Prints and Promises was the theme of Bec and Bridge's S/S 11 show at RAFW, so it was hardly surprising to see a delightful selection of fresh, bright, patterned prints trot down the catwalk. But what made this collection really stand out was the use of texture and different fabrics that took beautiful, classic pieces and added depth and character to them.
This is evidence of how outfit blocking can work by using different textured fabrics. The soft, suede top is contrasted with a more harsh, matte leather skirt. The deep magenta colour, combined with the soft moss-grey sandals, ensures there is just enough edginess, yet just enough girliness.
The 70s vibe shines through in this super-cute ensemble. Despite winter being right around the corner (or even knocking on the door, thank you Melbourne), I am lusting after these blood-orange swede shorts.
Skirts with a thigh-high slit just ooze sexiness. Particularly when paired with a more conservative blouse. It ensures there's just a hint of sexy, rather than tacky, overexposure. Well played.
What I love about the hair and make up crafted for this show is how wearable it is. The strong, middle-part and loose, brushed-out waves is so chic, yet universally flattering and (relatively) easy to achieve at home. The bronze and gold metallic eye can also be translated into an every day look that makes the eyes pop and gives that wide-awake effect without any eye-liner or excessive lashes.
Sleeved dresses are making an emergence in a massive way (the Kate Middleton Effect, perhaps?), and so they should! Warm, practical and incredibly chic. The print on this number keeps this look bright, fresh and spring-esque.
Pleats, pleats, pleats, please! Despite the simple cut, the pleats provide body and depth to the drapery. The use of colour is also clever; the mauve sandals bring out the subtle, light purple, almost as if the shoes have created a glow that is engulfing the dress.
This playful, Texan-style hat serves as a reminder of the power accessories to liven up a neutral outfit; here it adds an androgynous flavour to a very feminine outfit.
* All images from Fashionising.com.