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Australian designers prove the country is a fashion force to be reckoned with Source: Aje

Australian Fashion Designers to Shop This Winter

While the fashion capitals of New York, Paris and Milan are renowned for producing some of the world’s most celebrated designers, Australia is home to its fair share of iconic fashion labels and up-and-coming designers too.

Worn by A-list celebrities and featured in the glossy pages of Vogue, Australian fashion labels like Aje and Dion Lee have taken the fashion world by storm in recent years, rightfully earning global recognition both on Instagram and the runway. Specialising in versatile yet timeless pieces, contemporary tailoring and bright, bold prints, Australia’s leading designers are well versed in the art of dressing the modern, fashion-forward woman (and man, at that).

If you’re yet to discover some of Australia’s homegrown fashion talent, here are some of the country’s best high-end fashion labels.

St. Agni

Founded in 2014, Australian fashion label St. Agni takes a less is more approach to its tailoring, outerwear and knitwear. Based in Byron Bay, the premium ready-to-wear brand is available to shop online and through David Jones and Farfetch.

St. Agni’s latest collection called BLEU hones in on a paradoxical relationship between tranquillity and drama; exaggerated trousers balance strapless column tops while oversized suiting still manages to feel soft and feminine.

Manning Cartell

Inspired by femininity, individuality and igniting joy, Manning Cartell is the sartorial result of three sisters coming together to make quality pieces for special occasions and the everyday. Since the Aussie brand’s inception, Manning Cartell’s pieces have been ethically made in Australia using sustainable practices.

Creating silky slip dresses, sumptuous fluffy coats, sophisticated blazers and flattering knit dresses, Manning Cartell know how to do elevated basics and classy party wear.

Manning Cartell Mvp Knit Dress in Royal Navy
Manning Cartell Mvp Knit Dress in Royal Navy, A$249 | Source: Manning Cartell

Jillian Boustred

Founded in Sydney in 2015, Jillian Boustred is an eponymous fashion label that takes pride in creating classic pieces and versatile staples using ethical practices. With a range of high-quality knitwear, tailored trousers and crisp button-downs, Jillian Boustred is the perfect brand for office-appropriate winter wardrobe-essentials.

Dion Lee

Known for his experimental and tailored approach to fashion, Australian designer Dion Lee has come a long way since founding his eponymous brand in 2009. Presenting collections at London and New York Fashion Week and selling his designs through exclusive retailers like Selfridges, Dion Lee’s designs are synonymous with high fashion.

Known for edgy cut-out knitwear, utilitarian-inspired suiting and corset-style dresses, Dion Lee has been worn by the likes of Dua Lipa and Meghan Markle.

Dion Lee Laced Slider Pant and Bustier
Dion Lee Laced Slider Pant, A$590 and Laced Slider Bustier, A$590 | Source: Dion Lee

Aje

Dedicated to an effortlessly cool aesthetic, Aje is a leading Australian fashion brand that knows how to create both chic wardrobe staples and statement occasion pieces. Founded in 2008 by a couple of best friends, Aje has grown to encapsulate an online store as well as brick and mortar locations across Australia and New Zealand.

Specialising in sleek and structural tailoring, Aje is the brand to shop if you’re looking to curate a sophisticated and modern wardrobe.

Christopher Esber

Founded in 2010, eponymous brand Christopher Esber is known for its cut-out-clad silhouettes and contemporary tailoring. Defined by elegant minimalism, the Australian designer’s high-fashion garments and ready-to-wear pieces have been worn by Zendaya, Lorde and Hailey Bieber.

Christopher Esber Deconstruct Long Sleeve Knit Tie Crop
Christopher Esber Deconstruct Long Sleeve Knit Tie Crop, A$455 | Source: Christopher Esber

ZIMMERMANN

For more than 30 years now, iconic fashion label ZIMMERMANN has been creating bold and sophisticated designs featuring delicate original prints and clever colour combinations.

Having graced the pages of Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, the Australian label has achieved global recognition for its feminine and intricate designs. Think floral prints, ruffles, hints of lace, crochet and tiered dresses.

Shona Joy

Founded in 2000, eponymous fashion label Shona Joy has built a reputation for creating beautiful designs infused with a touch of 70s glamour. With a mission to design pieces you’ll keep in your wardrobe forever, Shona Joy is a go-to brand for feminine dresses, crisp tailoring and silk slips.

Featuring chunky knitwear, stunning floral dresses and sleek trousers, Shona Joy is the designer to shop for versatile day-to-night pieces and more formal occasionware.

Shona Joy Palermo Linen Plunged Short Sleeve Midi Dress
Shona Joy Palermo Linen Plunged Short Sleeve Midi Dress, A$340 | Source: Shona Joy

Albus Lumen

Inspired by the European summer and a relaxed aesthetic, Albus Lumen is a growing Australian fashion label to watch. Founded in 2015, the brand focuses on crisp and timeless pieces crafted in summery crochet, linen and muslin. While Albus Lumen is the perfect brand to shop in spring and summer, its flowy maxi dresses, versatile long-sleeve shirts and relaxed trousers are still wearable in a mild Australian winter.

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