I viewed A LOT of fashion last week. A LOT.
I was definitely in my kind of heaven.
Sure, many of the actual pieces I saw were never going to be things that I’d actually add to my wardrobe … mostly due to the smallish nature of the pieces hanging off the smallish natured models.
But what I do whenever I see fashion in this kind of environment is pick out the trends which I could translate to my wardrobe. The trends that would enhance MY personal style and work with existing pieces in my spring-summer wardrobe.
I don’t believe that any of us should wholeheartedly embrace every fashion trend that comes our way. It’s a process of selection. It’s a process of making a personal edit, if you like.
What works for me may not work for you and vice versa. This is a good thing. It would be a boring old world if we all dressed in cookie cutter versions of each other, wouldn’t it?
So, from the 12 shows I attended at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia last week, these are the 5 key trends that caught my eye. And I think you’ll be seeing lots of them in your favourite stores come September.
Plenty of sweet young things will be wearing head-to-toe prints this summer. My style personality is not feminine enough for floral prints but I do like me a modern graphic print. I’m also a fan of gorgeous prints styled into a shift dress for a modern work option (with a tailored jacket) or a great base for a Spring Carnival Racing outfit.
Hold on to your 1980s’ Wham hats. Neon is back. With a vengeance. No, I don’t plan to be wearing it in a Choose Life t-shirt this time around but I will be adding little injections here and there in accessories for fun and interest. Pastels are also huge (1980s again … hello lemon yellow jeans bought as a 16-year-old from Just Jeans). And there are brights but they’re more of toned-down Mediterranean shade … think gorgeous Greek Island blues and the orange/tangerine of buildings on the Amalfi Coast of Italy.
I love this trend but advise to be careful where the cut-outs in the fabric actually fall 😉 My favourites featured the use of sheer fabric where the main fabric had been cut out, making for a sexy kind of stylish.
Structure on the catwalk took one of either two forms – soft or architectural. The soft styles featured tailoring in silk while the architectural was all about angular jackets or peplum shapes in skirts. BTW – architectural was a bit of a buzz word at fashion week this year. Which was kind of funny as we’re talking about clothes, not buildings but, hey, who am I to re-write the fashion glossary?
Kaftan shapes popped up in a number of the shows that I attended. And I, for one, was very happy about that. I could actually see me wearing a piece that was being warn on the catwalk. The key to choosing a kaftan shape is choose a fabric that is sheer and allows you to show your shape underneath. And then order a cocktail. Pronto.
Even men are doing them. They’re called Man-Tans. Don’t you know?
And they were even featured off the catwalk …
What do you think? Which trend or trends can you see yourself adding to YOUR wardrobe? Which trends fit your style personality?
Thanks so much Maybelline NY Australia for having me blog all week about your fabulous makeup collaborations at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia 2012. I’ve loved every minute!