We simply wouldn’t be living up to the Catwalk Queen name if we didn’t keep you up-to-date with what’s happening on the world’s catwalks. So hot off the runway in Sydney, here is a look at the latest Spring/Summer collections from Australian Mercedes Fashion Week for 2006/2007, courtesy of our Aussie fashionista, Kimberley Foster...

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Charlie Brown
Stripes, cropped jackets, frills and Grecian inspired shift dresses marked Charlie Brown’s debut at Australian Fashion Week. Renowned for recruiting international models for her shows, this year Brown snagged UK model Lily Cole to feature in her Spring/Summer collection. With a little help from thin silver belts, high-waists translated beyond pants into skirts. So watch out for thin belts for the future!

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Hot Frocks
Whether they be long, short or tulip style the warmer months just wouldn’t be the same without a smoking hot dress. Wayne Cooper (above, left) predicted shiny bows with baby doll dresses will be this season’s essential party dress. Queen of the Red-Carpet Frocks, Lisa Ho (above, middle) let her hem lines drop to the floor with this stunning creased skirt number with leather belt. Bringing a burst of colour to her show, Kirrily Johnston (above, right) chose to accentuate the voluptuous with this electric blue, tulip-shaped dress with what else but a waist belt.

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Skin, skin, skin!
At a spring-summer show, one could hardly be surprised by the sight of skin being flashed around, especially at an Australian fashion event. This year, Aussie swimwear designers did not disappoint with their collections of mini-bikinis, crazy cut-out one pieces and colourful prints. Above is a selection of what was steaming up the runways. (From above, left to right) Bare by Rebecca Davies, Zimmerman and One Teaspoon.

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The Verdict
Ladylike tradition reigns! With huge influences from Audrey Hepburn and other 50s/60s screen sirens dotted throughout, this year’s AFW emphasised a lot of the same – bows (above left, Alice McCall), waisted belts, tulip skirts and the nautical trend. But also a bit more with thin belts, baby doll (above right, Bettina Liano) and bell frocks. There were also further nods to the vest/waistcoat and braces trends of recent times. Overall, it left me with a feeling of silver screen nostalgia and a strange craving for high tea.