Delightfully feminine and easy to wear, Alice McCALL’s Cruise 'Les Galeries de Posion' collection is everything you’d want for a Summer vacation. Shot by photographer Jesse McNair and featuring model Paris Roberts, the Bali-based shoot has us wishing away the last few hours of the working week . . . Take a look.
Victoria's Secret model Erin Heatherton is in Sydney this week with Osiris Eyewear to launch Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival Sydney (MBFFS) — and last night she took to the runway at Sydney's Town Hall to close the Festival's first show. The undeniable star of the show, Erin was flanked by models in new season MATICEVSKI as she stepped onto the runway in a white and gold MATICEVSKI racerneck gown and nude pointy pumps.
MBFFS comes around annually, bringing key looks from Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia to the runway again — only this time it's not just an industry event and anyone can pick up a ticket to the shows (yes, you too!).
An all-Australian crowd of designers debuted their Spring Summer 2013/14 collections to the public last night, with Ginger & Smart, Romance Was Born, Alice McCALL, Alex Perry, by johnny., White Sands, Haryoni Setiadi and more local stars all on the show schedule. Take a look at our runway recap to see Erin on the runway and check out the best looks from last night's launch — all of which will be dropping in store this season.
There's a lot to love about the trumpet skirt — it's unashamedly feminine, flattering, versatile and, if Spring Summer 2013/2014 runways are anything to go by (hint: they definitely are), the full-bodied skirt is trending, hard. Otherwise described as the 'fit and flare' silhouette, the trumpet skirt hugs your hips and then flares at the hem — whether that hem is a mini or midi length is for you to decide.
With Spring fashion in full swing (!), we're glimpsing these oh-so-girly silhouettes left, right and centre. Country Road, By Johnny and Bianca Spender are some of the local names doing it for Spring, while internationally Stella McCartney and (at the other end of the financial spectrum) ASOS are delivering new-season skirts with extra kick too. Take a look at our top ten now.
David Jones launched its Spring Summer ’13 offering last night to an audience of Australia’s fashion elite — celebrities mingled with designers and editors in the front row, with model-turned-designer Megan Gale joined by Lara Bingle, Collette Dinnigan, Elizabeth Debicki, Alex Perry, Gary Bigeni and Charlotte Dawson.
On the runway, model-of-the-moment Jessica Gomes stepped with ease into Miranda Kerr's shoes, looking chic and confident from start to finish, opening the show in a white strapless Willow bustier number and closing in a tribal Camilla one-piece — which left Gomes looking nothing short of Amazonian — and breathtaking.
Evocative choreography kicked things off, with models stepping out in all-white ensembles by designers such as Scanlan & Theodore, Carla Zampatti, Camilla and Marc, bassike, Zimmermann and Collette Dinnigan. Shortly followed a series of strong black-on-black looks and black and white prints – which set the monochrome tone of the show. Pops of colour punctuated the strong black and white theme, with Ginger & Smart, Camilla and Romance Was Born all bringing the bright.
Flick through the gallery for all the best runway looks.
The runways were awash in fresh hues at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, bringing welcome respite from the khaki/black/Bordeaux/navy of the A/W palette we've become so accustomed to. The Spring/Summer season traditionally signals the return to colour, but this season a definitive palette emerged from the catwalk. Bold, almost paintbox-bright tones of cobalt, marigold and fuchsia replaced last season's ubiquitous neon brights and pastels were back, albeit in powdered-back incarnations of sky blue, peppermint and the palest of pinks.
Of course there was black and white, but that (as we detailed in our mega-trend round-up) was worn almost exclusively together, and as part of a broader mod-inspired trend. A new set of go-to neutrals emerged with a modern, almost sci-fi edge; white (often worn head to toe), navy blue and high-shine silver provided crisp contrast to the vibrant brights or pretty watercolour hues. True, the temperature might be in decline but advance notice is always a handy thing! Get acquainted with the colours that are set to define the new season.
