Trends & Outliers: Our Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia SS2013/14 Highlights

Alice McCall SS2013/13

It’s 17° celsius and pouring with rain outside.  I know,  you have NO interest in hearing about fashions you wouldn’t dream of wearing on a day like today.  All you want to do is pull on a coarse woollen skirt, soft cosy knit top and some thick opaque stockings.  Maybe you are dreaming about a pair of warm wellington boots or an oilskin jacket.  Or maybe… just want to roll over in bed and pull the covers up over your soft flannel PJs.  I get that.

BUT I’m going to have to over-rule all of those negative thoughts.  That’s because I just spent all of last week at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia Spring/Summer 2013.  Trust me, there are some fantastic fashions that are worth getting out of bed for and some inspiring trends from the runway that I think will transcend the seasons.


Key Trends:


Let’s first talk about the BIG trend which was most surprising for springtime and that’s leather.

It all started with Rebecca Vallence who paired her rich leather pieces with soft silks.

Camilla & Marc went for structured white leather.

Christopher Esber’s layered, architectural leather looks – were contrasted at times with light-weight organza tops.

Contrasting Textures

Speaking of contrasts, who doesn’t love a little yin and yang?  Our favourites on the runway were:

Alex Perry who mixed Italian crinoline, sporty neoprene and French lace to achieve unique sport-luxe looks.

Christopher Esber – again.   I loved this soft ivory organza look with the popping exposed white seaming against the coarse earthy texture.

Jayson Brunsdon’ s Brocade dress with techno duchess back and vinyl skirt.

Watson & Watson sheer, sparkling maxi over coarse plaid.


Ok so if you are looking to “stand out” a bit from the crowd.  We loved these looks:

Alice McCall, sultry, soft 1920’s art deco styles.

Pheonix Keating’s strong coarse wools and angelic sheers.

By Johnny’s longer line tennis inspired dress, plunging Vee back detail and a moon shaped panelled waist line.


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