Australian Fashion Week 2021 saw the country’s best designers come together over six days to showcase their wares, deliver show-stopper styles and set the trends for the year ahead. From soft suits and dramatic bows to forest green and every shade of pink, here are the looks and colours to inspire you this spring.
We all know suits are timeless, but at Australian Fashion Week we saw them take centre stage – and with a twist. Soft, minimalistic suits in monochromatic colours and streamlined silhouettes absolutely dominated the runway this year. Think slouchy wide-leg trousers, flowy oversized collarless blazers and silky, lightweight fabrics that oozed a chic, yet casual feel.
“Think slouchy wide-leg trousers, flowy oversized collarless blazers and silky, lightweight fabrics that oozed a chic, yet casual feel.”
Forest green was the standout colour at this year’s Australian Fashion Week. Declared the shade of the season, this rich hue signals renewal, rebirth and reflection and was used as a tribute to mother nature. Many local designers showcased the colour in their designs to reflect their commitment to sustainability and the use of carbon-neutral and recycled fabrics.
This year we saw many designers replace the iconic button or sleek zip with a bow. A mix of dainty embellishments and dramatic statement bows showed up on everything from shoes and hair accessories to skirts, blouses and on the front and back of dresses. The biggest showstopper was by designer Jordan Dalah who created a dress made of large bows intertwined to create a radical silhouette, certainly adding some wow factor on the runway.
“From bright neon and vivid pinks to soft pastels and every shade in between.”
Despite green being the must-have colour at this year’s Australian Fashion Week, pink came in at a close second and certainly packed a punch on the runway. From bright neon and vivid pinks to soft pastels and every shade in between, pink was seen on everything – flowy dresses, billowing jumpers, flamingo-inspired jackets, thigh high boots and sharply tailored suits. This year proved that pink never goes out of fashion.
Dress over pants
Despite being a look we haven’t seen for some time, wearing dresses or skirts over pants is starting to make a resurgence. This relaxed combination is seeing loose, wide-leg trousers paired with short dresses, tunics and midi skirts. Despite there being no rulebook when it came to colour, texture or fabric, many designers opted to match the look with flat shoes and sandals.