It will be a return to feminine fashion this spring, with ladylike looks taking over the runway at the first designer series of Melbourne Spring Fashion Week.
Much like the easy breezy feeling of spring itself, fashion was soft, sheer and sexy with a classic, tailored touch when Arnsdorf, Gary Bigini, Dhini, Kuwaii and MaterialByProduct hit the catwalk.
Nude remained the colour of the season, with all designers in show one opting for a palette of blush, peach, grey and white. Hues hinted at the shades of outdoor life, with burnt bronzes, the odd azure blue and sunburned red appearing as a colour pop in otherwise neutral outfits.
Alistair Trung referenced the tribal trend with a strong jersey based collection enhanced with fringing and features, while Dhini explored the digital trend with art deco style prints on pants, leggings and dresses.
Fabrics were soft, flowing and sheer with tons of layering by Assin. Lengths were long and silhouettes tailored with Arnsdorf endorsing boxy shorts and shift dresses.
Flannel (pictured) stood out with its mustard leather obsession, present in the form of soft, supple leather shorts, layered dresses and tops. It was one of the few labels that took risks while remaining on trend. It owned the sheer trend covered by many designers last night, opting for super-sheer light pieces that floated like clouds on models’ skin.
The spring obsessions that came through every collection were:
Soft supple leather: worn as high waisted shorts, mini skirts and boxy tops.
Draping: dresses were loose and draped, cinched with thin belts to enhance the effect.
Jersey: Sheer, soft jersey was in most dresses and tops.
Statement jackets: These were slashed, cinched, cropped and in nude colours. Never plain in design.
Pants: Cropped high-waited harem pants worn with heels and cute jackets were everywhere.