Fashionistas and shopaholics alike flocked last month to Sydney’s annual fashion weekend in Moore Park. Sydney Observer got a front row glimpse of the latest and greatest trends in store for winter 2014.

Steph Nash

Walking into the Royal Hall of Industries was like walking into a barn during feeding time. Only there were no animals to be found – just herds of bargain-hunting women, wearing stilletos and brandishing their wallets.

Sydney Fashion Weekend promised cheaper than cheap discounts on a variety of exclusive Sydney labels. The hall in Moore Park was chock full of clothing stalls, with a couple of extra special stands for those who could afford it, incuding a Napaloen Perdis salon, an on-the-spot personalised fashion shoot and a Canon photography stand for those looking to purchase a camera.

However, the discounted shopping and ostentatious pampering were far from the highlights of the night. The Sydney Weekend Fashion Show showcased the newest collections from a variety of well-known and much-loved Australian brands. Those lucky enough to attend got an inside view into what’s available for our shelves this winter – and we’re about to share it with you!

Perforated leather

Aussie favourites Ginger and Smart and Nicola Finetti, dazzled the audience with top- and bottom-heavy leather pieces. Perforated leather is light and comfortable, and provides good layering opportunities. We’re talking tops and dresses people.

Heavy metal

New comer Ixiah stunned with embellished statement pieces in metallic colours. Jackets and dresses were emblazoned with gold and silver sequins, offsetting simple black garments beautifully. This one is a bold choice, but one that could work really well given the right occassion.

Colour splicing

Fashion label By Johnny featured some light dresses with some almost neopolitan colour splicing splashed throughout. The colours were flatteringly streaked across the garments, giving each dress a tailored effect. I’m not the greatest fan of the colour scheme, and I think the flattering effect would work a lot better in monochrome.


Black and white ruled the catwalk. Bec and Bridge were almost entirely whited-out, with monochrome compltely dominating their collection. Very refreshing and sophisticated, but beware of white. White can be a tad unflattering if you’re wearing the wrong outfit for your shape.


Cult favourite Tullulah brought forward some beautifully feminine spring floral pieces. Canary yellow was the theme of the collection, promising some warmth for the post winter months. Also one to look out for: pleated dresses.