So the other week I took myself off to Sydney for Shop Til You Drops Fashion Weekend at Royal Hall of Industries. The event is always fun, as not only do some pretty well known designers show their collections on the runway, but you are able to purchase coveted looks from a range of stalls in the hall itself. Not to mention you could have your nails, make-up and hair done just to get a bit of pampering. The main stage also saw key speakers talk about upcoming designs and looks for the coming season, as well as giving advice to the audience on how to wear certain items well. Add a wine bar and the event was definitely buzzing.
From newer designers such as Ixiah By Krystel and By Johnny to the ever so talented Nicola Finetti and go to labels like Bec & Bridge, Talulah and Watson x Watson, Australian Fashion was most definitely represented. The designs were very spring summer orientated which for every city apart from Melbourne is I guess a look you can wear all year around.
Key looks: Structured elements and cut out shoulders. Bustier dresses and tight waist lines. Indie chic with florals, prints, floaty dresses and harem pants. Metallic s, whites and graphic prints all featured throughout the collections.
In terms of street style, I saw a lot of chunky boots and brogues, as well as cropped boyfriend jeans and shorts, leather looks, crisp shirts and relaxed fit chino like pants. I must admit short shorts in Sydney seem to be a thing. For me, this can work really well or fail miserably. Generally unless I am going for the skort look or relaxed boyfriend fit, shorts at this time of year are not very complimentary to my figure. Let’s just call it winter blues. Between that extra couple of kilos and the lack of sun, I don’t often like to get my legs out. But there were definitely some stunners in Sydney who could pull off a pair of leather shorts any day. Good on you girls, someone’s got to do it. There were some amazing stylish fashionistas roaming about and with all of those designers in one place with killer sales, their wardrobes would definitely have expanded in size.
Overall the event acts as a fun, interesting and bargain hunting post fashion week icing on the cake kinda deal. So next year, if you missed fashion week or simply crave a high end designer fashion fix, hit up Fashion Weekend Sydney.
photos: jacandheath.com via Fashion Weekend website