I’m a bit behind on posting about this, but there are just too many things to report during NYFW—especially when there’s a show featuring all of Australia’s top new designers S/S 2013 collections!

Unlike how I mentioned in my recent post about how Fashion Week is NOT as glamorous as you think, I somehow managed to end up in the front row of this show at one of my favorite photo studios, Canoe, when some PR person grabbed me to sit in front—in the company of Kristin Chenoweth and Kelly Bensimon. It was a total fluke, I swear.

So, I had a great view to recap the highlights for you:

AKIRA felt like you were transported somewhere between Asia and St. Tropez. The caftans and kimono-inspired garments in bold colors and Asian prints were wearable enough that they didn’t seem costume-like. For me the highlights of this show was the amazing styling of it, including two-toned wedges and colored feathered and circular headpieces, which made the designs more high fashion than beach-wear.

BOWIE may sound like it should be androgynous glam rock style, but there were more romantic gowns fit for a bride (or an exhibitionist that wants a sheer gown). The attention to detail and intricate construction of the garments could be appreciated by anyone, even if it wasn’t for everyone. The capes and bauble details were nearly breathtaking as they strutted by, but then upon closer examination, you see—or hear—that they were actually hundreds of jingle bells. There would be no need for “hear comes the bride” or announcing one’s arrival on the red carpet with any of Bowie’s show-stopping designs.

NOMIKI GLYNASTIS made me want to get married all over again—or at least excited to work on a wedding editorial I’m styling in a few weeks. The gowns had that old Hollywood feel mixed with modern bling and details (the peplum trend is here to stay it seems). These designs were elegant enough that anyone could wear them, but pretty much pre-accessorized for the woman that doesn’t want to be bothered with doing it herself.

BETTY TRAN and her designs have that je ne sais quoi every woman strives to have. The looks were one part 70’s Halston era and one part 90’s minimalism, with a refreshing bold color palette mixed with summer whites (which are going strong for another yet another season it seems). The emerald green low-back glistening gown was a striking finale to the tailored chic pieces.

Other designers featured in this extensive show include: MATICEVSKI, BETTINA LIANO, PIJU, JATINE, & SAMANTHA WILLS