AFC AT NYFW SS20

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AFC AT NYFW SS20

New York Fashion Week will see a host of AFC Members showcasing in runways and trade events this September. The AFC will also be holding a series of exclusive industry events during the week to celebrate our local designers and facilitate networking opportunities. With special thanks to Bluestone Lane, The Woolmark Company, the Australian Consulate-General in NYC, jac + bean, Handpicked Wines and Four Pillars Gin.

Here’s a look at some of the incredible local designers you’ll find in the global spotlight. 

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AFC MEMBERS TO LOOK OUT FOR

Dion Lee | Manning Cartell | Brigid McLaughlin | House of Campbell | Pared Eyewear | Hansen & Gretel | Acler | Outland Denim

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DION LEE

Dion Lee is a designer brand hailing from Sydney, Australia, established in 2009 by its eponymous Creative Director. The Dion Lee aesthetic is technical with an intelligent sensuality.  Each collection marries innovative construction, with a consciousness of the female form. 

 Dion Lee will be showing its Spring 2020 Runway Collection during NYFW on September 11 at 4pm. For further information, please contact via press@dionlee.com


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MANNING CARTELL

The collective vision of three sisters, Manning Cartell is a celebration of femininity, strength and beauty. 

For over a decade Manning Cartell has been recognised as one of Australia's most sought-after women’s ready to wear brands. Sisters Cheryl, Vanessa and Gabrielle Manning combine their shared love of innovation, sustainability and strong, yet feminine design to develop collections of exceptional quality, sourcing luxurious fabrics globally to be ethically produced at their headquarters in Sydney, Australia. 

Manning Cartell has been proudly accredited by Ethical Clothing Australia since 2012 and grown to include seven stand-alone domestic boutiques and select retailers, along with an exclusive partnership with esteemed United States department store Barneys New York, all while garnering an enviable fan base of stylish women amongst the likes of Margot Robbie, Amal Clooney, Jessica Biel, Bella and Gigi Hadid. 

Exquisite dresses and versatile separates set the perfect canvas for rich detailing. Innovative fabrics, bold colour and print are expressed in a fusion of modern technology with traditional craft. 

With values of integrity, authenticity and honesty close to the brand’s heart, Manning Cartell designs for fearless, modern women everywhere, which continues to drive expansion for the brand in Australia and internationally. 

Manning Cartell will be showing their SS20 Collection in New York by appointment only on the 9th of September – 11th of September. Please email stacey@caldwellcreativestudio.com to make an appointment. 


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BRIGID MCLAUGHLIN

The PORCELAIN Brigid McLaughlin Resort 20 collection will be shown at Coterie New York for the first time this September, in their new concept area titled “Destination”. Brigid McLaughlin is excited to be included in the “Destination” selection at Coterie New York after its successful launch at Miami Swim earlier in the year.

The PORCELAIN Brigid McLaughlin Collection is Australian resort dressing at its best. 

The collection is renowned for its natural fabrications, exclusively designed and created textiles and hand finished detail. At Brigid McLaughlin they create finely crafted clothing; Slow Clothing which they believe to be the New Luxury, Artisanal, Sustainable and Ethical.

The collection will be shown for the first time to the American market at; Coterie, Jacob Javits Centre NYC, September 15-17 2019, Level 1 DESTINATION Booth 740. For further information or to make an appointment please contact brigid@brigidmclaughlin.com.


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HOUSE OF CAMPBELL

House of Campbell speaks to the leaders, innovators and visionaries - not simply fashion followers.

Their well-crafted, bold designs move beyond the runway to boardrooms and bars. House of Campbell believes that beauty does not exist in one size and strives to increase inclusivity in fashion.

Led by Creative Director, Abby Potter, House of Campbell’s signature style combines vivid, daring statement pieces coupled with soft, dreamy aesthetics, empowering women to tell their story, their way.

In conjunction with Fashion Palette, they will be showing their debut collection, Heroine, at New York Fashion Week 2019. With a commitment to slowing fashion, House of Campbell will showcase inter-seasonal styling, which takes their designs from winter, through spring and even into summer. 

For further information please contact enquiries@houseofcampbell.com.au.


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PARED EYEWEAR

Pared Eyewear is the Australian fashion eyewear brand committed to making beautiful and unique product. Pared collections are always anticipated for their quality and individuality, combining new and interesting materials to create a special product. Launched in early 2013, the the brand has evolved to have a strong following worldwide with a number of successful collaborations, giving their customers something new and exciting each season.  

Each frame design is considered and detail focused, a collection of handmade sunglasses grounded in the fundamentals of clean lines, smooth shapes and lasting comfort. Each Pared style balances a sense of old and new, masculine and feminine, classic and modern. Distinct yet cohesive materials, from metals and crystals to leather and stones, add depth and detail to sculpted acetate frames. Creative director Samantha Stevenson's organic, sensory approach to design takes cues from travel, art and architecture. Collections are inspired by places, memories and eras that evoke endless summers and eternal blue skies.

This season, Pared are inspired by artists, sculptures, ceramics and a free spirit. Here a natural colour palette is contrasted with bright solid tones. Layers of acetate form special lines with new shapes, experimenting with new tortoshells. The collection focuses on key collaborations with Bec & Bridge where a third partnership frame ‘Big Mamma’ is launched alongside PE Nation, Staerk & Christensen and The Salty Blonde.

