West Australian-based label Azulant Akora (AA) has within two years evolved from a ready-to-wear label, to a multi-award winning formal wear label that includes accessories.
Designed by Azulant Mary Akora, AA was launched in 2014 at Government House, Perth to widespread critical acclaim. In June 2013, Azulant made her début in the Australian fashion scene by entering and subsequently receiving a highly commended award at The Australian Wool Fashion Awards. Her classic red dress made entirely from Australian Merino Wool earned her a spot at Melbourne Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, closing the Live Rural Show with her Gabriella red gown. The response from local, national and international media was overwhelmingly positive, with Azulant being interviewed by The Australian Financial Review, for a special edition of the prestigious newspaper.
Over the past 2 years AA has dressed the likes of Ayor Makur (Vogue Italia cover girl) and many exclusive clients including creator of Nickii Jean Magazine USA, Nicole Jean Alexander. June 2014 saw AA show to positive reviews at The Australian Wool Fashion Awards and received first place in the Formal Wear category, which was judged by a prestigious panel that included iconic Australian fashion designer Akira . In October 2015 AA was invited to present the closing show at the prestigious LA Fashion Week Design Competition. The label presented a highly acclaimed bird-themed collection, titled ‘Birds of Paradise’ and caught the eye of Nickii Jean Magazine, which shot an exclusive editorial with the label. Following the success of LA Fashion Week Design competition AA has secured two international stockists in Malaysia and is in talks with two American retail stores and an Australian retail store. On the 19th February 2016, AA was invited to showcase our Merino Wool garments in an exclusive runway show for the WA Farmers Federation gala dinner and awards night at The Pan Pacific Hotel Perth in recognition of the labels’ work with Australian Merino wool. The collection received high praise from guests and media including The West Australian Newspaper and a double page spread in Counrtyman Magazine. AA is now focused on expanding our label and opening a flagship boutique in Perth, Western Australia.