They came, they saw, they styled-up. The week that was Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia may have well and truly ended, but as the dust settles, true trends begin to show their chic colours. Once the shows have wrapped and the runways are swept we are left imprinted by a swathe of sartorial ideas we can’t forget. The superfluous fall away and the pieces, styles and shapes that remain are the ones we’ll be putting into practice in a few months’ time.

So, here’s a breakdown on the looks to bookmark and why. Sure, winter might still be coming but, heck, so is spring and we’re nothing if not well-organised…

 

Major Utility
Threads steeped in the uniformity and practicality of outdoor adventure have definitely left the swag for a sojourn in the big city. Khaki separates, cargo trousers and pocketed, oversized shirting is the slick lick of androgyny our wardrobes are marching towards. This is one of the most wearable looks on the fashion radar right now and Aje won our hearts with their Australian-botanical themed collection.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – MAY 12: A model walks the runway during the Mercedes-Benz Presents Aje show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Resort 20 Collections at Campbell’s Stores on May 12, 2019 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Stefan Gosatti/Getty Images)

Slack slacks
Pants are a lifeline in fashion right now. Of course, they’ve always been rather existent, but this season they’ve been reconstructed and reborn to the point we have no idea what we wore before we had them. The particular cut we’re jumping up and down about is the over-long, slouchy-slack that’s crafted in a luxe fabric. This trouser oxymoron is just the ticket for dressed-up nonchalance and Michael Lo Sordo schooled us on its styling prowess.

Michael Lo Sordo Resort 2020. Photography by Sonny Vandevelde

Vintage Dress-Up
Satins, silks and sequins, oh my! Clothing oneself this summer will involve shopping with your textural eye. The look is coming from the feel this season, if you know what we mean. Think sheeny satins, garish lace and retro silks in cuts that wouldn’t be out of place in a 60s party film. Alice McCall always brings the fun factor, so take feathery, shimmery notes from her.

Sonny Vandevelde / Alice McCall Resort 2020

The Haute Crop
Though tummy-baring days may seem distant during winter, come the days of 25+ it seems tops inspired by their lingerie cousins will continue to be legitimate outerwear. Slick, swim-inspired bandeaus and chopped shirts have been treated with criss-cross fastenings and balanced by full-length lower halves. Think total refined chic…denim cut-offs need not apply. Matteau and Christopher Esber drew on this look and are truly swaying the jury.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – MAY 13: A model walks the runway during the Matteau show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Resort 20 Collections at Baker Street Studios on May 13, 2019 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

Brim-Catching Season
Following on from the utility fashion-nation we’re experiencing, bucket hats have become your unlikely accessory superhero. Who would have thought this micro-trend chin-scratcher would have turned out so aptly appealing? They were everywhere this fashion week, but we were especially romanticised by Bassike’s offering. Think of them as a cute way to fashion up, yet dress down, any summertime look. Also, trés practical in an SPF way.

Sonny Vandevelde / bassike resort20

Fresh Monochrome
We all know the way to monochrome station is via black, white and grey…and perhaps past the occasional statement bright. This season, however, head-to-toe is incarnating in shades that sit snug between natural and hot-hued. Tones of terracotta are particularly palatable, as deliciously displayed by Bondi Born. Also, the richness of linen’s rough texturing completes the idea.

Flat chat
Next on the ranks of the comfy-chic revolution are slick, polished, flat sandals worn with…everything. Yep, trousers, mini’s, even glorious OTT evening gowns. Again, Mr. Lo Sordo perfectly presented this case, with his rich silk ensembles all set by simple flats, fresh skin and wet hair. As he told us, there is an innate sexiness in comfort. So true. Being able to actually walk is just. so. 2019.

Michael Lo Sordo Resort 2020. Photography Getty Images

Boots with a postcode
Not for the faint-legged, the next (literally) big thing in fashion footwear is the mega-boot. We’ve seen them on the international street stylers (Cindy Bruna, we’re still obsessing over your Y/Project kickers) so we’re thrilled their calibre is ready to strut our Aussie shores. Over the knee? Yes. In garish patent white (and black)? Absolutely. Wide enough to stash your lunch and catch a deluge? That’s the ticket. Cc. Bec & Bridge.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – MAY 13: A model walks the runway during the Bec + Bridge show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Resort 20 Collections at Blacksmiths Workshop, Carriageworks on May 13, 2019 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Stefan Gosatti/Getty Images)

Total Bias
The slip skirt, cut on the bias, could quite possibly be the trend-staple of 2019/2020’s summer. Particularly noted were the matching sets. Bassike gave us a macro-gingham option that we can’t stop thinking about, while Hansen & Gretel did 90s slip-skirt satin-style total justice. The cut of a bias skirt means it clings, hangs and then flicks at the hem. Very cute, and looks best when not trying too hard. Like everything, really.

Sonny Vandevelde / bassike resort20

Cinch, Loop And Go
Ye old wide-cut, loop belt is back. Seeming to be taking on the indestructible trend of designer logo buckle belts, the 80s sash-style is confidently putting up its hand to be shadow waist-minister. Endorsed by the retrograde of vintage Cali surf culture and the power-silhouettes of early supermodel days, this belt is one to consider in patents, leathers and statement prints. It’s a vibe.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – MAY 13: A model walks the runway during the Bec + Bridge show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Resort 20 Collections at Blacksmiths Workshop, Carriageworks on May 13, 2019 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Stefan Gosatti/Getty Images)
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