I was recently thinking back on my wonderful week in Sydney watching the best of Australian fashion. Be it on the runways or by checking out all the latest in street style I’ve curated some of the looks and ideas you’ll be reaching for again and again. The best thing is some styles you’ll already have in your wardrobe.
- Blazers – Blazers do not appear to be going anywhere. Whether oversized , fitted or in the shape of a coat dress with over the knee boots, this was probably one of my most seen items at AAFW. A blazer is a great transeasonal piece to have in the wardrobe and makes you look instantly put together. It will also be big for Spring/ Summer as part of a set or with a waistcoat. Seen in every hue and pattern the most popular seemed to be in the luxe tans, creams, nude, olives and terracotta shades. These do go with everything from jeans to skirts and shorts or over dresses. An instant lift for any outfit.
- Colourful prints – In contrast were the bold prints seen in the Gary Bigeni, ALEMAIS and Ikuntji Artists shows. It was like the sun coming out as the models walked down the runways. Colours of yellow, green, blue, pink , lilac and orange mixed in these pretty as a picture prints, which were fashioned into floaty, fun dresses, matching sets and playful jumpsuits.
- Leather – There was plenty of leather in black, tan, burgundy and camel. Patent black leather coats with pointed shoulders were big. Leather trenches in a range of colours were popular with the street style set. Leather skirts and pants were also on trend both on and off the runway. For a more sustainable option look for vintage leather or try the many great vegan leather options creeping into our stores. Check your own wardrobe and recycle some perennial favourites. My leather jackets come out to play year after year and have been terrific investment pieces.
- Denim and denim on denim – One of the biggest comebacks since Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake is the denim on denim trend. Two piece suits, vests, denim maxi skirts, denim dresses (as seen on Harmony Butcher at the shows), wide legged two tone denim jeans and oversized denim jackets were all spotted on the runways and sported by the fashionable street style crowd in Sydney and I’m not sad about it. It’s easy to wear, durable and you can rock your vintage denim with a new piece to create a cool, eclectic look. I was so impressed with the new incarnations of two tone denim and some great new denim shapes. Brands to look out for are St Agni, Aje and Zimmerman who all have elevated takes on everyone’s favourite essential.
- Nighttime Glamour – Although there were plenty of utilitarian looks for day, for the nights full on glamour reigned with sequins, sheers, lace, ruffles and rosettes leading the way. Alemais’ red recycled sequin dress was a standout for me. Anna Quan delivered naked dresses and Michael Lo Sordo’s fabulous lace dresses left little to the imagination. St Agni featured sheer mesh dresses for those who dare to bare.
As always wear what feels right for you and your mood. It seems that a lot of looks are looking back to head into the future. Maxi skirts seem to have taken our hearts already with a great length that suits everyone. Prints and colour are always winners in the spring and summer months. Fashion should be fun and getting dressed every day an extension of your own unique personality. Enjoy the upcoming seasons ahead with fabulous Australian fashion.
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Freelance writer, wife and mother of three sons, occasional supply teacher and aspiring romance author, Michelle Beesley can be most often found in a coffee shop chatting with friends or beside a rugby field cheering on her favourite teams.
Michelle is a prolific—albeit reluctant—traveller, keen walker, bookworm and yoga enthusiast who loves anything pink or sparkly (including champagne!).