A fetish for flora sees floral imagery collide in sheer and light silky textures while tribal stylings make a statement blending boldly with leopard-print accessories such as scarfs, clutches, loafers and high heels.
Erdem blouse at Belinda, $995; Bec & Bridge skirt, $140; antique necklace at Cara & Co, $2052.. Photography by Harold David
What ties this bold look together is the combination of complementary colours.
Lanphi jacket at Christensen Copenhagen, $695; Camilla top, $249; Maurie & Eve skirt, $170; Jimmy Choo clutch, POA; Dinosaur Designs bangles, from $85-$150.. Photography by Harold David
Need a change from beige minimalism? Then think print. Mix and match animal, tribal, geometric, monochrome, floral and futuristic patterns to create a contemporary clash. Fusing together different prints might seem like a fashion no-no but a collision of motifs can merge merrily so long as they are united by complementary colours, tones and textures
Salvatore Ferragamo dress, $2995, and heels, POA; Appartement ÃÂ Louer necklace at Bijioux Box, $365; Oroton clutch; $495.. Photography by Harold David
Willow jacket, $890; Emporio Armani top, $1370; Willow pants, $595; Ray Ban sunglasses, $250; Salvatore Ferragamo heels, POA.. Photography by Harold David
Print princess Diane von Furstenberg is renowned for her signature prints in harmonious hues. Her 2012 Resort collection paired bright fluoros with black as did the futuristic looks of Christopher Kane who followed the fluorescent suit, showing a rainbow of tutti-frutti stripes that melted together like a colour wheel – yellows fading into oranges, reds and blues.
Sara Phillips blouse, $495; Josh Goot skirt, $1245; Dinosaur Designs bangles, $170, and ring, $170; Miu Miu heels, $1300.. Photography by Harold David
Italian design duo Dolce & Gabbana paraded clashing floral combinations down the spring/summer catwalk along with Roberto Cavalli, whose leopard prints and exaggerated florals first set a trend in the 1970s and are now the designer’s signature look.
Scanlan & Theodore blouse, $260; Sass & Bide shorts, $390; Gucci sunglasses, $430; Oroton belt, $105; Salvatore Ferragamo bag, $2995; Christian Louboutin heels, $4195.. Photography by Harold David
It might seem like an optical illusion but merging your prints creates texture. Combining different fabrics is the first rule; try placing a chunky weave with a more refined silk or jersey, then pair smaller prints with more graphic imagery such as stripes, animal print or polka dots.
Scanlan & Theodore blouse, $350; Camilla and Marc pants, $1100; Dinosaur Designs bangles, $370 (left), and $390 (right).. Photography by Harold David
Earthy shades are a tonal alternative to all the colour blocking spring/summer has to offer.
Lisa Ho top, $479; Gary Bigeni skirt, $770, belt, $190, and heels, $440; Karen Walker sunglasses, $295; Gucci handbag, $1770.. Photography by Gilles Toucas
It was worn wide-legged in floral prints in the 60s. Then, in the 80s the one-piece was updated with glamorous plunging necklines and cinched-in waists. In 2011, popular past features are retained with the flared legs and deep necklines making a comeback, but modern touches such as leather edging, natural fabrics in linen or silk and a palette of nudes or bright jewelled colours take preference over psychedelic prints.
Zimmermann jumpsuit, $650; Prada sunglasses, $400; Louis Vuitton bag, $37. Photography by Gilles Toucas
Carving out another new shape for spring/summer is the cutaway necklines. It’s no longer a choice between strapless, one shoulder or spaghetti, the new symmetry, in an inverted V shape, is feminine and sculpted showing off more shoulder. Simple button-up styles are perfect for day, while jewel-encrusted versions make a stunning statement at night.
Alex Perry dress, $799; Anton Heunis necklace, $885.. Photography by Gilles Toucas
With the return of ladylike glamour and old world styling, skirt lengths have slowly made their way down. So how low can they go? Last season they went from mini to knee-length pencil skirts, but this summer they keep dropping with three-quarter-length, just below the knee, the acceptable staying place.
Josh Goot dress, $1245; HermÃÂ¨s green and pink cuffs, $955; Miu Miu heels, $1120.. Photography by Gilles Toucas
Who didn’t put a split in skirts this summer? Riding thigh-high, designers here, there and everywhere showed just where to feel the breeze. Celebrity sightings showed Miranda Kerr supporting splits at the Council of Fashion Designers of America Awards, while Kate Beckinsale showed off some leg in Cannes.
Yeojin Bae blouse, $450, and skirt, $850; Louis Vuitton sunglasses, $640;
World belt, $179; Christian Louboutin heels, $1750.. Photography by Gilles Toucas
Flashing the flesh this summer isn’t about revealing all. Cover up, but make it see-through. Maxi skirts and long-sleeved blouses in black, white and neutral tones give sheer a sophisticated edge. Dolce & Gabbana and Christian Dior featured feminine and floaty sheer frocks for spring/summer with the trend making its way Down Under, appearing at Lover, Bianca Spender and Michael Lo Sordo. Just remember, your knickers can’t be so brief – opt for your full ones instead.
Michael Lo Sordo top, $17. Photography by Gilles Toucas
The new silhouette features cut-outs, cropped tops, asymmetric lines, full volume in skirts and dresses as well as exaggerated shoulders. Versace led the way, showcasing an array of dresses with cut-outs as did Kym Ellery whose futuristic fabrics and architectural contouring perfectly showcased this new form.
Ellery top, $690, belt piece, $552, and pants, $790; Gucci necklace, $2390, and bracelet, $1590; Louis Vuitton bag, $3700; Ellery heels, $880. Photography by Gilles Toucas
Bye-bye black; white is the wardrobe essential this spring/summer. Worn in all manner of styles, the must-have colour appeared on most of the international designers’ runways as well as on home ground. Pure white creates a polished look and can adorn everything from your basics to a ball gown. Don it day or night with black, metallic or natural accessories.
Bianca Spender dress, $599; Ellery heels, $880.. Photography by Gilles Toucas
Man, oh man, the androgynous trend is sticking around post-winter (when designers like Chanel let the girls wear the pants). Summer sees a more subtle version of the trend, with shirts buttoning all the way up, but in sexy, sheer, light fabrics in an array of colours.
Karla Spetic blouse, $284, and skirt, $436.. Photography by Gilles Toucas