Furore is an interesting choice of theme for the second show of Fashfest 2016, and while I must admit when I first read it I was a little uneasy, bringing to mind images of scandal, the show itself was a very well-planned and brilliantly executed set of collections and creative works.
Furore tested the boundaries of our taste, challenging us to admire the beauty of this dark thunderstorm of film, music and fashion. In the sixty-minute set we were challenged to test our preconceptions and to explore the edge and spectacle of what fashion can be.
This show was for those who love the unconventional, and the unexpected, and it delivered that and so much more.
Melanie Child – Opening the show was Nez Zealand designer Melanie Child, who wowed audiences last year with her Fashfest debut. This year Melanie continued her strong performance, showcasing a new collection of her brilliantly executed upcycled and sustainable garments. Melanie’s mastery of fabric is a force to be reckoned with, and I was in raptures over her beautiful work yet again.
Rebel Muse presents MLM and Hansen & Gretel – An example of what new retail spaces like Rebel Muse are bringing to Canberra. This show exposed the audience to the designs of labels previously not available in Canberra. The looks were luxe and fun, and the styling was impeccable.
Red Corner Boxing – Returning to Fashfest 2016 with a new collection of designer boxing gloves, Red Corner was an injection of fun into a sometimes arresting show. The new designs for the gloves are brilliant and fun, everything I have come to expect from the label.
A’au Elei – Printmaking and designs from the Pacific Islands were the strength of this collection. Bold patterns, interesting cuts and a new way of interpreting fashion.
University of Canberra @ TAFE Queensland – An interesting collection that was far more conceptual that wearable. There were a lot of interesting ideas here, which is what you would expect from design students.
Cameron & James – I will sound very biased here, but Cameron Dixon’s second collection for Fashfest was SUBLIME! I was of course expecting huge things form Cameron after the success of his amazing collection last year, but what he showed tonight really blew me away. Edgy, dark and geometric – this collection showcased Cameron’s existing silhouettes with a range of new tailoring and designs. I was seriously impressed by this collection, and I can’t wait to add several pieces to my wardrobe.
VFP – The collection from VFP was another strongly conceptual exercise, with garments in unique cuts and fashioned from unusual fabrics. This was fashion as an art form. Experimental, textural and thought provoking.