We’ve been looking forward to the 2016 Flaunter Emerging Designer Showcase since the the day our inaugural campaign wrapped up this time in 2015…not because it’s a cruisy way for us to spend the end of the year (our campaign coordinator’s Emerging Campaign email folder is probably going to hit the 400 mark by the end of the afternoon…) but because today’s graduates are tomorrow’s Australian Fashion industry, and we love that our platform can provide an opportunity to connect these graduates to fashion journalists both here and abroad.
The collections produced by the class of 2016 were incredibly varied. The level of polish and maturity of design across the board was far beyond what we’d have expected from graduates…not to mention that almost every single panellist this year told us they found it very difficult to keep their selections to just 5 designers.  We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: the future of Australian Fashion is bright.
Needless to say, when scheduling conflicts meant our team had an opportunity to jump in as last-minute guest panellists in the 2016 campaign, we were pretty excited.
Here are Team Flaunter’s 5 Emerging Faces to Watch:
 
DANNIELLE POSADOWSKI, Whitehouse Institute of Design, Melbourne
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Taking a leaf out of Amanda Stavropoulos’ book, we simply had to include Dannielle’s collection because we want to wear it all (Yes, even this completely see-though chain top) We love the elongated layers, the clean lines and the palette she’s combined here.  To top it off, Dannielle has collaborated with Melbourne leathergoods designer Martine Van Reesema to create some super desirable bags to accompany her graduate collection.  We’re counting down the days until they’re available for us to add to cart (Pre-fall ’17 here we come!)
CHERYL CHEW, RMIT
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We love the considered deconstruction, the layering, the strength and femininity displayed in Chew’s graduate collection.  Don’t even get us started on her collection shoot- Cheryl has created the world’s coolest colour-blocked girl-gang, and we want in.
JOLIE CHATFIELD, QUT
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Experimenting with a number of colours and textiles, as well as the most flattering of silhouettes, Chatfield is has creating a collection we could see walking right off the runway and into a high-end boutique.  We can’t wait to see her next offering, especially if this all-denim look is anything to go by (and as an aside, what an Instagram feed!)
AGNES BOEN, UTS
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Agnes first caught our eye at the UTS graduate parade, and has been on our minds ever since.  Her colour palette, the layers, the combination textures & fine detailing.  Every aspect of her collection has been meticulously considered, and yet, completely effortless.
ELLEN CHANDLER, QUT
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What we find most enticing about Ellen’s collection is that the more you look, the more you see. Chandler has taken conventionally masculine textiles and tailored details and combined them in the most delightfully unexpected ways.  This collection is full of discovery, and we can’t take our eyes off it.
Stay tuned tomorrow to see who Leah White, Editor of Fashion Journal has selected as her 5 Emerging Faces to Watch…