MBFWA: The Innovators FDS Graduates Showed Us What They’ve Got

The Innovators show featured six graduates from the Fashion Design Studio at Ultimo TAFE, one of Australia's leading fashion schools. And at this year's Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia, the FDS showed us why they are known for unearthing Australia’s most groundbreaking design talents.

The Innovators Fashion Design Studio Showcase

The Innovators Fashion Design Studio was a hard-hitting show with six young graduates showing their collections down the runway at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia this year.

This review is ultimately a visual feast and I really don’t know if any words could describe what I saw down the runway when, as they say, a picture paints a thousand words. I truly believe that with the showcase from the The Innovators Fashion Design Studio.

Honestly though, just scroll down and be prepared to utter the word ‘Wow’ more than once. Of course, I am only showing you the best of what I captured that day, highlighting my favourites from the show so as not to overload you with too much.

Opening the show, Worn by Catherine Conlan took a unique approach to layering, with the use of digital printing, emphasised shapes, and silhouettes.

The Innovators Fashion Design Studio_Catherine Conlan

Next up was ONTICHA. Influenced by her childhood spent in the outback, the purpose of the collection was to contrast between natural free flowing curvature usually found in nature and the strict, angular urban architecture.

The Innovators Fashion Design Studio_ONTICHA

The Innovators Fashion Design Studio_ONTICHA-2

Strong tailoring and an androgynous touch were brought next by Candi Sanderson, bringing a much darker mood to the show.

The Innovators Fashion Design Studio_Candi Sanderson

Switching the mood back up again was Jai Saunders. Titled BABUSHKA TIME TRAVELS TO NEW YORK, the debut collection fused period garment shapes with a sleek and modern aesthetic, and was definitely my favourite from the entire show.

The Innovators Fashion Design Studio_Jai Saunders


Jack Huang had a more futuristic air, with a genderless aesthetic, clean lines and experimental shapes. Can’t imagine it? Watch a short snippet below.

Jack Huang – The Innovators Fashion Design Studio (MBFWA 2015) from the5to9life on Vimeo.

Last, but certainly not least was Mat Lee. With a predominantly bright collection, it provided the perfect contrast to the somewhat conservative colour palette of the previous designers. Think: BIG prints, BIG statements and BIG shapes.