If you are looking for rough, tough, boyish or androgynous – look elsewhere. At the Rosemount Australian Fashion Week for Spring/Summer 2011-12, held from May 2 to 6 at Sydney’s Overseas Passenger Terminal opposite the Opera House it was all about womanly women, girly girls, true ladies and real pixies. Showing their collections were the likes of Therese Rawsthorne, Alice McCall, Kate Sylvester, Manning Cartell, Dion Lee, Stolen Girlfriends Club, Arnsdorf, Camilla and Marc and Lover. True to the Australian beach culture, most collections exuded an air of endless summer and the Aussie designers showed what they know best: Casual, effortless, floating pieces, which take every girl from beach to bar.

The key trends are:
Transparency at Stolen Girlfriends Club
Transparency at Stolen Girlfriends Club

Sheer silk, delicate lace or the combination of both – blouses, dresses and even pants won’t hide a lot next summer. Apart from perfectly toned bodies, bikinis, swimsuits and even bras are thus put in the spotlight as well.

The outfits that opened several shows lit up even the darkest hall. White from head to toe, aimlessly floating dresses and tops, soft-tailored pants and blazers were completed by a light tan – no further accessories necessary.

Pants in disguise
Is it another skirt, is it the latest maxi dress? No, these are actually pants or, in one case or the other, jumpsuits. Thanks to extremely flared legs, billowing with each step, it takes at least a second glance to identify this season’s trousers. Thus sturdy materials like denim were are rare sight while silk, chiffon, rayon and light cotton dominated the presentations.

Finally Australian design has moved on, backwards from the 1980s. Many of the feminine looks seemed to be inspired by the 70ies with floor-grazing hemlines in dresses and pants, flower prints, monochrome blouses in Bilitis-colours and Taxi Driver- silhouettes.

If you are planning on taking a trip to Australia and are allowed only one item – do bring a dress, or rather don’t bring one at all as each and every collection had plenty of options to suit every taste. Although mini was ditched for maxi and tight for loose, there is definitely a dress for every dream.