MELBOURNE STREET STYLE AND FASHION

 TREND: MONOCHROME + MIDI

STREET FASHION

This season’s VAMFF girls are throwing it back to basics. While hemlines are getting Midi with it, fabrics are finding themselves dipped and dyed in monochromatic textures and hues. The Midi skirt might just be this season’s standout piece. Falling just below the knees, it’s all style and grace, while classic black and white stripes, grids and vertical planes depict a modern, cool and assertive look. Calvin Klein eat your heart out.

BELOW: It’s Swan Lake – street edition.  This belle could be fresh off the Australian Ballet tour. A black backless bodysuit is given a twist with a daring low cut, paired back with a crisp white perforated midi skirt, ecru pumps, Prada over the shoulder bag and a simple bun rate this look as classic minimalism with a feminine twist. We love the contrasting textures of her bodysuit and flounce skirt. She’s a lady.

BELOW: If there’s one word to describe this look, it’s Ravishing. One of our favourite style snaps of the week, this look is soft, whimsical and full of life and movement. The sheer mesh, monochromatic printed midi skirt, two-toned pumps and simple black clutch compliment each other perfectly. Cue simple backdrop and soft, gentle breeze and voila! Kodak moment.

BELOW: These two street babes go together like Salt n Pepper. A perfect monochrome duo. We love the soft, drapey fabrics, which add flair to their looks and billow as they walk through the streets. Add in a little sexy thigh high slit to break up the midi and you’ve got a little edge and a lot of spice. Lace up pumps are all the rage. We love everything about these two BFF’s.

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Photography: Vincent Calderon. Words: Jess Lennie – 2015 – Street Fashion

Helen-Jayne Driscol, Southern Cross Station, Melbourne.

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Photography: Valarie Bong – 2015 – Street Fashion

VAMFF WRAP UP

with Vincent Calderon

INTERVIEW

During the whirlwind week that was VAMFF one of our resident photographers, Vincent Calderon, captured some of the best looks from the Melbourne fashion crowd before they stepped off the street and into the shows.

We caught up with Vincent to chat about the latest trends he spotted during the week and what sets Melbourne style apart.

FIRSTLY YOU’RE A WONDERFUL STREET STYLE PHOTOGRAPHER WHO IS OBVIOUSLY VERY PASSIONATE ABOUT FASHION. TELL US IN YOUR OWN WORD WHY BEING A STREET STYLE PHOTOGRAPHER IS SUCH AN EXCITING WAY TO EXPERIENCE ANY FASHION WEEK. The thrill of the hunt is what makes it exciting for me. When you spot a person with that certain ‘je ne sais quoi’, your creative instincts kick in and you just have to get that shot. If that involves running, then you just go for it. Seeing how people express themselves with clothes is another aspect of street style photography that I find interesting. It gives me ideas and inspiration on what I can do with my wardrobe.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE PART OF ANY FASHION WEEK? Seeing an eclectic mix of street style, I love seeing the variety of outfits on display.

IF YOU HAD TO NAME THREE HIGHLIGHTS FROM LAST WEEKS VIRGIN AUSTRALIA MELBOURNE FASHION FESTIVAL, WHAT WOULD THEY BE?

1. Meeting two ex-Miss Universe Australia contestants and having one request a mini shoot was one highlight

2. Meeting new and upcoming bloggers, photographers and creatives

3. Catching up with blogger and photographer friends

THERE IS ALWAYS A BUZZ PRE ANY FASHION SHOW, TELL US ABOUT THE SCENE DOWN AT DOCKLANDS LAST WEEK? Half an hour before a show starts is usually the time when most attendees arrive. This period of the day is usually the most exciting, as it is stimulation overload. You literally clamour to try and get every subject that catches your eye. It can be challenging at times.

WE’RE ALL ABOUT MELBOURNE STYLE AND ARE KEEN TO KNOW YOUR THOUGHTS ON HOW IT DIFFERS FROM OTHER CITIES YOU’VE SHOT IN LIKE LONDON OR PARIS? Melbourne style is up there with the street style scene in Europe. I saw lots of fringing, monochrome and prints. These trends were big in Europe last September and they are big in Melbourne now. Surprisingly, I did not see a lot of girls in sneakers. Sneakers with anything were a huge trend in Europe that I thought I would see at VAMFF. Perhaps Melbournian ladies are not quite ready to give up the heels just yet. I’m fine with that!

WHAT TRENDS DID YOU NOTICE ON THE STREETS THIS WEEK? The biggest trends by far were midi skirts, palazzo pants, culottes, flares and monochrome.

TALK TO US ABOUT COLOUR, OR LACK THERE OF! MELBOURNIANS ARE KNOWN FOR THEIR LOVE OF BLACK AND WE DEFINITELY SAW A LOT DOWN AT VAMFF LAST WEEK. WHAT DO YOU LOOK FOR IN AN ALL BLACK OUTFIT AND WHO WAS A STANDOUT? There was definitely a lack of colour at VAMFF last week. Black is still the staple for the majority of Melbournian fashionistas. Black outfits tend to look flat in pictures, so I look for texture and layers when someone is wearing all black. There has to be an element that catches your eye. Vydia in that sheer, grid patterned, Josh Goot dress was a standout.

