Over the years fashion weeks and the cities that host them have become known for their individual street style aesthetics. Paris is filled with effortlessly cool patrons that define chic. London sees street style stars with raw, punk-like edges. New York hosts those who appreciate the art of high fashion. But what about Melbourne? Well, this year’s Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival (VAMFF) may have defined it best. Contemporary style anchored by classic design was the calling card of the week. Women spliced modern designs with feminine classics such as lace dresses and black stilettos. The look was a mixture of flirty fun and polished elegance with outstanding results. In true Melburnian fashion, the ladies stuck to a mostly monochromatic colour palette with black being the hero colour of the day. There were hints of reds and pinks here and there, but most women preferred to let the fabric and design of their dresses do the talking. Men felt the same it seemed with prints and colour pops mostly avoided. In its place were classic suits and blazers with retro checks and subtle plaid, complimented with current silhouettes and neat tailoring. The whole look working together to create a modern meets vintage style that defined the week.
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