Melbourne Fashion Week Trend Report

What’s the most fashionable Australian city? Melbourne, of course – at least at the moment, thanks to Melbourne Spring Fashion Week.

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Shopping events and runway shows this week featured designs both by well-known designers, such as Akira or Carla Zampatti, and newcomers including graduates from RMIT. The outfits seen on Melbourne’s runways during fashion week are a good indicator of the trends we will be seeing a lot more of in spring and summer, but it’s not just about what’s on the runway, it’s about the outfits you see off the runway that really represent what’s hot and what’s not.

Whether it’s celebrities such as Melbourne Fashion Week ambassador Ashley Hart, or your average fashionista that flocked to the fashion events this week, I took a look at all the biggest trends and trendsetters of Melbourne Fashion Week:

Suit Up! 

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Who said women have to wear dresses or skirts to look sexy? Take a hint from these two lovely ladies wearing white flared pants and blazers looking absolutely stunning. Just make sure you wear heels with this combo – flared pants can make you look shorter than you are.


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Whether they’re long or short, flowy boho dresses in neutral tones are here to stay. The twist? Cut-out patterns revealing a little bit of skin. Quick tip: Instead of trying to hide your underwear by choosing flesh-colored bras and panties (they will be visible anyway), opt for bold colours and make your lingerie part of the outfit.

Floral Fashion

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Floral prints and patterns are nothing new, but you can take it a step further with beautiful floral embroidery and silk flowers  used as accessories. It might not be practical, but it sure looks pretty!

Crop it!

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Unfortunately, a good ab workout will have to remain part of your exercise routine for now because crop tops are here to stay. Ashley Hart is giving us major ab-envy in this crop-top dress.

Images via the MSFW Facebook page 

September 4, 2015

5 Minutes With Top Model, Ashley Hart

She is one of Australia’s most successful models making a name for herself after long being known as the little sister of Victoria’s Secret model, Jessica Hart.

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There is nothing not to like about Ashley Hart. She is the kind of woman you want as your best friend and at the same time, you aspire to be more like her: Always smiling, embracing a healthy lifestyle full of yoga and meditation, and of course looking absolutely stunning.

Ashley Hart is returning as the face and ambassador of Melbourne Fashion Week which kicks off August 28, making the already fashionable city even more trendy. The Melbournian is an obvious choice for the event and not shy to praise her hometown.

As most successful models, Ashley lives in the USA dividing her time between LA and New York, but she’s always happy to come home to Australia. We caught up with the top model and newlywed and asked her about her shopping tips, her secret to happiness, and plans for the future.

You’re the official ambassador for Melbourne Fashion week again this year, which shows are you most looking forward to?

I know this will sound like a cop out – but all of them! Each show is different and has something for everyone in it. I like to mix it up with my fashion so I am excited to see whats out there. It‘s like a one-stop-shop where you can sit there and make notes about what I‘m going to go out and buy.

When it comes to shopping, are you an online-shopping girl or do you prefer the old-fashioned way and actually go to stores?

I love going into stores. There‘s nothing like touching and feeling the garments and chatting to staff. I really like fashion stores. Whenever I buy online, it might be for jeans or something where I‘ve already got a pair I know I like.

Are there any stores/boutiques in Melbourne that you love?

Christine! It’s my favourite store in the city. Beautiful hand picked product from local designers and around the world. Christine, the owner, is a beautiful person who cares very much about her product and customers.

I was looking through your Instagram photos and noticed that you’re always smiling, which I love! What’s your secret to happiness?

Meditation. I take a lot of time to meditate and breathe, and being in the now.

2015 seems to have been quite the success for you so far, both in your career and your personal life (congratulations on your wedding!), what are your plans for 2016?

I have a great job with a few brands and plan to travel from the USA to Australia a few times! Other than that I will see what the year brings, but if it’s the same as 2015 it will be busy!

Watch this video for an insider look behind the scenes of Melbourne Fashion Week and get to know Ash Hart even better.

5 Minutes With Topmodel Ashley Hart

August 27, 2015

Melbourne Fashion Week Highlights

The best from Melbourne Fashion Week

We’ve selected our favourites from Melbourne Fashion Week.

Andrea Rembeck

Bettina Liano

Wayne Cooper


Shiny, happy hair

Booking a hairdresser a year in advance on the off-chance of being invited to the do of the year might seem a little keen. But last night the bevy of beauties who were invited to the Oscars would have booked with the best months ahead so they could walk the red carpet with shiny locks. Alright you may not get to attend the Oscars but you have to forget, the grungy, day-old-looking locks of the past. These days’ true stars like Gwyneth, Nicole and Jennifer are strutting their stuff with shiny, polished manes. Hairdresser Jo from Lily Jackson Hair says, ” Women love a shiny, polished look because it brings out the richness of their hair colour and it also looks incredibly healthy.” If you didn’t have time to strike up your own hair’s shiny luster last night – start now. Grab a gloss-enhancing product (we recommend Bumble and Bumble Defrizz- available at and spritz it onto wet hair. The spray will seal the hair’s cuticles and leave a light-reflecting surface. Blow dry with a paddle brush so you have smooth, shiny hair. Get your own star ‘do’.

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