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

Fashfest – Thursday Night Show Two ‘Furore’

‘Test the boundaries of your taste. Admire the beauty of this dark thunderstorm. Challenge your preconceptions, explore the edge and spectacle of what fashion can be. This show is for those who love the unconventional, the unexpected.’ – Fashfest Show notes   Hardy show-goers that we are, it only took a few more M&Ms and some frenzied activity on social media before we were ready for our second show of the evening. Make sure to catch up on our coverage of show one, ‘Reverie,’ here.     Melanie Child   New Zealand designer, Melanie Child, focuses on sustainable fabric choices… Continue Reading

Fashfest – Thursday Night Show One ‘Reverie’

    ‘A visual delight with images to relish. Explore fashion for its beauty, its brilliance, its sensation. This show is for those who want to get lost in a dream, a fantastic reverie.’ – Fashfest show notes   After prepping and preening and taking a good hundred snaps in front of the photo wall; after a trip backstage, and a handful of M&Ms that we smuggled in our handbag, followed by a healthy half hour delay, Fashfest 2016 was off and running. This year the festival followed a new format of six distinct shows over three days. Show one,… Continue Reading