Fashfest Night 2 – Recap

by The Editor

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Last night, the Canberra faithful made their way back in droves to Canberra Airport for another serving of the best in local fashion design at Fashfest 2014. After some absolutely stand-out pieces on Opening Night, there was definitely a buzz in the air prior to the models strutting their stuff with another eight collections set to warm up the chilly air.

Strap yourselves in… here comes another recap from the fabulous Top Notch!


Tonight’s swimwear fabric was designed by Eleanor Gates-Stuart and Jemima Parker whose influence was the scientific world, with the fabrics depicting microscope particles and molecular chains, varying from rich colour schemes to mottled greys. The swimsuits were the same style as last night, however tonight they were accessorised with 3D folded accessories that could almost have doubled as flotation devices.

We liked: that such beautiful design is inspired by and taken from science and we were reminded of that by the lab coats and safety glasses worn by the models.



An extremely strong showing tonight from current CIT students; Among the variety a black Asian influenced dress with frayed edges, a striking black and white Spanish influenced design and a sophisticated black asymmetric gown.

We liked: the talent emerging from this institution and the the originality and wearability of the up-cycled denim dress.


BM Designs

Futuristic, organic, stain glass, traditional to the oversized artist beret, these wire sculptured head pieces were complimented perfectly with her stylishly simple jersey dresses.

We liked: the breadth of inspiration resulting in a diverse and interesting collection providing something for everybody.


G Ginchy


G Ginchy presented a beautiful, polished and professional collection in a colour palette of plum, black and white. Utilising ‘Peter Pan’ and folder-over collars with cutaways to great effect, the classic silhouettes of wide leg pants and cropped tailored tops evoked a bygone era while maintained a modern edge that flattered.

We liked: the white doily dress trimmed in black and worn with black underwear.



With an earthy Australian aesthetic, using durable and comfortable fibres, this collection showcased clothing with an edge but that was grounded, practical, comfortable. The high quality of design and construction was certainly appreciated by the Fashfest audience.

We liked: the sheepskin vest paired and high waisted shorts.


Braddon Tailors

Smart suits with a lean 50s silhouette and shortened leg wooed the crowd as we all sat up a little straighter and got down to business with Braddon Tailors. The tailoring is impeccable and their fabric and colour selection, particularly the blue suiting that was featured in both men’s and ladies’ designs shows that these gentlemen have an eye for quality.

We liked: The single button up tuxedo that had one white button hole (and two black) on the sleeves. Good design is in the details.




A full range of adventure gear including ski equipment and rock climbing apparatus did the runway tonight. Mont showed us that they really know how to make even the most technical equipment look great, using brilliant colour and design. There wasn’t a person in the room who wasn’t coveting one of their jackets tonight and thinking about getting into some outdoor activity just so they could wear the gear.

We liked: that we got to see a broad range of Mont gear, accessorised with some very cool glasses.


Perpetually Five

Always fun and energetic, the crowd was not disappointed as models, through choreographed jumps showcased a collection of spots, dots, black, white and orange. The trademark quirkiness was there in the men’s collection with oversized jackets and long shorts and accessories, but the new women’s pieces, while retaining the fun showed a maturity in design that could immediately translate into work or play wear.

We liked: the choreographed runway jumps, the pops of orange amongst the monochrome, the release of womenswear and Mitch Thompson on roller skates.


We’ll be back with more for tomorrow. Stay tuned for plenty more out of Fashfest 2014!