Lifestyled by Paula Joye

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April 17th, 2013

Editors Edit.

Editors Edit.

With Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia over for another year we’re all very excited about summer clothes in the LS office.

We asked the gorgeous buyers from my most bookmarked sites – Shopbop and My-Wardrobe – and some of our favourite stylists for the low-down on the spring/summer trends, the shows they loved and what they’ll be buying for their own wardrobes this spring.

There’s my personal edit too.

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Which show were you most looking forward to at MBFWA?
Toni Maticevski’s show is always one of my most anticipated and he’s always on the go-to list for our most glam clients. His SS 13/14 show on day two of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia reminded me exactly why I was anticipating this show. He really does dress the modern day screen heroine. Channeling Grace Kelly, I loved his ornately detailed evening finishes with gold leaf, body con couture at its finest with chic tailoring of pants and corset tops and the ultimate event frocks.

Which collection was your favourite?
Red carpet favourite Alex Perry stunned and surprised us with barely there lace and organza date-worthy dresses. The provocative undertones, box pleat super micro mini dresses and thigh high lace up stilettos were something you would expect to see on the European runways. The effect is sugar & spice (without playing too nice). This was without a doubt a new direction for Alex Perry. An absolute highlight for us.

Alex Perry

Which show surprised you?
Another designer changing direction to a more youthful aesthetic is MBFWA veteran Lisa Ho. This show undoubtedly surprised me. Showing her stunning creations at the Art Gallery of NSW, sexy evening gowns (perfect for a wedding date or black tie event) held court with plunging, glamorous swimwear – also the designer’s first foray.

What key trends did you see on the runways?
Key trends seen on the runways were cropped tops, fitted knee length skirts, bomber jackets and a definite nod to the 50’s.

What were your favourite pieces at MBFWA?
The Camilla & Marc collection was chic and wearable, it really was a girl’s paradise. Leopard print and brocade was tempered with softer, subdued ebony and ivory basics. The result – elegance meets very modern decadence. I will have one of everything thank you!

What’s one piece everyone needs to buy next spring/summer?
The House of Emmanuel rings from the Lisa Ho show.

Maticevski

What was your favourite hair and make-up look during the week?
My favourite hair and make-up trends were featured in the Toni Mavicevski show, the barely there clean and dewy look was perfectly styled with a soft oriental bun.

Which show were you most looking forward to at MBFWA?
This is my 3rd Australian Fashion week and I have a few favourites that I look forward to every year. Michael Lo Sordo’s show – he has shown such a clear journey with his collections. I always look forward to We Are Handsome as they never fail to surprise with their show. Finally, Camilla Franks, such theatrics! I am also getting a nice collection of fabulous cushions from her shows!!!

Jamie Ashkar, Tristan Melle

Which collection was your favourite?
I was with our buyer from the UK, Georgina Coulter and we loved Tristan Melle and Jamie Ashkar’s shows. Such young talent.

Which show stood out for you?
The New Generation show was a stand out, as mentioned previously Tristan Melle and Jamie Ashkar’s shows were different and unique.

What key trends did you see on the runways?
We saw plenty of sheer paneling on the runways and laser cut leather.

Michael Lo Sordo, Camilla, Maticevski

What were your favourite pieces from the week?
We loved the Maticevski show, some stunning dresses in his show; a Michael Lo Sordo cobalt blue dress with matching grey coat backed with cobalt blue; and a metallic kaftan by Camilla.

What’s one piece everyone needs to buy next spring/summer?
You can’t go past a good tailored piece of leather. Next season is all about masculine tailoring and a darker colour palette.

We Are Handsome

What was your favourite hair and make-up look during the week? 
I had a couple of favourites: you cannot look past the futuristic woman at the Easton Pearson show. Also We are Handsome for pure 70’s glam!!

Which show were you most looking forward to at MBFWA?
Christoper Esber – his show really wowed everyone last year so I was looking foward to seeing what he would do this year. His fabrics are of beautiful quality and I love his slouchy slightly masculine approach. His aesthetic really appeals to me.

