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In a time where many Australian designers have fallen victim to the tough economic climate, Carla Zampatti showed why she has continued to be one of the major players in the fashion industry. Officially launching this year’s Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia with a dramatic runway show in Sydney’s historic Carriageworks, Zampatti, presented a beautiful collection of red carpet worth gowns.

The runway was lit up with low hanging lights, perfect for reflecting the slick, sleek hair created by guru Darren Borthwick for Redken Australia. For the makeup, the talented Nigel Stanislaus created a clean, modern look carrying on the wet look of the hair with dewy skin and a very thin reverse winged eyeliner on the lower eye.

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The show opened with a collection on modern black pieces with 70’s inspired silhouettes, such as flared, bell bottom pants, cut-out sheath dresses and sheer lace detailing and moved into a sea of white, punctuated with bold pops of chartreuse and cobalt blue.

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There was plenty of wedding inspiration, with classic white gowns given a tough edge with black ballet inspired wrappings around the hands and ankles. Zampatti introduced sheer elements to her wedding collection, perfect for the modern bride looking for a dress which maintains a traditional silhouette with a daring touch.

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To close the show, Zampatti presented a series of brightly hued gowns constructed from a flowing georgette. The elegant gowns were paired with feather jackets, adding an angelic touch to the serene feel of the flowing material.

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To compliment her collection, Zampatti teamed up with dynamic milliner Hat Maker and customisable shoe label Shoes of Prey to create custom looks for her show.

Zampatti’s show cemented her as one of our iconic designers and certainly set a high bar for what is set to be a exciting week of fashion.

Images by Matthew Raabus

About The Author

Lisa Teh

Lisa Teh is the Editor-in-chief of, one of Australia's top fashion, beauty and lifestyle resources. She has worked on campaigns with brands including David Jones, Myer, Mecca Cosmetica, Simone Perele, Lenovo and L'Oreal. She recently appeared in Couturing's exclusive Australian Fashion Week reality web series, The Frow, alongside top industry names including Toni Maticevski and Maybelline Creative Director Nigel Stanislaus.

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