At any fashion festival, there are two lists of trends: those on the runway, where designers dictate what people will be wearing next season; and those on the street, where punters demonstrate what they are already wearing.
It was no different at the Melbourne Fashion Festival, where for the past five nights, hundreds of prancers and peacocks have strutted their stuff for their friends and, of course, the chance to be snapped by one of the street-style photographers.
So what did we learn?
On Monday, we learnt that a cool night in March throws people off their game. But as the weather warmed up through the week, so did the street style.
Despite the balmy nights, many women pulled out faux fur jackets, confirming that this is one of the hot trends for winter. But why wait for the mercury to dip below 20, when you can throw one over a boob tube (as Kate Sylvester showed on the runway) and head out? Airconditioning darling, airconditioning.
We also learnt that as much as we had hoped to see the back of the white-boot trend, it isn't going away any time soon. For a shoe with a 8.5 degree of difficulty – kerbs, tram tracks and tomato sauce are not friends of the trend – it was everywhere. Tip: get a pair with a black heel to reduce trips to the cobbler.
The colour de jour in the plaza was green, which was helped by the acres of astroturf laid down between the marquees. There was Indianna Roehrrich on Monday in a Sandro dress she bought in Spain with just a flutter of green on a shoulder ruffle, all the way to Renee Enright on Thursday, in head-to-toe emerald, also by Sandro.
Among the ubiquitous designer bags – thankfully there seemed to be fewer logo clones than last year – there were some great oversized pouches and vintage finds that always elevates the atmosphere.
Magpies were also out in force with metallics also a big trend both on and off the catwalk. It seemed if you weren't game enough to go for a white boot that silver was the go-to.
And – praise be to Gucci – tonal dressing in bright colours was also a hot trend, with lots of girls, and the odd guy, overwhelmingly choosing red as a statement colour.
It seems the rumours are true. Melbourne does know how to wear "not black", at least for one week each year.
Best of the rest of the fest
The main runways have finished but the Melbourne Fashion Festival continues until March 18. Here are the must-see and must-do events in the final week.
Swap your old clothes: Today, the Global Fashion Exchange, in partnership with The Clothing Exchange, will run a fancy clothes swap at Edinburgh Gardens, Fitzroy. Be there by 11am to register, with six of your best items to swap. Entry: $25.
Premium runway 6 and 7: Missed your chance to catch a mid-week runway? Don't despair, there are two shows on Saturday night, featuring labels including P.E. Nation and LIFE with BIRD.
Stonnington Fashion Weekend: On March 16 and 17, traders in Stonnington, including High Street, Armadale, and Chapel Street, will have special offers and activations to encourage people to shop local.
Food and fashion: It's not too late to experience either Eat. Drink. Fashion, which sees a number of venues around the City of Melbourne doing special dishes and combos with a fashion flavour. Got a sweet tooth? Head to The Langham for a special style-inspired high tea.
More details and bookings: vamff.com.au