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ELLE Insider: The Most Memorable Moments From Afterpay Australian Fashion Week, Day Five

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Sadly, the time has come for us to bid adieu to this year's Afterpay Australian Fashion Week.

But thankfully, the last day of Sydney's annual fashion festival came to a close with some of the most remarkable, inspiring and downright applaude-worthy shows.

Kicking off the first show on the last complete day, Alix Higgins celebrated its debut AAFW show with a Resort '23 presentation filled with striking silky fabrications and an abundance of playful prints.

Next up, Anna Antal's retro collection saw prints and silhouettes inspired by decades past for a presentation that was sans the runway. But what did the rest of the final day have in store? Well, allow us to fill you in the unmissable moments.

Below, ELLE Australia takes you inside the five most memorable moments from the final day of AAFW.

Alix Higgins

Alix Higgins. © Provided by Are Media Pty Ltd Alix Higgins.

Watching any designer make their runway debut is always a cherished moment. For Alix Higgins, who dedicated the show to their mother, the ethereal collection presentation was a moment that will forever be regarded as special.


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The show's casting was extremely diverse and the makeup an extension of Higgins' signature aesthetic, a little bit unexpected, different yet a joy to behold.

Of course, Higgins' quintessential striped prints and arial fonts were a highlight, but the addition of new textures like netting and billowy silhouettes were a welcome addition.

Anna Antal

Anna Antal. © Provided by Are Media Pty Ltd Anna Antal.

Anna Antal transported guests literally off-site to Chippendale and figuratively to Marrakech, taking inspiration from the "acid bright spaces" of Riad El Fenn. Rather than a traditional runway, designer Michelle Tucker (whose grandmother launched her eponymous brand in Hungary in 1922) opted for an immersive salon-style experience. Models created scenes wearing 60s and 70s inspired silhouettes in bright oranges, clashing greens, and jelly-crystal pink. A vibrant and dreamy collection.

GYRE

GYRE. © Provided by Are Media Pty Ltd GYRE.

Sustainable swimwear label Gyre's collection was a lesson in letting the silhouettes do the talking. A largely monochrome collection (interspersed with a few fresh prints), the swimwear was classically cut and the garments were silky, timeless, and had a quality that imitated the flow of water. Definitely one (or two, or three) to add to your next beach holiday wardrobe.

All Is A Gentle Spring

All Is A Gentle Spring. © Provided by Are Media Pty Ltd All Is A Gentle Spring.

One of the last shows of the week was All Is A Gentle Spring, the buzzy new label known for its corsetry. Taking place off site at Balmain's town hall for that high school production vibe, All Is A Gentle Spring showed a collection that was pure sex appeal, with corsets mixed in with the more subtle sexiness of a staple blouse leaving just a flash of skin above the skirt. Designer Isabelle Hellyer concealed couture techniques like spiral steel boning in the garments, and we can't wait to get our hands on some.

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