TAFE graduate parade 2012 - Adelaide fashion parades

(EDIT: There has been some really interesting discussion on unconventional models and what that entails for fashion as rebellion on the Not So Naked facebook page, sparked by my comments here. I will always encourage diversity of opinions and I think it's great that we can have these conversations.)

I'll admit when a drag queen opened the largest Adelaide Fashion Festival show of the year, I was a little concerned that show theatrics would overshadow the wonderful talent of our local designers. But more memorable than the opening act were the real design highlights this year. And one designer was clearly head and shoulders above the rest: Emma Cherry.

If the graduate parade is a make-or-break chance to show the local industry what you've got, Emma will be the name on everyone's lips in years to come. Her tight collection of well-cut leather work, plastics and prints struck the perfect balance between originality and commercial appeal. Victoria Scarce, whom I've featured here when she designed womenswear, also hit the right note with her swim collection and seems to have a good dose of potential.

Judge for yourself.