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!
Fashfest is back, and didn’t Canberra turn out in its finest last night to see the latest and greatest offerings from a top crop of local designers? From the local glamours striking a opose in front of the media wall, through to the cool kids kicking back with a nonchalant glass of Moet, the crowd felt as diverse-yet-stylish as the collection on show.
So, what were the highlights of Fashfest’s opening night?
Not necessarily so.
In our darling capital it’s short for Andrew ‘Monty’ Montgomery, who started an adventure gear label 33 years ago that remains fiercely independent in a world where bigger operations gobble up smaller ones, and that’s just for entree.
Mont Adventure Equipment is homegrown. Yes homegrown. Today it runs a national operation and has international fans too.
This year, for the second time, Mont will be on the catwalk at Fashfest. You’ve got to be kidding? What does adventure gear have to do with fashion? And a red-carpet fashion event at that?
Here we are… The Royals (note the capitals) are making their way through a tour of The Colonies. How wonderful it must be for the old guard to travel halfway around the world to marvel at the cultural melting pot so far away fro the dream imagined when first a flag was planted in Botany Bay? One must imagine we live in extraordinary times. Certainly Will’s Grandfather, old ‘Phil the Greek’, wouldn’t quite know what to make of it all.
So, what’s it like to spend time with the Head of State (and the one thereafter)?
It was inevitable, really. In Canberra’s hipster-haven of Braddon there was only a matter of time until someone had the good sense to install a craft beer outlet.
(Not that it’s a bad thing!)
It’s said that innovation happens at the edge of industry. This is certainly true of Canberra.
Being on the edge of major centres like Sydney and Melbourne, we’ve truly come into our own as a thriving mini-metropolis—an inspirational place exploding with eclectic, imaginative minds. These minds are bursting with creative ideas and fuelling amazing stuff in our nation’s tiny capital. If you’re still wondering if we’ve got what it takes, you simply don’t get out enough.
Well, that’s 2013 done. Now for the New Year, and now a whole new range of trends that will grace your plate over the next 12 months. We’ve had a look through the tea-leaves, and here’s what we think may feature in Canberra dining through 2014.
It seems like forever since our beloved Parlour and wine room suffered at the hands of an unruly pizza oven and burnt to the ground. Not that it was in any way Parlour’s fault (the oven belonged to the restaurant next door), however since then, epicurean Canberrans have mourned their loss from the heart of the New Acton precinct.
Yesterday we read of an interesting mini-movement of sorts that is attracting some attention in London. For reasons we fail to understand, there is a slow-growing movement for bars to be established… without alcohol.