Summer’s Hottest Looks

Fashion Week Australia, 2016

Marina Tatarenko /

With over fifty presentations at this year’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia, there were a huge array of different looks seen. Nevertheless, there were some styles from certain designers that really stood out, guaranteeing that they will soon be this summer’s hottest looks.

Simple Silhouettes
Australian fashion designer Dion Lee had a strong focus on simple silhouettes, and this is a trend that we can expect to see much more of this summer. Inspired by the beauty of glass, Lee’s creations may have boasted simpler silhouettes, but they were still incredibly stunning with their use of beading, fringing and crystals, as well as the way in which the designer manipulated fabrics to create unusual textures.

Ethnic Patterns and Vibrant Colors
One of the brands that really stood out at Fashion Week Australia was Camilla, whose resort collection was packed with vibrant colors and ethnic patterns, in a way that truly epitomizes summer. With light silhouettes, such as printed kaftans, the colors and fabrics are reminiscent of those that you would find in a Moroccan souk and have been put together with a flair that manages to combine upscale with bohemian.

Wide-Legged and Relaxed
Relaxed silhouettes were once again seen at Akira Isogawa, whose gender-neutral collection at Fashion Week Australia was well-received. Featuring ultra lightweight fabrics, such as organza, and wide-legged, billowing pants, these pieces can be both dressed up as well as dressed down, something that is always useful during the summer months.

Sleek and Sexy
The Misha Collection runway this year was filled with sleek and sexy summer looks, with many pieces incorporating a timeless quality that would work for multiple summers to come. With each piece being created from some of the finest fabrics that the world has to offer, a Misha Collection purchase this summer could truly be an investment for your wardrobe.

Edgy Attitude
With a collection titled Not for the Faint Hearted, Holystone’s pieces each had a true sense of attitude. Pairing leather and vinyl swimsuits with jackets, pants and boots, the collection was unexpected, as it lacked a few of the softer touches featured in Holystone’s previous collections, but each of the pieces can easily add a sense of attitude to just about any summer outfit.

Luxurious Fabrics
One of the trends that were seen on multiple runways was the use of decadent and luxurious fabrics, and this was especially true in the case of By Johnny. While previous collections may have boasted a youthful aesthetic, this one was much more sophisticated, making use luxurious fabrics that have been manipulated in beautiful ways. Rather than focussing on prints and colors, the brand chose to bring attention to their garments’ impeccable construction, highlighted by the decadent fabrics that they have been created in.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia showcases the work of some of Australia’s most talented designers. From leather swimsuits to floaty patterned kaftans, the looks may be varied but they can easily each be adapted to your own sense of style, giving you a perfect look for the summer.


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