Two weeks ago the newly sponsored Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival descended on the Docklands. Showcasing the Autumn/Winter 2014 collections, I went to the David Jones show on the opening night so that you will be head-to-toe in the know this season.
Here is, in a nutshell, what you can expect to see a lot of this season and the trends worth trying.
One of the key colours for the season, white is especially prominent in evening and work wear. Consider investing in a structured white skirt as a versatile option to wear with black for the monochrome look which is still big this season or any number of different tops. This style skirt works best with heels but can also be worn with flats.
Red and cobalt
Both big contenders for the ‘it’ colour during the cooler months, think about investing in a coat in either colour to liven up an otherwise neutral outfit. Another option is a pair of tailored pants to add a pop of colour to your work or evening outfit or a coloured dress as an alternative to the standard Little Black Dress (LBD). Both colours were used heavily in prints and cobalt shoes were also seen strutting down the catwalk.
This feminine and very beautiful shade of grey looks set to be a huge hit this season with coats, tailored pants and even hats appearing in this shade on the runway. It’s hard to go wrong with dove grey. A great way to break up black, it also looks perfect paired with white and cobalt blue.
When it comes to shapes, it’s all about structured pieces and sharp silhouettes. Tailored pants were a constant theme, as were severely shaped blazers. Fitted skirts with a soft flip hem are an outline worth mentioning, as is the main jacket of the season, the bomber. A long sleeved dress is a practical addition to any wardrobe, or, for the more daring, cut outs make a great statement.
Leather, denim, plaid and patterns
Leather, denim, plaid, checks and stripes are all big for more casual daywear. A great leather jacket, pants or skirt is a sound investment as is a smart stripe top. Clashing prints are still big for the time being, however, this often looks better when done more subtly by sticking to a similar colour scheme. Perhaps one of the biggest surprises, double denim is back in a big way, having gone from being very uncool to suddenly cool again (try to keep up)! For a safe way to try this trend, layer a denim shirt under a jumper with jeans.
For accessories it’s all about the hat! The bigger the brim the better. Again, this means sharp lines and a smart silhouette. A great trend for bad hair days, or avoiding the rain, opt for dove grey, navy, black or even cobalt to make a fun statement.