Taking place at Carriageworks in Sydney, Afterpay Australian Fashion week (AAFW) 2021 is the first national fashion week held since Milan last year, aka back when the pandemic was beginning to emerge in full form. The five-day event has seen the return of all our fashion week favourites—street style, front-row seats, in-person runway shows, alongside livestreams and masterclasses—as designers from established and emerging brands alike showcased their resort 2022 collections.
Central Saint Martins graduate Jordan Dalah kicked things off on a high note, making his fashion week debut with supersize silhouettes and dresses over trousers. The latter proved to be a prominent trend at AAFW, seen at First Nations Fashion and Design and Oroton. Headscarves made a comeback, bringing the ’60s to 2021 via coordinated sets that matched the clothing at Macgraw, Oroton and Bondi Born. A natural match for resortwear, floral patterns bloomed on the runways of We Are Kindred and Romance Was Born.
As expected, the off-runway looks at Australian Fashion week 2021 were just as memorable. The industrial setting outside Carriageworks allowed the showgoers’ garments to take centrestage. From oversized blazers to an endless array of monochromatic separates, the street style looks consisted of classics, dressed up with an edge. Take a peek at the stylish outfits as captured by photographer Dan Roberts here.