What better way to end Melbourne Spring Fashion Week than with bright prints and bare bods? Luscious leafy archways and bright green grass guided the runway, and with an excited Friday night mood hanging around the room, Melbourne’s most fashionable were out to finish the week in their finest outfits (notably Steph Smith and Ashley Hart saved their best till last.) The music suggested a beachside party in the Maldives and the labels on the runway were just as fitting; Spring/Summer casual resort wear, vibrant playful swimwear and a serenading solo singer complete with live guitar. Every element of the Resort Runway illustrated a fresh, tanned and frivolous vision of the season ahead.
We Are Handsome breezed onto the runway with palm prints, sleek one-pieces and sporty ensembles. Crop bras, bright digitally printed leggings and super short shorts were teamed with chunky pop-colour bangles and stark white converse trainers. We Are Handsome put together a very sassy, sportsluxe Spring look.
Duskii’s striking colours, bold two-tone panelling and dramatic lines burst the competitions’ bubble; the label’s ability to design swimwear with a couture touch, is a craft. Vibrant reds, plunging necklines and a scuba-esque quality that would last the Atlantic, Duskii’s swimwear is among the sexiest.
Menswear made an appearance and we’re pleased with what we saw from Franks, fashion and models alike. Buff bods, tousled beach hair and a casual tune painted a perfect Cannes canvas, and the brand’s bright colours, neat nautical prints and quirky nature won’t leave a beach bum bare this season.
Turning their touch to the gypsy side, Suboo’s paisley prints, crochet details, delicately wrapped lines and flattering traditional cuts pleased beach-wandering boho goddesses the country over.
The contrast of Isla’s flowing floral prints and structured geometric patterns made for the perfect cruise collection that could carry any cocktail creature from beachside to barside.
It was surprising to see Caribbean-born Stella Jean at Melbourne Spring Fashion Week, considering we caught the collection last year in Milan, but it was beautiful all the same. Bold tribal patterns, incredibly vibrant colours, clashing prints and a heavy stroke of African inspired art; Stella Jean’s penchant for positive vibes proved a favourite for the typically toned-down Melbourne palette.
Literal Spring prints in teal tones, pinks, yellows and monochromes lead the way for Trelise Cooper’s collection, and the mix of lace textures, ruffled hems, matched ensembles and shapely silhouettes bought a cool sea change with it.
Easton Pearson has always been a personal favourite and the Spring collection only strengthened my love of the Australian label. Bronze adorned details, billowing sleeves, gold foiled three-piece ensembles and finely embroidered features; the brand never puts a wrong foot forward in the fashion world.
Megan Park’s love of girly, feminine shapes dictated the Spring collection with fresh whites, delicate florals and repeated prints on flowing maxi dresses, Summery shorts and playful skirts.