Delish bowls of home-made soup, slowly slipping into new coats and boots, and hiding three-day-old hair under beanies aren't the only things that are good about the changing of the seasons. Autumn heralds that special time of the year... the Melbourne Fashion Festival!
The Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival (formerly L'Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival) is here and bellabox was lucky enough to go behind the scenes to check it all out. Here are our top 5 takeaways from the shows, and what you need to know...
#1 Heavy and dramatic winged eyes are where it's at
Think a liquid lined eye with a wing is passe? Think again. This classic got a real makeover on the models of the moment in Melbourne with an exaggerated flick at the outer corners. Some models' flicks were so angular, they nearly wanted to meet with their brows!
To ace for yourself, you can always try the cello-tape trick. Simply pop on a little tape in the angle of your intended line, and draw over the top, tracing along the straight line the tape provides. Your line doesn't have to be perfect - once you remove the tape, the line will be straight anyway! Using a fool-proof texta tipped pen also helps. Try my all-time favourite, the Eye of Horus Liquid Define Liner.
#2 Hair extensions can look incredibly real... and incredible to boot
At the Cosmopolitan show, model's hair was styled into a sleek pony with a slightly mohawk twist - so amazing! But how did they all have the exact same length pony? That came courtesy of Showpony Hair Extensions. We are seriously considering getting them for ourselves...
#3 The best fashion and beauty inspo isn't always on the runway
I spy with my little eye (iphone 5 that is) a few babe'n bloggers. We sat across from fluoro-some two-some Steph and Jess of How Two Live and the enviable Nicole Warne of Gary Pepper. Both blogging powerhouses kept a keen eye on the shows, but we had a hard time prying our eyes off of them. Jess and Steph rocked their signature straight strands - try blowdrying your locks with a ceramic and kind-to-locks drier like this fave from Parlux pre-flat iron to keep yours just as sleek.
Well, it does help if you already are pals with one of the amazing gals at VAMFF like bb staffer Emily who scored us entry into the Rekorderlig bar between shows. It was here we learnt the importance of refuelling - hello mini chicken burgers and ciders! It was here we also learnt that cider tastes amazing when formulated into outside-of-the-box cocktails. Yum!
#5 You can literally see.feel.react
One of the BEST things about this year's VAMFF is that you can literally shop the looks right off the runway. Just head to the VAMFF site, pick the show you attended (or catch up on what you missed) and scroll through all the styles on offer, before snapping them up for yourself.
Have you ever been to a Melbourne Fashion Festival, or one of the shows around the rest of Aus? What's at the top of your list when it comes to fashion for the new season? Sound off in the comments below! And thanks for having us VAMFF! - Lauren