It has been a shocking year and this has left us wondering why the designers whom we felt were the core representation of the Australian fashion industry are being ripped apart at the seams.
In the last few months, we have seen Collette Dinnigan close her doors, Sarah-Jane Clarke and Heidi Middleton have left Sass & Bide, Alannah Hill walked away and Lisa Ho has done the same.
Yes, business is tough and the economic climate is influx but where is their 'back up plan'?
One doesn't just give up their fashion language and walk away. If these established designers are shutting up shop, what hope does it give the emerging?
There has to be a turn around, there needs to be change, or else our favourites will disappear and where does this leave Australia on the fashion map?