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Zampatti closes Fashion Week in Sydney

By AAP Newswire

Legendary Australian designer Carla Zampatti has held the final show at Fashion Week in Sydney before a star-studded crowd.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, former foreign affairs minister Julie Bishop and ABC chair Ita Buttrose sat between TV stars, fashion editors and bloggers in the front row at the Carriageworks on Thursday night.

It was Zampatti's first show at the industry event in five years and the first where she held the coveted closing spot.

"It was a wonderful surprise when they asked me to close," she told AAP before the show.

The collection, which Zampatti said was inspired by "today's bold era of change-making women", featured fashion-forward workwear including blazer dresses, polished suiting and pussy-bow blouses.

There were also numerous red-carpet gowns, including the finale number which featured statement puff shoulders, a thigh-high split and embellishment at the waist.

Full-length sequinned gowns in navy, yellow and an eye-catching metallic zebra print also drew applause.

Models were joined on stage by the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, a group Zampatti has provided philanthropic support to for almost 25 years.

She said the production was in marked contrast to her first Fashion Week show in 1996 at Fox Studios.

"It was wonderful and the industry had only started to stage large scale runway shows," Zampatti said.

"In those days the catwalk was raised and a large logo on the wall was essential. Today there is no limit to the creativity of a show."

Zampatti brought some much-needed star power to the Fashion Week lineup, with names such as Dion Lee, Camilla, Camilla and Marc, Toni Maticevski and Zimmermann missing from the schedule.

Earlier on Thursday, swimwear label Aqua Blu was praised for featuring plus-size models.

Among them was Australian Robyn Lawley, who wore a French navy high-neck lace swimsuit with matching lace pants and gold embellished crown.

Away from Carriageworks, restaurateur-cum-fashion designer Maurice Terzini turned the iconic Bondi Icebergs pool into a runway to unveil his latest collection for Ten Pieces.

The unisex collection was inspired by "the attitude and styling of the disco freak eras gone by".

"I've drawn on own experiences as a teen in Italy during the late 70's," Terzini said.

On Friday and Saturday, Carriageworks will open its doors to the public with parades, talks, workshops and showcases.

* Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia runs until May 18