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Couture, high fashion and elegance; Brisbane Arcade is home to some of Queensland’s most loved and well-known names in the industry. At the heart of Brisbane City in Queen Street Mall, the heritage-listed Brisbane Arcade has organically forged its following and loyal clientele over the last 9 decades. 

Known as the ‘crux of Queensland couture’, Brisbane Arcade has been home to numerous designers, dressmakers, artisans and jewelers since first opening in the early the 1920’s. Cemented from the very beginning as a fashionable destination, its tenants have dressed and impressed the industry with the finest of fashions for over 90 years.

Before joining forces with Pamela Easton to create ‘Easton Pearson’, Lydia Pearson first opened her own store in Brisbane Arcade, alongside the likes of now household names Tengdahl and Pia Du Pradal. When Renata Blauel married Elton John in 1984, she wore Keri Craig – a Brisbane Arcade favourite. It reads as one of Australia’s stylish centers of fashion, boasting a long list of designers and couturiers that have dressed the world over.

On Wednesday 27th August for the 9th annual Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival, the Brisbane Arcade Group Show revealed the latest couture collections from some of our favourites.

Living up to the long list of design awards under her belt, the latest collection from Hwa Sook Lee Bora for BORA continued the label’s tradition of contrasting textiles and tones with conventional couture silhouettes. Strong block colour combinations of black and pink were balanced with delicate uses of lace and beading, presenting a strikingly dominant yet still feminine collection. 

An all-black collection from Daniel Lightfoot showcased an enduring love for the female form, focusing on traditional curves, delicate drapery and a refined sophistication.

Darb Couture was among the most well received collections of the evening, delivering an entrancing new range of bridal and formal gowns. Intricate beading, lace, fine details and soft layers drew together stunning A-line silhouettes, focusing on chic long lines and a reflection of 1950s glamour Dior.

Always an event standout, The Irma J Smith House of Design showcased playful prints and Summer brights for a fresh twist on the traditional work wardrobe, alongside formal and cocktail attire in luxe fabrics and dramatic long lengths. 

Maiocchi is never one to disappoint and with a recent rebrand and new collection, the Brisbane favourite is as strong as ever. A combination of full skirts and pencil lines pulled together a quirky collection of feminine and confident pieces, perfect for a demanding and day-to-night wardrobe. Delicate lace trims, flattering hourglass cuts and flirty Summer florals made for one of the best Maiocchi releases yet.

Pia du Pradal styled the professional suit in a colourful new direction, showcasing a sassy and seductive collection. Pastels were contrasted with warm block colours and traditional silhouettes toned down abstract prints. Lengths and cuts remained classic to balance a hint of eccentricity, delivering a beautifully wearable collection.   

Resonating with a younger audience, Tengdahl showcased a bohemian-themed collection, focusing on layered looks, loose fits and free-form designs. Strong and block reds juxtaposed a gentle mix of cool and warm geometric prints, all tied together by luxe draping silks and flowing fabrics. Elegant yet eclectic, the latest from Tengdahl is a playful and pliable collection.

The Fashion Advocate x 



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