Nensi Dojaka, Supriya Lele and Harris Reed were among the upstarts that popped during London Fashion Week, but it was more experienced hands like Simone Rocha who truly triumphed.
The winner will receive AU$200,000 and an opportunity to be sold at retailers around the globe.
There was a spirit of resistance in his bricolage.
Under the shadow of Brexit, the London-based designer plumbed the spaciousness of uncertainty, flouting fear and finding hope in the gleefully pell-mell past, piled on present to make a future.
At London Fashion Week, some designers seemed content with their outsider status.
A flock of young labels is feeding the city's hunger for innovative, boundary-pushing talent.
Distressed textiles took centre stage at the Fashion East show — a somatisation of a dystopian landscape.