Sydney’s State Theatre IMG revealed the winners of the 2018 Australian Fashion Laureate Awards on the evening of November 20th. The ceremony honours those who have made a lasting and significant impact on the Australian fashion industry and is a highly respected event.
IMG operates in over 30 countries worldwide and is a global leader in the fields of sport, events, media and fashion. The Australian Fashion Laureate was established in 2008 and winners are chosen by a panel over 30 industry elites. This year’s celebrations were hosted by international supermodel Georgia Fowler and revered comedian Ash Williams and award recipients featured an impressive range of industry leaders.
Best Australian Womenswear was awarded to Romance Was Born. The brand was formed in 2005 by renown duo Anna Plunket and Luke Sales and is recognized for their unique interpretations of themes to create artistic fashion masterpieces.
Australian Fashion Laureate Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Edwina McCann, a previous editor and chief of Vogue Australia.
Best Australian Menswear was awarded to Song for the Mute. The brand is most recognized for their innovative tailored silhouettes.
Best Australian Emerging Designer was awarded to Albus Lumen. Their most recent collection utilizes detailed minimalism with striking contrasts and powerful femininity.
Best Australian Retailer was awarded to Zimmermann, the luxury brand was founded in 1991 by sisters Nicky and Simone Zimmermann.
Best Australian Accessories Designer was presented to Lucy Folk. Their brand presents quirky designs and translates creative mindsets into wearable art pieces for lovers of unconventional fashion.
Model of the Year was awarded to Adut Akech Bior. The 18-year-old model made her debut in the Saint Laurent Summer Spring 2017 show and has amassed an impressive social following.
Outstanding Editorial was presented to Georges Antoni. The fashion photographer has led an impressive career, featuring in publications such as Vogue, Oyster and Vanity Fair.
The International Impact Honouree for this year’s ceremony was Russel James. The fine art photographer’s career has spanned two decades, where he has featured on the pages of some of the fashion industries most revered publications in addition to publishing five fine-art solo books.