The winners of the 2016 Australian Fashion Laureate Awards were announced today at a ceremony hosted at the iconic Sydney Opera House Bennelong Restaurant. Australian designer Toni Maticevski was awarded Australian fashion’s most prestigious award, the Australian Fashion Laureate. Additional winners included ELLERY for Best Australian Womenswear, Strateas.Carclucci for Best Australian Menswear, Parlour X for Best Australian Retailer and macgraw for Best Australian Emerging Designer.
A respected icon in Australian fashion, Toni Maticevski was awarded the Australian Fashion Laureate in recognition of his artisanal craft and innovative design, continuously breaking barriers in Australian fashion. Maticevski’s use of complex drapery, meticulous tailoring and architectural design has deemed his championship in Australian fashion. Maticevski has been exemplary in driving a successful business whilst producing majestic creations true to the heart of his brand.
The event brought together a number of notables within the fashion industry, with Editor-at-Large of news.com.au Melissa Hoyer acting as emcee. “The Australian Fashion Laureate continues to honour individuals and brands who make Australian fashion an important force in the international arena. I feel honoured to be a part of presenting these awards to such deserving designers and icons in our industry,” said Hoyer.
“I am delighted to announce this year’s industry elected Australian fashion icon and 2016 Australian Fashion Laureate recipient, Toni Maticevski. I’d also like to congratulate the recipients across all categories and thank them for their dedication, creativity and passion for the Australian fashion industry” said Natalie Xenita, Head of Fashion Sales & Brand Management, Asia Pacific, IMG. “It’s also exciting to see the rise and growth of Strateas.Carlucci a brand to be awarded Best Menswear, as it was only last year that they were awarded Best Emerging Designer.”
Now in its ninth year, the Australian Fashion Laureate celebrates professionals whose careers have promoted and advanced the Australian fashion industry internationally and is truly a distinct honour as they are voted for by a panel of industry peers. Toni Maticevski joins the likes of previous Laureate winners including Nancy Pilcher, Nicky and Simone Zimmermann of Zimmermann, Jenny Kee, Collette Dinnigan, Pamela Easton and Lydia Pearson of Easton Pearson, Carla Zampatti, Akira Isogawa as well as Simon Lock.
The Australian Fashion Laureate Awards are presented by the NSW Government and IMG to recognise the outstanding creative achievements of the nation’s fashion industry.
NSW Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events Stuart Ayres extended his congratulations and said, “From pioneers who have paved the way on the world stage, to emerging designers and retailers making their mark, this year’s Australian Fashion Laureate winners reflect the depth and expertise of this important creative industry.”
The winners for the Australian Fashion Laureate Awards are:
THE AUSTRALIAN FASHION LAUREATE
BEST AUSTRALIAN WOMENSWEAR
BEST AUSTRALIAN MENSWEAR
BEST AUSTRALIAN RETAILER
BEST AUSTRALIAN EMERGING DESIGNER