VAMFF Trend Wrap: Everything You’ll Be Wearing In 2016

By Michelle Rimmer - 14 Mar 2016

vamff 2016 trends

Over here at The Urban List, we love to know what's next—so we sent out blogger Michelle Rimmer, of States Of Style fame, to hit up the Royal Exhibition Building last week and uncover the new season trends that featured heavily across the runways.

Celebrating its 20th birthday, VAMFF has been heaving with the latest and greatest in Australian fashion. So here's what VAMFF delivered for 2016: and every trend we think you'll be wearing this year.

Fringe Benefits

Fringing has recently been gaining momentum, and has now become a fully-fledged trend both on and off the runway. One of the very first looks from opening night was an absolute killer and set the scene for the week-long festival ahead: Erin Wasson, secured exclusively for David Jones, hit the runway in black, fringed Romance Was Born, and it was quite literally breathtaking. 

The 90’s

The 90’s aren’t going anywhere, and I couldn’t be more thrilled! Call it the Gigi influence if you will, the humble slip and off-the-shoulder pieces (done best by Dion Lee, Scanlan Theodore and By Johnny) are currently everywhere. Chokers were seen at Life With Bird, while minimalist hair and makeup featured across most shows throughout the week. 

Embellishment & Clashing Prints 

Gucci may be on the forefront of clashing prints overseas, but here in Australia we have our very own label dominating the VAMFF runways with their own amazing version. Romance Was Born were front and center when it came to showing how to mix patterns, fabrics and textures. They have created the collection of the season with wearable works of art. Seasoned pros Gorman also delivered on the print love, with a showcase full of bright, lively separates. Meanwhile Manning Cartell created a number of stunning black and white sequined dresses and jumpsuits.

French Chic

Ellery has single-handedly created a Parisian movement here in Australia, which is equal parts relaxed, flowing, and effortless—and largely black and white. This look is absolutely everywhere at the moment, with flared sleeves and pants dominating both the runway and the VAMFF Festival Plaza. Camilla and Marc have followed suit, showcasing a number of wearable flared dresses and suited jackets that are just beautifully made. Both Carla Zampatti and daughter Bianca Spender sent sensational sheer, floaty French numbers down the runway.  

Cut Outs

Skin loving girls rejoice: skin is in. Sky-high slits were seen on skirts and dresses across the runways, but Dion Lee takes the cake when it comes to doing this best. His Grand Showcase may have been over in a flash, but those dresses in burnt orange are still etched firmly in my mind. Bec & Bridge deserve an honorable mention, as they seem to constantly nail this trend. 

Animal Instinct

Fur, fluff, feathers—there is nothing cooler than a big jacket made out of this stuff. Aurelio Costarella created the most perfect pale pink jacket, and Dion Lee (sick of hearing about how amazing he is yet?!) showcased beautiful burgundy red and snow-white versions. This particular trend has been around for the past few seasons, and I’m happy to report that it won’t be going away any time soon. Faux fur lovers rejoice!

You can follow Michelle's VAMFF journey over at States Of Style. Want to read more about the designers behind VAMFF? We chatted to Kuwaii and Yeojin Bae about their fave eating, drinking and shopping spots in Melbourne!

Image credits: Courtesy of Lucas Dawson Photography for VAMFF

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