Fashion

Fast Five Fashion Trends from VAMFF 15

Tuesday, 7th April 2015by culture HQ
Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival (or VAMFF for short) has wrapped up for another year, but the fun and fashion flair it brought is just beginning.

 

FEELING OVERWHELMED BY THE TRENDS MARCHED DOWN THE CATWALK? WE’VE PULLED TOGETHER THE TOP FIVE TRENDS THAT’LL TAKE YOUR FASHION STYLE THE EXTRA MILE IN THE SEASON AHEAD. BY KATHRYN DI CARLO.

 

TREND TO TRY BLACK TO BASICS

Black is, and always will be, timeless and classic. Just like there is never a bad time for chocolate, there is never a bad time to wear black and this season gives you the opportunity to throw all of the black you own on all at once. Dive deep into the depths of your wardrobe and come out wearing gloves, scarves, beanies, coats and jeans… The more black the better!

Brands including Alpha, Bassike, Scanlan Theodore (pictured), Camilla and Marc, Shona Joy and Carla Zampatti were just a few of the many that kept it classic and clean- featured collections consisting of black, black and… you guessed it, more black!


TREND TO TRY HEAVY METAL

Metallic made its mark in Melbourne, with the trend literally shining down the catwalk. There were eye-catching metals in traditional gold and silver on display, but designers also stepped outside these common colours and featured rich blues and reds. The versatility of metallic means it can be taken to the high streets, as well as adaptable in a more casual and cool look.

A little word of advice for anyone planning on diving head first into this trend; it’s all about making a nice, subtle statement. Opt for a jacket or top in a bold metallic tone, whilst keeping the rest muted… beware that head to toe metallic could potentially result in you looking less fashion forward and more like the tin man from the Wizard of Oz!

If you’re not sure about rocking a full metallic clothing item, opt for accessories. Clutches, shoes and earrings are all sporting metallic and when it comes to accessories the options of what it can be worn with are practically endless, making them the perfect addition to your collection.


TREND TO TRY DON’T FORGET THE SILHOUETTE

Bold is beautiful. And when I say bold, I mean bold… but maybe not as bold as Lady Gaga’s outfits circa 2010. Strong lines and shapes dominated the silhouette this year featuring trench coats, oversized vests and wide legged, relaxed fit pants. Channeling a more masculine style and continuing our love affair with the seventies, relaxed fit pants were seen not only on the models but also in the crowd of onlookers.

Long, draped coats that were almost sweeping the floor were the way to go, just as long as you avoided looking like a detective solving the latest murder mystery! These dramatic jackets were often worn over the shoulders, with the models rudely disregarding the place made for your arms… but hey, anything goes when it comes to fashion!

Coming into the cooler months also means it’s time to rug up. These bold silhouettes that are a little less fitted means everyone can now take a big sigh of relief, and skip the copious amounts of exercise required to fit into a pair of skinny jeans paired with a tight midriff top. Need even more reason to adopt the trend? Extra room in your jacket and pants allows an opportunity to add layers without looking like a marshmallow (but then again, marshmallows are delish so is it really a bad thing if you looked like one?). The key to looking more fab than frumpy whilst rocking the bold shapes and styles is to keep at least one area more fitted, so if you’re going to wear a big oversized coat, try for a more fitted pant style or top.


TREND TO TRY EXTRA TEXTURE, READ ALL ABOUT IT

It’s time to shake your pom pom and whip out your leathers, because this season textures are hot hot hot! It’s also time to lace it up (and we’re not just your sneakers). It’s all about focusing on the different layers and textures to keep your outfit looking interesting. Adding a little lace to your outfit will exude femininity, whilst incorporating some leather will give you an edgier look.

The 2015 Future Runway show saw Letitia Garbellini feature plastic overlays and leather – super futuristic, but it kind of works and definitely something to keep in mind if you find yourself in the situation on a rainy day where you can’t seem to find an umbrella!


TREND TO TRY GET THE PRINT!

While most designers stayed faithful to blocks of colour, some chose to walk on the wildside and incorporated patterns. Deeper reds, blues and greens and even yellow were the prominent pattern colours.

There is a bit of an art to wearing patterns. I don’t recommend a clashing prints attempt on a day you’re running late to work because you could end up looking like a seventies printed couch with an awkward throw rug tossed carelessly over the top. While some aspects of the seventies are still being embraced, the couches are not one of them.


Tuesday, 7th April 2015by culture HQ