VAMFF 2019 wrap up: the best of fashion and beauty

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VAMFF 2019 wrap up: the best of fashion and beauty

The champagne has clinked for the final time, the goodie bags have made it to their new homes and sore feet all over the city are climbing out of towering high heels and into hot bubble baths. The Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival (VAMFF) has wrapped for another year!

As always, it was a whirlwind of parties, camera flashes, double kisses, hot lights and most importantly — fashion. From the runways inside to the street style outside, there were countless looks to be inspired by for autumn winter (and beyond).

The Plaza — VAMFF’s party precinct — was busy with people taking part in pre- and post-show festivities, including bites to eat, drink pop-ups and live entertainment. And if you weren’t there, you were probably in the city attending the Australian Fashion Summit or the International Women’s Day Breakfast. Phew!

Couldn’t make it to fashion week this time around? Don’t worry, we’ve rounded up all the best highlights for you, so it’s pretty much like you were there anyway.

The runways

The jewel in the VAMFF crown is quite clearly the evening runways, when the stars come out to play, and we can a glimpse into what we’ll be wearing for the season ahead. One of our favourite shows was Gala Runway 2, presented by David Jones and supported by Vogue Australia. How could you go wrong?!

Highlights:

Uber cool athleisure by P.E Nation (yes, more!)
Sweet florals and sheer pastels by Lee Matthews

Prairie denim by Finders Keepers
Structured neutrals by Jessica Xie

Classic houndstooth by Carla Zampatti

Sexy military by Aje
Checks and stripes by Bassike

Modern ladylike by Acler
Bold colours by Ginger & Smart

Clashed patterns by Rixo London
Leather trench coats by Scanlan and Theodore

Relaxed suiting by Anna Quan
Even more suiting by Dion Lee

The street style

It’s no secret the real action happens outside the venue’s doors, with thousands of bloggers, style icons and fashion editors descending on the Royal Exhibition Building to set trends and be snapped by the country’s best fashion photographers. We love checking out street style to help decide what we’ll be inviting into our wardrobes.

Highlights:

Nadia Bartel in a nude knee-length Dion Lee suit
Rozalia Russian mixing neutral knits and silks

Elyse Knowles in statement denim-on-denim
Kate Waterhouse in a slick white number

Brooke Hogan in head-to-toe bright emerald green
Lindy Klim in that pair of sparkly boots

The beauty

Beauty lovers will argue the hair and makeup is just as — if not more! — important than the fashion. Backstage, artists were prepping models with all sorts of new beauty trends. Some of which we’ll be introducing into our daily routine. Others might need a bit more courage first.

Highlights:

Glitter eyeshadow to elevate a fresh, minimal base
Slick, low ponytails. Yay to easy hair!
Hot red lips, and just a touch of mascara
Graphic winged liner. BYO steady hand
Neat plaits that can take you from day to night

What we’ll be buying…

After a plenty of research (stalking) we’ve managed to narrow down a list of key pieces, accessories and beauty products we’ll be purchasing for AW19. Feel free to steal our shopping list.

Relaxed suit
Statement denim piece
Something neon. Shoe? Bag?

Oversized knit, preferably neutral
Silk skirt
Clean white dress
Loud logomania piece

Check anything
Matching set
Under the knee boots
Animal print coat

Sharp eyeliner
Pop red lipstick

We can't wait for VAMFF 2020!

Photography: @lucasdawsonphotography

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