Showcasing some of Australia’s most exciting established and emerging designers, Fashion Palette 2012 is shaping up to be one of the biggest events on Australia’s Fashion Calendar. With names such as Nicola Finetti, Jayson Brunsdon, Arthur Galan, Bettina Liano and Anaessia showing their Spring/Summer 2012/13 collections there is no danger of Fashion Palette being over shadowed by the up by the upcoming Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia (MBFWA).



This unique two-day fashion runway extravaganza will be held at the revamped Carriageworks in Sydney. With a state-of-the-art production, live entertainment and much more, Fashion Palette will give you an insight into the upcoming trends for next season.



Couturing were lucky enough to interview Australian fashion industry legend Nicola Finetti who’s runway show is one of the highlights of this great event. Couturing find out what inspired his latest collection, and why he decided to be involved in this year’s Fashion Palette Event:


1. Why did you decide to be involved in Fashion Palette?

I think Fashion Palette is a great opportunity to showcase our collection to a very eager and excited audience. It is also nice to be part of this type of event that is continually growing and supporting designers – established and upcoming.


2. What is the inspiration behind your Spring/Summer 12/13 collection,
“Sliding Doors”?

The latest collection features an eclectic mix of colours – hot pink, electric blue and yellow – geometric prints and tribal patterns all stitched into modern cuts and topped with metallic accents, fur and leather trims, all tied together with shades of black.

On one side of the door we have a neo-Doris Day vision of mod-meets-punk midriffs teamed with high-waisted pants while on the other side of the door, the elegance of long sheer skirts paired with sophisticated satin shirts. These are blissfully teamed with a chaotic punkish revival inspired by Elvis Presley. The King comes to life in leather-trimmed capes that have had a modern make-over with a feminine touch, pleated silk and leather trim borrowed from the 80s punks of London’s streets. There is if the door ever needs fixing.


3. How do you keep bringing something new to your collections each season, without losing the Nicola Finetti aesthetic?

Inspiration is easily found and always changing. Innovation and the feeling of something new is always present in each of my collections. There is always a story within a story, new luxurious fabrics from all over the world, but still keeping modern cuts, and that feminine but edgy feel.


4. With the retail economy currently going through tough times, why do you think it is important for consumers and the fashion industry to support initiatives such as Fashion Palette?

This works hand in hand with designers and consumers coming together and supporting the fashion and retail industry, it will hopefully increase the economy and it is an enjoyable experience to be part of and be able to contribute to these types of events.


5. What exciting things can we expect from Nicola Finetti this year?

So far, it was exciting to dress Natalie Gruzlewski for the Logies and this year will continue to be amazing with our new collection and new footwear range.



Held on 27 and 28 of April, the line-up is a must see for any fashion lover. Unlike MBFWA, which is an industry only event, Fashion Palette is open to consumers so make sure you get your tickets now as they are selling fast!

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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