Emerging Designers Showcased Their Designs in the Raffles International Showcase at MBFWA

Since joining the official MBFWA program in 2011, the Raffles International Showcase has been widely recognised by the industry as one of the most anticipated and entertaining events on the Sydney emerging fashion calendar. This year at MBFWA, the designers featured were Rebecca Deasy, Melisa The, Carley Rose Wolski, Nath Vesaruttragool, Ashleigh Kwong, Letar Sangngern, and Wilson Nguyen. All photos by Jess Brohier.

For over 30 years, Raffles College of Design and Commerce has specialised in providing unique education in design, visual communication and business.

The Raffles International Showcase at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia this year presented 7 of their best and emerging fashion designers to come out of Raffles; cementing Raffles’ reputation as a premier regional fashion and business institution.

Read on through as we break down each designer’s 10-piece ready-to-wear Resort 2018 collections shown this year featuring innovative womenswear, contemporary menswear, couture design, and tailoring.

  • OCCUPANTS by Rebecca Deasy
    Inspired by her personal encounters, her collection, OCCUPANTS began with a fascination of the unabashed youth and an unrequited approach to the wearer. Deasy’s collection was clean and safe in a monochromatic palette with pops of burgundy, tan and khaki. 
  • É N V E by Melisa The
    Melisa creates beautiful pieces for women, having been heavily inspired by her stylish mother. Her collection, É N V E, was modern, sleek and timeless. The clothes were definitely ready-to-wear and ready-to-add to our wardrobes. 
  • CARLEY ROSE THE LABEL by Carley Rose Wolski
    Carley Rose The Label
    is an emerging fashion brand with a focus on ethical and sustainable sourcing and production. The collection was very colourful, perhaps trying to create a playful factor, but it didn’t necessarily work.

  • WHATEV. by Nath Vesaruttragool
    The designs walking down the runway matched the name of the collection. It was streetwear inspired but the clothes looked unfinished. WHATEV. showcased designs for both men’s and women’s but the models looked like they were wearing straitjackets-like garments and medical ID chokers. Strange. Definitely strange. Oh, and yes, that guy in the middle is wearing slides on his hands. If you can explain it, please let us know. 

    Inspired by Japanese Zen gardens, Ashleigh Kwong‘s collection was fresh and modern, full of flowy silhouettes, evoking beauty and serenity. 

  • NARA by Letar Sangngern
    NARAwas the only other designer that piqued our interest from the Raffles International Showcase at Australian Fashion Week this year.  White flowy dresses were cinched in at the waist with rose gold wires. Strong tailoring and neon brights made this a collection to remember. The addition of denim was questionable and as for that crotch-high split, I’m not sure how that is considered as “ready-to-wear” but each to their own. 

  • WARRWAUT by Wilson Nguyen
    It’s rare to see a collection solely for menswear walk down the runway at Australian Fashion Week so it was refreshing to see a collection of menswear cut through the waves of womenswear. Inspired by French architecture, Wilson Nguyen‘s collection was full of strong design aesthetics of lines and shapes. 

The downfall of this show? The emerging designs were worn by emerging models who didn’t know how to walk, pose or simply turned too early at the end of the runway so our photographer didn’t get any great shots. Oh well.

All photos by Jess Brohier at The 5 to 9 Life.