What we saw on the Fashion Week Runway 2017

There were two designers making bold eyewear statements walking down the runways this year. First up was the opening night of Dion Lee at the Opera House, then Tuesday evening at the Bec and Bridge Runway in David Jones. Both shows were off-site from the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week venue – amplifying the anticipation and excitement for both shows.

Dion Lee [EYES] on the runway at Australian Fashion Week

Dion Lee opened Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, making a statement as an Australian designer. Lee cemented his modern influence in the Australian Fashion Industry with the Opera House as his backdrop. This was Lee’s first show where womenswear, menswear, swimwear and eyewear were all showcased together.

Models walking for Dion Lee were adorned with the designer’s athletic eyewear label [EYES]. The frames were minimalistic and boasted experimental silhouettes yet they were also functional and wearable – much like Dion Lee’s womenswear and menswear collections. Dion Lee will often create work with a combination of experimental materials while using traditional tailoring and craftsmanship.

Lees eyewear styles seen on the Resort 2018 runway consisted of; Round frames with dark lenses, oversized flat top sunglasses with reflective lenses, and lastly Aviator-styles with rounded lenses. The Aviator style was detailed with metal nose pieces and temples. The the flat top sunglasses showed small screws remaining as unique and visible decorative pieces on the glasses.

Dion Lee’s [EYES] collection worked perfectly for his opening runway as the Opera House venue was set in the glare of an overcast gloomy afternoon.

From the Dion Lee website www.dionlee.com https://www.dionlee.com/shop/dion-lee/[eyes]

Bec & Bridge Resort 18 Collection at MBFWA

The Bec & Bridge show was held in a Prada showroom on the Seventh floor of David Jones in the central shopping district. Bec & Bridge is a Sydney-based label run by Becky Cooper and Bridget Yorston who first met at University. Now, with celebrity fans around the globe, the pair showed their Resort 18 collections at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia.

After racing around Sydney’s CBD getting lost in the David Jones buildings with Australian model Steph Claire Smith, we finally found the right building and caught the lift up to the seventh floor. The doors opened to a dark room with a high ceiling, decorated with detailed chandeliers and bustling with the best in the fashion industry – each holding an Aperol Spritz cocktail of course.

Bec & Bridge Eyewear styles

My seat for the show was front row and where the models emerged from curtains onto the runway, the best view in the room! Each model wore a uniquely Australian designed Bec & Bridge piece from their newest Resort 2018 Collection. A few models wore the label’s new eyewear line, matching the French girl looks and mood-board of the show. The frames were thick-rimmed and rectangular shaped with single-colour dark lenses. The colours coincided with the outfits, a bright red frame or a pop of white.

The rigid shapes worked against the flowing girly styles of the new Resort 2018 Collection in a way that was beautifully unique. By disrupting the feminine form and the relaxed look, these glasses definitely made you pay attention! With a retro vibe and the sass of the models, Bec & Bridge perfectly showed their brands style right from the model’s eyes all the way down to her toes.

Dyspnea Runway

One of the most frivolous and exciting shows of Fashion Week was the whimsical Dyspnea runway. Held on a boat in Sydney Harbour, the show was a nice break from the Carriageworks schedule. Silk and denim embellished with sequins, fluff, mesh, embroidery made the show it’s perfect Dyspnea self. One thing I absolutely loved about the show was the accessories, especially the glasses.

The cat eye glasses were hot pink and purple with colour tinted temples of the same colours. The round glasses were baby pink and blue, resembling the classic John Lennon look. The glasses were matched with similar or opposite colours, working with or contrasting against the outfit.

These glasses were so unique and fun for the show. The girls looked amazing in the glasses, confident, happy and on board with the sparked up, ultra-retro Dyspnea theme.