How can she even walk in these?!
Is fashion week finally getting more diverse?
What’s the most fashionable Australian city? Melbourne, of course – at least at the moment, thanks to Melbourne Spring Fashion Week.
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:
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.
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 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!
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
The modelling industry has been getting a bad rep as of late and now superstar Cara Delevingne has added even more fuel to the fire.
Opening up to The Times, the 23-year old confirmed that she won’t be “doing fashion work anymore” after dropping her management company in recent months; however, the seemingly quirky and overly confident fashionista turned actress revealed that the reason behind her decision wasn’t just to focus on her film career, but instead because she was left hating her body.
“Modelling just made me feel a bit hollow after a while. It didn’t make me grow at all as a human being. And I kind of forgot how young I was… I felt so old,” Delevingne told the mag.
Speaking out about the constant demands of the industry, she added: “I was, like, fight and flight for months. Just constantly on edge. It is a mental thing as well because if you hate yourself and your body and the way you look, it just gets worse and worse.”
After being in the industry for nearly a decade and as one of the most influential models in the world, you’d be quick to assume that Delevingne would be well acquainted with, and comfortable in, the business. Even the most awe-like human beings have their limits, though, and the stress of the profession led her to develop anxiety and the skin condition psoriasis, she said.
“People would put on gloves and not want to touch me because they thought I was like, leprosy or something.”
The actress later went on to criticise the industry for sexualising young girls and revealed that as a teen she was made to feel like she couldn’t say no to proactive poses. “I’m a bit of a feminist and it makes me feel sick. It’s horrible and disgusting,” she told The Times. “You start when you are really young and you do, you get subjected to… not great stuff.”
This comes off the back of the recent exploitation of 14-year-old model, Sofia Mechetner. After signing a $200,000 contract with Dior, the young teen was then paraded down the runway wearing a sheer, see through dress. While the brand said that it was “all for art” and not meant to appear sexy, one has to question why a multi-million dollar fashion house is choosing pre-pubescent girls to showcase adult clothing.
Tell us your thoughts… When is enough, enough?
It’s the end of an era in the fashion industry: Supermodel Gisele Bundchen retired from the runway last week.
During her 20-year career, Gisele walked for every designer imaginable. And while she could have chosen some of the biggest names in fashion for her last catwalk appearance, the 34-year old stuck to her roots and chose Brazilian label Colcci’s fashion show during Sao Paulo Fashion Week for her farewell.
With her fierce and confident walk, Gisele knows how to own the runway, so let’s take a look at Gisele Bundchen’s best runway moments ever:
2005: If people didn’t know who Gisele was before the 2005 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, they definitely knew afterwards. Gisele’s opening of this iconic show with her little red devil wings and a multi million dollar fantasy bra is one of the best runway moments in history. It’s the epitome of the supermodel-walk.
2007: One of John Galliano’s best runway shows for Dior, the 60th anniversary of Dior, was of course opened by Gisele who walked down the runway at the Orangerie in Versailles in a black suit inspired by one of Dior’s first creations from the 1940s.
2007: In the same year, Gisele opened another iconic show in an another iconic look, the metallic bustier dress by Dolce&Gabbana. It became one of the most popular dresses of the season and was seen numerous times on the red carpet and in music videos, such as Leona Lewis’ ‘Bleeding Love’.
2010: Fast forward three years and Gisele had not only married Tomy Brady, but also given birth to their son Benjamin. Only 6 months later, Gisele returned to the catwalk looking better than ever, making new mums all over the world jealous.
2014: In 2014, Karl Lagerfeld became slightly obsessed with Gisele and made her the face of Chanel No5, chose her for several campaigns, and of course also let her open his Chanel fashion show which was staged as a protest for equality. Gisele lead the way with her megaphone in head to toe knitted Chanel.
2015: All good things must come to an end. Gisele strutted her stuff down her last runway accompanied by other models wearing t-shirts with famous photos of Gisele on them. I guess you can never have enough Gisele.
Images via Popsugar, news.com.au, giselebundchenfan.com, independent.co.uk
There is no rest for the wicked, especially the wicked in the fashion industry. And so after the latest trends debuted in New York, the shows continued across the big pond at London Fashion Week. The British capital is the home of some of the most popular designer labels of the moment, including Christopher Kane, Maria Katrantzou, and Burberry Prorsum.
Known for its more edgy fashion compared to other fashion weeks, London didn’t disappoint, showing bold prints and lots of colour on the runways. There were four trends in the autumn/winter collections that most designers seemed to agree on:
Primarily reserved for geeks in high school, turtleneck sweaters might have a major comeback next season. They sure keep you warm and the good news is – if Jonathan Saunders’ collection is anything to go by – there will be silk turtlenecks which are not only super chic, but also perfect for warmer weather.
2. Vinyl Pants
This is not for the timid, but shiny vinyl and lamé pants were seen on numerous runways in London, reminding us of some horrible outfits we wore in the 90s. The blue and green colour might make this an even harder trend to pull off, but paired with neutrals it can be a bold yet classy fashion statement.
