Earlier this year I was at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia reporting from the front row for Vogue Italia.
Here is my ‘trend recap’ article from the week:
In what was a world first, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia 2016 has showcased a culmination of resort wear collections from over fifty-five Australian and international designers earlier in the week.
Coinciding with the international resort/cruise season, the crème de la crème of Australian fashion were out to make a point – being that the land down under is possibly the most fashionable place to be during a northern hemisphere winter!
From exotic prints and sultry silhouettes to eclectic and eccentric ready-to-wear apparel, the standout designs for the week were delivered by the likes of Tome, Manning Cartell, Yeojin Bae, Aje, Zhivago, Macgraw, Ginger & Smart, Bec & Bridge, Alice McCall, P.E Nation, By Johnny, We Are Kindred, Daniel Avakian, Maticevski, Aqua Blu, House of Cannon, Kakopieros, Jessica Van, Frederick Jenkyn and Cynthia Rowley.
All with an underlying colour palette of mostly blacks, burnt oranges, whites, blush pinks, creams and vivid red, blue and green hues, Resort 2017 at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia was clearly a colourful expression of what will soon be adorning retailer racks for those more fortunate to escape the upcoming winter weather to a more desired sun-soaked destination North of the Tropic of Capricorn.
Tropical prints, plenty of over-the-top yet cute and romantic frills and ruffles, sultry sheers, French lace, clever cut-outs and multi-coloured rainbow stripes have proved to be the direction of daywear designs with the likes of Ginger & Smart who opted to open their runway collection with a dramatically oversized white ruffle sun hat which was proportionately teamed with a long sleeved white and sheer lace swimsuit then paired back with their Voyager weekender bag and Spectrum belt-bag – both matching in ice grey.
Macgraw made heads turn with their French royalty inspired collection of playful and upbeat luxury leisure wear. Signature in-house prints were hand drawn onto silk twills and chiffons by Tessa MacGraw then coupled with lace, silk, cotton, velvet and frilled organza.
Whilst Manning Cartell managed to merge femininity with utility ever-so perfectly at their off-site show which was located under the iconic Sydney Harbor Bridge with theSydney Opera House as their scenic backdrop. Models adorned bold graphic striped prints and clashing vibrant colours such as reds, burnt oranges, crisp whites, khakis and bright yellows – as well as an iconic nod to the late 60’s hippie culture with their brown, yellow and white patterns and wide legged trousers.
Furthermore, Bec & Bridge were standouts with their free spirited, feminine and fierce collection of swimwear, daywear and eveningwear in celebration of an Indian summer. Raw hand-woven cottons, satins, georgette, suede and woven Lurex caught our attention immediately as earthy tones were coupled with soft pastels, blacks and whites.
Recap: Daywear Resort 2017 Trends – Sheers, multi-coloured rainbow stripes, romantic ruffles and tropical prints.
To read on, please head over to Vogue Italia here: http://www.vogue.it/en/fashion/news/2016/05/26/mercedes-benz-fashion-week-australia-2016/