Last night I attended FASHFEST's Third show, and WOW was I impressed. Such talent for a small city!
Here are my reasons why I preferred it to the first night:
1. The evening was definitely much more organised. Ushers and volunteers knew their exact jobs and where people were to be seated. Attendees also seemed to know what was going on more than what they did on the first night.
2. The models were much more comfortable on stage now that they have had a few nights to practice. It definitely showed in the way they carried themselves on the catwalk; and how they presented the designers collections.
3. The collections on the third night were spectacular and my particular favourite, A CONCEPT by Anthony Capon was an absolute show stopper! He is definitely a designer to watch out for, as each of his pieces were utterly stunning.
4. More standing room tickets were sold on the third night which means that there is more interest in fashion and FASHFEST then I thought. It was excellent to see fellow Canberrans enjoy something to do with fashion for once!
Designers of the night included:
SZN by Susan Dlouhy, is an environmentally friendly collection that has a strong focus on recycled and reused materials; however you cant even notice! Her designs were strong, wearable and definitely sellable. The models were painted with tribal face paint in an order to contrast with the black and white collection. My favourite of the collection was the black and white shift dress that had a striking cut out neckline, and aztec-like pattern.
Alice Sutton is the designer of these beautiful pieces, which she produced around a central theme being, Canberra. Lightly draped dresses and capes flowed down the runway in red, black and white. My favourite of the evening was Anneliese Seubert in a lovely draped dress.
When Dissonance walked down the runway, everyone was asking "What does it mean"? Well, here is your answer! D ”pushes and questions the boundaries of fashion through the use of sculptural patternmaking techniques…giving garments a mood and dissolving the boundaries of fashion and art.”. This designer did exactly that, with her dark colours mixed with bright greens and neon. Personal favourite was the sheer green top, with the patterned black and white pants.
Karen Lee seemed a little more of a laid back designer, with her focus being more on comfortable, wearable clothing. She used a lot of jersey and stretch fabric with red, black and white colour blocking.
4 MINUTES 33
A lot of gathered material was used for this collection, and I actually loved it! The trend for this evening seemed to be reds, black, and whites- and 4 Minutes 33 didn't disappoint. Favourite outfit, the white ruffle dress- absolute stunner.
Bake showed again this evening with a more conservative range of swimwear. A lot of monochrome (definitely in) and simple cuts.
THEY LIED! WE CAN FLY
Such a different label name, such a different collection! Still enjoyed it though, however the swimming caps weren't a favourite of mine. This collection was all about being futuristic, with very straight lines and panel designs. Wire pieces also featured.
Oh my god! What can I say other than I LOVED this designer and his collection. Anthony Capon is incredibly talented and is definitely a designer to watch! Every piece that walked down the runway was absolutely stunning as the fits were immaculate and incredible. Black was the colour scheme and it couldn't have looked any better! Undoubtably my favourite designer of the entire event.
A CONCEPT was also the only designer to show all of his models at the end of the runway, which I thought was an excellent idea.
What I wore:
My favourite designer: A CONCEPT
My favourite pieces: Dissonance
Designer with most potential to succeed: A CONCEPT
Overall it was an absolutely fantastic event, and a big congratulations again goes to Clint and Andrea Hutchinson, as well as their team for putting on an event of this scale and magnitude. Canberra is now on the fashion map thanks to them!
Can't wait for Canberra to continue on with this wonderful tradition, and for even more fashion events like these to start happening!