Everything You Need To Know About Liandra Gaykamangu’s ‘Essence’ Show This Australian Fashion Week

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Day two of Australian Fashion week saw Liandra Gaykamangu kick off the morning with a bang at her ‘Essence’ show. Following her successful stint as a designer in last year’s David Jones Indigenous Fashion Projects Runway, this marked the second-ever standalone show for an Indigenous designer. Want a ten words or less summary? It was nothing short of spectacular.

As the lights dimmed, the audience was captivated by a songline honouring the ‘guku’ – the native honey bee, which served as the muse for the entire collection. It was evident from the start that Liandra’s designs were deeply rooted in her personal connection to her Gupupuyngu clan and East Arnhem Land indigenous heritage.

The showcase commenced with the calls of the black cockatoo, setting the stage for a display of burnt oranges and earthy tones that transcended beyond Liandra’s renowned swimwear range into the realm of lifestyle apparel. The atmosphere was lively, carefree, and infused with cultural significance, with each swim and athletic print featuring Liandra’s hand-drawn sketches depicting her family history and cultural heritage.

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From start to finish, the ‘Essence’ collection radiated with striking colors, playful prints, and infectious energy. Rarely does a fashion show exude such wholesome vibes, but Liandra’s was an exception. It set the bar high for the rest of the day, and for Australian Fashion Week.

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