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Australian Fashion Week closing show sees Top End label on runway

Emma Ruben -

After a whirlwind week of tear-jerking shows, magnificent street fashion, and a celebration of individuality, Afterpay Australian Fashion Week has finally closed with its final runway.

The #WeWearAustralian x Afterpay runway closed out the week with a plethora of different designs from different designers to celebrate Australian fashion.

It also saw the introduction of a Top End fashion label on the Afterpay Australian Fashion Week (AAFW) for the first time.

Shauny Edwards's label House of Darwin has kept the former footballer's brand firmly planted in the Northern Territory but has seen it grow from strength to strength all over Australia.

And now they've made their debut at AAFW.

House of Darwin during the #WeWearAustralian x Afterpay Runway. (Image: Stephen Gosatti/Getty and James Gourley/Getty)

House of Darwin during the #WeWearAustralian x Afterpay Runway. (Image: Stephen Gosatti/Getty and James Gourley/Getty)

Recently launching a national partnership with Universal Store to see House of Darwin merch across 79 stores in Australia, Edwards said it was great to be part of the WeWear campaign.

"WeWear Australia is a brilliant campaign, it's a combination of 80 different designers from around Australia," he said.

"And they shoot a big campaign in Western Australia and then finishes here at Fashion Week at the end of the week."

Edwards said they are in the process of launching new patterns within the House of Darwin collection.

"We're just launching into our first cut and sew, so shirting, pants and jackets," he said.

Earlier in 2023 the brand released a merino wool jumper with Wah-Wah which said 50 per cent of profits reinvested back into the 'Hoop Dreams in the NT' program.

Previously in 2022, House of Darwin also released a capsule collection with Afends.

Indigenous model Cindy Rostron during the #WeWearAustralian x Afterpay Runway. (Image: Rob Hookey)

Indigenous model James Parr during the #WeWearAustralian x Afterpay Runway. (Image: Rob Hookey)

Indigenous model James Parr during the #WeWearAustralian x Afterpay Runway. (Image: Rob Hookey)

80 different designers saw models don their garments and complete their final walk as AAFW has concluded for another year.

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