Which collection was your favourite?
I loved Easton Pearson. It was a breath of fresh air, colour, print, texture and flat sandals!

Which show stood out?
Bec & Bridge – I loved all the soft tailoring and silk separates. The Bec & Bridge handwriting is still there but definitely a more sophisticated feel.

What key trends did you like on the runways?
The new slouch: languid, cool and a little androgynous.
Great lengths: return of longer hemlines and lots of long layering.
Black and white: still very strong.
New luxury: sheer layers, silk satins, organzas – all about luxe fabrics.

What were your favourite pieces on the runway?
Dion Lee white halter origami-like top and black pants, Bec & Bridge burgundy satin slip dress, Christopher Esber navy three-piece pant suit, Lisa Ho black and white dinner shirt and it could be time for an Ellery bustier.

What’s one piece everyone needs to buy next spring/summer?
Something in white leather.

What was your favourite beauty look during the week? 
Lisa Ho hands down… glossy skin, killer ox blood red shiny lips and sleek hair. It just worked so well. It was the most beautiful the models looked all week.

Which show were you most looking forward to at MBFWA?
The new designers! We are always looking for the next big thing to bring to our customers.

Which show stood out?
The bicycles on the runway at We Are Handsome were a riot! We loved it.

We Are Handsome

What key trends did you see on the runways?
Great transitional pieces in lightweight leathers and Aussies always do amazing prints.

Which collection was your favourite?
So hard to choose just one – each designer did a great job of telling the stories behind their collections. We Are HandsomeCamilla and Bless’ed Are The Meek are amongst my favourites.

We Are Handsome, Bless’ed Are The Meek, Camilla

Which pieces are you thinking of buying?
We love to buy a handful of statement runway pieces. Our customers love special stand-out items.

What’s one piece everyone needs to buy next spring/summer?
A signature lightweight jacket for day to night – and something with special details like mixed materials or prints.

Camilla

What was your favourite beauty look during the week?
We got a close up look at Shakuhachi since they let us sneak backstage before the show. The metallic eye make-up was really pretty up close. Camilla’s show was so directional—really inspiring beauty trends there.

Which show were you most looking forward to at MBFWA?
Christopher Esber because he is young and clever – you never know what’s coming next. I always like to see Camilla & Marc, Ellery, Ginger & Smart, Lisa Ho, and Bec & Bridge because they make clothes I buy and this year I was excited about Easton Pearson because they haven’t shown in such a long time and are genius.

Which collection was your favourite?
Toni Maticevski – it was a proper show! Full of gowns that gave me goose bumps. You don’t always get fashion moments like that. Second would be Ellery. It was short, sharp, sexy and considered. She’s growing up as a designer and it’s exciting to watch. For pure spectacle you couldn’t go past Camilla Frank in incredible purpose built teepee’s in the middle of Centennial Park. Extraordinary.

Which show stood out for you?
Ginger & Smart – mainly because they are such established players that I’ve come to expect a certain aesthetic. But they took a very cool u-turn this year and shook it up. I wanted all of it and that’s a good sign.

What key trends did you spot on the runways?
Monochrome: black, navy, nude and white. The end.
Leather: not going anywhere – the newer styles are perforated or sand blasted but it’s in everything from ball gowns to shorts.
Crop tops: not for me but if you have the tummy – go there.

What are you thinking about buying hot off the runway?
Pants from Ginger & Smart, black evening dress from Camilla & Marc, flippy white shirt and halter top from Bec & Bridge, Ellery Afgan top.

What’s one piece everyone needs to buy next spring/summer?
Well cut black blazer with normal shoulder (no more pads) and skinny sleeves, a below the knee skirt (print or plain) and a cut-out something – jumpsuit, dress, shift.

What was your favourite beauty look during the week?
Lisa Ho – Val Garland made their skin look like they were walking in the moonlight. She is the master. Loved the colour dipped ponytails too.

 

   

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