Grace O’Neill is the Digital Fashion Editor at Harper’s Bazaar, Elle and Cosmopolitan Australia. As someone who lives and breathes fashion, we couldn’t wait to show her this year’s incredible Flaunter Emerging candidates. If there’s someone who can spot a designer to watch a mile away, it’d be Grace – so take note!
Congratulations to all the students selected as Grace’s Faces to Watch!
“I was so blown away by the level of entrants. Further proof of how incredibly talented local designers are, and that our institutions are world class.”
EMILIA CLICCHIA – RMIT
“This collection was a stand-out for me. It takes a sophisticated young designer to tread the line between the theatrics of fashion (dying for the oversized lace-hemmed hat) and creating a commercially viable product. The experimentation with oversized silhouettes sits alongside the more wearable fabrics and shapes seamlessly. Love it.”
SAMANTHA GUSS – RMIT
“This is such a fun, playful collection – fashion that doesn’t take itself too seriously while still being extremely well-designed. I love the experimental knitwear and the colour palette – it’s so optimistic and reminds me of one of my favourite new designers, Sies Marjan.”
LUCII MARTYR – UTS
“I really enjoyed the romanticism of Lucii Martyr’s collection. The attention to detail is amazing and I love how she experiments with volume. Beautiful.”
NATALIE JURJEVIC – WHITEHOUSE
“Natalie Jurjevic really taps into that elevated streetwear sensibility that fashion is in love with right now. It’s refreshing to see a young designer who is so restrained – sticking to a few key pieces and doing them well is the key to building a strong brand.”
GILLIAN GARDE – TAFE
@gilliangardethelabel // gilliangarde.com
“Gillian’s collection stood out as one of the commercially viable collection, which is a really good thing. I can see that ruched drop top becoming a Sydney summer staple! I enjoy her use of graphic prints too.”
GRACE’S HONOURABLE MENTION
EMILY VALDECK – WHITEHOUSE