With definitive freshness and novel influences in a myriad of textures, prints and shapes, the modern Australian woman can look forward to enlivened Spring and Summer looks boasting contemporarily playful proportions. We’ve compiled the emerging trends from designers that showcased their work at Melbourne Spring Fashion Week and Mercedes Benz Fashion Festival Sydney.
1. Nineties References
Designers flaunted novel nineties influences with looks boasting feather detailing, tailored overalls, plush pom poms and reinvented crop tops. Dyspnea kept things girlish with bunny-esque pom poms and playful nineties touches. Further, Romance was Born showcased delicate feather detailing with their looks, lending a light and airy annotation to more colourful and bold silhouettes. Alice McCall kept things fresh with new takes on crop tops, harnessing this identifiable silhouette.
Styling Tip: Opt for fitted silhouettes and crop tops for a true nineties allusion. Preserve this decade’s aesthetic with longer dresses flaunting thinner straps and incorporate more texture to looks with feather detailing and pom pom annotations for added dimension. Additionally, opt for crop tops in reinvented shapes for a fresher take on this trend.
Nineties reference points were also emphasised with the featured prominence of silk dresses. Typically featuring spaghetti straps supporting a draped silhouette this trend boasts an alluring timelessness, and it is perfect for spring and summer looks.
Styling Tip: Bordering on nightwear, update evening outfits with floaty, honeyed garments of silk that will evoke a nod to the past while keeping things on trend for a modern aesthetic. Team your silks with lucid scarlet and rich burgundy matte lipsticks for a true nineties annotation and preserve this aesthetic with classic high heel sandal or a pump. Sustain a simple, yet distinguished palette echoing the rich undertones of Christopher Esber, Gwendolynne and Dyspnea.
A good-quality garment in crotchet is alluring particularly for the hotter months. Perfect for poolside or for summer music festivals; keep an eye open for the textured depth of crotchet pieces, featured in designers like Alice McCall, Thurley and Nevenka. Despite its traditionalist origins, reworked crotchet pieces in modern silhouettes such as fitted dresses or crop tops will prove interesting and more innovative for a contemporary aesthetic.
Styling Tip: White is classic and will work effectively with most tonal palettes. Incorporate this summer staple in fitted versions of crotchet which will read effortless yet still ultra-refined. Team crochet with straw hats like Thurley for a nod to the past that’s classic and easily adaptable for a range of occasions.
4. Peasant Necklines
Featured more consistently in Australian 2015 retail trends were off shoulder necklines, as demonstrated by Bec & Bridge. This trend is a simple way to boost classic silhouettes, referencing Olivia Newton John in Grease. Peasant style versions of this trend offer a more dimensional feel, annotating looks with volume and individuality.
Styling Tip: Maintain this reinvented trend with peasant style tops featuring ruched sleaves alluding a novel yet more distinctive way to interpret this trend. Keep things playful like off the shoulder playsuits featured in Alice McCall and adapt this trend for luminous beach days with the ease and comfort a la Easton Pearson and Aje.
5. Raw Edge Finishes
Add dimension to your spring and summer looks with raw edge detailing on garments spotted in the likes of Life With Bird, Lui Hon and Nevenka. Possessing vintage origins, this trend has been reinvented for more contemporary styling, particularly with its incorporation with shorter, fitted pieces. This trend can be harnessed subtly with light fraying with more distinctive distressed edges.
Styling Tip: This trend is easily adaptable for the hotter months through incorporations of raw edge shorts as well as other fitted garments for cinched, refined way to interpret the trend. Don’t be fearful of incorporating more colour with such styling for an animated take on Spring and Summer looks which will read cool yet adventurous.
6. Metallic Lace
Lace tends to be a staple for many evening wear looks, regarded as a favourable fabric for most designers. Yet recent Australian collections harnessed the traditionalism of lace in more modernised textures and tones, utilising metallic lace for a reinvented spin on this popular material. Metallic lace featured in the likes of Zhivago and Craig Braybook Couture and will prove a popular option for a transformed take on the subtle tradition of this humble textile.
Styling Tip: Search for metallic laces that complement your features and colouring. Harness this trend for evening looks with metallic or holographic accessories.
7. Metallic Footwear
Spring and summer looks need a worthy accompaniment, and the emerging shoe material choice for many designers was slick metallic leather. Popularised in the 80’s and 90’s, this trend has been reinvented for a modern take on iridescent footwear. Designers featured classic steel tones as well as brighter colours channelling stark metallic overtones in their aesthetics.
Styling Tip: Essential to harnessing this trend is finding footwear with simple yet sharp proportions. A classic pointed heel can work well in a range of metallic hues and will allude nineties references. Keep things classic with gold and silver versions a la Kuwaii and Nine West or opt for more colourful metallic strappy sandals to add more playfulness to looks, like those featured by Gorman.