Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week is in its fourth day and trends for summer 2014 are beginning to emerge. Laura Stead-Churchill reports from Sydney.
While there is still a lot of black and white appearing on the runway, intensely bright colour appears to be replacing the digital print trend of summers past.
Perth designer Aurelio Costarella, not normally afraid of colour, stepped it up a notch even for him this season, with punchy modern looks, some incorporating up to six colours in one.
“It’s the most colour I’ve ever shown,” said Costarella.
“I’ve even surprised myself. It’s so easy working with neutral tones but I really wanted to push myself this season.”
Black and white shows no signs of disappearing for the summer ahead, however, with designers working in monochrome whether for formal (Gail Sorronda, Alex Perry), casual (Ellery, Michael Lo Sordo), or swim (Talulah).
Stripes were a new incarnation of black and white, providing a nod to menswear and a new take on monochrome. Michael Lo Sordo showed stripes in a beautiful soft trench, while Bec & Bridge’s offered a few versions in a cocktail dress, relaxed midi dress and high-neck top.
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week continues until tomorrow night.