Australia fashion week ended yesterday the same way it came in with much fanfare. Though not without it’s share of incidents and controversies, the event proved that the talent in the south pacific can give their brethren around the world a run for their money. Even before the event started a model was pulled due to her age (14). Australian model Stephanie Carta was pulled at the last minute from walking the runway as her agent felt that she may have been too thin. Later, designer Kate Sylvester was admonished in the press for using military medals awarded to veterans on models who more than likely have never saw action on a battlefield. At first Sylvester was defiant in her use of the medals but later she struck a more apologetic tone.
The Australian fashion week folks angled that their event just happened to be one of the top five fashion weeks held during the year. Founder Simon Lock posited that Australia’s Spring/Summer collections are the first opportunity to see what’s coming from designers approximately 4 weeks after the Paris Autumn/Winter shows. In it’s 13th year and going strong Australia fashion week looks to continue going for a long while.