They warned us about this. When low-rise jeans started to creep back into the zeitgeist in 2021 (thanks to Bella Hadid and Hailey Bieber for that one), the world inhaled sharply.
Were we really ready for the hip-bone baring trend that dominated the early 2000s? It was a confronting idea to say the least, but there was no escaping it. Like all major trends of decades past, fashion has a way of coming back around—and the low-rise waist is no exception.
At Afterpay Australian Fashion Week 2022, the trend is officially everywhere. It's thundering down runways, stomping down the tracks of Carriageworks, and as we speak, it's slowly spreading to streets across Australia.
The trend cropped up in multiple runway shows on day one of fashion week, with Bec + Bridge, Aeziel and Gary Bigeni leading the pack.
In an ode to 90s grunge, Bec + Bridge's collection was largely dominated by low-cut waists—slinky skirts, cargo pants and even dresses with drop waists made reference to the controversial style.
Meanwhile, Gary Bigeni's first show in six years (the designer was diagnosed with cancer in 2017) was a huge success, with his vibrant, gender fluid designs shining all colours of the rainbow, a delectable vision of life and the celebration we should recognise it as.
And among his free-flowing fits was, lo and behold, the low rise.
At Aeziel, fitted low waist skirts with cut-outs (another trend to watch for this week) were all the rage. The brand's largely two-toned designs emanated a mixture of work, and play.
When day two arrived, so too did our next flurry of low-rise styles. Oroton's postcards-from-afar inspired collection proved that even at our most free and liberated, the low-waist perseveres.
As noted, the low-rise was just as present on the streets outside the runways. As Australia's fashion set descended on Carriageworks, low-rise waists were everywhere to be seen.
Below, some of our favourite looks.