10 Top Designs on Show at the 2014 Brisbane Fashion Week

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Paris, Milan, and New York may be big players in the fashion world, but there is plenty of home-grown design talent in Australia as well. The Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival in Brisbane during August 2014 showcased a wide variety of excellent local designers, who featured everything from beachwear to bridal gowns. Shoppers support local fashion and look great at the same time by adding a design or two from the 2014 Brisbane fashion week to their wardrobes.
Wedding gowns with sleeves

The Strapless A-line gowns that have been popular over the past couple of decades still had a big presence on the Brisbane runways, but designers are starting to show a bit of a departure from the look. George Wu includes a couple of dresses with long, sheer sleeves in his 2014 collection. Rayner Lee offers a couple of elegant cap sleeved dresses as well as an elegant gown with long, lace sleeves.

Palazzo pants

Wide-legged palazzo pants were huge in the 1970s and many Australian designers are bringing the look back for another run. Anna Hulm and Lisa Brown sent pairs in pastel down the runway, which offers shoppers a great look for the beach. The Irma J Smith House of Fashion collection includes a black pair that is very chic for the office.

Printed jumpsuits

Some designers pay homage to the 1970s with printed jumpsuits. Cue features a bold blue and yellow number that looks chic at brunch or a day of shopping; Lisa Brown's look pairs retro fabric with a halter neckline, offering a great piece for lounging on a hot day.

Pin up inspired swimwear

Fashionistas who are not fans of an overly revealing bikini look can keep their eyes peeled for one of the retro swimwear looks that debuted at Brisbane fashion week. Emu Designs showed off a modern take on pin-up looks that would make Bettie Page cheer, with bright colours and cuts that offered lots of coverage and support. Molly & Polly's collection includes a variety of swimsuits with fuller bottoms, dishing up a classic 1950s look.

Loose fitting dresses

Loose fitting dresses were all over Brisbane's runways in 2014. Women can easily take these looks from the beach to the city, as they look great as both beach cover-ups and casual dresses. Erin Hassall's collection features a boldly printed number finished off with a fringe, which is perfect for a scorching afternoon. Lisa Brown's short 1960s style halter dress adds a bit of retro fun to summer.

Classic A-line dresses with a twist

A-line dresses are classic pieces that women can keep in their wardrobes for years, but a couple of designers offer fresh takes on the original look. Maiocchi's designs use classic cuts paired with eye-catching printed fabrics. Michelangelo's candy coloured looks are anything but plain.

Double-breasted men's jackets

Although single-breasted men's jacket styles dominated the runways at Brisbane fashion week, Pistols at Dawn sent a different look down the catwalk. The label offers up a couple of different double-breasted looks for men who want to stand out from the crowd.

Sweetheart neckline

Brides who love strapless wedding gowns but still want to add a twist to their wedding looks should keep their eyes peeled for one of many designs featuring sweetheart necklines. Labels like Bertossi Brides and Paddington Weddings, Brides Desire by Wendy Sullivan and Rayner Lee feature a variety of styles with the neckline in their collections.

Lace details

In August 2014, lots of Brisbane designers showed off their love of lace. Lace sleeves and details show up heavily in bridal looks from 2014, but the material also made a few waves in ready to wear collections. Sacha Drake's collection features a black and nude dress with lace detailing down the middle.

Black and white contrasts

Wayne Cooper, Jayson Brunsdon Black Label and Sass & Bide all feature black and white heavily in their designs, contrasting the two extremes in interesting prints and colour blocks. Wayne Cooper's bold stripes and Sass & Bide's blends of houndstooth, check, and stripes are especially refreshing.

How to buy Australian labels on eBay

If you want to buy Australian, look for a wide variety of home-grown labels from the vast inventory on eBay. If you are interested in a specific piece that you saw on the Brisbane fashion week runways, use the designer name, the colour, and the type of item in your search terms. If you want to shop a variety of different looks, use more general search terms or browse through categories instead. To narrow down your options, use search filters to find specific sizes, colours, and brands.
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