IT’S ALMOST that time of the year again, when New York shows the fashion world why it has always been and will always be the place to be in September.


New York Fashion Week kicks off on September 8 – just days after Australia finishes celebrating Melbourne Spring Fashion Week – and packs almost 70 shows into seven days.

And – as always – Australia’s best-of-the-best will be making the long journey from our springtime shores to show the world what we have to offer.

This year, Australian events production company Fashion Palette has announced its preliminary schedule which includes 16 of the most talented Australian designers.

“Fashion Palette provides Australian labels with the opportunity to present their collections to top tier US and international buyers from department stores including Bloomingdales, SAKS, Nordstrom and Farfetch to name a few, as well as global media, stylists and bloggers,” Fashion Palette founder Sonya Mefaddi said.


The designers are set to showcase their Ready-To-Wear and Swim/Resort collections during the event with the Fashion Palette line-up featuring both established and emerging Australian fashion talent based on the designer’s industry skill, strength of their current seasonal collection and their potential to succeed on the international market.

This is the sixth Fashion Palette event in New York, supporting Australian designer to help grow local businesses in the palette

Among the Australian Designers showcased at Fashion Palette New York Fashion Week 2016 will include Con Ilio, Sally Skoufis, Frankie Swimwear, Sabo Luxe, Alpha Be, Sara Bailes, Miljana, BOSSA, Cristahlea, Ark Swimwear, Lil and Emm, Ete Swimwear, Natalie Rolt, Stephanie Chehade, Sui Generis and Homebodii.

Mefaddi said their organisation strived to give local designers “a platform that they may otherwise not have access to”.

Fashion Palette 1st Show Spring 2016 New York City September 10, 2015

Many previously featured designers at Fashion Palette’s runway shows have achieved long term success in the US market, including contemporary designer Bettina Liano who opened her first US outpost after showing with Fashion Palette.

“Our goal remains showcasing top Australian design talent to further establish the country as a top resource for creativity and fashion,” Mefaddi said.

Previous runways shows hosted by Fashion Palette have included such Australian designers as Tony Mativecski, Aurelio Costarella, Steven Khalil, Samantha Wills, Akira and Bowe Wong who recently showed at Haute Couture Week in Paris.