Aussie Designers Love the Nightlife for Spring Inspiration
Misha's Michelle Aznavorian looked to glory days of Studio 54 while sisters Nicky and Simone Zimmermann reflected on the '80s in Sydney.
If day three of New York Fashion Week hinted at anything, it's that Aussies like to have a good time.
Sydney-based designer Michelle Aznavorian made her NYFW debut with her spring 2017 Misha collection, looking icons of Studio 54 to show her the way. The runway show saw a modern update to the sexy silhouettes made famous by Jerry Hall, Bianca Jagger and Iman in New York's late-night '70s party scene, from from padded shoulders (they're back!) on a coat dress with fringed hemline, to plunging necklines on glittery gowns.
The seductive mood continued throughout the presentation with see-through lace dresses, trench coats in fire-engine red or leopard-print and a satin jumpsuit with a deep v-neck and lace sleeves.
Like her resort 2017 show in Australia, which saw Bella Hadid on the runway, Aznavorian tapped another supermodel to strut for her latest offering. British beauty Jourdan Dunn opened in a long-sleeve leather mini dress and closed in a gilded gown with a thigh-high slit, while Whitney Port, Olivia Culpo and Alana Hadid (older sister of Bella and Gigi) looked on from the front row. Founded in 2013, the Australian brand has fans in Jennifer Lopez, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Chanel Iman and Alessandra Ambrosio.
LACE AND RUFFLES: Models on the Zimmermann spring 2017 runway. (Photos: Getty Images)
Later that afternoon, fellow Aussies, sisters Nicky and Simone Zimmermann tapped into late nights spent at a club called Stranded in Sydney in the '80s.
"It was hidden underground in an old arcade and for me, it represented an escape from a sheltered suburban childhood, a place where young and creative people came together to express themselves," Nicky wrote in the show notes. "We were a bit isolated from fashion and music and the 80's subcultures that were emerging elsewhere. So people interpreted them in their own way."
Unlike the va-va-voom of Studio 54, the clubbing scene down under had a more New Romantic feeling. At least that's the interpretation we got from Zimmermann as models walked the runway in soft shades of cream, lilac and powder blue, complemented by layered ruffles, embroidered lace and soft stripes.
The collection's dramatic looks, paired with lace-up booties, were balanced with sultry details (wrap skirts that featured a thigh-high slit or lace-up crop tops), as well as masculine silhouettes (oversized trousers and window-pane patterned jackets).