There are plenty of reasons to be excited for spring, and SS15 fashion is top of our list. Read on to find out the top trends from Melbourne Spring Fashion Week, and what will be making Fashions on the Field.
Ready or not, Spring Racing season is upon us. A taste of the drama, dresses, and high-stakes millinery of the Spring Carnival was previewed last week at Melbourne Spring Fashion Week, where some of Australia's finest designers showed off their ready-to-wear, resort and bridal collections.
Keeping an eye on the season's hottest trends (alongside celebrities and designers such as Rachel Zoe, Jennifer Hawkins and Carla Zampatti) was a group of Open Colleges fashion students, with VIP access to the biggest runway shows and backstage action.
Wondering what to wear to the races this year? If you're taking your cue from Melbourne Spring Fashion Week, it might be time to break with the familiar spring floral frocks and dainty fascinators – this is Fashions on the Field with a healthy dose of personality.
Read on for our pick of the top styles and trends to watch from the SS15 catwalk, from spring racing headwear to show-stopping wedding gowns.
Next-level headwear: hats, fascinators, and flower crowns
It wouldn't be spring fashion without a few fascinators, and designers at MSFW 2015 did not disappoint.
At Monday's opening gala, Craig Braybrook Couture stunned with an exotic, dramatic headdress (pictured) adorned by bridal jeweller Jeanette Maree, which proved to be one of the evening's most talked-about pieces.
More headwear inspiration came from the studio of Martin Grant, the Paris-based Australian designer best known for redesigning the Qantas uniform in 2013. Last week, he proved to the fashion crowd that Spring Carnival headwear is still cool, bringing the attitude with stiff-brimmed, Matador-esque hats and bold monochrome fascinators.
The flower crown trend shows no sign of fizzling out, with lush takes on this new spring classic popping up at several shows during the week. For a fresh take on this style, take a leaf from YB Jaime's book by making your own garland with real flowers and foliage.
Not a hat person? Fear not – Gorman showed us a creative solution for fascinator sceptics: pompom earrings! The exaggerated, brightly-coloured balls of fluff were a fun addition to Wednesday's ‘Modern Love’ show, and proved especially popular on the Instagram feeds of the front-row fashion set.
Kitsch Australiana at the Crikey! pop-up shop
One of the week's most unexpected highlights came from the Crikey! pop-up shop and fashion parade. Showcasing the far-out creations of designers Lia Tabrah and Kate Geck, this collection of offbeat Australiana could be best described as Ken Done dressed for a ’90s rave. File under: weird and wonderful.
Spring beauty trends: the eyes have it
The SS15 makeup look is all about a flawless complexion and a dramatic eye. From the Opening Gala catwalk, which favoured super-strong brows and striking winged eyeliner, to the Emerging Designers' show, where models wore translucent skin and aqua lashes, the prevailing trend was clean, bold and fresh.
It's all white with me
On the runway, in the front row, and on the street outside Melbourne Town Hall, white ensembles shone. MSFW ambassador Ashley Hart channelled Bianca Jagger in a structured white suit at Vogue Fashion Night Out last Friday (pictured), before opting for another white-out ensemble the following Monday in a dreamy floor-length Thurley dress.
The David Jones show, too, proved that white is the colour du jour, with races-friendly outfits from Ellery, Camilla & Marc and Dion Lee in arctic hues.
A pop of colour
Emerging from a long winter, Melbournites rejoiced to see a few flashes of colour on the spring runway. Jayson Brunsdon's collection (pictured) had fun with classic, flattering silhouettes in bright colours, and Gorman didn't shy away from clashing prints and ’70s-inspired oranges and pinks.
At the Opening Gala, Carla Zampatti went wild with colour in celebration of her 50th year in fashion, with a collection featuring sunshiney gowns, colour-blocked separates and show-stopping electric blue.
Game of Thrones-inspired fashion
On the haute couture end of the spectrum, we saw designers serving some seriously fierce fashion that wouldn't look out of place on the set of HBO's Game of Thrones. The trend was especially prominent at the Emerging Designers' showcase, where Deborah Yann and Miranda Dickinson gave us warrior women clad in feathers, harnesses and fur. However, special mention goes to Jason Grech, whose dramatic, regal headwear (pictured) could have been inspired by the throne itself.
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