The Resort ’25 collections showing at Australian Fashion Week won’t drop in stores until later in the year (likely October–December). But there’s plenty of style inspiration available on the runway and across street style galleries that you can apply to your current outfit formulas.

Make room for metallics

Acler styled out looks with high-shine accessories (knee-high boots, pointed-toe mules and bags – big and small). Kiwi AFW newcomer Rory William Docherty took the trend across ready-to-wear and accessories, including the chicest alfoil dress. Bec & Bridge’s shimmering silver shirt, pants and boots would put Tin Man to shame. And Michael Lo Sordo, Mastani and Carla Zampatti also added golden and silver touches throughout high octane collections.

Bubble hems are back

This trend (which has roots in the ’80s and early 2000s) has been gaining traction over the past year. But it’s set to burst this summer. Emma Mulholland on Holiday offered up a mini white style with tennis vibes, as well as a Barbie-pink trailing hem at the brand’s debut presentation. We also spied a pink and red ombre mini bobbing down the runway at Acler. And Rory William Docherty put his own spin on the bulbous silhouette in white and high-shine metallics. Sydney brand Romance Was Born delivered on drama with its artful collection, including voluminous hemlines that swept alongside Adidas sneakers.

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Hosiery is hot

Sheer stockings were spotted layered with Beare Park’s elevated minimalism at the Art Gallery of New South Wales at lunchtime on Tuesday (a show this Broadsheet editor hasn’t stopped thinking about since). Carla Zampatti also kept things classic with low denier looks. Viktoria & Woods leant into unexpected red in opaque finishes when the 20-year old brand made its debut on the AFW schedule. And Anna Quan sent models down the lilac runway with lace and fishnets (some of which peaked out the waistband of pleated pants) covering their legs.

But it’s outside the shows that tights really turned things up with red, pink, floral, polka-dot and classic black pairs sighted. Wearers were showing off their pantyhose with high hemlines, slit skirts and ladylike pointed-toe kitten heels.

Socks are causing an equal stir this season. At PE Nation and Rory William Docherty, looks were styled with sheer crew and knee-high styles. And they’re trending with the street style set too – worn with loafers and ballet flats, specifically the Ganni buckle ballerinas.

Sheer is here (to stay)

If you’ve shied away from the naked dress so far, Resort ’25 is proving to be the time to dare to bare. Almost every single show had some iteration of the sheer silhouette sauntering down the runway. Albus Lumen opened the week with billowing boho-inspired hems and nods to ’90s minimalism. PE Nation continued the less-is-more vibe, pairing pastel and neutral slip skirts with sports bras and Salomon sneakers. And Karla Spetic let monochrome ruched pieces speak for themselves. Third Form, Mastani and Emma Mullholland on Holiday matched see-through fabrics with sparkling embellishments. And at Anna Quan, lovely yellow lace stole the spotlight.

The key takeaway: everyone was wearing their best pairs of knickers underneath. But you could also lean into the return of dresses over pants if you want a more demure look.

Pearls are peaking

The coquette girl aesthetic makes way for a more sophisticated sibling this season. Paspaley partnered with Beare Park, adorning necks and décolletages with strands long and short. Albus Lumen embellished bralettes and slip skirts with lustrous pearls. And Romance Was Born amped up the ethereal quality across its collection.

Nicol & Ford took things to the next level with an entire ensemble crafted from oyster shells for its demi-couture show to close out Wednesday night at Carriageworks.

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