There has been so much discussion in the last decade regarding the internet's impact on the fashion industry. In particular the speed with which images can be globally disseminated has had some people wondering how fashion designers will be able to stay ahead of the copycats.
This year I have been looking at the international Spring 2011 Ready-to-Wear collections, and for the first time thought about the trends in terms of my wardrobe for the upcoming (Australian) summer. The clothes shown at New York and Milan Fashion Weeks will be in stores for the northern hemisphere spring, which isn't till next March. Perhaps Australians have the unique opportunity to experiment with elements of the new fashions, especially through vintage clothes, before anyone else.
Paying attention to the international shows really highlights the shortcomings of Australian Fashion Week. From the time of the event's inception organisers liked to toot their horns about Australian Fashion Week (held in May) being 'the first fashion week in the spring/ summer calendar'. Look at the pattern of trends, however, and it become abundantly clear that we are the last.
To my mind one of the strongest trends emerging in the current international shows is the use of bold colour-combinations and prints. Nowhere was such a trend to be seen at this year's Australian Fashion Week, but I'll eat my hat if we don't see it at next year's event.
Anyhoo, here are some of the colours coming out of the international shows that make me want to twist and shout.
Now I'ma head over to Etsy and find me some yum yums to fulfill my new jewel-tone hunger.