FASHFEST Runway Report – Show 2


  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.   Gabrielle Spencer Bridal     This eponymous label is influenced by the colours and texture of nature while being inspired by bridal fashions from the 1920s… Continue Reading

FASHFEST Runway Report – Show 1


  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 getting caught up in the thrill of the event itself: the champagne, the people-watching and the music, the lights dimmed and our focus turned to the runway.   Gehrich     This Melbourne based label, established in 2013, is built on a philosophy of… Continue Reading

CARDIF Collective Fashion Alley Runway Report


  Last night we attended the CARDIF Collective Fashion Alley event, an event which brought together a runway show featuring Canberra designers, a silent auction raising money for charity and an art show. If you missed out, here’s what went down.   kinderhoonz   This childrenswear label designed by Hanna Hoyne uses upcycled materials to create clothes with bold silhouettes and unexpected details. Flashes of metallics, plenty of pleating, and patchworked denim all made an appearence.   Hunter   Designer Sara Wurcker presented her latest Hunter collection which featured thoughtfully tailored pieces. Sweeping midi skirts, cami’s, dresses with trailing straps,… Continue Reading

An Inside Peek into the David Jones Season Launch


Last night, in a very Burberry-esque show space outside St Mary’s Cathedral in Sydney, we were treated to the launch of the David Jones Autumn/Winter season. We may not have been important enough guests to see Karlie Kloss (the model flew in to open and close the previous showing before flying out again) but we did see some incredible fashion from both Australian and International designers.  And the best part? These see-now-buy-now collections are available in store right now!                   Shop David Jones

Fashfest – Saturday Night Show Six ‘Singularity’


  ‘Explore the here and now with big ideas. Raw, bold and one-of-a-kind, this show is for those who want a singular experience – a unique ending.’ – Fashfest show notes   The final show of Fashfest was quite disparate in that the spirit of Bollywood, colourful sportswear, and skimpy lingerie were brought together alongside tailoring and ready to wear. Nevertheless, it was a memorable show with a surprising ending.   Vitamin by Sonalika   Making its Fashfest debut with a collection of luxurious special occasion looks, Vitamin by Sonalika is a Mumbai based label founded in 2012 by Sonalika… Continue Reading

Fashfest – Saturday Show Five ‘Spectra’


  ‘Band of colour, a visual display. Explore where you sit on the fashion spectrum. This is the show for people looking to make a statement and express themselves in true colour.’ – Fashfest show notes   Perhaps the strongest show of the festival in terms of the cohesion of the designers showing, ‘Spectra’ featured ethical and sustainable fashion from almost exclusively Canberra based labels.   Karen Lee   A Fashfest veteran (the label has now appeared at Fashfest four times), Canberra designer Karen Lee specialises in creating timeless, quality pieces to be treasured and valued. Her new collection featured… Continue Reading

Fashfest – Friday Night Show Four ‘Limina’


  ‘Celebrate moments that change our lives. Explore how we cross thresholds with unique fashion. This show is for those who reflect those special moments in what they wear.’ – Fashfest show notes   The fourth Fashfest show brought together the work of both Canberra and interstate designers. Here is our breakdown of the evening.   Zilpah Tart     In her third year at Fashfest, designer Yumi Morrissey continued to build on her design signatures: photographic prints and wearable feminine cuts. The colour palette of the collection moved from blues and blacks (thanks to a wind turbine print) to… Continue Reading

Fashfest – Friday Night Show Three ‘Praxis’


  ‘Engage with and explore fashion. Explore how the fashion we wear intertwines with what we do, how it helps us take on the day. This show is for those who use fashion to reflect their life.’ – Fashfest show notes   The third show of the Fashfest season presented current collections from well known brands at the Canberra Centre. As these labels follow international and broader national trends, a lot of the same motifs shone through: floaty feminine cuts, bell sleeves, ruffles, pastel colours, bare shoulders, and flat sandals. Cue and Veronika Mane did offer a point of difference… Continue Reading