On Saturday the 14th of March, David Jones presented it’s much anticipated opening show to kick off Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival. A procession of drummers opened what promises to be a spectacular week that doesn’t miss a beat as VAMFF turns it on with Aussie models Jessica Gomes and Montana Cox. As always TheTrendSpotter team is here to catch all the drama and to capture the trends as they roll off the catwalk.
Here are the top retail trends and the selection of our favourite looks from the opening night.
1. RETRO REVIVAL
Major influences from the 1960’s and 1970’s are redefining silhouette and adding opulence to styling with new items like the bell-bottom jean and flared pants re-emerging on the catwalk. The all-important shift and tank shape provide a blank canvas for designers to sprinkle with embellishment or cut with pattern. Punchy prints in spicy reds and blue hues blocked with whites frame the colour palette and add depth to prints that range from ornamental to boho or geometric.
The colour story that’s all grown up is always full of surprise and sophistication. A narrow bandwidth of colour throws focus on graphic content like Sandro’s window check men’s coat or a women’s stripe top and skirt set. Maje’s shell top and geometric A-line skirt add a substance to this classic and enduring trend.
3. BIKER CHIC
Traditionally crafted from leather, this season’s structured staple is redefined when also offered in textured suiting or with shimmer as Iro’s after-five version. As leather makes its way back to the runway for winter this key item has the versatility to be styled with ripped denim or that little black dress.
Animal prints and skins are cleverly reinterpreted and regenerated across all categories from printed sweater knits at Lorna Jane to fluid maxi shapes at Camilla. This ferocious trend is hot off the European catwalks and is set to dominate across all colour palettes from neutrals to pop colours. Heavily decorative prints were a more light-hearted option and dark florals were the preferred print of choice by designers such as Megan Park and Ginger and Smart.
5. CHUNKY KNITS
The new knit shapes are scaled up to escape winter’s embrace. Super-size cable knits and exaggerated proportions such as Jac and Jack’s oversize plush sweater dress create a dynamic statement which can be effortlessly styled with a flat sole or a heel.
6. SPORTY TAILORING
The perspective on tradition shifts this season with the tailored form taking on a more relaxed appeal. Your favourite pair of designer trainers are more likely to replace a heel when worn with pants and your jacket could be swapped out for a slouchy top or a crisp white shirt. Look out for jersey pants which add an extra layer of versatility to this new look.
The perennial favourite endures again this season and is more feminine that ever. Heavy lace in tightly controlled shift shapes that feature scalloped edges at Ellery or 3D embellishment at Manning Cartell.