Fashfest Night Three – Review

by The Editor

FashFest Logo Well, here we are at Night Three, and Fashfest is well and truly in full swing. Such a shame then that this is also the penultimate nights, as we prepare for Saturday’s grand finale.  Once again, Top Notch was in attendance with a open and and eye as sharp as her sewing needle.  Let’s have a look at what the third night had in store for local fashion fanatics.


Tonight’s swimwear fabric was designed by the Zoo team incorporating words and feelings with geometric shapes and bold black-and-white designs to strong visual effect. We liked: that the front and back were clearly marked.


Pure Pod

A tribal feel enveloped the audience: black garments, pieced with colourful pink, turquoise and red patterns were partnered perfectly with the towering headwear of Jodie Cunningham and bright coloured tights. We liked: the open backs of the dresses , the water pot headwear and the stylish elevated hat worn by Belinda Riding.


Hanny-d Creations

A colour palette of pink and orange, blocked with black and white ‘pick up sticks’ prints in classic silhouettes provided a platform for a range of fun and extremely wearable garments. Pieces ranged from lightweight to heavier blocked shifts. We liked: the lightweight pieces in orange and pink, including the covetable double layered top.



Sequins, houndstooth and a diamond like print all came together in this wonderful collection for older ladies. Jumpsuits, long lightweight jackets, sequins tops and pants utilising a mixture of prints worn by an engaging group of models, captured the imagination of many. We liked: the use of sequins. In everything. But especially the cape!


Audrey Blue

A series of simple and smart black dresses with removable fur cuffs and collars worn with red head pieces were interspersed with models wearing political slogan tshirts including the Tony Abbot slogan that “Climate change is crap”. We liked: the classic silhouette of the dresses and the vintage feel that the fur provided.


Zilpah Tart

Fresh and fun pieces like knickerbockers, circle skirts and wrap tops and a gorgeous red and white striped jersey dress were  accessorised by the labels own handbags. We liked: the ‘bunting’ feaure on the white pencil skirt.


Tuffys and Tuffetts

Simple cotton underwear in an array of striking colours including a green and purple combination highlighted that comfortable underwear can still be great looking. We liked: boys undies with braces!



A fitting finale to night 3 was the innovative designs of Jade Sargent. Hues of yellow and peppermint and black mixed in with a range of different fibres and striking geometric patterns, complimented the form flattering silhouette of her collection.   The whole look was finished with some of the most beautiful head pieces that we have seen at Fashfest. We liked: the backless dress with drapes of leather and other fibres and the structure that the leather trim gave to other pieces.

There you have it, another amazing range of local talent.  if you haven’t been to Fashfest yet, tonight will be your last chance. We’ve heard rumours a limited amount of tickets are being released at the door, so throw on some heels and be part of the Fashfest experience before its gone for another year!


All images by Chris Whitfield, courtesy of OutInCanberra.com.au