5 Hot Emerging Australian Designers

Above: Sarah Ellen wearing Daniel Avakian striped pants.

Wear these hot emerging Australian designers at the races to turn heads and show you’re in the know.

Macgraw little bo dress theraces.com.au

Above: Macgraw little bo dress in floral


Since their 2014 Australian Fashion Week debut, Sydney sisters Tessa and Beth MacGraw’s self-titled (minus the capital ‘G’) label Macgraw has won multiple accolades – including the 2016 BT Emerging Fashion Designer Award and the 2016 Tiffany & Co. National Designer Award – for its feminine, romantic aesthetic. The sisters manufacture the range in Australia, so you’re buying local, and their lace peekaboo frocks strike a delightful balance between demure and flirty – perfect for race day.

Anna Quan jumpsuit theraces.com.au

Above: The Anna Quan jumpsuit worn by Kendall Jenner to Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s pre-wedding luncheon.

Anna Quan

Strong, tailored silhouettes, luxe fabrics and meticulously crafted details have attracted major praise for Sydney-based designer Anna Hoang, the talent behind upcoming label Anna Quan. Kendall Jenner is a fan, and the striking but wearable pieces appeal to women who crave quality and a little more substance than fast fashion fads.

Daniel Avakian tori midi skirt theraces.com.au

Above: Daniel Avakian tori midi skirt

Daniel Avakian

Wear Daniel Avakian’s eponymous label and you’ll join a fan club including Jennifer Hawkins, Delta Goodrem and Samantha Harris, who appreciate his stunning frocks, as well as the boys from Human Nature, who rock his sleek suiting. Look out for Daniel’s nineties-inspired, bias-cut slip dress in jewel-bright shades – hailed as the 2016 It Dress, and an odds-on winner for spring racing carnivals.



The lovechild of Sydney-born, NYC-based fashion blogger Alexandra Spencer and her good friend Teale Talbot, Realisation has already received the blessing of Alexa Chung – who wore their pretty white Christy dress to a New Year party and raved about it to her 2.3 million Instagram followers – as well as Bella Hadid and Jessica Gomes. The duo adds pieces to their range whenever they feel creative, so it’s constantly evolving.

Matin Studio theraces.com.au

Image credit: Matin Studio

Matin Studio

Designers Lucy and Michelle Perrett use natural fabrics to create a look that’s both refined and boho, inspired by French starlets of the 1970s. These garments are thoroughly Australian, though – they’re made locally and influenced by the fresh outdoors of the designers’ Sydney beachside neighbourhood. Romantic dresses with crochet detailing and simple silk slips are eye-catching enough to stand alone and understated enough to dress right up with a statement hat and shoes. Spring Carnival perfection.

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