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Springing into Season

This spring, fashion is all about bringing back the glamour of the past.  woman with drive asked Fashion Editor at The Weekly Review, Jane Rocca, to take a look at the big trends from the Australian designer runways for spring.



Black and white’s spring crusade reminds us why opposites attract – they’re elegant and understated when united. From minimalist shifts to angular cuts, from athletic cool to geometric chic, monochrome blooms in the sports deluxe department as much as it shines in the evening wear stakes.


“For spring the monochrome look is renewed and inspired and can take a cocktail brunch into black tie with little effort,” says Australian designer, Rachel Gilbert.


Black and white makes a splash across many Australian collections this season.  While it swings to a 60s backbeat, in the hands of contemporary designers, the monochrome palette takes on a new chic aesthetic.


Australian designers Christopher Esber and Ellery feature monochrome prints throughout their Spring/Summer collection. There’s a 70s vision with Ellery’s silhouettes this time around, and you’ll find a sartorial story pinned on the past with 70s bell sleeves and flowing shapes.


Esber finds direction with pastels, an abundance of black and silhouettes that sit below the knee for skirts and dresses – this is where bygone eras inform hemlines.


International designers who deliver the monochrome verse to perfection include Jill Sander, Erdem, Victoria Beckham and Celine – each toying with notions of luxe fabrication, geometric theory and embellishment to put their own twist on the evolution of black and white.



Florals bloom this spring, but it’s all about a softer approach to the feminine fabrication this season. Think metallic floral prints from the girly to icy sheens and softer hues for a summery affection.


Trelise Cooper has a 70s flashback with daisy chain prints and 70s flowing dresses this season. She’s all about vibrant pastel shades and embellished fabrics – her resort wear collection chases paisley swirls and kaleidoscopic prints while bell-bottom pants and lace kaftans make an appearance too.


International catwalks pushed ahead with floral fancy – the likes of Emporio Armani, Christopher Kane, Mary Katrantzou and Stella McCartney found a way to include the painterly floral into a statement of abstract art meets renaissance cool.


Whether it’s a bold black and white or feminine floral, prints are turning back the time this season.  Whatever decade you dance to, Australian designers have taken a new approach to the vintage vibe and turned up the luxe.



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