RAFW … the dust settles. What will you be wearing next season?

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Phewww … another Rosemount Australian Fashion Week is over and I’m exhausted.  No, not from running from show to show, weighed down by gift bags.

No, I’m exhausted from having to try and keep up with all the Tweets and Facebook posts.

Buyers, bloggers and traditional fashion media garnered my attention with up-to-the-minute posts and image uploads.  It was fast, action-packed and I didn’t even suffer sore feet at the end of it.

So, what’s all the fashion hoo-hah mean for you.  The fashion and beauty consumer.

What will be on your must-buy list this spring?  How will you wear your hair? What will be on your lips?

If you answered, “whatever I bloody well feel like” then perhaps this post isn’t for you.  If you want a few clues to stay ahead of the game, then read on for some pointers on the fashion, beauty and skincare front.

Forearmed (or should that be forefrocked) is forewarned!


Rachael Gilbert:  seductive shapes, no-holds-barred glamour, and a whole lot of drama. Working the pastel colour palette which is certain to be the uniform for spring/summer 10, this collection, inspired by the female form, included elegant evening dresses with oversized ruffles, sculpted asymmetrical gowns shining with  signature sequins, and the piece-de-resistance – a gorgeous strapless cream layered tulle dress.

Lucette:  layering, prints and details point to a spring/summer relaxed edge.  A neutral colour palette is anything but boring when an outfit is peppered with conversation-starting details.

Lisa Ho:  Gorgeous draped silks in the new-season’s hottest hue, “nude”, signify a lady-like spring/summer ahead.  Those who want to stand out from the crowd, opt for painterly prints.  The tailoring is soft and feminine.

Alex Perry:  Statement cocktail frocks and gowns start here.  Only Mr Perry could produce such a show-stopper – on and off the catwalk with 300 hairdressers, makeup artists, models and publicists and about $200,000 behind his Arabian Princess show. 

Anna & Boy:  Great swimwear and so much more – from cover-ups for your swimwear and vibrant maxis to take you from beach to cocktails.  I can feel the heat already.


Dead straight hair:  leave it to those Ksubi boys and Redken to show us how sexy dead straight hair still is.   For straight hair in a pony, Manning Cartell and ghd had us longing for sleek.

Festival hair:  Nookie and ghd showed us dishevelled, wearable hair.

Plaits and braids:  Still such a strong look, from ghd at Kirrily Johnson to Goldwell for Bianca Spender and Brad Ngata for L’Oreal Professionnel at the Innovators show.

Buns:  From the high Grace-Kelly style of the Rachel Gilbert (Goldwell) show through the cleverly stylised bun at Lisa Ho (Redken), get red-carpet ready or mean buiness this spring/summer.


Avatar inspired:  Go for glitter as visioned by MAC for Fernando Frisoni. Or try Napoleon Perdis for Camilla.

Pale pink nails:  Essie Blushing Bride nails for the Michael Lo Sordo show.

Simple and unfussed: NARS and Mecca Cosmetica for Bassike

Statement lips:  MAC for Zimmerman. Red mixed with Lipmix Burgundy to make it more of a red/plum lip.

Fierce eyebrows:  Napoleon Perdis for Rachel Gilbert


Jurlique partnered with young designer Lui Hon for his debut show. A Jurlique refreshment station was set-up backstage for the models to indulge in favourites such as Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist and Lavender Hydrating Mist, Love Balm and Hand Creams such as the new Jasmine scent.

Dermalogica partnered with Kirrily Johnston to also give the models a little time out and pampering. “Kirrily produces luxurious yet quality, modern and timeless pieces, all qualities that are demonstrated within the Dermalogica brand,” said Dermalogica’s Jade Harris.

Rexona celebrated the re-launch of its new Crystal range and packaging by teaming with Fernando Frisoni, known for his signature black dresses. Frisoni knew the importance of having a trustworthy mark-free deodorant for his models – with dresses coming on and off backstage, there was no time to be messing around with white marks.

Other RAFW posts:

Update your beauty kit with MAC must-haves, straight off the RAFW catwalk

Jamal Hammadi offers celebrity-ready hair tips during RAFW

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