Along with the collaboration, Pared will also be showcasing new shapes in their best selling Pared main line at DESTINATION, Coterie. A new concept, Destination is a curated neighborhood within the main New York shows that will focus on international resort and travel collections.

To view the look book click here . To book an appointment please contact gina@pared.com.au


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HANSEN & GRETEL

Ainsley Hansen is the designer and creative director of Australian fashion label Hansen & Gretel, the largest stocked boutique brand in Australia, expanding internationally in 2018.

Hansen’s design ethos encompasses a certain ‘femininity with bite’. Sharp, uncomplicated, and cut to compliment the female form; often underscored with a boyish accent.

The name Hansen & Gretel was chosen to represent this synthesis of masculine feminine, that yin & yang where Hansen is a nod to the designer’s father’s name, and an ode to the brand’s mannish trace. ‘Gretel’ really constitutes for the idea of womanhood, the girl, the sister, and our journey as female’s which is always a prevalent theme in each collection.

Appointments available by request via katekilley@theknownagency.com and samantha@theknownagency.com.

Spring 2020 Collection Here Now, showing from 9 - 12 September 2019. Address: 457 Broome Street, 2F New York NY 10013


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ACLER

Established in 2014 by Australian design duo Julia Ritorto & Kathryn Forth, Acler had a clear brand ethos from the very beginning - the concept of clarity was fundamental in its inception, not only represented in the aesthetic, but also the design methodology.

Ritorto and Forth sought to rebel against the cookie-cutter digital design that has become common place within the fashion industry. Their determination was to bring the design process back to its fundamentally tactile roots, evolving the process of traditional pattern making.

Each collection shows meticulous construction and promotes longevity of design. Acler embodies modern femininity both in the soft silhouettes, but also in sculptural shapes which embrace the female form. There is a strong focus on textural fabrication with intricate lace, linen, embellished cotton and silk satin highlighting each range.

Acler will be showing their SS20 collection during NYFW and PFW in The Known Agency’s NY and Paris showrooms. For enquiries please contact Samantha Etchells - samantha@theknownagency.com


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OUTLAND DENIM

Outland Denim crafts premium denim jeans designed to bring the worlds of their seamstresses and their customers closer together. Outland Denim source the finest raw materials from around the world while offering sustainable employment and training opportunities to women who have experienced exploitation. They have proven that a sustainable career path and holistic approach to supporting their staff is the key to true social change in not only the lives of their staff but their families and communities.

Outland Denim was founded as an avenue for the training, employment, and career progression for women who had experienced exploitation. Today they welcome employees from varying backgrounds of vulnerability and social injustice to elevate people into prosperity via opportunity, skills acquisition, living wages and education.

Outland Denim do business in a way that makes sense for today, tomorrow, and for future generations by employing industry-leading water and energy reducing technology, and investing into research in-house and in partnership with universities and governments around the world. They source the finest raw materials from suppliers who share in their mission and excel in social and environmental responsibility. Every button, rivet, and stitch is carefully selected by their designers with intention to minimise impact on the environment and to mitigate the risk of exploitation in their supply chain.

Outland Denim will be celebrating NYFW with Who Are They and THR3EFOLD at their NYFW Ethical Pop Up store, running from September 5th to 7th at SoHo's Arlo Hotel. For details, contact HQ Australia via athina@outlanddenim.com


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AND WHAT ARE WE DOING IN NEW YORK?

AFC’s Designers Abroad program is built to support Australia’s fashion labels on a global scale, by assisting them to grow their export capability and their global networks. The AFC is proud to continue to project a positive and contemporary image of Australia in key global fashion cities, such as New York. With special thanks to Bluestone Lane, The Woolmark Company, the Australian Consulate-General in NYC, Handpicked Wines and Four Pillars Gin.

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Industry Networking Event

In celebration of the Australian fashion and textiles industry abroad, the Australian Fashion Council (AFC) and The Woolmark Company will co-host an exclusive event with Bluestone Lane in New York. As part of the AFC Designers Abroad program at New York Fashion Week, the networking event will focus on creating invaluable commercial and media connections for Australian designers showing at NYFW, while helping to raise the profile of Australian fashion on a global scale.

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Business Breakfast Session

The AFC will host a business breakfast session, in collaboration with agency jac + bean and with support from the Australian Consulate-General in NYC. Featuring a line up of speakers including McKinsey & Co, the workshop will delve into all facets of growing a fashion label in the US market. 

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Bluestone Lane ‘Beach Collective’

The AFC has been a key supporter of the Bluestone Lane ‘Beach Collective’ retail activation, currently featuring MATTEAU, THE UPSIDE, Pared Eyewear, State of Escape, Hansen & Gretel, P Johnson, Mara & Mine, Desmond & Dempsey and Dr Roebuck’s. The activation will be open until October 14th 2019 at Bluestone Lane in Montauk, NY. Bluestone Lane will also feature a one day version of the pop up during NYFW at 11 Howard on September 10. Details Here >>

STAY TUNED

Stay tuned for updates and keep an eye out for coverage of some of our incredible members during NYFW!