It sparked an idea and one we are excited to share with you. This Australia Day we are doing something a little bit different. We are paying tribute to five favourite Australian fashion designers who have paved the way for our country to be globally recognised in the fast-changing and tough industry that we are in-love with!
1. Carla Zampatti
This year the Italian-born, internationally regonised designer celebrates 50 successful years in business. Her secret to success is her commitment to quality and fresh designs. Carla Zampatti launched her first range in 1965 and last year she came 18th on the BRW's Rich Women's list making a significant $70 million.
2. Michael Lo Sordo
Michael Lo Sordo is the designer of the moment and the one to watch. He has grabbed the attention of many with his sophisticated and minimalistic designs.
Recently he secured a deal with Net-A-Porter being an exclusive international stockist for his label. Then in late last year he was announced the winner of 2014 DHL Express Fashion Export Scholarship. And now we are watching his brand hit the global stage like never before.
3. Steven Khalil
Fascinated by fabrics from a young age, Steven Khalil was born to design. Now he is recognised as one of Australia's leading designers specialising in red carpet and bridal gowns.
Based in Sydney, Steven hand crafts couture gowns and the results are distinguished and exquisite. He has designed for many favourite Australian celebrities bringing to life their dream dresses.
4. Toni Maticevski
Toni Maticevski launched his label in 1999 and since has retained a hands-on approach to his work. He is a technical genius and because of his understanding of fabrics and complex drapery he is always a fashion week highlight. Now he resides in Melbourne and continues to steadily expand his business locally and internationally.
1991 was the beginning of the Zimmermann journey for sisters Nicky and Simone Zimmermann. Their label is stocked internationally along with having 18 stores in Australia. Recently they opened three more boutiques in America. The brand has seen massive growth thanks to their focus on quality fabrics, delicate prints and a sophisticated aesthetic.