The Melbourne Fashion Festival 2016 was full of instagrammable street style and some very prominent trends.
THE 3 F'S OF MELBOURNE FASHION IN 2016
After combing through the official hashtag of the week to see the most popular #streetstyle, and through my own attendance at a few of the shows throughout the week, it was easy to pick up on the three main themes - which I have attempted to label with an f for the sake of alliteration.
Fe/Male - Structured blazers dominated the runways whilst comfortable loafers dominated the street style scene. Blazers are always are closet staple to elevate even the simplest outfit of blue jeans and a tee, but when paired with some masculine inspired comfy shoes you will look as if you had stepped right out of a carefully curated styling session or photoshoot. (image: Bianca Spender)
Fringe - A more focused approach to details has emerged over the last few seasons and it seems to have manifested itself by the appearance of fringes on everythingggg!!! On da street scene we saw expertly ripped denim skirts and jeans which give a fabulous "je ne said quoi" aura whilst on the runway elegant fringes flowed from the bottoms of skirts and added texture to simple t-shirts.
Funky Boots - Okay so this doesn't really fit to the "f" thing I was going for, but lets face it, Thigh High Boots are back as a force to be reckoned with. The patent leather booties with perspex heels that first emerged at the Dior AW15 show are kinda cool (and kinda ugly), but over the knee boots are just so much cooler and add a touch of sex appeal to that girly pastel Zimmerman dress sitting in your cupboard with the tag still on it!! Another great thing about over the knee boots is that they only expose a small portion of skin between your skirt/shorts/dress and the top of the boot, which gives a super flattering illusion that you are a) super slim and b) very tall - whats not to love?
Un(Functional) - Wearing a jacket over your shoulders looks awesome, and is functional in the sense that it adds an extra layer to an outfit without it dominating the look, but I really just have to pose the question: HOW DO YOU DO MOVE AROUND AND DO THINGS WITHOUT WORRYING IF THE JACKET IS GOING TO FALL OFF EVERY TWO SECONDS!? This is the question that keeps me up at night!!
Did you go to any of the Melbourne Fashion Festival shows? What did you wear?