This week saw Brisbane turn into the Australian fashion capital with Mercedes Benz Fashion Festival showcasing the Spring/Summer ’15 looks and iStyle TV was there to catch all the action. This year marked the 10th anniversary of the festival and there was no holding back on celebrations- both on and off the runway. The likes of Jen Hawkins, Kris Smith, the girls from Sheppard and many more stars were lining the runway to catch the beautiful colours, prints and tailoring summer fashion is known for. So, what’s in for Spring and Summer? Pops of colour, florals, lace, geometric prints and the classic resort feel of aqua blues and crisp whites.
The week kicked off with pure class and style with Myers designer showcase. Arthur Galan, Kate Sylvester, White Seude, M.J Bale, Cue and more set the tone but it was Maticevski, Aje, by Johnny and Alex Perry who showed us what summer is all about.
Maticevski never disappoints with his bold tailoring and desirable textures with hints of embellishment and his trademark mesh-like power play dresses. Alex Perry brightened up the runway with vibrant pink detailing, fun touches of frill and sophisticated silhouettes, but it was all about the lace.
Lace is well and truly back this season with most designers showcasing their own take on the timeless look but it was Aje who bought back the sparkle. Black and gold mini dresses with subtle sheer layering and the show-stopping, sleeved mini Jennifer Hawkins donned was to die for. Monochrome is certainly here to stay and Aje took advantage of the style in the form of geometric prints and ready to wear combos. by Johnny kept true to his style with clean lines, colour blocking and panelled cut outs, showing us how sophisticated summer can be.
The week continued with local and national designers such as Aqua Blu, Jamu, Suzzi K and more showcasing their latest looks and craftsmanship of fashion. But the real question is ‘’what are we in for this spring and summer?’’
The main trends on the runway will be hitting our stores before we know it. Laser cut material and lace-like detailing was a major trend with most designers playing with either full laced garments or cut-out lace details. Wilde Willow, Seed Heritage, Jayson Brunsdon and the gorgeous bridal gowns by George Wu nailed this look.
It’s all looking bright with colour blocking and colour pops and papaya is definitely the colour of the season. Megan Canning and Louenhide showed us how to pull of the bright hue, but it was wYse’s country club vibe that made us fall in love pairing papaya with maritime blues and easy-going greens. Yellows and pinks also made multiple appearances in most collections. Turn to SISS on Bare and Irma J Smith for inspiration.
Resort wear is a key contender this season and Louenhide perfected the look with blue-hued kaftans, patterned tops and easy to wear shift dresses. Wilde Willow also showed us how it’s done with slight tailoring and neutral tones.
The seventies are back and better than ever thanks to SISS on Bare. SOB’s collection combined seventies staples with modern makings producing high-waited pants and shorts, high cut tops and playful fabrics. With the re-emergence of the flare, could high knee socks be next?
Crisp whites are a spring and summer essential. White Label Noba paired texture and detailing to add dimension to the classic look.
Don’t be scared to play with prints as they are a staple for the warmer season. Geometric, digital and floral prints were highlighted throughout the week. Look to Roux May Easton Pearson to see how it’s done.
Monochrome will be forever an essential, no matter the season. The likes of Sacha Drake and Aje mixed prints with black and white to create a modern twist to the look. It was Sacha Drake’s finale that stole the show with a floor length floral skirt that light up the runway and to close it all off was a personalised message from Sacha herself.
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