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


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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 warmer tones with hits of orange (a sunset) ending in a more geometric almost tribal print. Dresses were fitted in the torso and flared from the waist, flattering the figures of the models that wore them. The collection was strengthened by a collaboration with Peony n Pearl accessories, who created neck and head pieces from succulents and flowers. The closing look featured the most youthful design of the collection, a billowing print skirt over shorts worn with a large crescent headdress.


Megan Cannings Designs


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Self taught designer Megan Cannings made her debut at Fashfest this year, having previously shown in the emerging category of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in Brisbane. Long column dresses were presented alongside softer, more floaty gowns with bell sleeves and tiers of ruffles. Pale feminine colours were hardened with hits of black lace; black fringed vests toughened a flouncy skirt and a sheer peek-a-boo dress. The mood of the collection darkened as it progressed, with the closing look a sheer black dress with a full skirt and horizontal bands of opaque fabric.


Charly Thorn


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We first encountered designer Charly Thorn at Fashionation in Cooma earlier in the year. We were so impressed with the maturity and quality of her designs that her debut collection at Fashfest has been our most anticipated show of the festival. The strong, cohesive collection presented by the seventeen year old did not disappoint. Luxurious pieces with a sportsluxe edge were made up in a neutral colour palate of cream, black, and kahki elevated by gold metallic detailing. Athletic dresses, bomber jackets, and monochrome skivvy tops were presented alongside sunray pleated midi skirts, gold sequined separates and Balmain-esque cocktail dresses. Metallic flat shoes grounded looks that would have tended towards the overtly sexy had they been paired with heels, hinting at the versatility of each piece. Australian 90s supermodel, Anneliese Seubert, received a rousing cheer from the audience as she walked down the runway in a textural pleated gown. Charly herself received a standing ovation as she came to take her bow. With such widespread appeal, it is safe to say that Charly’s career is set to take off.


M J Bale


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Injecting some menswear into the proceedings was MJ Bale, a menswear label with an established supply chain connecting Australian woolgrowers, Italian weavers, and Japanese tailors. Impeccable trousers, blazers, and shirts were worn by a refreshingly diverse array of male models. Pants were often shrunk, revealing a swathe of bare ankle; blazers came in bold prints and colours.


Canberra Vintage Collective


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Vintage pieces from Hummingbird Vintage, Karanskloset, Yellow Canary Vintage, and Christian James were presented on swing dancers who, after walking their way down the runway, broke out into dance during their finale. The presentation lovingly celebrated days of old with cardigans, peaked hats, and tea dresses all in attendance. It might have been more interesting, perhaps, to see the vintage pieces styled in a more modern way as opposed to directly referencing nostalgia, however, the presentation was nevertheless enjoyable and memorable.



Kira Pizzingrilli


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Central coast designer Kira Pizzingrilli paid homage to 90s Australian beach style in her debut collection for Fashfest. As well as the requisite swimwear her chosen theme dictated (it was highly desirable), Kira presented loose pajama style separates, skirts with toggle details, bandeau tops, shirt dresses with cut out details and a sheer overdress. The colour palate was bold, featuring white, red, black, and lilac alongside fun prints designed from original prints and illustrations.


Naomi Peris Bridal


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With the exception of one deep blue dress for the bride who seeks colour, designer Naomi Hogie’s collection of luxurious bridal gowns was made up in white. Catering to brides wanting to show a little sex appeal on their wedding day, Naomi’s creations were form fitting, revealing a hint of skin here and there. More simple Grecian column gowns were shown alongside formfitting gowns with capes, bare shoulders, or feathered armlets. French lace detailing on a number of dressed invited the viewer to look closer.


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