Gala Trend Launch at Mercedes Benz Fashion Festival Sydney

It all happened inside the beautiful Sydney Town Hall building. Think red carpet, photographers, guests, drinks, sponsors, waiters, models, even shiny confetti shot from cannons. Most of us watched the fashion through the screens of smartphones that shined in the dark like high-tech candles. A lot of twitting and instagramming.

And then, of course, there were clothes.

I noticed the persistence of some trends already seen on both catwalks and streets in the past few years: lacy dresses, crop tops, stripes and sacred-images prints.

But these were my favourite stand-out trends:

Ethereal beauty

Designers know exactly how a woman’s body is, and those who enhance it with beautiful flattering designs have all my praise. Impalpable, transparent and floral always add another level to the natural beauty of a woman.

Sculptural neoprene

Among all the designers who used neoprene, the award goes to Toni Maticevski, who made the most of the material’s properties, still keeping elegance and feminine silhouette in focus. He didn’t upset proportions and never cut the figure in awkward segments, creating structured waves, volumes, and unpredictable red-carpet elegance.

Surprising tailoring

Contemporary cut-outs, rigorous shapes spiced up by a crazy pattern, and all the well-balanced contemporary classics.

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