Can I have a temperature check from you this morning? Are you feeling summer at all? Or are your feet safely tucked away in a pair of uggs?
It’s a bit brisk here, nothing to be too concerned about. What I am concerning myself about is that despite not being able to feel my fingers as I type, the fashion stores have moved swiftly on to spring, without nary a backward glance at winter.
A couple of nights ago I sat front row at the Brisbane screening of the spring summer 2013-14 David Jones fashion parade. Back in the day, there used to be a big live show in Brisbane too. Now at key city DJs stores around Australia, we all sit down and watch the Sydney shindig before a mini parade of our own. When I say we, I mean a handful of local fashion media and a good turn-out of dedicated DJs fashion shoppers. By dedicated, I mean they are DEDICATED.
Sitting to my left were two lovely personal shoppers* from DJs Brisbane. As the models came out wearing mostly white with a mix of black and not enough colour for my liking, they were furiously taking notes of not only the pieces they loved but who of their clients they thought would love those pieces. Impressive work.
You’ve probably already seen it on the news but for those who haven’t, the parade opened with a sea of white. White on white.
And then closed with a riot of colour that only the clever Camilla can pull off, season after season. Mantan included.**
In between we saw white with black (by far the most easy summer trend to embrace now) and smatterings of colour, from coloured digi prints and swimwear (Isola), to a stunning green, navy aqua combo from Bianca Spender, trademark prints and embellishments from Easton Pearson and watermelon from Alannah Hill.
Jac & Jack
Apart from Camilla and stand-alone statement pieces from the likes of Easton Pearson and Romance was Born or the asymmetrical skirts featured in the Josh Goot collection, the overall styling was minimalist. To successfully carry off a minimalist style your clothes must fit and flatter perfectly. A minimalist look relies on soft structure or clever patterning and superior grooming.
The ladylike trend is here to stay (for now) with lace featuring as well as cut-outs and sheers worked into designs.
Scary trend alert: the appearance of the midriff. Don’t worry, you won’t be seeing me working this look anytime soon. Unlike, the ’80s and ’90s midriff look (which, in case you’re wondering, I never did), this season’s midriff reveal is based around a whole lot of structure. Bands of fabric that need to sit firmly over abs of steel for it to work successfully. If that’s you. Go for it.
Ginger & Smart
Overall, it’s an elegant season. And even if your budget doesn’t extend to designer labels, you’ll find all of the above filtering through to your favourite stores. It’s just the way the fashion carousel goes round.
If you are up for a splurge … my money is on Camilla (for timeless resort wear), mother-and-daughter, Carla Zampatti and Bianca Spender (for classic occasion styling you’ll pull out of your cupboard in five years time and still feel great in), Bassike (for effortless casual) and Jets or Isola (for a classic one-piece).
Aveda created two looks for the show.
The first – “poolside chic” – featured soft bouncy girls that look effortless but I know they’re not. It’s a blowdry first with a roller brush followed by large curling wands used on mid-lengths to ends for movement.
The second was a “modern French roll”. I love the idea of this look for a party in summer where you still want the glam factor but need the hair off your sticky neck. My hairdresser did similar for me for Mr SY’s Christmas party last year except with a pony at the back. It involved a big brush blowdry, crimping at the roots, a whole lot of teasing and about half a can of mousse. As you know, I’m a lazy girl in the beauty department so I’m all for outsourcing such ‘dos.
The concept behind the makeup look created by shu uemura was Italian glamour meets poolside glamour. You know, elegant and chic … all the things I’d like to feel in summer but the humidity usually deals me quite the opposite.
For this look, the eyes always look sleek and glam. And the inclusion of gold eyeshadow adds to the overall glow. Note to self, must get me some of the shu uemura Instant Glow Stage Performer, which ws used as a primer before the foundation for these looks. As you know, illuminating products are your best tired-face friend***.
See anything you like, Stylers?
* When you shop with a personal shopper you wait in a fancy schmancy lounge and the clothes are brought to you … a service I plan to add to my Lotto wishlist.
** A mantan is a male kaftan. Can you see the man in your life wearing one to the next summer barbie?
*** Me most days, hence obsessive need to acquire more illuminators in my life.
Runway photos: Image.net/David Jones