Fashfest – The Final Night – Recap
by The Editor
After three previous evening filled with glitter, glamour and success, it was time for one last hurrah at Fashfest 2014. The airport venue was packed to the rafters as the Möet flowed and excited chatter filled the vast space.
Finally, it was time for the show and, under the theme of ‘The Visionary – we knew we were in for a treat…
Tonight the swimwear designs of Shelley Campton , were made up in the monochromatic designs of Yasmin Masri. Patterns of drawn lines, circles, words and squiggles were highlighted by the black Percival Luto accessories, which have been a highlight of all the swimwear showings.
We liked: the clever use of multiple patterns, especially in the cross over one pieces.
A fabulous collection showing the possibilities of sustainable fashion, featuring garments in either black or upcyled denim formed into strong yet simple pieces. Hooded swing jackets, maxis, crop tops, shirts and wide leg pants came to life through the design lines of the pieced fabric and their dye.
We liked: the pieced stripe tshirt and the crop top and mini skirt.
Karen Lee is a master of folding fabric to create flattering yet structurally interesting garments. Tonight she added tule and chiffon and wool to great effect producing innovative pieces across a black palette.
We liked: the daring use of chiffon in the trousers and the juxtaposition of the heavily draped bodice with chiffon sleeves.
All eyes on Us
There was a bygone glamour to the collection of gowns and dresses from All eyes on Us which was emphasised by the bee hive hair of the models. Gowns in fushia, gold and black included cheeky micro skirts and embroidered chiffon overlay and a LBD with an extreme pink winged sleeve.
We liked: the combination of sequins tops and patterned pencil skirts.
4 minute 33
4 minutes 33 treated us to a dramatic presentation of a collection inspired by Frida Kahlo. Each piece successfully represented an aspect of Frida’s life and work , and demonstrated the talent and creativity of this design team who employed a variety of techniques in each individual and different garment including hand sewn edges, embroidery and appliqué.
We liked: the narrative behind the collection and fell in love with the black dress with embroidered and painted flowers.
Gorgeous fabrics and flattering silhouettes including a semi fitted maxi, long shirt dress and lightweight jackets showed a very styish fashion option from this designer for young muslim women.
We liked: the black elastic bottom pants paired with the patterned jacket layered over the blue shirt tails
Entering into a waste land of Mad Max or Lost Boys, Corr Blimey provided us with a lot to like as they showed us our uniform in bronze, black, browns and greys. Accessorised with intimidating metal sculputures by Silver Atom, the collection included a leather jacket adorned with cut leather feathers, a high collared skirt jacket and for the boys a black jacket with quilted tail and a whole lot of perfectly shaped pants.
We liked: the menswear. A lot. It has great detail and great shape. We also liked the metallic gown and the rustic jersey jumpsuit.
Congratulations to everyone involved in Fashfest for 2014. We can;t wait to see were the show goes next year, but it’s safe to say Canberra truly does now have its own fabulous festival of fashion.