By Madeleine Ang
The looks featured in 2016’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week back in May, have well and truly worked their way into the latest mainstream trends of this year. The iconic fashion event dictates the trends of each season with the world’s top designers releasing their newest collections, constantly refreshing the cycle of fashion and giving Australia its annual dose of style inspiration.
The trend that arguably made the biggest impact on the fashion scene this year was derived from the many designers’ collections featured in fashion week. The fluidity and movement of the clothing were the main focus of several designers. Georgia Alice’s entire ‘Resort 17’ collection embodied a smart yet casual look, showcasing pieces that were comfortable yet flawlessly tailored. Flowing satin garments have since become a major fashion trend this year, especially satin slip dresses and bomber jackets. Other designers that were seen sporting this trend were Dion Lee, Bec and Bridge, KITX and Cynthia Rowley.
It appears that the era of skinny jeans has officially come to an end with loose, baggy pants being a major hit at this year’s fashion week. The trend was present in the collections of Georgia Alice, Manning Cartell, Christopher Esber and P.E Nation. Perhaps this is why culottes have become a major trend this year? They’re classy, comfortable and their relaxed fitting style is flattering on a range of body types.
Lastly, this year’s waist trainer craze, which has taken over Instagram with the likes of the Kardashians sporting the trend, has seemingly been incorporated into the fashion world. Labels this year have produced multiple garments designed to put emphasis on the waist. The likes of Misha Collection, Dion Lee, and Christopher Esber have been sending off major corset vibes with their tight waisted pieces.