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.”

Aurelio Costarella at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia 2014

Aurelio Costarella at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia 2014

Aurelio Costarella at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia 2014

Aurelio Costarella at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia 2014

Aurelio Costarella at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia 2014

Aurelio Costarella at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia 2014

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).

Talulah at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia 2014

Talulah at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia 2014

Alex Perry at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia 2014

Alex Perry at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia 2014

Gail Sorronda at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia 2014

Gail Sorronda at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia 2014

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.

Michael Lo Sordo at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia 2014

Michael Lo Sordo at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia 2014

Bec & Bridge at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia 2014

Bec & Bridge at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia 2014

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week continues until tomorrow night.