You cannot go wrong with head-to-toe black. In order for it not to be boring, though, combine different fabrics and textures or show a bit of leg as seen on Simone Rochas’ runway.
It was all in the details at Peter Pilotto and Burberry Prorsum. Clothes were adorned with stitched patterns and gems, making jewellery an unnecessary accessory. So forget the statement necklace next season and invest in an embroidered statement dress instead.
images via style.com
Sydney’s style set celebrated the 8th annual 30 Days of Fashion & Beauty launch this week with a glamorous pink runway show. Staged dramatically in an illuminated marquee at the forecourt of St Mary’s Cathedral, featured designers included Carla Zampatti, Alex Perry, Jayson Brunsdon, Camilla & Marc, Ginger & Smart and Akira.
This year’s face of the campaign, Cheyenne Tozzi, posed pre-show in a flattering white asymmetric jumpsuit before hitting the catwalk in a satin dress with structured trench. It was a softer look for the model and presenter, accessorised with a sparkling Swarovski jewel-toned necklace.
Showcasing designers were asked to present two looks – one from their current collection and the other being an iconic ‘breakthrough’ piece from their archives. Jayson Brunsdon’s signature Audrey Hepburn print dress featured, as well as Alice McCall’s recognisable ‘lipstick’ print top and skirt from her Resort 2015 collection.
Megan Washington provided vocals on stage while high profile Australian designers from Camilla to Alex Perry graced the runway.
Fellow models including Samantha Harris were showered in confetti (pink of course) as they closed the show alongside Cheyenne, who made quite the exit in her billowing train.
Celebs and designers in attendance included Michael Lo Sordo, Alice McCall, Bianca Spender, Carla Zampatti, Montana Cox, Isabelle Cornish and Luke Jacobz.
For the national line up of fashion and beauty workshops you can register for free to attend check out: http://www.30daysoffashionandbeauty.com.au/
Every gal needs a good pair of boots to get her through those colder months. This fall, the boots – like the clothes – are wild. Sixties-mod styles dominate, but there is no shortage of quirkiness if you’re brave enough. Be inspired by these fall runway looks.
Knee-high and thigh-high boots
You can’t go wrong with a classic pair of knee-high boots, like Valentino‘s wide-legged, heels – perfect for both day and night occasions. However, we also love Alexander Wang‘s fresh, modern take on the style, with his low-heeled, tri-toned thigh-highs.
On-trend with the popular mod look, are these Lanvin (left) and Gucci (right) boots with square, block heels. Blue is a popular color this season, as is the tan leather.
Textures and prints
Snakeskin patterns and reptile textures are hot – just see Tom Ford and Gucci (left-right). However, Valentino is also making waves with his colorful retro-print ankle boots (pictured top).
Straps, buckles and laces
Adornments of all kinds were seen on the fall runway, but my personal favorites are the Isabel Marant stiletto boot, and Louis Vuitton‘s tan ankle boot with a patent finish.
Flat and casual
Calvin Klein showed a range of sporty sneaker-boots at his show, but the velvet-textured Doc Martin replicas are the street-friendly winner. Also loving Rick Owens‘ boots/tights/sneakers combo shoe.
Images via Elle/Vogue/Glamour
Styled by Margaret Zhang of Shine By Three, this year’s runway edit presented over 100 looks from leading Australian fashion designers. Featuring discounted designer threads, it’s a smart way to preview affordable pieces that will keep you on trend this season. Here are five looks direct from the show that will instantly update your wardrobe:
An asymmetric skirt with contrasting panels
This look by Nicola Finetti with its bold diagonal lines will earn you instant fashion cred. Longer skirts with a high asymmetrical split look sophisticated and current.
This Akin by Ginger & Smart skirt is a versatile basic worth snapping up.
A piece in plaid
Bestill my ’90s-loving heart, plaid continues to have a moment. Dress it up or down. And for bonus points, follow the global catwalk trend by tying it around your waist. Look by Christopher Copenhagen.
A bodycon midriff
Not for everybody, bare midriffs and cut-out details are popular at the moment. This style works best with sleeveless athletic silhouettes. So if you’ve got it flaunt it! Those less brave can take comfort that at least relaxed fit pants are back. Look by Winston Wolfe.
A draped cape or coat
A floor-skimming pastel cape draped across the shoulders will give you instant polish. We’ve seen Hollywood A-listers giving good cape on the red carpet, but here Zhang has styled it with streetwear. And it works! Split sleeve or traditional, just keep those arms out!
A hero LBD
All eyes at the Fashion Weekend Sydney catwalk were on the little black dresses by Winston Wolfe. Have fun this autumn/winter with playful hemlines and volumes. Just make sure it’s flattering – a form-fitting LBD is a timeless staple that should see you through all seasons.
By Allison Voight and images by Voight Photography and Design