The Australian Five

Fashion might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think about Australia, but a recent event at the Crosby Street Hotel proved you might be missing out. The Woolmark Company and Australians in New York Fashion Foundation brought together a so-called Australian Five, a quintet of young designers working with the top-quality Merino wool that is one of the country’s best-known exports. Christopher Esber, Ellery, Fernando Frisoni, Magdalena Velevska, and Michael Lo Sordo each presented a selection of looks that demonstrated a sharp modernism and flair for color and print. While each designer showed a clearly unique sensibility, there was a common sense of futurism to the pieces, each aimed squarely forward making the case for some more attention for the distant continent. (photos Michael Elmquist)

Model wearing one of Christopher Esber‘s creations

Designer Michael Lo Sordo

Designer Magdalena Velevska

Designer Fernando Frisoni‘s designs

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