End goals for fashion if I ever thought about quitting my ongoing commentary about this industry entirely would be to feel that every child can look to this industry and know that they are reflected and included. A normalized tool to reflect the world we are in as accurately as possible.

A girl who particularly resembled Eleven. A fiery ode to aerokinetic Emma Bloom and her steampunk boots in a recent film of Tim Burton’s. Capes of many flags. Faith Connexion’s (FC for short) affinity for their enviable DIY projects and aspirational Pinterest hacks has maintained their Sia moment with their preference to focus on their art. Literally.

Rather than letting the team behind such a label define what their collections meant to their ideal customer, they instead made the constructive decision to participate in the conversation from within.

Being the Joanne Ryan or Penny Wong of the fashion industry, MADE helped to envision fashion to be more accessible by breaking that unspoken glass ceiling, blurring the stereotype behind street wear and high luxury fashion. So strong was their need to discover and mix fashion, sports, music and city cultures MADE became the only registered fashion event that receives no financial backing from the local government and instead, relied on sponsorships from local enterprises.

Now I’d hate to regulate to the term “urban” for it’s insinuation or dismissal that “streetwear” (or whatever that people think is code for such) is merely a trending subculture of a specific novelty “look” some have determined to be an it moment. But FC’s gripping mix of flowing tassels and little sequined numbers blended with the occasional 70’s flare and the 90s boy band bum (try saying that five times fast) skimming jeans in oversized proportions though is testament to the future of fashion. As proof of concept with the industry’s short attention span contrasted with the surprising longevity of cultural diversity this entire year, this is and will be, something their entire audience can identify the current entertainment culture with the Parisian label even if they aren’t fashion enthusiasts.

Buyers and fashion fans in Sydney have always operated on the basis that personal style has always centered around an outdoor lifestyle. And an ever-growing population combining different cultures and ethnicities. Instead of the sleek long-limbed affair veteran fashion show-goers would have been conditioned to expect: we got a celebration of the unabashed individuality of the millennial generation. This has opened up a particular dialogue to a turning point for social change, a.k.a the conversation of diversity and equality in the fashion industry. Fashion has always been an excellent reprieve from reality in my opinion, but to deem almost every runway individual as “fabulously alternative” because they didn’t belong to one static ideal over here would be a huge overstatement to who we are as humans.




featuring Faith Connexion’s Parisian Punk at Made, Sydney.
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shot with Canon 6D and 24-105mm lenses