The new season runways are awash with fresh new season inspiration from Myer and David Jones, so the question is, what to choose?
Myer and David Jones each launched their collections in Sydney in the past fortnight, and with time to reflect and consider, my thoughts are this: skirts over pants are going to be a tough sell but I’m willing to give it a try, I’m loving the ongoing white trend but still think it’s high maintenance, and now I really want pink hair.
Allow me to elaborate.
Skirts over pants
It’s a trend that’s reborn from the ’90s, albeit more chic. Skirts over pants, seen mostly in matching fabrics. I don’t know about the bulk of two layers, but I do find it interesting, seen best below from Josh Goot. Cue is also doing a great orange floral print version at the moment.
White looks beautiful in summer but the risk is, one red wine stain and it’s all over. It’s the freshest of weekend party looks but my advice is, proceed with caution.
The pink hair
Kevin Murphy’s Paintbox Chalks stole the show at Myer. Something tells me the creative team had a little more help than chalks to create such intense colour over the 40s-inspired hair, but the effect will be similar if you want to try at home.
Each pastel shade was created by a mix of white and one of the Paintbox colours, which can be a little intense, but pastel hues are far more palatable and on trend this season. The best part is the chalk washes out so you can try it for a party or a weekend then go back to Mon-Fri regularity if you like.
Some favourite looks
Ginger & Smart’s culotte jumpsuit at David Jones:
I love the print, I always love a jumpsuit and I think this culottes version is something a lot of ladies will love to wear.
Dion Lee’s print midi dress at David Jones
It’s a little sheer but the midi length just past the knee is gorgeous. The midi skirt trend is big for summer but most are a-line and full, this one is softer and more wearable.
Carla Zampatti’s flare jumpsuit
Nodbody cuts a jumpsuit quite like Carla. The plunging neckline is super sexy but it’s balanced by the sleeve and full pant. Perfect.
Michael Lo Sordo’s white trench
Michael Lo Sordo’s Australian Fashion Week show was once of my favourites purely because these lightweight trenches are so effortless and timeless – one of those things you know you’ll be able to draw from your wardrobe and wear forever. Perfect for our climate too.
Arthur Gallan mens suiting
It’s not a look everyone could pull off, but I love the tropical print blazer (right) with the khaki pant, from Arthur Gallan. With a girl on his arm dressed in a palm-print maxi this could be a hell of a show stealer at the polo.
Aurelio Costarella’s citrine party dress
I don’t know if it’s just that model Kate Peck’s hair gives this look a superhero vibe, but I love it. This dress is begging to be taken to a fabulous party this summer.
Jennifer Hawkins in Cosi
Jennifer Hawkins’ swimwear label Cosi does tropical in an understated way this season, blending with the pastel trend. Really beautiful. pink hair essential.
Morrison’s bronze midi
Metallics aren’t a big trend for summer but always look chic. This midi dress by Morrison is beautiful in bronze.
Myer and David Jones have categorised their summer season’s trend offerings. Here’s what we’re in for.
White Out – all white, whether it’s for casual or party looks
Summer Sorbet – pastel colours of lilac, peach, mint and baby blue
Tropical Oasis – vibrant tropical prints of palm trees, leaves, birds and fruit
Wearable Art – technicolour arty prints with brushstrokes and cubist inspiration
World Traveller – safari and animal motifs, geometric tribals
Greens and melons are the shades for summer, interpreted in Long Island-inspired nautical looks. Denim makes a resurgence, in various tones of blue and grey.
Suiting is popular in blue and grey, as well as monochromatic black and white.
Modern vintage prints also dominate, with a retro 80s feel.
At First Bloom – traditional and exotic florals and botanical prints
Animal Kingdom – animal prints and texture
Physical attraction – sportswear gets its own category, interpreted in fashion offerings from Alexander Wang, Josh Goot and Christopher Esber, as well as new activewear brands Vie Active, Lorna Jane and The Upside
Geometry Class – geometric prints and creative artistic looks
The New Nautical – clean white and minimalistic shapes
David Jones Menswear:
Feature fabrics come in to play – novelty jacquards, textured linens and lightweight suiting