the team of models down the runway.
“My first outfit is very structured but the clothes work with the jewellery,” Shaik told AAP backstage before the show held at Carriageworks in Sydney.
It is the first time Swarovski has showcased their work at Australian Fashion Week and their Facets of Light collection on Wednesday night had no shortage of the brand’s typical glamour.
Swarovski’s sparkling crystals adorned dresses and tops in gold, black and deep purples, and were used in accessories such as bracelets, watches and a stunning headpiece that wrapped around one ear.
“It’s all about light,” creative director Nathalie Colin said. “Light gives life to crystals in a way.”
Colin said Aussie supermodel Miranda Kerr, who became the new face of Swarovski in 2013, was partly the reason to why the brand decided to hold their first Australian Fashion Week show this year.
“Miranda is an Australian so we wanted to pay a special homage to her home country and celebrate Fashion Week,” Colin said.
“To me, and to the brand and the Swarovski family, she really is a multifaceted woman – being a super mother and being a business woman. She has so many facets.”
Kerr, who was unable to attend the event, made an appearance in a pre-recorded welcome video played at the beginning of the show.
In stark contrast, earlier on Wednesday, the 1980s made a comeback at the Emma Mulholland show.
Models danced along to Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5, wearing glittery pastels and wild prints in a collection that was an eclectic mix of swimwear, dresses, jackets and jumpers.
The Newcastle-based designer collaborated with Pared Eyewear and Celeste Tesoriero to design the accessories for her line.
“It was all super casual, just two buddies wanting to make cool things together,” Tesoriero said.
“The jewellery was designed to work with the theme already established for Emma’s Spring range. It is created specifically to complement the apparel collection.”
Jayson Brunsdon brought his warm and open energy to the unveiling of his Rio collection, attended by Ita Buttrose.
“I love Rio, the beach, the energy, the lifestyle is what I really wanted to embody,” he said.
“We go every summer and the vibrant culture is infectious. With the focus on the World Cup and the Olympics, all eyes are on Rio de Janeiro.”
The designer had more classic cuts in his new range, but brought spice and diversity with ruffled skirts, metallic brocade, sequins and tropical fruit prints.
“It is a very leggy collection, and I highlight the new (trending) erogenous zones – the lower hips, the back. The summer collection celebrates a sexy femininity spiced with a rich Brazilian flavour.”
On the runway at the former Fratelli Fresh warehouse in Sydney’s newly trendy Waterloo, Dion Lee impressed fashionistas with a superb collection based around 24-hour outfits.
“It’s mixing daytime and evening wear elements with tailoring and street wear,” Lee said.
Simply called line two, the designer’s spring/summer 2014 collection featured classic textiles – wool, leather and silk – all of those wardrobe staple fabrics.
There were hip bikie leather jackets, menswear-inspired oversized white shirts with buttons at the back, low-hanging harem pants worn with cropped skivvy jumpers, a women’s version of a men’s suit jacket, and tight fitting dresses with cut-outs.
Lee has become the wunderkind of Australian fashion design, having exploded onto the scene after his debut solo show at Australian Fashion Week in 2009.
His designs have already been seen on Hollywood clotheshorses Kate Bosworth and Charlize Theron.
Alice McCall will kick off the events on Thursday, the last day of Australian Fashion Week. Other highlights include Hayley Elsaesser, Macgraw, Zhivago and Song for the Mute.