After all the fun and excitement of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week and the amazing shows from our esteemed Australian designers, it’s nice to recap the key trends coming out of the catwalks to give us some style inspiration. These are the styles and wardrobe items to be adding to our wishlist for the upcoming season. 😉
As mentioned in my last post, the 90s theme was prevalent in the resort 2018 collections. From Alice McCall’s glittery dresses, Zambesi’s colourful sequined ensembles, Zhivago’s glittery and sequined ensembles, and Romance was Born’s colourful psychedelic fashion week finale, which featured rainbow coloured dresses and fun & flirty fringe.
Above from left: Alice McCall, Zambesi, Sass and Bide, Zhivago and Romance was born.
There was a 90s rock style in a number of collections with velvet dresses in Michael Lo Sordo’s collection, sheer tops and dresses in Karla Spetic, Bec & Bridge punk leather dresses, KitX’s sheer and fishnet dresses.
Above from left: Michael lo Sordo, Karla Spetic, Bec & Bridge, Kit X.
Fun feather ensembles in Alice McCall, beautifully textured dresses in Ginger & Smart and all the colours of the rainbow in Romance was Born’s fashion week finale.
In keeping with the 90s theme and one of the famous movies from the era – Working Girl (with Harrison Ford, Sigourney Weaver & Melanie Griffith) – Power dressing was a strong theme on the catwalks. Immaculately tailored, strong shoulders with defined waists and bold buttons, from the tailored suits in Dion Lee’s collection, Christopher Esber relaxed power suit, Bianca Spender’s cobalt blue vest -suit and tailored grey check suit, Zambesi’s sheer silk suit, oversized shoulders in Strateas Carlucci, Zambesi’s silk tailored suits, and beautiful statement shirts in Anna Quan’s collection.
Above from left: Dion Lee, Christopher Esber, Strateas Carlucci, Zambesi, Anna Quan.
Vest ensembles also featured in a number of collections, including Bianca Spender, pinstripe suit in Michael lo Sordo and silk evening suits in Kit X collection.
Above from left: Bianca Spender, Michael lo Sordo, Akira Isogawa, Kit X.
One my favourite trends coming out of the catwalks was the statement trench, which was featured in most of our favourite Australian designer’s shows. My favourite trench looks were Bianca Spender’s powder blue trenchsuit and nude trench jumpsuit, Christopher Esber’s pale yellow trench, Anna Quan’s navy and white tailored trench with exposed stitching, Zambesi’s sheer trench.
Above from left: Dion Lee, Bianca Spender, Christopher Esber, Strateas Carlucci, Anna Quan, Zambesi
Ruffles, ruffles, ruflles!
Once again, ruffles dominated the catwalk. Feminine, frilly dresses in Alice McCall, ruflled lace tops and dresses and francophone styles in Magraw’s playful and feminine collection, Hansen & Gretel featured ruffled dresses, tops in skirts in colourful floral, check and leopard prints.
Above from left: Alice McCall, Magraw, Cameo Collective, Hansen and Gretel
Ginger and Smart’s collection featured beautiful dusk pink ensembles.
Above from left: Ginger and Smart, Bec and Bridge (last two right)
Akira’s collection featured ruffled detailed sleeves in sheer tops and dresses,Romance was Born pretty in pink ruflles, and of course, the striking ruffle pink ‘unicorn’ look below (on right).
Above from left: KitX, Akira Isogawa, Romance was Born
Red is the new black
According to designer Michael lo Sordo, “red is the new black” and the red colour dominated the catwalk in this year’s resort 2018 collections. From matching sporty luxe and luxe ensembles to ball gown dresses, red was the ‘it’ colour for resort 2018.
Above from left: Dion Lee, Michael lo Sordo, Steven Khalil, Bec & Bridge, Cameo Collective, Akira
Above from left: Strateas Carlucci, Sass and Bide, Vale Denim
Another statement style coming out of this year’s style is colour blocking – from colour blocking pink and reds and Bec and Bridge and Cameo Collective, reds and oranges at Akira and Roopa, yellows and reds in Michael lo Sordo and blues and pinks in Ginger and Smart.
Above from left: Bec & Bridge, Roopa, Michael lo Sordo, Cameo Collective, Ginger & Smart
Statement prints also featured in this year’s resort collections, from tribal and floral prints in Akira, floral prints in Roopa’s, floral, check and leopard print ensembles in Hansen and Gretel.
Above from left: Akira (2), Roopa, Hansen & Gretel
More leopard prints at Next Gen, statement checks in Karla Spetic and Strateas Carlucci, beautiful block prints in Ginger and Smart and fun floral prints at Cameo Collective
Above from left: Next Generation, Karla Spetic, Strateas Carlucci, Ginger & Smart, Cameo Collective.
What a fantastic display of unique and beautiful collections from our great Australian designers, I can’t wait until they hit the stores! So, which was your favourite collection?
One can only dream of adding a few of these items on the wishlist…
Who doesn’t love dreamy, fairy tale fashion
Picture: Josephine Khouri @josephinekhouriphotography
Stay tuned as I share J’adorais favourite streetstyle looks in my next post.
Love, from the lady in red
Above Pic of me on the last day of fashion week (in Alexander McQueen top, Michael lo Sordo skirt and Lanvin trench), taken by The Style Doctor’s photographer Carolin Margi @shotswithcarolin
Photo Credit: Runway pictures by the Style Doctor Phographers and Vogue