AAFW with Bec + Bridge

Afterpay Australian Fashion Week engages the industry alongside fashion’s most passionate consumers in one dynamic program, marrying physical and digital activations that celebrate Australia’s preeminent designers and fashion’s cultural influence.

Australia’s only international fashion event, AAFW takes places annually in Sydney and is the premier destination for Resort collections.

This year, editors, influencers, designers and industry heavyweights flocked to Carriageworks, the disused rail tracks of the Redfern industrial site, which echoed with the clack of heels and clicks of camera shutters.

Bec + Bridge

Grunge meets glamour. Welcome to the 90s.

A revival of the brands beloved silhouettes from their covetable archive, the Bec + Bridge resort ’23 collection welcomes back the 90s. A cacophony of raw hems, low-rise slips, chunky cargo pants and smudged eyeliner storm the haze inducing runway, marking the 21st anniversary for designers Becky Cooper and Bridget Yorston.

This is a collection which pays homage to the hedonistic supermodels and rockstars of the era.

“We were quite nostalgic with this collection because it has been 21 years, so we were looking back to when we had first met at Fashion College and what was inspiring to us then,” – co-designer Becky Cooper

“Those collections are cemented into our memories because they were so pivotal to us at the time,” Cooper continued. Speaking on the curation process for reviving their archival pieces, Bridget Yorston explained that it was a “walk down memory lane”.

“It was funny, we both had kept a few pieces from that time, we didn’t realise it, but we had both separately packed them away in tubs in the attic which allowed us to bring out a few things that we’ve held onto and loved over the years. It’s really funny to see how these have really come back, it’s like ‘oh my goddess, are we really that old?!'”

Despite the almost vintage looks, Yorston maintains that the pieces are ones which are still relevant – a testament to the androgynous, gritty, edgy and late 90s aesthetic of the new wave of super’s like Bella Hadid and Paloma Elsesser.

With the show featuring 90s bangers such as ‘Firestarter’ by The Prodigy, and “Killing In The Name Of’ by Rage Against The Machine, we were left wanting to head straight to the nearest bar, decked out in the creations of Bec + Bridge. And this is exactly what Cooper and Yorston had in mind when designing the collection. As for who they want to party with?

“Definitely some of those supermodels back in the day, that just doesn’t exist. Or some of the grunge musicians that inspired us, some of the bands like Prodigy and Chemical Brothers… it would have to be a posse!”

Despite the almost vintage looks, Yorston maintains that the pieces are ones which are still relevant – a testament to the androgynous, gritty, edgy and late 90s aesthetic of the new wave of super’s like Bella Hadid and Paloma Elsesser.

With the show featuring 90s bangers such as ‘Firestarter’ by The Prodigy, and “Killing In The Name Of’ by Rage Against The Machine, we were left wanting to head straight to the nearest bar, decked out in the creations of Bec + Bridge. And this is exactly what Cooper and Yorston had in mind when designing the collection. As for who they want to party with?

“Definitely some of those supermodels back in the day, that just doesn’t exist. Or some of the grunge musicians that inspired us, some of the bands like Prodigy and Chemical Brothers… it would have to be a posse!”

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