If there is one thing that I have come to expect from Fashfest it is to be surprised. The anticipation of waiting to be surprised is a double-edged blade, because while it is fun to be surprised, not knowing when or how can seem excruciating in the moments leading up to said surprise. Fashfest night two kept to it’s word and delivered surprise after surprise. We opened with tonight’s themed short film, a very engaging take on Inventor that had me on a Bride of Frankenstein train of thought, and then the show kicked off with a live performance by Tak-un-da and DJingby Ced Nada. What followed was nine vastly different runway shows which kept the audience engaged and wondering what would be delivered next.
Recollection – Brightly coloured and interesting cuts. This collection made me think of tropical birds and/or fish.
B M Designs – Attention to detail and a symphony of textures. With a reputation for millinery, one could assume that the clothes would be lacking. However B M Designs brought just as much passion and flair to a very interesting collection of pieces, wile remaining true to the Hatter’s DNA.
Simon Péréle – Stunning French lingerie presented by style-stalwart of Canberra Stephanie’s of Kingston. This is the sort of lingerie that you can’t even bring yourself to gape at because the quality is so instantly apparent, it feels more like you’re viewing art than girls in their knickers.
Hana Design – Gorgeous prints utilising imagery from the designer’s Iranian heritage and contemporary Australian life made this collection a gorgeous exploration of visual language. The prints created by the designer were the right sort of kitschy, and the cut of the garments was contemporary and engaging. One of my stand out collections of the night.
Belle Bird – Evening wear in a pallet of black and white. Great lines and use of fabric. A solid collection of pieces that will appeal to a wide variety of women.
Bronwen Stead – Custom-made wings. This show was Victoria’s Secret meets fitness models and it was amazing. It took all my strength not to jump and and wrestle the peacock wings off the model above. Clearly these would look AMAZING on me. Right?
The Label – Another surprise for me was the gorgeous collection from The Label. Refined and sleek, this collection presented looks with interesting tailoring, gorgeous lines, and a dialed-back colour pallet that worked wonders. Really interesting stuff, with gorgeous trench coats I am wondering might possible translate into menswear…
Mimetic the Label – A really interesting concept, Mimetic designed a capsule collection for today’s working woman. The pieces were designed to be able to work well as looks, or to be mixed and matched by the wearer in endless combinations. Well executed staples and interesting new takes on classics.
Rockstars and Royalty – PWHOAR! The dresses from Rockstars really brought it, in an array of reds and pinks. The gowns were stunningly detailed, with real floral embellishments provided by Peony ‘n’ Pearl. The collection was dramatic, luxurious and girly with a rock-star kick. Vintage hairstyles were provided by Rhubarb and Me Hair Boutique and complimented the looks perfectly. The perfect collection to close Night Two on.