From surprise trends like balaclavas to the emergence of yak wool clothing, this past winter brought a score of new styles to the runway. But now that the temperature is heating up and the flowers are in bloom, it’s time to turn our attention to spring fashion.
If you’re anything like us, the start of spring signals an incredibly exciting time for fashion. This year’s Spring Fashion Week in Paris and New York began showcasing the start of seasonal trends. Balmain showcased Renaissance-inspired prints and cinched suits while Versace stole the show with its bold pantsuits and coloured tights. Meanwhile, Dior’s spring-summer collection by designer Maria Grazia Chiuri brought together dazzling colours intermixed with the elegance of nude tones.
The underlying theme of this year’s shows was an intentional boldness in texture, colour and shape. The season is shaping up to favour all things vintage and vibrant, bringing back some of our favourite styles from yesteryear like romanticism, 80s neon and padded shoulders and eccentric mismatched patterns.
Aligning with these trends is a range of designer labels showcasing their unique take on spring and summer fashion. From pink tulle to bold pantsuits, read on to discover the major sartorial trends we’re seeing this season.
An all-black revolution
While past seasons have emphasised bringing together bright neon colours, this season is -also- all about the return of black. From Manning Cartell to Bottega Veneta, the focus of designers this spring is all about using black to emphasise the shape of the body; thigh-high black boots paired with light black blazers are bringing Matrix-style minimalism back into the spotlight.
Embracing the soft aesthetic, this fashion trend is all about feminity and a hint of vintage style, borrowing from the frills and flounce of the Romantic Era. Pastel pinks, deep reds and flowing dresses and skirts; this spring will see a fierce commitment to the spirit of romance. Australian designer label Zimmermann is one brand embracing the trend in the form of full skirts, ruffles and floral prints.
Patterns on patterns
Patterned fashion tends to follow a seasonal direction, consistently making its return in spring. This year’s season is no different, with a range of Australian brands releasing muted florals and bold patterns. Sir the Label’s ’23 Resort Collection draws on “incohesion to form a collection of unexpected harmony.” Expect flattering styles adorned with vintage florals. Spring has well and truly sprung.
While suits will always hold a place on the runway and in our wardrobes, some seasons tend to focus on the tailored look more than others. From the office to after-work drinks, this spring-summer is embracing the bold power dressing trend with renewed fervour. Versace is taking this brief and running with it, offering a range of bold pantsuit combinations sure to catch the eye.
A combination of practicality and luxe designs, multifunctional garments are sure to hold a place in this year’s spring fashion. Whether reversible, detachable or primed with layering potential, multifunctional garments can be worn in a myriad of different ways. Showcasing its collection at 2022 Melbourne Fashion Week, multifunctionality was at the forefront of Toilé Studio’s designs. These upcycled polyester and handmade pieces finished in stylish mismatched prints encapsulate the spring fashion trend, offering versatility and dimension.
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