Whitehouse Graduates: Experimental Streetwear Steals the Show

The graduating students from Whitehouse Institute of Design made their mark on the runway in Melbourne on Friday night. Backstage was buzzing as designers, make up and hair were finalizing touches before the show commenced as Whitehouse Institute’s creative director Lars Stoten announced some last minute changes. Trending that night were monochromatic ensembles, street inspired designs and hypnotic avant-garde pieces that were filled with colour, textures and mixed fabrics.

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Taran Battye was a crowd favourite with a collection that you would expect to see at the MTV music awards. The designer used a unique layering of chains that joined to silver mesh to create a futuristic statement.

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Izzy McSwain ‘s collection was sports luxe taken to the extreme, with a fabulous clash of fabrics from brightly coloured latex, to sheers and webbing, which when layered with elongated sleeves added an almost alien element.

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Vera Gayduk’s collection was whimsical and impressive. The knitwear pieces would make for the perfect winter wardrobe addition, with cosy neck collars of knit fringing and expanded necks that almost engulfed the entire face. Throw in some layering with denim and deconstructed pants, and you’re ready to be snapped for the hottest street style.

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The Whitehouse graduates this year were impressive in their diversity, exploring a range of genres and mixing it up with clashing materials and unique styling. Key looks of each of the designers:

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Battye
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Isabella Raco
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Qitang Chen
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Nigel Vogler
Melanie Emery
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Ashleigh Jessup
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Salina Trang
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Annelise Springer
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Emily Smith

Experimental streetwear was the leading theme of the night, with alien-like pieces jetting us off into another galaxy. Drawing inspiration from technology and our rapidly evolving world these young designers gave us an insight into our potential future not only on Earth, but on other planets. Excited to see what these budding designers create next!

Credits

Text: Bailee-rose Farnham @bailee.rosee

Photography: Timothy Treasure @timotitreasure

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