Since graduating as Student Designer of the Year 1998 from the WA school of Art and Design, head designer Alvin Fernandez achieved critical acclaim early in his career. From then on Alvin has accumulated an impressive number of awards under his belt including the coveted award for West Australian Designer of The Year/ Most Innovative Designer of The Year multiple times. Creating timelessly elegant pieces by taking a classical shape and twisting it into a contemporary form, the Ae’lkemi focus remains fixed on developing and maintaining the design integrity of each piece. The final forms that take place are a direct result from the conceptual idea through to an individually hand finished garment. Mixing old world opulence with visually seductive and playful surfaces and textures, the garments are recognised for their signature raw edge elegance with an emphasis on femininity. Previous collections have graced the catwalks in New York City, London and that of Australian, Milan and Berlin Fashion weeks always feature the distinctive hand finishing which Ae'lkemi is known for. Alvin has become the go-to couturier for many Australian celebrities and socialites with Ae’lkemi designs being spotted at almost every red carpet event. His creations are highly regarded by esteemed media both locally and internationally, consistently securing coverage.

Spring/Summer 2014

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