Adelaide Fashion Festival

2015 Adelaide Fashion Festival: Designers Reveal Their Style Crush

Have you ever wondered who the top fashion designers in Adelaide look to for inspiration? Well we have the answers…

Have you ever wondered who the top designers look to for fashion inspiration? Well the who’s who of Adelaide fashion have let us in on a secret and we want to share it with you.

Revealed at the Adelaide Fashion Festival’s official program launch at Sean’s Kitchen a few weeks ago, the designer’s style icons range from music artists and actresses to influential fashion editors and fashion bloggers.

Leandra Medine, the woman behind popular fashion website Man Repeller is Simmone Standing, of Simmone Standing the Label’s ultimate style crush. Standing described Medine’s trademark androgynous look as “sexy and a little bit edgy”.

Gown designer, Jaimie Sortino named singers Florence Welch and Kanye West as two of his style inspirations. The two artists Sortino described couldn’t be more different with Welch usually wearing loose, bohemian garments and West wearing high-end designer street fashion, inspired by hip-hop with a classic twist. Sortino joked his personal style was “…a bit bipolar…it doesn’t know what it is doing”.

Kate Anderson of SIG The Label chose Australian Vogue’s Fashion Director Christine Centenera, because she “always gets it right”. Centenera, pictured below in a Balmain blazer has a world wide following from her polished street style images.

AFF Style Crush

Christine Centenera / Olivia Palermo – / Emmanuelle Alt – Fashion Spot

Naomi Murrell made known her admiration for well-known eccentric Australian designer, Karen Walker stating, “…I think her zest for life and her playful prints are just beautiful”. Alongside from her popular eyewear range, Walker’s designs are known for being colourful and extremely wearable while the designer herself dresses in an elegant yet effortless style.

One of Australia’s most accomplished actresses, Cate Blanchett was Liza Emanuele’s pick. “She pushes the boundaries and she always looks amazing”. The laid back Blanchett won Liza’s approval with not only her personal style, but also her positive attitude towards life.

Paul Vasileff of Paulo Sebastian crowned former reality star, socialite and fashion blogger, Olivia Palermo as his style crush saying her internationally recognised style was effortless and beautiful. Palermo’s style is bold yet classic with a mix of high end, luxury and high-street fashion integrated into her outfits.

Sally Phillips took a step back in time to wonder what Caroline Kennedy would dress like in modern society, as back in her day she was Phillips’ “style guru”.

Vogue Australia’s Pip Maroney chose actress and style icon, Grace Kelly for her effortless elegance. Maroney also spoke of one day wanting to see Kelly’s famous wedding dress up-close and personal.

Australian Fashion Label’s Melanie Flintoft related to Russian it-girl and writer Miroslava Duma, “…a fellow small girl” famous for her street style. Pint sized Duma “can do no wrong,” according to Flintoft.

TY-LR head designer, Chris Kontos elected Paris Vogue’s Editor in Chief, Emmanuelle Alt as his style crush explaining her, “style is so effortless, beautiful and international”. Parisian women are known for dressing well, wearing minimal make-up and unfussed hair. Alt is regularly photographed wearing a basic t-shirts and jeans with either embellished jackets or structured blazers. Her style, while simple, “pushes the envelopes when it comes to fashion” says Kontos.

The Adelaide Fashion Festival this year runs from October 22-25. For further information on the designers or the event, visit

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