The Fashion Week Runway Trends We’re Seeing Everywhere This Season
The Afterpay Australian Fashion Week returns in 2021 from May 31 to June 4 to showcase the Resort ’22 collections of around 70 designers and bring the fashion community together after an involuntary hiatus.
Back with a vengeance, the designers taking part this year are eager to show the fashion community what’s to come in Spring/Summer, and from what we’ve seen so far, it’s all about colour. Big, bold, bright colour. Neon even!
This week, with Afterpay Australian Fashion Week now officially underway, we’re bringing you the trends we’re seeing most from the runway shows.
Likewise with pinks and neons, red is another shade dominating the runway at AAFW 2021. And the trend does not discriminate between shades either, with both moody wine red and bright blood red (seen here at Daniel Avakian) spotted in the collections from a handful of designers.
The First Nations Fashion and Design runway was undoubtedly AAFW’s most moving and impactful show. The history-making show introduced a number of spring trends, including pattern clashing, as seen here in this green number showcased in the Ngarru Miimi segment of the showcase. This is a trend with no rulebook, but if you’re aiming for a cohesive look, matching like colours will go a long way.
You’re surely well acquainted with the classic trench coat, but Bassike makes a case for the tonal trench; that is, completing a monochromatic look with a trench of the exact (or a similar) shade.
Big Bow Energy
Bows! They’re everywhere this AAFW; as huge hair accessories, embellishment on dresses (as seen here at the Oroton runway show), even as the garment itself. The cute configuration has a high fashion upgrade and you can expect to see this trend dominate your future spring wardrobe.
Not everyone will be thrilled to see the return of this early naughties trend, but low-rise bottoms are back. Shirts, pants, you name it: the controversial silhouette is back with a vengeance, as spotted here at the Ginger & Smart runway show.
The Alice McCall show made a case for keyhole silhouettes in shirts and dresses, but it’s not the only designer to embrace the trend. Across a number of shows, we’re seeing clever cut-outs in the decolletage and torso.
Co-ords are here to stay, and this Alice McCall look is proof. The resort ’22 collections from a handful of designers have features monochromatic sets that embrace traditional tailoring techniques.
Florals for spring may not be groundbreaking, but they still have a place in your fashion arsenal. Model Georgia Fowler made a case for moody florals at the Jordan Dalah runway show on May 31, bringing volume in both the hair looks and the ballooned hemming of this frock.
Now that you’re familiar with the puffer jacket, it’s time to supersize the trend. Oversized outerwear isn’t exactly a new concept, but it’s sure to be one of the biggest winter trends. Both chic and practical, this bright red number from Jordan Dalah proves size does matter.
Finally, a trend that’s practical for the cooler weather! Designer Jordan Dalah employed layering techniques through many looks at his Afterpay Australian Fashion Week show, and in particular, made a case for patterned leggings under midi dresses. We’re here for it.
Pretty In Pink
Feminine silhouettes are back, and so is the colour pink. While baby pinks and millennial pinks have long been a trend in interiors, the Resort 22 collections make a strong case for expressing ourselves candy colours.
It’s been a hot minute since neon was on the scene, but in 2021, we can expect the triumphant return of the ’80s colour trend. Aje debuted this neon mini at its runway show, but those feeling a little more apprehensive are welcome to display neon in small pops, by the way of accessories or even eyeliner.
Colour-blocking is a sure-fire way to instantly up the ante on any look. Tonal colour-blocking may have been the mood of 19/20, but this summer, it’s the time to go big. When it comes to this trend, brighter is better. And bonus points are awarded for accessorising with a colour clashing hue.
Shirts and dresses are made flattering and feminine with the deep v-neck trend. Appearing at the Aje runway show across a number of pieces in the collection, silhouettes were further accentuated by ruffled colours and puffed sleeves. It’s an off-duty Bridgerton vibe we can seriously get around.