Australia’s biggest fashion week is all over for another year, but its effects will stretch for months to come. Here are some of the highlights that NAJO designers took home from Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia 2019.


What the guests were wearing

One of the most apparent trends from the Sydney style set in attendance was the matching two-piece suit – something we’ve rarely seen in such abundance since Working Girl. This time around, the suits were both tailored and unstructured. Relaxed and elegant styles counted equally in the style stakes so long as top + bottom were in perfect sync.

What was accessorising the runway

Jewellery-wise, there were plenty of statement earrings accenting the resort collections, as seen at Bec + Bridge and Aje. Even the tailored minimalism of Anna Quan’s collection included some large-yet-fine gold hoops and pendants.

What was beautiful

Our favourite beauty trend to emerge from this year’s shows was what Vogue dubbed the ‘elevated knot’, that is, an updated take on the basic top knot. At Bondi Born, the look was particularly intricate, with Renya Xydis conceiving “squiggly” up-dos for the designer swimwear brand. It was also the dominant beauty trend at the Lee Mathews Resort 2020 show.

What trends felt timeless

The equestrian-inspired scarf prints at Jonathan Simkhai felt like future classics, especially paired with oversized hoop earrings, and from the same designer, a couple of modern takes on the tuxedo dress, one wonderfully offset by a large cuff on the wrist.

See more highlights from the week at #MBFWA.