Australian Fashion Labels Going Full Tulle
Fabric trend alert – it’s all about tulle. Australian fashion labels and designers are incorporating this light, sheer material into their latest collections. While bridal wear seems to have always held a special place for tulle, now the red carpet regulars and contemporary fashion houses are also embracing this hot fashion trend. There are more than a few Australian fashion labels that are going “full tulle” at the moment – here are just a few…
Stocked worldwide, iconic Australian fashion label Alice McCall has always embraced the feminine and the playful. Known for floaty, flirty and playful party attire, tulle is an obvious choice for the McCall brand. The label’s intricate designs and carefully chosen fabrics make them a popular choice for fashion weeks, events and parties.
Based in Collingwood, couture designer Yusuf travelled far to showcase his AW20 collection Nomade in Paris Couture Week in June. Among ostrich feathers, Swarovski crystals, sequins and lace, Yusuf’s fondness for tulle was also on display, adding depth to his already detailed designs.
Cristina Tridente’s Australian fashion label is named couture+love+madness. If madness takes the form of tiers upon tiers of tulle, then count us in. Here, elegance meets a contemporary edge. The use of tulle creates a whimsical and romantic element to Cristina’s designs. Not just for weddings, couture+love+madness is regularly seen at red carpets and fashion events. Most recently, Rebecca Morse and Lana Wilkinson each wore a different couture+love+madness gown at the 2019 Logies.
Steven Khalil’s bridal and red carpet looks are huge right now. One of four Australian designers to showcase in Paris, during Couture Fashion Week, his Dame En Fleurs translates to ‘Lady in Flowers’. Khalil’s delicate yet bold use of tulle in this range is inspired by the beauty and strength of flowers.
East of the Sun and West of the Moon is Australian fashion label Paolo Sebastian’s latest AW20 collection. Fairytales and folklore are often the source of inspiration for designer Paul Vasileff. This collection is no exception. Soft tulle overlay is paired perfectly with pearl details, hand-sewn embroidery and darker, more sombre tones. At only 29 years of age, Paul personally designs every gown, creating ethereal works of art.
Steph Audino has always fully embraced the tulle world, since bursting on to the fashion stage in 2011. Audino’s luxury couture and ready-to-wear gowns have been incredibly popular in her home state as well as in Los Angeles. Audino’s brand personality oozes confidence, glamour, luxury and romance, for women of all shapes and sizes.
Colleen Tighe Johnson
A Gomeroi woman from Northern New South Wales, Colleen Tighe Johnson has become one of the most sought-after Aboriginal fashion designers. Her extraordinary, one-off creations are laced with dreamtime stories. The exclusive gowns feature an explosion of colour and pattern, enhanced by the variety of fabrics. Her works are created in collaboration with many local Indigenous artists.