Stripes were everywhere at 2014 Fashion Week in Sydney, popping up in horizontal, vertical, and even diagonal arrays on everything from pants to dresses. Johnny walked a particularly fun and flirtatious striped dress down the runway. A mini sarong-style skirt used orange, black, and white stripes to emphasise the drape and the model's curves.
The top of the dress featured a white, bandage-style wrap with a charming peekaboo detail just below the sternum. A single band of black running across the chest created finish to the top and pulled the whole piece together quite well. Within it was a unique combination of tailoring and "letting it go", while the combination of pristine white with orange and black amped up the heat for spring and summer.
Almost as ever-present as stripes were folds, used to create drama and accents on a variety of stunning pieces at Fashion Week in 2014. One stunning example was a top and bottom look put together by Ellery. This ephemeral look featured a strapless top with a unique folded flower detail at the chest demarcating a sweetheart neckline of sorts. The folded material continued downward like the stems of the flowers, creating flow to the top, while a set of loose silk trousers finished off the look. Colour selections were neutral, running from very light peaches to tans and pale metallics.
On the other side of the feminine spectrum, Ginger & Smart walked a dress that indulged in the edgier side of womanhood. Riffing off the sheath silhouette that was so popular at Fashion Week, Ginger & Smart created a high contrast dress in silver and black. The torso of the dress features an intricate pattern of silver with tendrils of black, created by a metallic jacquard on the bottom and a mesh overlay on top. The mesh extends up to the straight neckline on the strapless dress where it creates a subtle riff, making the torso piece reminiscent of a Renaissance bustier. This torso piece extended downward in the back to create a curvilinear outline. Finally, a black sheath skirt component introduces the slink and amps up the appeal with a daring front slit.
A nicely tailored women's shirt is always great to see at Fashion Week in Sydney, especially when it comes with a fun surprise. Dion Lee introduced a startling take on the classic button down with their twist sleeve shirt. This homage to traditional shirting features hidden-buttons around the torso, creating convertible options. An asymmetrical hem curves down in the back, while unexpected cutouts create a peekaboo element at the inside of the elbows. With a prim and trim fold-down collar, this shirt is an ideal combination of tradition and avant-garde.
The confident and stunning power of cobalt blue was on display in a number of collections at Fashion Week in Sydney, but made one of its most impactful marks on the Carla Zampatti runway. Along with her usually stunning collection of long dresses, Zampatti walked a dramatic tulle dress with a full, translucent cobalt skirt. A banded empire waist in black transitioned to a sharp white ruffed top, making this one of the most high-contrast and exciting dresses of the week.