Friday, 2 May 2014

The atmosphere was electric, the champagne was flowing and the music was pumping on Night Three of Fashfest.

Tonight, the very fashionable, very cool (literally and figuratively), and super excited audience were eager to see eight equally talented, varied and spectacular designers. Tonight’s theme was ‘The Philosopher’- and boy, did that provide us with some fashion for thought! The tunes tonight were fun and playful, which definitely set an upbeat and exciting scene for the runway.

As with the previous two Fashfest shows, SWIMWEARby Eleanor Gates-Stuart and Jemima Parker was first to hit the runway with models showcasing swimwear designs that featured black and white, as well as Canberra-based Zoo Advertising prints and patterns. Both full-piece as well as two-piece styles were featured, and we love that these designs catered for all body shapes and sizes - making them easily accessible and wearable.

Multiple award winning Pure Pod were next, showcasing their high-quality, sustainable and eco friendly designs. This time colour was the word with bright pinks, greens and reds as well as tribal printing which was a stand-out! We loved the crazy, yet uber-stylish headpieces, as well as the combination of eclectic styling and structured design.

Hanny D Creations was one of our personal favourites with the collection focusing on bright pinks and oranges, as well as the classic black and white with an added twist. These designs were constructed using recycled remnants and deconstructed garments and wow did they look incredible. Stand out pieces were the A-line style skirts and kimono style wrapped tops, making them perfect for brightening up any Canberra workplace.

Next up was Character Cloth, by designer Holly Squair, a graduate from the Canberra Institute of Technology. Her designs were worn by older, quite mature models, which made for an excellent crowd pleaser, and showed Canberrans that at any age you can still be fashionable. It certainly gave the runway a breath of fresh air! The unique market for these designs is 60-85 being quite fun, wearable and chic.

This evening we also saw Audrey Blue, who specialises in ‘ethical fashion’. This provided guests with some incredible, ethical outfits and an instant WOW came to mind as soon as they stepped on the runway. We loved the big, bold and bright headpieces that resembled real-life flowers, as well as other styles of headwear that would suit any woman looking for a way to stand out come Race Day.

Zilpah Tart followed giving off a very flamboyant and quite fun 60’s vibe. Guests in the audience at this point were tapping their toes and enjoying the red, white and pastel coloured garments that featured mid-length skirts, layering, and strong silhouettes. Another great designer for office-appropriate wear.

Next up was Tuffys & Tuffetts underwear brand. A fun and fashionable 100% Australian made brand that offers comfortable and form fitting underwear for both males and females. We loved the little embellishments that covered the garments, especially the studded shoulder pads, which added some grunge and a sleek look.

Finally, SOVATA closed the show with designer Jade Sargent showcasing both garments and millinery. Colours that one would never imagine could be paired together were in fact blended to make some exceptionally stunning standout pieces. Who would of thought mustard and green could match? These outfits were certainly different, but very wearable.

Overall, Night Three of Fashfest was a definite success. As always, the after party featured live music and a lively atmosphere, with guests soaking up what the incredible venue had to offer.

Now onto the fourth and final night of showcases. We have a little feeling that this night is going to bring us some sweet surprises!


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