It's time! Are you ready? Because we're about to distil five days of fashion week madness and 30 plus runway shows into one super-fast, easy-to-click trend gallery. The strongest shapes, the key pieces, the newest looks — they're all here. From sculptural frills that fanned out from the body like 3D waves at Karla Spetic to the sophisticated take on the crop top at Ginger & Smart, to the sexiest skirt shape as seen at By Johnny — if you weren't on the ground at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia, consider this as your one stop shop. Everything you need to know about Spring/Summer 2013-14 awaits you inside . . .
If you have a thing for bags and shoes, have we got a treat for you! We've painstakingly gone through our runway round-ups from Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia with a fine tooth comb to pick out the very best new season shoes and bags from the Spring/Summer offerings. Many local designers out-sourced their accessories to chain store brands this year, which is great news if you want to make these runway wheels yours!
Tony Bianco provided those killer lace-up boots for Alex Perry, as well the 'Cambridge' wheels for Camilla and Marc, the 'Dice' and 'Libby' heels at Ellery, the 'Lolita' pumps at Toni Maticevski, the 'Ashley' platforms at Rebecca Vallance and the ankle-strapped heels for Bec & Bridge. ASOS was all over the catwalks too, supplying Christopher Esber with his 'Hostage' heels, Talulah with their flirty tie-up sandals and We Are Handsome with their metallic 'Hackney' stilettos. And those fantastical Romance Was Born creations? They came courtesy of Shoes of Prey. It's time to let your fingers do the walking. . .
We sifted throught the strongest trends and narrowed down the hottest colours from fashion week, so now it's time to get personal. Picking the ultimate look from a favourite show is like choosing between children! There was a slew of killer exits and inspired collections at MBFWA, so we've had to be ruthless to pick our absolute top ten. From Christopher Esber's roughed-up take on tailoring to Toni Maticevski's brave new look to the dreamy creations that wafted down Alice McCall's catwalk, see who made the grade.
Alice McCall's obessesion with positive and negative space continues to play out, this season taking a dive under the waves in an under-the-sea themed collection — drawing on the cursive shapes of Art Nouveau jewellery (that of Rene Jules Lalique, to be precise) and the intricate botanical illustrations of Ernst Haekel. Jewellery, botany and the ocean may seem far flung inspiration sources, but thanks to Alice's expert way with applique, cut-out lace work and custom-printing it was a cohesive and inspiring vision that emerged from her Spring/Summer '13-'14 collection. Sheer cotton voile, double Japanese organza and silk were used to give a lightness to sculptural, transparent layers acted like pretty outershells — weighted only by delicate tentace-like beading, or solid luxurious leather. The distinctive graphics vascilated between the obscenely pretty and the almost anatomically correct — the light and dark of the linework highlighted in contasting shades of navy, white, orange and oyster grey. Overtly feminine frills on shell tops, trumpet skirts and silk joggers were made oversized and sculptural to stave off frivolity. Alice, don't come up for air just yet.
- Colours: White, cream, pale peach, orange, navy, gold, smoke and oyster greys.
- Trends: Sheer, oversized shapes, pleating, navy, metallic tweed, flares, trumpet skirts, frills and crop tops.
- Key Looks: Cut-work illustrated leather shell tops in navy and white, sheer sunray pleated mini-dressses than fanned out from the waist, frill-edged jogger shorts and tunic tops and maxi dresses with oversized applique and cut-work bodices.
- Accessories: Chunky, disco-floor ready gold and silver wedges spliced with snakeskin.
Remember the cool milkmaid braid from Alice McCall's 2012 fashion week show? Well this year she's taking the beauty look deep down into the sea. The focal point for the makeup is powder blue lashes, while ghd's Sophie Roberts wanted the hair to look like the models' have just emerged from the water looking all ethereal with haphazard knots and texture. Click, click?