The fashion season waits for no woman. Here we round up four of the most wearable womenswear trends seen at Melbourne Fashion Week to inspire your spring style. Think sugary shades, waterfall ruffles, daytime-appropriate sparkle and all-over flower patterns offset by deconstructed tailoring, utilitarian jumpsuits and 90s-style scarf prints. If the mantra of the moment is forcefully feminine, the clothing outlets at Woodgrove are smashing it out the park.
All of a flutter
Super-feminine gowns and featherweight skirts featuring romantic ripples of organza and cross-body frills have been all the rage on the catwalk, with the likes of Zimmermann and Nicola Finetti making ruffles look fierce without venturing into flamenco territory. To work this trend on the daily, look out for shirts with fluttery sleeves or ruffled trim, skirts with waves of fabric cascading from the hip and accessories featuring pleated details.
Fall in love with lilac
Aside from pop arty pink and red, lavender and lilac are the go-to colours for spring 2018. Lilac is one of those shades that looks princess-y on those with a cool or neutral skin tone, and edgy on ladies with deeper skin tones (particularly if combined with iridescent purple makeup). Value conscious dressers can rejoice that the high street is doing a top job of evoking colour palettes seen on the catwalk at Camilla and Marc and Michael Lo Sordo.
Stock up on sparkles
Glitter is no longer contained to makeup and Christmas decor, with designers integrating sequin embellishments, shimmery fabrics and holographic accents into everything from formal dresses and clutch bags to raincoats and workwear. Even if you’re not brave enough for Studio 54-level sparkle, you can still bring a disco vibe to your everyday look with a statement skirt or reflective accessories.
Bring in the blossom
This year Aussie designers are giving us everything from 60s-style flower patterns (at Búl Clothing) and mixed-bouquet layers (lighting up the student runways) to micro-florals on dreamy chiffon (at Nevenka) and tropical mini dresses (from Keepsake The Label). Why not extend your botanical obsession even further with a pair of floral heels or garden-inspired chandelier earrings?
MFW runway images by Lucas Dawson