Fashion Trends Heading Your Way In Spring/Summer 2015-16
With the arrival of a new sartorial season comes an abundance of new trends to chase. And who better to talk to about Spring/Summer 2015-16 fashion than the key influencers behind the David Jones and Myer collections.
Teneille Ferguson for Myer
As Senior Buyer for Australian & International Womenswear at Myer, Teneille Ferguson spends a lot of her time travelling to fashion shows in Paris, Milan and New York to hunt for the brands to showcase at Myer each year.
The 70’s are back – albeit with a modern tweak – but fashion points to all that is bohemian with a chic viva la difference. Think maxi floor length gowns, pastel dresses with bell sleeves and a hint of lace. Brands chasing the 70’s include Alex Perry, Kate Sylvester and White Suede.
Black and White
Monochrome finds its way back this season and has crept into eveningwear. Designers such as Toni Maticevski deliver tops and ball gown skirts in the monochrome palette while daytime chic can be found at Karen Walker and Bul and Cue.
We are talking French Riviera with an injection of colour. Lots of nautical stripes, plenty of navy, white and black but also an abundance of yellow and orange thrown into the mix. Silhouettes swerve to the 60’s and 70’s, and the brands doing this well include By Johnny, Bul, and Myer newcomer, Daniel Akavian.
The 70’s go tropical with oversized floral prints this summer. There is an abundance of tan, green, olive and navy to choose from. Take your romantic cue from labels such as Aje, Arthur Galan and even Christopher Kane’s tough silhouettes.
Teneille’s top four labels to watch:
The new cool kid on the block, this label is feminine-tough-girl-meets-sequins as well as floaty romantic shapes to win hearts and break some.
2. Oscar De La Renta
Teneille is excited to introduce fancy gowns by the famous designer. There is one showpiece in store and many skirt and top options too.
A new label that launched in July. The designers opt for structural minimalism. It is all about sheer lace draped shirting, Japanese style layering and clean cut blazers. White is the queen here.
4. Daniel Akavin
Teneille fell in love with Daniel’s collection earlier this year. There are knitted dresses, boat-neck style varieties and sleeveless turtle knits. The palette is black, white, caramel and dusty greys.
Donna Player for David Jones
With more than 34 years experience in retail, Donna Player has been Group Executive of Merchandise Womenswear at David Jones for three years and brings her chic cool taste into this space. She works closely with Australian designers, has great relationships with glossy magazine editors and travels the globe hunting for new trends.
It is time for flared jumpsuits and pants and platform shoes with a block heel. Women with confidence can rock this look, according to Donna. Think of brand such as Ellery, Bec & Bridge and Scanlan & Theodore.
Boho continues in the free spirit of the 70’s with maxi dress, paisley prints, and suede sandals and boots. It is a soft pretty trend rearing its head this summer.
White makes a crisp comeback, and will be everywhere from denim to dresses. It is time to put away the little black dress and try cotton whites instead. Those doing it well include Lover, Bassike, and Camilla and Marc.
Fringing is a terrific addition to your wardrobe and you can adopt the look from shoes, bags and clothes. Think fringing on pencil skirts, high heels or leather jackets and vests. According to Donna, the look is inspired by The Doors frontman Jim Morrison and you do not need to wear a lot of it to look on trend. There is a touch of Gladiator styling in footwear and shoes. Look to Chloe and Stuart Weitzman for options.
Donna’s top four labels to watch:
1. Kit X
According to Donna, this is the brand to watch this season for its beautiful sustainable story and a sweet price tag. Organic T-shirts and layers are in order here.
A classic brand that never disappoints. Keep an eye out for the diffusion label coming to David Jones, which contains all the beauty of the Chloe aesthetic.
3. Dion Lee
He is back with a great season. The focus is still on cutout panels on dresses but Dion is now putting fabric behind the cutouts. Teal green is the colour to watch.
4. Carla Zampatti
She celebrates 50 years in the business and still looks fresh. Think fabrics in Schiaparelli pink, Yves Klein blue. Donna says Carla continues to surprise and delight.
Main image credit: Oscar De la Renta for Myer
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