You can instantly fall in love with something parading down the runway and in Australia we are lucky to have so many wonderful designers to choose from. If the 2016 Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia (MBFWA) is anything to go by we are going to have a variety of trends to play with next season, ranging from sheer panelling and pastel prints to bold patterns and floaty silhouettes.

What we see on the runway often pushes the fashion boundaries but the races call for a more conservative approach – the dress code in Australia is somewhat mirrored from the stricter standards of Royal Ascot. It’s tradition that your outfit leaves ‘more to the imagination’ and upholds a classy and elegant approach to fashion. Increasingly the line between ‘fashion’ and ‘races fashion’ are becoming blurred as FOTF competitions Australia wide are judged by those ‘in the know’ when it comes to current fashion trends. You can take plenty of inspiration from the runway for your next races outfit so let’s go in search of where you can find these trends now.

AKIRA

One of Australia’s most celebrated designers, Akira Isogawa has achieved worldwide recognition for his exquisite contemporary designs. These playful polka dot prints are eye-catching and make a bold statement. For a bit of fun try mixing patterns and sizes together for an eclectic look that will set you apart from the crowd.

Vivienne Westwood
NET-A-PORTER

Sophia Webster
Matchesfashion

Atmos & Here
The Iconic

Praslin
ASOS

Moschino
Farfetch

Junya Watanabe
Farfetch

C/MEO COLLECTIVE

Since its establishment in 2010, C/MEO COLLECTIVE has endeavoured to build its own unique aesthetic through its inspired use of directional prints, premium fabrics and bold silhouettes. Each of C/MEO’s eleven yearly collections hinges from a central theme, which inspires the fundamental prints, shapes and fabric. This stunning collection compliments earthy rust tones with pastel hues of blue, grey and blush for maximum impact. With flowing fabrics and fringing detail this was a standout during MBFWA 2016.

Asos
ASOS

Alice + Olivia
Shopbop

Free People
ASOS

KARLA SPETIC

Immigrating to Australia from Dubrovnik, Croatia, in 1993, Karla Špetić brings a unique romanticism to her designs, and a sensibility of the value of special clothing. Her ethereal designs convey a simplistic beauty by combining white lace with a delicate lavender palette.

Valentino
Matchesfashion

Fresh Soul
The Iconic

Asos
ASOS

Casper & Pearl
The Iconic

For Love and Lemons
Revolve

Elegant Touch
ASOS

REBECCA VALLANCE

The Rebecca Vallance signature is structured tailoring and luxurious fabrications which, combined with a global aesthetic, have seen her pieces become a favourite amongst stylish women including Rachel McAdams, Halle Berry, Sophia Vergara, Kate Beckinsale, Coco Rocha, Rumer Willis, Andie Macdowell, Giuliana Rancic and many more. This collection highlights the timeless appeal of monochrome and paired with this season’s must have trends, off the shoulder and bell sleeves, these are staple pieces which will never go out of style.

By Johnny
Revolve

Maxi Dress
Yes Style

Striped Dress
ChicWish

TOME

Ginger and Smart
The Iconic

Stella McCartney
Net-a-Porter

True Violet
ASOS

Elle Zeitoune
The Iconic

Asos
ASOS

YEOJIN BAE

Yeojin Bae infuses each of her collections with an edgy elegance and razor sharp tailoring that reflects fashion at its chicest. The Korean-born Australian designer has gained a cult following for her stylish, structured silhouettes with subtle sex appeal. She envisages women as intelligent, confident and independent and accordingly designs every collection informed by this philosophy. Bold colour combinations paired with nudes and neutrals were the theme  and it packed a real punch with plenty of wow factor. Intertwined with lace detail and structured panelling this collection is up ahead of current trends in every way.

Balmain
ASOS

Antonio Berardi
ShopBop

Alexander McQueen
ShopBop

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Feature Image: Getty Images
Runway Images: Fashion Hunting Ground