• Bettina Liano: Part of the Fashion Palette New York (FPNY) Australian line-up.
    Bettina Liano: Part of the Fashion Palette New York (FPNY) Australian line-up.

Sydney-based company Fashion Palette has finally launched its US offering, with some of Australia's top talent set to represent the nation.

The inaugural Fashion Palette New York (FPNY) event is an extension of the company's local operations, which aim to provide designers with a platform to showcase their creations and network with buyers, media, and industry insiders.

The US instalment, which will run from September 4 to 10, will see a select group of Australian designers showcase their spring/summer 2013 collections via an exclusive Australian-only show at Canoe Studios in Manhattan, New York.

The line-up will include iconic Australian designers Akira Isogawa, Toni Maticevski, and Bowie Wong, as well as Bettina Liano and Bruno Schiavi, and contemporary designers Nomiki Glynatsis Couture and Betty Tran.

Eveningwear label, Jatine and accessories designers, Samantha Wills and Specs Addict will round out the group.

Fashion Palette creator Sonya Mefaddi, said FPNY was the natural evolution for an event which has seen four successful years in Australia.

“Australia has some of the world’s best designers, and Fashion Palette New York will open new doors of opportunity for our designers,” she said.

“Fashion Palette New York was created to organise, centralise, and modernise Australian Fashion, as well as provide a platform like no other for designers to present their collections to world wide media and buyers. We really want to create recognition and boost the growth of Australian labels on a global level.”

Wong, who has previously exhibited his work at local fashion events - such as the most recent Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia (MBFWA) - said FPNY is a great opportunity for Australian designers to broaden their horizons.

“Fashion Palette is a unique opportunity to offer Australian designers a platform into one of the world’s fashion Mecca's, New York,” Wong said.

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