Fashfest – Saturday Night Show Six ‘Singularity’

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‘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


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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 Pradhan and her husband, a Bollywood actor. The collection featured long, flowing skirts and cropped tops made up in matching colours. Pieces featured sheer overlays that were embroidered, beaded, or bejeweled and were styled with ornate gold jewellery.

 

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Fleur & Felix


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Based in Sydney, the independent designers behind Fleur and Felix, Rebecca Pino and Jean-Baptiste Aubrun, made their debut at Fashfest with a collection of uncomplicated unisex pieces inspired by travel. The designers played with proportion and balance in their styling; loose, oversized tops were paired with skintight leggings, drapey cardigans with loose pants. Using a neutral colour palate of black, white, and various shades of caramel it was easy to visualise mixing and matching pieces throughout the collection as well as into your existing wardrobe.

 

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Onthego Sports


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A crowd favourite thanks largely to the use of props, presence of sexy music and the often amusing displays of personality from the models, the collection from Onthego Sports was fun, vibrant, and practical. Founded by Canberra based entrepreneur Mick Spencer, Onthego Sports specialises in designing and creating customized activewear.

 

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Eder by Anna


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Sydney based designer Anna Smith presented a collection of predominantly feminine tailored pieces made up in black, white, and red as well as soft blues and pinks. Tops with bare shoulders and ruffled sleeves were paired with skirts and trousers while vibrant red pieces were infused with sporty elements. The designer played with fabrication and texture in creating what was a polished, wearable, and desirable collection.

 

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Stephanie’s Boutique Lingerie


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Local Canberra boutique Stephanie’s Boutique Lingerie presented a selection of intimate apparel from international lingerie label Palindrome. Undeniably sexy, these pieces left little to the imagination. We saw matching bra and knicker sets made up in vibrant prints or solid colours, little sheer baby dolls over high waisted briefs, and sultry cut out details.

 

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Braddon Tailors


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In its third Fashfest presentation, this Canberra business specialising in creating made to measure garments, presented a strong collection of suiting for both men and women. Models stalked the runway moodily in sunglasses to a fitting soundtrack of ‘Men in Black’. Impeccable suits were made up in greys, blues, and blacks with some fabrics appearing on pieces tailored to both the male and female form. Men’s suits ranged in cut from traditional to the more on trend (skinny cropped trousers paired with artfully mismatched blazers), women’s suits were sexy and powerful with a masculine twist.

 

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VFP and SZN


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Instead of Queen Nyibany, who was unfortunately unable to present on the night, a selection of pieces from VFP and SZN was shown in her place. Read our wrap up of ‘Furore’ and ‘Spectra’ to find out more about each of these designers collections.

 

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Nomi Kids

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The evening closed with a surprise runway addition, a collection of childrenswear from a new label launched by Fashfest founders, Andrea and Clint Hutchison, Nomi Kids. While indeed heartwarming, the inclusion of a children’s collection seemed a little out of place in the context of the rest of the festival despite the connection to its founders

 

Words: Emma Batchelor

Photos: Jesse Petrie

Illustrations: Drawn during the show by Judy Kuo

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5 Comments

  1. Despite your comments, the launch of the Nomi children’s range was definitely the highlight of the evening… Look forward to seeing more from the range & those gorgeous little models!

    • Thanks for sharing your opinion about Nomi Kids with us. The little models certainly were cute 🙂

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