Reigning in from the winds of the east to west, it is time to revisit our love affair with Spring! A time where our days get a little longer, and the sun shines a little brighter – Spring is the season of new beginnings. Whether it’s enjoying a glass or two at the opera, sampling delicious delights at Hunter Valley’s decadent wineries or trekking through primeval treetops of the Daintree Rainforest. Springtime lends itself to the blossoming of Spring fashion and its warmer beauty.
This Spring, fashion flutters the realms of classicism and fantasy, taking every chance to breathe their spontaneity and individualism. Rather than opting for the traditional calling of sweet florals or the iconic Parisian wrap dress, fashion’s wavelength this year has shaken off its normcore styles and embraced sartorial freedom – anything and everything that hints at a bit of fun.
You’ll most likely also find yourself experiencing a little more style liberation from Winter’s past. Kick off those pair of winter booties and unzip that heavy cashmere coat. With the weather change comes a fashion change. What silhouettes, textures, fabrics or colours do you think will reign supreme this year? Which decades are springing up back into vogue this season? Get ready to take note – all the biggest trends in fashion set by fashion’s key power players are about to rise.
Clean Slate / White
Life in Pleasantville just got a lady-like calling! This season, white hues are the most coveted colour. Whether you’ll be romanced by delicate filigree fabrics by Valentino and Stella McCartney, or more sculptural folds by Issey Miyake, we’re sensing the craving for purity and calm within white’s soothing potential.
Have you ever considered wearing a single colour head-to-toe? Or maybe your trying to accent your blank canvas with some dimension? Whatever the trajectory your feeling, experiment with texture with a fringe effect or pair an ivory silk dress with sleek patent white boots if your mood is more low key. You could add a pop of colour with an accessory or journey down nostalgia when pairing white with natural hues of brown and terracotta – it’s the picture of sunny sophistication!
The Skirt Suit / Utilitarian
Multi-pockets and multi-buttons. We’re all about the classics here. Why not skirt the issue with the warmer weather approaching? Fashion with a function, the 80s power suit gets an update. Suiting is women’s modern armour – and boy have we made it fit in our own style.
Traditional dress codes become a thing of the past. Check prints and a fresh palette of white, blush and tan colours were once the cornerstone of corporate wardrobes, now are bringing a new lightness and making their way into our everyday wear. The new 9-to-5? the skirt suit. Pair with a white tee and sneakers for a ladies-who-lunch vibe, or add a pair of slingback mules and voila! You’ve got an out-of-office evening Chanel look on your hands.
Ruching / Daring Details
With the rules relaxing, who needs stiff corsetry? With this simple yet striking fabric manipulation brings with it movement, texture and joy… what more could you ask from this Spring? With a very DIY approach to the classic curve-hugger, ruching puts the ‘con’ in bodycon.
With a nostalgic hit back to the 70s from Dolce and Gabanna to Self Portrait to Paco Rabanne, amplify or reduce your silhouette this Spring with a ripple effect. Liven up a lace details with a seductive ruch snaking, or embrace a sorbet sweet millennial pink for an extremely feminine look with a more demure ripple against pretty pastel shades. A nice little side note? No need to iron these wrinkle beauties plus you won’t feel guilty eating the extra slice of cake.
Saturation / Red + Pink
No neutral ground here! It wouldn’t be spring without a dedicated colour palette, and this season, its bold and the beautiful in full blast. This dynamic duo is knocking black and white out of the ball park with its pulsating primary showing.
From Chinese New Year to Valentines Day, romance in red with a super strong and daring pantsuit look, or take it slow and start from the accessories. A handy tip to remember here, is that you’re not limited to clothing alone. Team a red pump or pink blazer against a romantic off-shoulder midi. Style with red crystals, a backpack or even a pink sock – try this colour-blocking trend of the big leagues. The possibilities are endless for this new vision of the night.
Sheer Instinct / Transparencies
Master the art of suggestion as you defrost your layered up look. Give a fresh life to your fabrics with the coming of age of sunny skies. Sheer fabrics as delicate as veils reveals what’s essential this season, and it’s all about what lies beneath… are you ready to leave little to the imagination?
Explore different kinds of feminine attitudes with light netted fabrics, sheer panels, guipure lace dresses and organza fabrics. With designers like Calvin Klein and Victoria Beckham forerunning the field, play around with exposure as you update sheer panels with pleasant surprises of satin bralettes underneath. Decrease the sheer intensity with deeper colours or a printed blouse for a more work-appropriate setting.
With so many trends and micro trends peaking, more style liberation doesn’t always make one feel liberated. Whether your feeling eccentric with a colour pop or testing out a skirt suit, feel free to sample this trends in small doses. From small steps such as red shoes to unconventionally shaped bags, to the return of dad sneakers, always ensure the 3Cs when dressing:
*For more tips on Spring event style, read our blog on Spring Racing Fashion 2018.