Ballet flats are back? The spring trends Australia’s fashion creatives are loving – Sydney Morning Herald

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As the winter chill makes way for warmer days, many of us will be taking a step back and re-evaluating our wardrobes for the seasons ahead. Which trends should we watch out for? Four Australian creatives help us parse the constant cycle of what’s new in an era of TikTok and overconsumption, sharing their favourite styling tips for spring.
Violet Grace left is loving ballet flats, micro skirts, and juxtaposing the gothic with the feminine.Credit:@alwaysjudging/Instagram; @palomija/Instagram; Miu Miu; FarFetch
Ballet flats: “I think this trend is frightening to some people because they associate it with skinny jeans and 2010 style. But no! It’s about unexpected pairings: Ballet flats with strong looks like wide pants and gothic belts. Juxtaposition is interesting!”
Low-rise pants: “They’re coming in, but again not in the earth-shattering way that they were back in the heyday of Paris Hilton (although did her heyday ever really end!?). A low-rise that is in style still sits comfortably on the hips and not mere millimetres above the crotch. We are easing our way into low-rise and I’m happy about it.”
Gothic: “Miuccia Prada showed us in March that gothic can be ‘pretty’ and it’s starting to hit the stores now. Darker, grunge-heavy leather jackets paired with lacey blouses. A micro-skirt paired with a heavy leather or stud belt. Alternatively, a nice way to inject goth-ness into a look is through makeup with a heavier smokey eye or a deep plum lip. Again: juxtaposition.”
Micro-skirts and micro-shorts: “Time to get your legs ready to feel the breeze. The micro-mini has made its return in a big way. These look adorable with the aforementioned ballet flats. Try mixing it up by adding something traditionally not feminine such as a big jacket or a polo shirt.”
On the way out: “Mixing and matching a million colours and calling it personal style. I think with TikTok speeding up fashion trends, we are going to see a resurgence of more personal, thought-out style that represents you and not trying to adhere to what is cool on the internet. ”
Matthew Gode, left, is all about juxtaposing the masculine with the feminine, and is looking to archival fashion for inspiration.Credit:Vogue Runway, @dionlee/Instagram; @ludovicdesaintsernin/Instagram; Supplied
Uniform dressing: “I’ve always liked this idea of uniform dressing and pieces you can interchange with each other. It sounds a bit conventional and boring, but I love just a pair of blue jeans, a white tank and a great bag.”
Blurring gendered lines: “I’m also into playing with the polarities between masculinity and feminity. I’ll pair a more masculine pant with a more feminine top, for example. It’s about mixing those opposites up. I’m really into Ludovic de Saint Sernin, a French designer who has mastered androgynous dressing and is embracing the homosexual male as an audience. Australia is still very conformist, where men’s and women’s fashion are still very separate. Dion Lee does such a great job. I appreciate that their stock isn’t divided into sections and is quite unisex.”
Looking to the past: “I’ve always appreciated Prada for the legacy that it has, especially ’90s minimal Prada. I look to timeless brands like old Celine [under designer Phoebe Philo], The Row, and Jil Sander to craft a simple, minimal uniform.
On the way out: “Y2K has had its moment. I’ll still incorporate facets of it into my own styling, but that is more the fit. That ‘trash’ Y2K style where you just throw everything on is giving way to more of a simple, minimal uniform.”
Eyewear designer Hamish Tame, top left, says we are seeing a “global shift to more playful, expressive styles.”Credit:@haileybieber/Instagram;@loewe/Instagram/Le Specs/@poppylissiman/Instagram.
Nostalgic shapes: “This spring, refreshed updates on nostalgic nineties and noughties looks are trending with exciting new glam and sporty styles.”
Rimless: “Y2K rimless styles are proving to be one of the hottest looks this season and are a favourite of Hailey Bieber.”
Narrow rectangular silhouettes: “For both guys and girls, this style continues to perform strongly and has become a core staple.”
The sports wrap: “Elevated fashion updates on the sports wrap are gaining momentum with a look that nods to the ’90s.”
On the way out: “After a few years of safer, classic trends, we are seeing the global market shift into playful and expressive sunglasses. There has been a significant transition where the looks are more experimental, the colours are brighter, and the shapes are bolder.”
Michelle, left, is loving cut-outs, ballet flats, and long skirts. Credit:Maison Margiela via Farfetch; @christopheresber/Instagram; Phlemuns; @christopherjohnrogers/Instagram.
Cut-outs: “Really cool cut outs-tanks, T-shirts, and being super playful with sheer fabric. I love the idea of playing with core staples. Nice trousers with tank with cool cut-out. It’s a good way to experiment with something different – everyone has a basic tank – but subtly.”
Ballet flats: “We’ve seen the trend of sneakers, recently with the Adidas Sambas, and I think it’s going to follow through to dressier things. I like to pair mine with a pantsuit situation or even a dress.”
Long skirts: “I’m loving skirts of all kinds – denim, textured, or asymmetric. You can layer them up, such as with a short skirt on top.”
On the way out: “There are so many trends at the moment. While I don’t see any one trend dying out, I think people are going to start mixing them and that will morph into something new.”
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