It makes complete sense that Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia moved from the usual April dates to May this year, in order to shine the spotlight on spring/summer 2016 and in particular, resort 2016. When you think 'Australia', you think sun, sand and surf right? Plus, this change really means that Aussies are now in sync with the international fashion circuit, which in turn, really means they are participating on a global playing field. Welcome to the big leagues.
But as a consequence, the pressure was on to deliver only the most innovative, inspired and edgiest collections onto the Carriageworks runway. Did they deliver? Most definitely. Having just wrapped a frantic week of attending the shows in Sydney, here are our top ten things you need-to-know about Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia — both on- and off-the-runway.
1. It was all yellow
From Manning Cartell to Rebecca Valance and Bec & Bridge, sweet lemons and zesty mandarin colours were the hues of choice. The jewel tone certainly screams resort, in a major way. The fashion world has spoken. Buttery tones are this season's must-have.
It's all about showing a bit of skin, without giving everything away. Breezy sheer fabrics were favoured by Karla Špetić, By Johnny, and Steven Khalil; while the whole 'backless is best' mantra was generally taken on board by designers and fashion aficionados alike. Expect to see more off the shoulder looks and plunging necklines soon.
3. Let's get physical
Fashionista Pip Edwards and Claire Tregoning launched P.E Nation with a showcase of wearable, sporty looks; attracting all the cool kids to the show from Bondi to Parramatta. And no matter where we looked, someone was sporting a bomber jacket.
4. Hit a style-note with flats
Forget being papped for street style wearing some avant garde ensemble with painful heels. Stan Smiths, Adidas slides and chic flats seemed to be all the rage. Designer wise, Jennifer Kate and Kate Sylvester chose comfort for their models.
5. The 90s flashback
Think: Chokers. The covetable accessory was used best at Misha Collection — a label favoured by Ariana Grande and the Kardashians — that was also closed by headlining model, Bella Hadid.
6. Lost in the tropics
Resort. Tropical prints. No brainer. Duskii and Bondi Bather mixed palm fronds with athletic tops. Playful, colourful and sweet. Let's lock in a beach holiday now?
7. Shapes and volume
The billowing sleeves and flared pants may be a bit of a hangover from last year, but they're back in a big way. Ellery didn't disappoint with the flared silhouettes, with Daniel Avakian and Aje joining the '70s party. Layering and oversized sleeves were a big blogger trend too.
8. Slicker than your average
A prevalent beauty trend was slicked back hair — the We Are Handsome show featured bold brows and a dark lip — highlighted by damp, thrown back hair. Local personalities like Jesinta Campbell and Nikki Phillips were all over it. Greasy is a goer.
9. Metal works
Toni Maticevski set the pace, opening fashion week at The Cutaway in Barangaroo with metallic fabrications, and some serious hardware in the form of bedazzled gags by Ryan Storer (see cover image above). Metallic capes and glam gowns were shown by Daniel Avakian. In short: Bring on the bling!
10. Suit supply
It's a classic look that won't ever die, but fresh takes on suiting were seen on the catwalk — Watson x Watson showed a blazer dress — as well as on the streets; with long tailored blazers making their mark on the fashion crowd.
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