The closing night of FASHFEST rolled around too soon. We walked the red carpet, ate some doughnuts and took our seats, ready for the final shows.
This young designer from Cooma has been garnering a lot of attention of late. We first came across her at a fashion event in Cooma and were blown away by her talent. Along with everyone else we marveled at her debut FASHFEST collection last year, the centerpiece of which was an origami like gown worn by Annaleise Suebert. Charly has since shown at Vancouver Fashion Week and will be showing at LA fashion week.
This year Charly presented a high-octane collection of resort wear worthy of a glamorous overseas holiday. Floor length gowns, sheer culottes, skin tight pant suits, wrap skirts and off the shoulder tops were all made up in a palette of turquoise, white and a botanical jungle print. The collection created a perfect capsule wardrobe: it was easy to visualise mixing and matching each of the separates.
Beauty Note: Models sported a smokey eye, summery-bronzed skin and shimmery gold lips. Hair grungy textured slick back.
Australian online lingerie boutique Miss Winks made its FASHFEST debut presenting a selection of lingerie delights from its roster of emerging and established Australian labels including Lil & Emm, Kat the Label, Aimee Cherie and Etheria Intimates. Models were styled as a brigade of Bridget Bardot inspired sex kittens who tottered down the runway in bralets, French knickers and bodysuits. The overall vibe was playful, girly and sensual.
Beauty Note: Makeup was natural and dewy with peachy cheeks and big lashes. As mentioned, hair was inspired by Bridget Bardot: masses of volume on top with pieces coming around face and soft textured waves.
Canberra based boutique Assemblage Project presented a collection of garments curated from its stable of ethically minded labels including Eva Cassis, High Tea with Mrs Woo, Kowtow, and Wendy Voon, as well as Karen Lee, Edition, Pure Pod, and Smitten. Boutique owner Karen Lee sent a collection of quality, timeless pieces down the runway including dresses, jackets, boxy tops and wide leg pants. Garments featured practical and thoughtful details: pockets, flattering draping, and loose shapes that could fit a range of sizes.
Beauty Note: Models wore salmon nude lips with pops of lime green colour on the crease of the eye and swipes of colour on cheeks. Hair was matte and messy, scraped up into effortless top-knots.
The childrenswear label, that made a surprise appearance at FASHFEST last year, is back with a slight name change (it was NOMI, as in know-me). It might just be us, but we find kids dressed like mini-adults a little creepy. Nevertheless, the latest collection from Nomiko was popular and was jam packed with metallic leggings, jackets with tails and jumpers with textured camo sleeves.
Beauty Note: The kids looked like kids.
This year eco-stylist and Salvation Army ambassador Faye Dellante has put together a collection of outfits re-worked from Salvo store finds in a bid to get people to re-think buying second hand and to question the clothing they discard. With looks inspired by the likes of John Galliano at Maison Margiela and Jeremy Scott at Moschino, the collection made a strong case for upcycling.
Items like trench coats, shirts, corsets and dresses were re-worked to create avant-garde creations while others were embellished such as a hand-painted military coat, a graffitied biker jacket and an embroidered shirt. There was even a very Kim Kardashian-esque look created by attaching a corset to a t-shirt.
Beauty Note: The makeup look for this collection featured interesting, delicate faces and body painting with blossom pink cheek highlights and gloss nude lips. Hair appeared in either topknots, ponytails or left au-natural.
Designed by Naomi Hogie, this luxurious bridal label creates modern, sexy gowns using French laces, intricate beading and fine tailoring. Naomi has freshly returned from showing this collection as part of Milan Fashion Week. The gowns presented on the runway were certainly not for the traditional bride.
As well as the fabrics we are accustomed to in a bridal collection such as French lace and tulle, Naomi worked with a fuzzy sheepskin like fabric, three dimensional butterflies and liquid like metallic fabric. Designs were fashion-forward and sexy, with sheer layers, statement trains and even pockets.
Beauty Note: Skin was glowy and dewy; eyes were smokey with long lashes; and lips were nude. Hair was braided at the sides with the rest left to hang loose in soft curls.
Team Leiden on the night consisted of Emma Batchelor, Jesse Petrie, Lexi Keelan, Sheree Yap and Johanna Dziadkiewicz who is also the offical FASHFEST illustrator.