Earlier this month, Melbourne Fashion Week gave us a preview of what’s to come this season. Alongside the expected florals we saw billowing shirtsleeves and more than a few bum bags walk the runway. We asked Melbourne-based stylist Sarah Banger, David Jones’ womenswear buyer Teneille Ferguson and Amxander’s menswear designer Jake Chen to walk us through their favourite spring looks.
What were some of the strongest looks you saw during Melbourne Fashion Week?
Sarah Banger: Head-to-toe matching colours such as Pageant’s beautiful orange denim suit.
Teneille Ferguson: My personal favourite for spring is the “new romantic’” trend. Beautiful, feminine silhouettes such as Victorian-style high necklines and tiered maxi-skirts in frills and soft laces are timeless and classic for spring.
What will we be seeing a lot of this season?
Sarah Banger: For women, the white shirt with an evolution in details. Kalaurie did a fresh take with voluminous sleeves, ruffle detailing and pin-tucked panels. Arnsdorf also did big sleeves. This one’s easy to wear with a simple jean or elevated with a black pant.
Jake from Amxander: In menswear, I think we’ll see the rise of the gym-rat junkie, which is something along the lines of the British chav or scally-meets-luxe-athleisure.
Let’s talk micro-trends. What’s your pick for this season?
Sarah Banger: There were quite a few bum bags at MSFW, plus shorter cross-body bags and box clutches with a handle. Pageant did some beautiful bags in sport-inspired fabrics, worn on the hip or across the body and Búl did a low-slung leather bum bag. It’s something you can wear out of the context of activewear or streetwear. Larger, stylised bold earrings also reigned supreme.
Jake from Amxander: For men, we expect to see accessories and jewellery heavily influenced by the punk and skater culture of the ‘90s. Men’s earrings, belt/wallet chains and rings are my pick of the lot.
Teneille Ferguson: Slogan tees have been gaining traction. This micro trend has moved from athleisure and has been dressed up with blue denim jeans. C&M’s tank tees have been really popular, as well as P.E. Nation and Beyonce’s label, Ivy Park. No doubt this trend will continue to pop up over spring and well into summer.
What kind of fabrics will we be seeing more of?
Sarah Banger: Gingham. It’s originally from the ‘50s but is being reinterpreted in ways that feel very now. Designers are playing with the proportion of the print. Arnsdorf did a red-and-white gingham mini dress and tailored matching top and trouser. Dress Up did a navy and white-gingham pant in a more relaxed style.
Jake from Amxander: In menswear, there’ll be technical fabrics used across non-utilitarian styles. Anything from nylon to technical wools, anything traditionally associated with hiking gear, placed onto more casual and street ready silhouettes.
Shoes. High or low? Casual or dressed up?
Sarah Banger: Flat shoes or low kitten-heel styles are still big. The Garage runway opted for flat shoes like pointed open-back mules. Patent Birkenstocks and classic canvas sneakers also looked really fresh again.