WHICH SHOW PULLED YOUR FAVOURITE CROWD? Runway 1 presented by Miss Vogue on the Monday night was the standout night for me. Perhaps it was just the perfect combination of an A-List crowd, a balmy summers night and the anticipation of a stunning showcase after last years Miss Vogue parade that made this night a standout.

WE DEFINITELY HAVE A FEW NEW FASHION FAVOURITES WHO WERE SHOT OVER THE WEEK, BUT WHOSE STYLE CAUGHT YOUR ATTENTION MOST? Vydia was my highlight for the week. She knows her style, her signature monochrome palette is always chic and on point. She manages to make all black ensembles interesting to shoot.

WHAT’S NEXT ON YOUR FASHION CALENDAR? I’m extremely disappointed that I won’t be in Sydney for Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia.  I am however planning on capturing street style during September Fashion Month in New York, Milan and Paris. I’ll be skipping London Fashion Week to hang out in NYC where I’ll hopefully be capturing non-fashion week related street style, so stay tuned!

Check out favourite looks shot over the full week at #VAMFF on DAY 1, DAY 2, DAY 3, DAY 4, DAY 5,  and DAY 6.

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Photography: Vincent Calderon. Words: Sarah Rogan – 2015 – Interview

It’s the staple item we just can’t live without. Doesn’t matter if they’re high-waisted, faded, ripped or skinny; a good pair of jeans are a timeless classic that if you find the right shape, will be your best friend for life.  But finding that perfect pair you know will fit like a dream ain’t always easy…until now.

Bringing us the holy grail of denim, the team at TOPSHOP have partnered up with latest ‘It’ model Hailey Baldwin to bring us their nine essential shapes, fits and styles to suit any body type or outfit. From the girl on the street, to tomboy chic and something a bit more stylish, we love that there’s an individual look for everyone. The collection ranges from comfy stretch denim to your favourite loose fitting rolled up jeans. Check out the range instore at here. xxx

MOM // These classic high waisted rolled up jeans are no longer reserved for a throwback to your mum in the 90s. With a tapered leg and light wash, pair with a crop tee and platforms.

JONI //We know some people like it super skinny, and the Joni is the ultra skinny jean with a an ultra high waist. Giving the spray-on effect, pair it with a singlet crop in summer or high roll neck crop in winter.

BAXTER // We love a good skinny jean but sometimes also need a bit of room to breath and these jeans are the perfect harmony between both. With a mid-rise waist, pair these with a slouchy tee and slides.

JAMIE FLARES // In case you didn’t know, flares are back in a big way. Getting our 70’s vibe on, we love the indigo wash and full flare out from the knee. Bonus points go to the super-stretch fabric and comfy high waist.

LEIGH // For those who don’t favour a high waist, the Leigh offers super soft skinny jean with mid-rise cut and grazes at the ankles. Relaxed, comfy and everyday.

JAMIE // The classic ankle grazer, these slim fitting babies have just the perfect amount of rip at the knee for that edgy street look and come in every wash for any occasion.

HAYDEN // For the ultimate boyfriend jean, look no further than the Hayden. A loose fit with ripped knees and distressed details, it will look like you’ve been wearing them for years.

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Styling:Liz Sunshine. Photography: Liz Sunshine and Vincent Calderon. Words: Sarah Rogan. Model: Pascale Code – 2015 – Editorial

 TRENDS WITH BENEFITS

STREET FASHION

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                            This Winter, forget the fickle fashions. It’s all about the timeless and trans-seasonal pieces. Think classic black and fall neutral palettes, lace and leather textures, military and sophisticated boho styles. This season’s trends are ones you’ll want to emotionally invest in.

There’s so much YES when it comes to fringing, especially when it’s of the leather variety. The simple, yet whimsical nature of this feature allows for ample freedom when styling. We adore this “hit the streets running” look. This chic city babe was spotted fresh off the streets at last weeks Virgin Australia Fashion Festival. From a photographer’s standpoint, this moment is the perfect capture. The soft leather fringing detail of her skirt, adds movement and life to the look, as it swishes about her knees, while dashing to make it to the fashion show.

Paired back with black lace up pumps, a khaki military jacket and classic YSL bag to match, this look is an eclectic balance of sophisticated boho and uniform chic.  Textures and neutrals are kept simple, but together they pump up the volume. Featured recently from the runway to the streets at last September’s New York Fashion Week, military clothes have now become “part of the fashion vernacular,” as designer Marc Jacobs so aptly pointed out. Uniform pieces are wardrobe staples and great statement pieces for balancing out a softer look, just like our VAFF street girl right here.

Overall, this look defines our Aussie Winter dream girl. She’s a #GirlBoss and she owns it.

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Photography: Vincent Calderon. Words: Jess Lennie – 2015 – Street Fashion

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