Australian Fashion Week: The Highlights So Far

Australian Spring 2013 Fashion Week

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A look from the Zimmermann runway during Australian Spring 2013 Fashion Week.

Between the street style snaps from StreetFSN, Grazia and On the Streets of Sydney and the accounts of bloggers like Susie Bubble and Natalie Joos, we're not going to lie—we're kind of wishing we were Down Under right now. However, according to the Wall Street Journal, Australian Fashion Week, which runs through May 4, is in a bit of a pickle. Big names like Dion Lee (who recently dressed Charlize Theron) and Josh Goot have opted out of this season's shows, citing the importance of building their international presence; another standout label, Little Joe Woman, has gone into administration.

Despite these challenges, we've already seen some great moments on the Sydney runways, and the city's Fashion Week is only half over.

Australian Spring 2013 Fashion Week

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Spring 2013 looks from the Sara Phillips (left) and Ellery (right) fashion shows during Australian Fashion Week.

Zimmermann, designed by sisters Nicky and Simone Zimmermann, has gained quite a Stateside following and is carried at Saks and Bloomingdale's and on Net-a-Porter. This season, the duo mixed pastel florals with cutouts and openwork for a fresh take on the not-so-groundbreaking "florals for spring" trope. Meanwhile, Romance Was Born went cartoon-character chic with a very Avengers lineup on flame-haired models.

Kym Ellery's line, simply called Ellery, consisted of sculptural dresses in deep tones, including a standout strong-shouldered crimson frock. Denim stalwarts Ksubi showed a co-ed lineup of faded denim and chambray (though they mercifully skipped the runway full of rats this time) with Harper's Bazaar Australia's Christine Centenera styling. Among the other standouts so far: Sara Phillips' unusual china prints and the cool 3-D patterns from up-and-coming line An Ode to No One. With two more days of shows, including swimsuit specialists We Are Handsome and Akira Isogawa's intricately printed Akira line.