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Mercedes Benz Fashion Weeks Trends For Summer

By Sharmin Musca on July 13, 2016 in Other

Images: Ginger and Smart’s oversized Sunhat; Karla Spetic’s fun and flirty sheer ruffled dress.

Images: Ginger and Smart’s oversized Sunhat; Karla Spetic’s fun and flirty sheer ruffled dress.

From industry insiders to magazine editors, fashion influencers to buyers, the fashion set certainly brought their A-game to Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia last month with many street style outfits outside the shows just as eye-catching as those sent down the runways inside Carriageworks. Based on the shows I attended, predictions for summer trends are white and bright, but definitely not tight. Think flowing fabrics, vivid colours starring alongside blacks and whites, modern tailoring and plenty of skin on show. Shelve your boho styles from last summer and replace them with more modern, fluid fabrics, silky suiting and floating maxi dresses.
Trends to look out for include:

The bare shoulder
– From one-shoulder tops and one-sleeve dresses at By Johnny and Bec & Bridge, to sexy off-the-shoulder numbers and cut-out shoulder designs at Zhivago, the clearest trend across the diverse range of shows was the bare shoulder.

Whitewash – White also dominated the runways in a variety of designs, from all lace outfits and dresses with layers of ruffles, to relaxed white-on-white top and pant ensembles.

Modern tailoring – Modern tailoring was a standout of the week with many designers showing asymmetric hemlines, graphic layering, crisp contemporary shirting and fluid silhouettes. Bianca Spender, often known for her feminine, flowing silks, offered a more masculine flavour with impeccably tailored, structured pieces.

Fun and flirty – From Ginger & Smart’s fun (although perhaps a little impractical) oversized sunhats to Karla Spetic’s scalloped hemlines and flirty ruffles, as well as Christopher Esber’s use of sheer net fabric with pops of turquoise and dresses tied up in knots, many fun and flirty pieces were seen. Designers also put ‘backless’ and ‘braless’ back on the radar with numerous sheer garments (and only a few with slips or strategic squares of fabric to keep modesty in check).

Sporty luxe and Baywatch bikinis
– At the We Are Handsome show it was all out sporty luxe and a return to the early 90s with seriously high-cut bikinis and one pieces channeling Baywatch. A decent amount of personal grooming will be required next summer. At Ginger & Smart we also saw a relaxed, sporty element hinted at through hooded jackets, racing stripes and metallic elastics.

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