Tuesday, April 23, 2024

VAMFF Style: The Trends

Before organisers made the wise decision to call off the final few days of the festival, we had our hands full snapping the best in VAMFF style.

Sometimes, festival attendees use the event to play around with the latest trends or simply dress as OTT as possible – because, you know, the ‘gram. Other times, they play it safe.

This year, the VAMFF style offering was all about refreshing takes on trends that have been dominating the style scene for a while now. Check out what we spotted.

Animal Print Everything

Melbourne fashion

This major print trend has some serious staying power. Over the last couple of years, a selection of faux-animal finishes has taken over street style scenes across the world. Whether you’re a sucker for snakeskin or crazy for mock-croc, there was plenty of animal print to be seen at the Plaza. The best thing about a print trend is that you can go for small accents or make it your whole look.

A jungle-inspired print on a sleeve, handbag or mule is can transform an outfit. On the other hand, throwing on a printed longline coat = instant statement look with minimal effort.

The Bucket Hat

VAMFF style

A divisive headwear trend when it first made a comeback, the bucket hat has proved to be a fashion week favourite. We spotted a few of these ultra laid-back accessories at VAMFF, but instead of being the usual addition to casual off-duty model looks, we saw the trend elevated with more formal outfit pairings as well.

Blazers, Blazers, Blazers

Blazer trend

Outerwear trends come and go but it seems the blazer is forever. Suiting was a major VAMFF style trend, both slim-fit styles and oversized cuts. Other stylish takes on the blazer included wearing one as a dress over patterned hosiery, cinched at the waist and layered over graphic shirts. A winning blazer look is all in the small details. Not expecting this trend to go anywhere anytime soon.

The Cold Shoulder

VAMFF style trends

Asymmetry is a great way to experiment with silhouette and proportions. From classic asymmetrical cocktail dresses to outerwear styled to reveal just one shoulder, clavicles were out and proud at the Plaza. With many garments allowing for off the shoulder styling, such as trench coats and slouchy knits, this trend can work even as the weather cools down.

Baby Got Back

VAMFF style

When cleavage and clavicles weren’t on display, it was all about back detailing. Open backs on blouses and dresses caught our eye during the week, as did oversized bows and embellishments.


Top to Toe Leather

Fashion festival style

Melbournians are the leaders in all-black-everything styling. It’s almost a uniform for the fashion set at this point. Showgoers took things up a notch with their monochromatic getups, opting for leather look finished from head to toe. Flashy silver and gold hardware and jewellery was the only exception.


Did you spot any other major trends in our VAMFF style snaps? Check out the best street style from the festival here. And make sure you don’t miss the designers and what they were wearing in their VAMFF style.

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