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Top trends from VAMFF and where to buy them

The Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival (VAMFF) is over for another year, and they delivered some excellent new trends to try this autumn/winter season.
From the return of denim to laid-back suiting alternatives, the trends emerging from VAMFF were all about relaxed style and elevated separates. Here are our top six trends to take away from VAMFF, and where you can shop for them in Melbourne.

Double denim

The Canadian Tuxedo was popular on both the runway and also street style stars this year. Whether it be dark denim, worn or shredded denim, or 80s-style light denim, it’s easy to jump on the denim trend with a heap of offerings in Melbourne’s CBD. Head to the Neuw Denim store in the Strand for modern denim staples, or try First Principles on Little Collins St where you can create your own pair of jeans from scratch.

A model at the end of the runway, centred in front of the camera, wearing a short denim skirt and matching long denim shirt

Double denim at VAMFF. Photo: Lucas Dawson

60s mod

60s detailing has been on the rise this year, and heading into winter we’ll see even more of it via shift dresses, psychedelic prints, knee high boots, and wide leg pants. For the authentic look, try scanning the racks at vintage purveyors like Retrostar Vintage in the Nicholas Building or Kinki Gerlinki at 22 Centre Place.

Pop colour

The one thing you couldn’t ignore on the runway at VAMFF this year was pop colour. From highlighter red gowns to orange suiting and vibrant greens, colour had a huge moment. Try your own version of pop colour this winter by heading to Shifting Worlds at No Order Market on Elizabeth St and picking up some rainbow basics, like their collections from Nehera or Issey Miyake’s Pleats Please label.

A woman's torso, dressed in a red dress holding a bright orange bag in front of her.

Bright colours at VAMFF. Photo: Lukas Dawson


Last year’s print de jour continues into 2019, with increased colourways. Try the print in relaxed suiting seperates, a trench, or even a classic coat for maximum wear in future seasons. Viktoria + Woods has delivered an entire range of delicious plaid seperates for Autumn Winter.

Three models at the end of a runway wearing skirts and jackets with plaid designs

Plaid pieces at VAMFF. Photo credit to Lukas Dawson.

Relaxed suiting

The new suit looks a lot more relaxed than it has in recent years; loose double breasted blazers pair with relaxed fit pants and longline silhouettes to deliver something you can take from work to cocktails with friends. Some of the best in suiting at the moment are Camilla and Marc, or mix and match minimalist basics from Nique in Flinders Lane.

A line of models in white and black outfits in front of a white wall, one model dressed in black crouches down on the ground and looks at the camera.

Casual suit style at VAMFF. Photo credit to Lukas Dawson.

Mid length boots

What is a mid length boot, you may ask? Anything from a mid calf height to knee high boots are all the rage at the moment, rather than the classic ankle boot or over the knee boots. Think cowboy boot detailing hitting the calf, through to 60s mod knee highs paired with a shift.
Tony Bianco in Melbourne Central have paired this year’s essential print (snakeskin) with this year’s perfect boot length for a popular style seen in more than a few street style shots at VAMFF. Also try Zomp in Flinders Lane for a huge range of boots.

Models walking down the runway in leather outfits, wearing mid calf boots

Mid length boots at VAMFF. Photo credit to Lukas Dawson.

Blog thanks to fashion reporter Bianca O’Neill (@bianca.oneill).