Orphan unveils ‘The Last Season Collection’ at Australian Fashion Week

By AdNews | 20 May 2024

Australian slow-fashion house madre natura marked its debut at Australian Fashion Week 2024 by teaming up with new creative agency Orphan to reinvent the runway.

Australians throw 500 million kgs of clothing into landfill every year. As an ethical fashion label, with a focus on making garments that do less harm to the planet, madre natura refuse to add to this problem.

So, to avoid wastage, the brand chose not to launch its new collection, to the world, until its sold every single piece of its previous one.

The Last Season Collection was unveiled at Fashion week, and saw an old collection hit the catwalk, for the first time globally.

Traditionally, fashion runways have always showcased the designer’s new lines. In a bold move, The Last Season Collection did the opposite, and quickly became the talk of Fashion Week.

"Finally, something new for Fashion Week: old clothes on the runway" - SMH.

"Sustainable label just sent an old collection down the runway at AFW" - Refinery29.

"The most daring show at Australian Fashion Week showed absolutely nothing new" - Broadsheet.

The Last Season Collection was also streamed LIVE on TikTok, where viewers were able to shop the collection, in real time, as it was being paraded down the runway.

A control room was set up backstage, in which 10 second shoppable ads were created instantly, by a team of editors, for every individual garment in the collection.

These ads were pushed out live, while the models were still walking down the catwalk. They also reminded TikTok-ers that once every item from The Last Season Collection was sold, madre natura’s new collection could be released. This use of the TikTok platform helped ensure that the show went viral.

Orphan founder Ant Hatton said the agency's hope is that The Last Season Collection will persuade consumers to purchase more sustainably.

"And persuade other fashion labels to stop producing more and more garments, before they have sold the ones they have already made," Hatton said.

Orphan founder Hans Berents said the agency's aim was to defy conventions within the fashion industry and spark a global conversation on sustainability.

"The Last Season Collection was inspired by the desire to create an optimistic future for the planet, the industry and everyone who walks and will walk the earth in generations to come."

madre natura founder Jackie Galleghan said like most designers, it had always been a dream of hers to showcase a new collection on a major runway.

"But the idea Orphan presented was so on brand, I knew that we needed to do it. At Australian Fashion Week, the nation’s top designers have their work on show, but ‘The Last Season Collection’ made us stand out amongst them. It made people talk about us. And it let the industry know that we are here.

"But most importantly, it means we are not just talking about sustainability and wastage, we are actually doing something about it.”

madre natura debuted at Australian Fashion Week, by teaming up with Australian clean-tech startup ‘Greener’ who sponsored the runway. Together they sent a clear and profound message: glamour need not come at the world's expense.



Client: madre natura

Agency: Orphan Agency

Show Caller/Producer: The Event Group

Talent Partner: Chadwick Models

Broadcast Partner: Tribal Apes

AV, BTS, Content Partner: Welcome Content

Music Partner: Rumble Studios

Production Partner: Louis&Co.

Look Book, BTS, Runway Photographer: Steve Baccon

Retouching/Design Partner: CAK Studio

Design Partner: Marcus Key

PR Partner: Adhesive

Media Partner: Zenith


With Special Thanks to:




Bresic Whitney

Deliverables Agency

Little Flowers


Production Tech

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