4 trends to put a spring in your step

Apologies to all you loyal followers. Over the last six months my busy schedule hasn’t allowed me much time to blog. Unfortunately, we all know too well how sometimes life gets in the way of what we love and it sucks big time.

Good news though, I’m back and you can expect to see big things from The Melbourne Look in the coming weeks and months. I will be re-launching my site with lots of fresh content, a new layout and exciting collaborations soon, so stay tuned!

And what better time to re-launch than at the beginning of a new season with fresh trends and exciting possibilities.

Spring has officially sprung meaning for us Melbournians it’s time to pack away the puffer jackets and faux fur and get our legs out. With the change in temperature comes a new wave of bright colours, billowy silhouettes and fresh prints. A new season is a great excuse for a new wardrobe, meaning we can now (finally) get our hands on the SS15 collections that graced our presence at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia back in April.

In this post I’ll talk you through my predictions for spring and highlight some simple tips that will assist you in updating your wardrobe so you can step out of the cold weather with confidence.

That 70’s show

It’s all about the 70’s revival this spring/summer. Channel your inner rock chick with a metallic mini or vibe out in floating maxi dresses with quirky patchworks, cone sleeved peasant blouses and quirky florals. More of a minimalist like myself? Adding a pair of burnt orange flares to your wardrobe will do wonders for your high street rep.

Photo: alohaeverybody.com

Bec and Bridge SS15 Photo: Getty Images

Bec and Bridge SS15
Photo: Getty Images

Photo: E Online

Photo: E Online

White Wash

Spring is all about starting a fresh, clean slate and what better way to do this than by clashing crisp shades of white on white? From deconstructed beach side looks at Alice McCall to soft-falling silhouettes at Ellery and the tailored goodness of Watson X Watson, white was a sure-fire hit on the runways for spring/summer this year.

Photo by Merilyn Smith/WireImage

Photo by Merilyn Smith/WireImage


Ellery SS15 Photo: Harpersbazaar.com.au

Alice McCall SS15 Photo: Getty Images

Alice McCall SS15
Photo: Getty Images

Blue Jean Baby

We’re all aware that denim on denim is a recurring theme we see grace the runway and the streets year after year, but this season designers are determined to put a new spin on the trend. Get inspired with cropped indigo mini jackets, 60’s fringing and slick tailoring almost good enough to wear to work.

Photo: Street Smith

Photo: Street Smith

Manning Cartell SS15 Photo: Getty Images

Manning Cartell SS15
Photo: Getty Images

Aje SS15 Photo: Getty Images

Aje SS15
Photo: Getty Images

Graphic Florals

Allow your personality to define your florals this season. No matter what the occasion there’s something for you, from graphic bags right down to bold accessories. For the daring there’s psychedelic prints among pastels at Ginger and Smart, those with a softer side will find love at Maticevski among boxy silhouettes, and sports-luxe lovers will find yourself clinging to Manning Cartell’s bright green floral range.

Photo: Gastrochic.com

Photo: Gastrochic.com

Manning Cartell SS15 Photo: Getty Images

Manning Cartell SS15
Photo: Getty Images

Maticevski SS15 Photo: Getty Images

Maticevski SS15
Photo: Getty Images

David Jones Opening Runway at VAMFF

Michael Lo Sordo

It’s fashion week time again, and while we’ve seen our favourite high street designers take to the runways in New York, Milan, London and Paris over the past month, there really is nothing better than seeing the action right on our front lawn.

Correct, VAMFF has hit Melbourne again (finally), and the line up of amazing designers couldn’t be better.

The festival kicked off at Central Pier, Docklands on Saturday night with the Opening Runway presented by David Jones.

As the lights went down the sea of Australia’s most elite fashionista’s fell quiet as they stared down the runway to where the David Jones signs were illuminated.

Patiently awaiting one of the most anticipated shows of the week, bloggers, editors and influencers alike took to their phones, positioning them to get the best Instagram photo that was streamed to their feed instantly.

And then it began. David Jones ambassador Jessica Gomes routinely took to the runway in a signature floating Camilla dress, followed by fellow ambassador Montana Cox in another Camilla number.

A strong 70’s theme was central to most of the AW/15 collections, with breathtaking floor length silk dresses in moody hues, detailed fringing and wide-legged flares.

Running with the 70’s theme, Australian fashion industry legend Carla Zampatti showcased a pant flare similar to her collection last year, although with a softly tailored approach, as well as bold prints, cuts and black fur vests.

Christopher Esber executed the minimalist approach, with a collection that featured a gorgeous black silk wrap-front dress which fell to the floor with ease.

Kym Ellery did her signature fresh, clean structured suit, but the piece that stood out most was a lace jumpsuit in a midnight blue hue, that took everyone by surprise (good surprise that is), as it was loud in comparison to her regular aesthetic.

Ginger and Smart featured soft, tailored pieces and floating florals, as did Jac and Jack with a less structured version of the trench coat that was prominent in many of the collections.

70’s feather fringing featured at Maje and Scanlan Theodore, who got serious front row attention with their striped shimmer dresses and black floor length dress with a feathered halter donned by Montana Cox.

Michael Lo Sordo really stole the show however, when the last four models to appear on the runway emerged in 70’s style silk numbers, lead by a model in a floor length red silk dress that embodied elegance.

Take a look at my favourite looks from the runway below (click images to enlarge) and stay tuned to The Melbourne Look this week for all the latest VAMFF coverage.

All images via Lucas Dawson Photography.

Ten Highlights of MBFWA: Strateas.Carlucci

For their Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia debut designers Peter Strateas and Mario Luca Carlucci of Strateas.Carlucci put on a show full of elegant staples and classic aesthetics.

Fresh from winning the Tiffany and Co. National Designer Award at Melbourne Fashion Festival, the pair described their collection entitled Fracture as ‘all about stepped, disjointed forms but still really classic in a really minimal way.’

The collection, more wintery in its design, featured classic tones of grey, black, pale brown and bright white, with chunky knits thrown in among statuesque gowns. Cuts were lean and long and pony tails were high and sleek.

Images by: Lucas Dawson Photography.

This article was originally published in The Australia Times Fashion Magazine.

Trending: Day 1 VAMFF

Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival kicked off on Monday, and what a hell of a week it’s been already.

The opening event saw David Jones present this season’s hottest pieces created by Australia’s top designers.

From thick, woollen fabrics layered over chunky knits and scarfs at Jac + Jack, Bassike and Willow, to nautical dreaming at Banjo & Matilda and Nicholas, David Jones proved that this season has a trend for everyone.

Take note of these four styles from Monday’s runway when planning your winter wardrobe and you’ll be set for the season.


animal print

From a structured flare dress at Camilla and Marc to a light-weight satin number at Ginger and Smart, this season is all about letting your inner lion roar.


electric blue

Whoever said blue described a bad mood did not own a little blue Cameo hat. The electric colour took the runway by storm, from a body-hugging dress and structured blazer at Bianca Spender, to a casual black and blue panelled silk dress at Ginger and Smart.



Whether it’s sheer sleeves or a translucent knit, in an Australian winter it’s okay to bare skin. In fact you’ll be looked at weird if you’re not doing it.


the leather lbd

We’ve always been told a Little Black Dress is essential to every woman’s wardrobe, so why not stand out in leather this winter? From a bodycon at Camilla and Marc to a cute A-line at Cameo, a leather LBD will go with countless pieces this winter.

Photography: Lucas Dawson.