Apr 27, 2011 12:00AM

Our Picks for RAFW

Our hit list for RAFW 2011.

With Rosemount Australian Fashion Week just around the corner we thought we would put together our hit list for you.

Arnsdorf

Melbourne-born (now New York-based) designer Jade Sarita Arnott has been turning heads with her label Arnsdorf since 2007. Initially, her sorbet-coloured jeans and clean, tailored pieces were her calling card, but more recent collections have also seen her working with neoprene panelling and geometric prints. The RMIT graduate treats her collections as an author would, developing a narrative that allows her to tap into her own personal feelings and memories. Whatever her method, it works, and we want everything in our wardrobes.

When: Monday May 2, 12.00pm

Lover

Susien Chong and Nic Briand, the lovers behind Lover, are fashion's quiet achievers. Sure, you may not have seen them show at RAFW for a few years, but that doesn't mean they have been kicking back. Their collections - best known for a combination of delicate pieces in lace and silk, cheek-skimming short shorts and immaculately tailored blazers - are now found in some of the best boutiques around the globe and on the pages of many a cult fashion-blog, most notably Fashion Toast. The show also marks Lover's ten-year anniversary which, along with the fact that the label has not shown since 2006, makes this show a hot ticket.

When: Monday May 2, 8.30pm

Dion Lee

Dion Lee's debut collection - straight out of the Fashion Design Studio at the Sydney Institute of Technology - was shown in 2009 to rapturous reviews, and it has been full-steam ahead ever since. His shows will always be one of those 'if-you-don't-have-a-ticket-now-you-should-probably-give-up' events, but hype aside, Lee has certainly raised the bar for the local fashion scene. In 2010 his collections featured dreamy draping and knock-out prints, while his recent collaboration with Cue saw him venture into a new market consciousness - though we're certain that his commercial success won't blunt his zeal for the more experimental.

When: Thursday May 5, 9.00am

Therese Rawsthorne

Clean lines and eccentric details have become the keystones of Therese Rawsthorne's cult following. Rawsthorne had a three-year stint in London working with the likes of Issey Miyake and Ozwald Boateng, before returning home to establish her own label in 2006. The Sydney-based designer's 2010 RAFW show at the Australian Technology Park showed her pretty pieces against an industrial setting of steel poles and plaint-splattered concrete - most current marriage speculation might be regarding Wills and Kate, but we're holding out for the union of functionality and peculiarity that Rawsthorne's collection is sure to bring.

When: Tuesday May 3, 9.00am

Josh Goot

Almost seven years have passed since Josh Goot launched his label, yet he still remains one of Australia's most well-respected designers - not least of all due to his foray into the worlds of New York and London Fashion Weeks and the multitude of design awards he has under his belt. Goot introduced a cool and simplistic modern attitude to the Australian fashion scene; a welcome change from the swimwear and denim brands that had dominated the industry prior to his inception. Now Goot is best-known for his digital prints, which he works on with our very own Shane Sakkeus.

When: Thursday May 5, 8.30pm

Toni Maticevski

Melbourne designer Toni Maticevski is in a league of his own, but there is one drawback associated with Maticevski's magnificent gowns, recession-shunning attitude and red-carpet clients - New York Fashion Week has hogged the designer since 2005. The show might have been allocated a 9.00am time slot, but if there's anyone who can make an evening gown appropriate before nightfall it's Toni.

When: Friday May 6, 9.00am

Stay tuned to oystermag.com for fashion week coverage and updates.

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