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It is very rare that an emerging label surprises me. There are hundreds that I love, admire and respect, but few that launch a debut collection that actually surprises me. Erik-Yvon did exactly that last Thursday June 11th when he released his debut collection XX-XY at Belleville in Melbourne.

Not one to shy away from colour or creative exorbitance, Erik-Yvon’s knack of pushing boundaries has seen his namesake label recognised by the Australian Wool Awards and Australian Fashion Awards. He seems to stand out where ever he goes too; his vibrant Mauritius heritage and love of prints and patterns is hard to miss.

The most intriguing thing about Erik-Yvon and his label, is that most of what he makes is unisex, and that, coupled with it’s eco-friendly, ethically produced, small run and exclusive nature, makes this one hell of a coveted label.

And most of Melbourne seems to agree – there wasn’t an empty seat in the house at his launch and as a few hundred guests watched elbow-to-elbow and heel-to-heel, his androgynous collection spiraled around the room draped on babes and boys alike. For a designer who has only recently graduated (RMIT), showcasing a 20-something piece collection is impressive, to say the least, and complete with tribal-pop makeup and moves to boot, this was no ordinary launch.

Support Erik-Yvon’s cause and help him to continue manufacturing locally by donating to his Pozible cause now at http://www.pozible.com/project/196412

The Fashion Advocate x

The Fashion Advocate Australian made fashion, beauty and lifestyle brands, Melbourne fashion blogger

The Fashion Advocate Australian made fashion, beauty and lifestyle brands, Melbourne fashion blogger

The Fashion Advocate Australian made fashion, beauty and lifestyle brands, Melbourne fashion blogger

The Fashion Advocate Australian made fashion, beauty and lifestyle brands, Melbourne fashion blogger

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