Canberra’s annual fashion festival, now in its fifth year, has kicked off at the National Convention Centre in the heart of the city. As always, the red carpet was rolled out and the photo wall was in high demand as show goers jostled for a position, eager to document and share their outfit choices.
After a little set change (a number of white blocks appeared on the runway) the second show began.
This eponymous label is influenced by the colours and texture of nature while being inspired by bridal fashions from the 1920s to 1950s. Designer Gabrielle explored options other than the ubiquitous wedding gown, presenting instead a combination of a drop waisted tops and skirts, flapper esque dresses and fit and flare silhouettes. In a tribute to Olivia Palermo, a knitted jumper was paired with an opulent full skirt. For her FASHFEST debut Gabrielle collaborated with Christine Waring Milliner to create all headpieces for this year’s show.
Beauty Note: Pink lips and azure eyes were offset with sleek pulled back hair.
This Canberra based label is built around a single body shape: the pear. After spending many frustrated years searching for fashionable clothes that fit and flattered her body, designer Bronwynne Jones took matters into her own hands. This steam punk themed collection featured tailored trousers and skirts, paired with blazers and shirting, all designed to skim over the hips and thighs.
Beauty Note: Hair was worked around hats and headpieces, while eyes were smokey eyes and cheeks bronzed.
Founded in 2008 by designer Emma Puttick, Naudic is inspired by the boho styles synonymous with Portobello Road mixed with influences from her extensive travels. Just like Sienna Miller in her bohemian chic heyday, the collection from Naudic featured loose, floaty dresses and kaftans made up in turquoise, pink and blue. The collection screamed pool side drinks and was styled with bare feet, rope belts and tousled locks.
Beauty Note: Beach waves were paired with lots of blush, green liner and glossy lips.
An industry stalwart in Canberra, Stephanies Boutique Lingerie again returned to the FASHFEST runway to present a collection of sensual lingerie by Simone Perele. Bra and knicker sets in a range of colours and degrees of ornamentation made their way down the runway on a Victoria’s Secret angel-esque bevvy of models, many of whom sported rather horrific fake tans. The lingerie was delicate, sensual and is available to buy right now.
Beauty Note: Questionable fake tans, cascading waves, smokey eyes and nude lips.
Canberra based boutique Nunie presented a collection from New Zealand designer Verge, a label that creates timeless pieces with a focus on comfort, quality and modern design. Casual separates in muted colours were on display, with the most prominent combination being that of tapered trousers and a loose, flowing top. These clothes were safe, practical and wearable.
Beauty Note: Minimal, natural makeup with strobed cheeks and brow bones. Hair was messily piled onto the head.
Always a Leiden favourite at FASHFEST, fashion students at the Canberra Institute of Technology again tested the boundaries of design. This year first year students were asked to develop a promotional range to be worn by either men or women, exploring the idea of movement of the body. This theme for the most part translated into excessive sleeves which either trailed after the body, were cut to force the arms away from the torso, or were constructed of endless flounces of fabric. Other memorable interpretations of the theme of movement were a paniere skirt covered in countless folds and ruffles of fabric that swayed as the model walked, and a complicated straight jacket paired with extreme fisherman trousers.
Beauty Note: Exaggerated blush, drawn-on freckles and space buns.
Team Leiden on the night consisted of Emma Batchelor, Jenna Maurer, Hannah Wallace, Jesse Petrie and Johanna Dziadkiewicz who is also the offical FASHFEST illustrator.