The Four Hottest Trends from MBFWA

The Four Hottest Trends from MBFWA

MBFWA: five show-packed days of designers, champagne, it-girls and their it-bags, bloggers, parties and tricky trends that seem unfathomable to the untrained eye. Fashion Journalist and Stylist, Annabel Falco, breaks down this season’s hottest - but trickiest - trends to ensure your paychecks are being spent on sustainable and stylish fashion.

By Annabel Falco | 17th April 2014

Tartan, Birkenstocks, white manicures and skorts. Four trends we swore we would never succumb to. Welcome to the power of Fashion Week where nationally acclaimed and celebrated designers band together to showcase your future wardrobes (whether you like it or not). Inspiring, eclectic and down-right intimidating, these trends often take time to diffuse into the high street.

In no particular order, here are my top five tricky trends from Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia, which I believe are worth your time, money and patience.

Good luck and happy shopping!

The Drop-Crotch Pant

Don’t be fooled by the name - this style is the hottest runway trend according to Dion Lee, Cameo, celebrity blogger Tash Sefton and the fashionable front-row - and was also owned by Brisbane's very own Josh Kilroy. Signified by a baggy waist and tapered leg, this cut is one tricky trend that is sure to saturate the market. Paired back with a blazer or a quirky print, this pant is best worn with a heel to ensure legs are elongated.

Cameo, Josh Kilroy with Christine Centenera and Dion Lee.

Cameo (left), Vogue Australia Senior Fashion Editor Christine Centenera with Stylist and Buyer/Creative Director for Lalabazaar Josh Kilroy wearing Camilla and Marc leather drop-crotch pants (centre), and Dion Lee (right).

The Midi Skirt

Refined, ladylike and (most importantly) flattering, the new skirt length is an exciting one. No longer are hemlines hiked up but elegantly skimming below the knee. Showcased by fashion powerhouses such as Michael Lo Sordo and Alice Mccall and supported by local stores such as Dissh and Verge Girl, this length is perfect for office to cocktail occasions.

Shin grazing midi lengths from Alice McCall (left and right) and Michael Lo Sordo (centre)

Shin grazing midi lengths from Alice McCall (left and right) and Michael Lo Sordo (centre)

The Statement Silhouette

Forget fancy prints, pop colours or statement heels; according to local fashion designer Gail Sorronda, SS14/15 is all about the statement silhouette. With the help of tulle, lace and clever craftsmanship, her collection was the perfect antidote to last season’s slim-line shapes, body con dresses and peplums. Balance this voluminous trend by highlighting your prized assets, be they long legs, décolletage or waist.

Gail Sorronda makes a statement with unusual silhouettes at MBFWA

Gail Sorronda makes a statement with unusual silhouettes at MBFWA

The Minimalist

Like the old adage suggests, “take one thing off before you leave the house”. Designers Peter Strateas and Mario-Luca Carlucci were the epitome of minimalist chic as they sent models down the runway in clean, contemporary designs for their MBFWA debut.  No need for frills, layers or embellishments, the collection was bold, unique and on-trend as far as fashion-forecasting goes. Stick to flowing lines and keep it tonal if you want to try this trend.

Strateas Carlucci (left and right) and Cameo (centre) take the minimalist approach at MBFWA 2014

Strateas Carlucci (left and right) and Cameo (centre) take the minimalist approach at MBFWA 2014

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Article by Annabel Falco

Annabel is a Brisbane-based stylist and freelance fashion journalist. While she can rarely be seen without her besties Louis (Vuitton), Christian (Louboutin) and Michael (Kors), she'd almost happily trade them all in for a croissant in Paris and a pug puppy.