THE STYLIST DIARIES | Spring/Summer trends with Annabel Falco

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THE STYLIST DIARIES | Spring/Summer trends with Annabel Falco

Ahhhh September… otherwise known as the “January” of the Fashion Industry. The month that defines trends, transforms wardrobes and leaves us lusting after the new season “it” shoe/ bag/ print.

As the Spring/ Summer 2020 fashion shows unfold around the world, certain trends begin to form and it’s only a matter of time before you find yourself heading to your local Westfield for a fashion update.

While these trends often seem ambiguous and scary at first, you can guarantee the High Street will re-interpret these couture looks into palatable portions where a contemporary spin on a simple belt, heel or bag will eventually win over the masses.

For those wondering what their Spring/ Summer wardrobes and Pinterest boards will look like, see below for a perfectly categorised and clarified list of 2020’s hottest trends.

As a Westfield Stylist, I couldn’t help but link to some of my favourite versions of each trend (currently available at your closest centre) and “pre-style” these for your fashion convenience.

Remember, the key to any #ootd is confidence so have fun and don’t take these TOO seriously. If you ever need a fashionable shoulder to lean on, your very own Westfield Stylist is only a website click away…

The Colour Palette

Neutrals are re-worked this season with the delicious additions of “Mustard” yellow, “Chive” green, “Cinnamon” brown and “Saffron” orange. According to Pantone’s predictions, these Summer shades will best compliment our tans and sun-streaked hair where there is the perfect tone or shade for everyone. Best worn as a linen set or cotton maxi-dress, ensure your palette does all the talking with a minimalist approach to styling.

(Left to right, top to bottom) Seed Heritage pants, Seed Heritage bag, Witchery heels, Oroton bag, Sussan ensemble, Witchery dress and Witchery flats.

The Silhouette

Shannon Doherty, (vintage) Jennifer Aniston and Alicia Silverstone remain hot fashion property, with 90’s influences ruling the runways and boutique racks. Twin Sets, double denim, silk-slip dresses, oversized layers and baggy trousers continue to define our wardrobe silhouettes so if you haven’t yet embraced the 90’s movement, now is your chance!

A simple tank singlet tucked into wide-leg trousers; layering tees under your slip dresses; high-waisted denim and sneakers styled back with everything are just some of the ways to incorporate this trend without overdoing it. The key is to embrace one of these styling elements and keep the rest simple.

(Top to bottom, left to right) Rubi Emmi metal frame sunglasses & model, Seed Heritage silk top, black Witchery top, Seed Heritage sneakers, Sportsgirl bucket hat and Sussan statement buckle pant.

The Shoe

Two words: Bottega Veneta. If you haven’t come across this designer then a quick Google search or Insta-stalk will have you instantly up to date. Strappy, white and with a sharp, square toe is the shoe style of the season where a quick trip to Tony Bianco will have you looking on-trend in no time. Think “barely there” when it comes to heels and add a platform when it comes to flats. Style back with everything from cocktail dresses and suiting through to denim jeans and cotton dresses.

(Top to bottom, left to right) Rubi Hannah Thin Strap Heel Stone, Rubi Lara Strappy Stilletto, Tony Bianco Baye Milk Capretto Heels, Witchery flats, Tony Bianco Sia White Flats, Seed Heritage White Heels and Seed Heritage White flats.

The Bag

Time to clear the clutter ladies because this season’s “it” bag won’t have room for much more than your phone, key and a lipstick (the essentials really…). These itty bitty accessories are structured and simple with a chain top handle for extra fashion brownie points. Oroton have this category nailed with similar and more economic versions available from Zara.

(Left) Oroton campaign, (middle panel) red Oroton Micro Frame pouch, brown Oroton frame clutch, chain handle Oroton mini frame bag, black Witchery bag. (Right, top to bottom) Zara mini city bag, Zara baguette bag.

The Print

Not for the faint hearted, this season’s print is one to divide… tie dye is back in bold form with everything from dresses, tees and bucket hats embracing this colourful clash.

Never fear, for those who simply want to “dip their toe in”, try styling a tie dye tee with fitted trousers and a simple heel for a sophisticated twist on this trend. One word of advice: keep the silhouettes and styling simple to avoid looking like an extra from “That 70’s Show”.

(Left to right, top to bottom) Dissh Tie Dye midi skirt, Universal shirt, Sussan Tie Dye Linen Shirt Dress, Sportsgirl pink phone case, Sportrsgirl Tee, Zara Tie Dye dress and Wells Galaxy Glasses Bailey Nelson.

The Texture

With a wardrobe full of re-worked neutrals, it’s only fair we up the textured ante with everything from straw and raffia through to suede and bamboo accents elevating our Summer essentials this season. Bags are the easiest way to adopt this trend and straw hats tick both the fashionable yet functional boxes.

Looking for a little more oomph? Head to Seed Heritage or Sussan for a textured belt which will update any LWD (Little White Dress) hanging in your wardrobe.

(Top to bottom, left to right) Country Road Bamboo Handle bag, Sussan Ellie Natural handbag, Specsavers ORLA KEILY, David Jones Morrison Macey Top, Seed Heritage Pants, Witchery Visor, Seed Heritage Belt, David Jones Morrison Macey Pant, Witchery Hat, Seed Heritage Cream belt and Seed Heritage Bag.

The Headpiece

Forget clips! They are soooooo 2019! Spring/ Summer 20 is all about the headband with Witchery, Seed Heritage and Zara nailing this haute hair trend. Spring Racing season will make for your perfect hair-do debut where everything from simple suiting to elaborate dresses will match well.

(Top to bottom, left to right) Lovisa Pearl Headband, Lovisa Leatherette Headband, Seed Heritage Headband, Witchery Headband, Sussan Striped Headband and Zara Bejewelled headband.

Meet the stylist | Annabel Falco

For tailored style advice, Westfield Garden City’s personal stylists know the centre as well as they know the latest trends. With over nine years’ experience in fashion styling and journalism working with the likes of Style Magazine, Mercedes Benz Fashion Festival and Mimco, just to name a few, Annabel Falco speaks the language of fashion like no other.

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