Tonights designers include:
Baku Australia is one of Australia's leading swimwear companies. Directors, brother and sister, Dax and Tamara Bykerk are also the designers behind the company's two labels: Baku Australia and Ginja.
The Baku collection is all about style, sophistication and the perfect fit. Baku offers a collection of glamorous separates, exotic cut-outs and sleek one-pieces to make women feel confident and sexy. The brand is synonymous with excellent fits, innovative design and sophisticated and exclusive prints.
Sara is the designer behind independent clothing label hunter and owner of Wildwood, at The Lonsdale Street Traders in Braddon.
Each hunter collection is based around a narrative or aesthetic. The inspiration for the Autumn/Winter 2013 collection comes primarily from 1970s American culture and the female icons of that era. It features sheer and metallic fabrics, tartans, vintage florals and soft, young silhouettes.
Coming from a painting background, Lisa works full time as a freelance artist, creating paintings of different shapes, colours, textures and patterns, sucking their viewers into other realms. Her love of fashion design stemmed from this exploration of characters in other worlds.
Mitchell Thompson is the creative mind behind the new and upcoming men's fashion label Perpetually Five. Mitchell believes it is young creative minds like him who are the essential driving force behind men's fashion trends.
The childlike attitude is an important part of Perpetually Five's philosophy to be conceptual and redefine menswear by giving form to new approaches to fashion.
Zoe graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor of Design from the Canberra Institute of Technology.
Since graduating, Zoe has interned for New Zealand label ‘Stolen Girlfriends Club’ and Australian label ‘Lover’. Meanwhile, Zoe keeps busy and is fully immersed in creativity through many freelance styling projects, exhibitions and events.
ROCKSTARS AND ROYALTY
Rockstars and Royalty is the label owned by British designer Vicky Kidd-Gallichan, who now lives in Canberra. Vicky creates elaborate wedding dresses, gowns, corsets and accessories
Vicky launched her company 'Devotion' in July 1998. She initially worked from her back bedroom, seeing clients in her home and selling clothes in a local shop. Over time, she mastered more corsetry skills and started taking on more and more bridal commissions.
I'll be heading to FASHFEST tonight and cannot wait to see these designers!! Get ready for some serious blogging about this wonderful event from May 1-4