After last night’s brilliant opener, the hype around Fashfest 2014 continued to build with guests stepping out for another spectacular night of local fashion!
While the VIPs enjoyed a back-stage tour, the rest of the guests made sure socialising was in full swing with fashionistas chatting about whose designs they were most excited to see on the catwalk. ‘The Ultimate Selfie’ photo-booth had people posing as did the media wall, again lit with camera flashes for stylish snaps.
Getting off to another cheeky start was SWIMWEAR, by Eleanor Gates-Stuart and Jemima Parker, had models strutting the runway dressed once more in a collaboration between digital printing and fashion design. This time the colourful bikinis, tankinis and full piece bathers were accessorised with lab coats, laboratory glasses and fancy ruffled fabric additions. We loved the models’ teased high hair and fierce makeup – it totally completed the look.
Next, a new selection of the CIT Fashion Graduates showcased their creativity with innovative and somewhat out-there designs. We saw a fantastic a head-to-toe denim concept with intricate detailing using light and dark wash denims draped over one another to create a modern chic look. Other highlights included an old ‘Victorian’ look with lots of lace and flared sleeves, and old ‘Victorian’ look with lots of lace and flared sleeves,and an edgy duffle and cotton sleeveless dress over a mesh body suit.
These stand-out additions to the runway definitely gets us excited to see what these new designers have in store for their full collections after graduating!
G.Ginchy and a fabulous collection using black, a gorgeous plum colour and Peter Pan collars was next to hit the runway. A feminine and sophisticated collection of streamlined pencil skirts, and slightly flaired pants and blouses were mixed with on-trend crop tops, lots of lace and buttoning for detail. The standout piece was a gorgeous lace 1920s style dress worn by international model and the Face of Fashfest, Belinda Riding.
Next up was Recollection, by designer Philipa Soutberg, who draws inspiration mainly from her travels throughout our Australian country. Using her memories of places and colours, Recollection is a true reflection of versatility and comfort. The models showed that each outfit could be worn with ease and gave you chance to be stylish while on-the-move.
Tonight we saw men’s fashion hit an all time high with new kids on the block, Braddon Tailors, showcasing their stuff for the first time on the Fashfest runway. The perfectly tailored men’s suits looked very sharp in a mixture of colours, prints and textures while the ladies suits were more demure but still looked strong and polished.
Skis and all, MONT – the stylish outdoor adventure label – showcased some of their latest hiking, skiing and casual weekend wear. The models made hiking boots and thick socks look stylish and paired them with colourful weather resistant jackets and chic black safety goggles. We all felt the cold a little bit more at that point and instantly wanted to be wearing what they were!
To top off a fantastic evening was Perpetually Five, and what a finale it was! The quirky, colourful and perfectly matching outfits by designer Mitchell Thompson were brilliant! He used a colour pallete of orange, black and white with a circled pattern for this latest collection and each outfit was a standout. We especially loved the men’s shorts suit.
The entertainment of this last show didn’t stop at the designs – the models jumped in tune with each other as they walked the runway which was a vibrant change, they even walked backwards down the catwalk before Mitchell made his way around the runway on a pair of skates and popped a confetti bomb.
The after party featuring live music and a fantastic atmosphere followed the show tonight giving guests the opportunity to mingle with the designers and discuss their favourite looks from the runway. Now, Night Two is now complete and we can’t wait to find out what Night Three has in store for us!
We’ll see you there!