If you want to get an insight into emerging fashion designers, come by 72 Oxford Street in Darlinghurst and pick up new designs from these up-and-comers.

Anne de la Motte, Chad Nguyen, Jennyfer Alonzo, Leah Williams, Gemma Saccasan, Iva Pfeiffer and Queency Yustiawan, are all participants in a program developed by The Design Residency and their school, Raffles College of Design and Commerce. The course is created to help graduates get a unique look into the ‘real world’ of running a label.

All seven designers will be showing off their wares at the Oxford Street retail space as part of this year’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia. This opportunity to sell to the public and pitch their wares to industry and media, tops off a mentorship program that complements their education with diverse industry experience. So if you like what you see, they’ll be taking orders for summer 2016/17.

Image credit: Chad Nguyen
Image credit: Chad Nguyen

The partnership between The Design Residency, a fashion industry incubator and a tenant in the City’s short term empty property program, and the design college, is the result of a chance meeting at last year’s MBFWA 20th anniversary party. Both organisations believe that young designers need specialised business support when setting up their first brand.

Says participating student Anne de la Motte: “I’m really excited to be involved with The Design Residency. It’s a chance to showcase my range and hopefully take some orders as well. I’m looking forward to getting feedback from shoppers too!”

Check out the students’ collections at The Design Residency at 72 Oxford Street between 12 and 29 May.

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