The theme of the show was Limina – a celebration of the moments that change our lives. The audience was invited to explore how we cross thresholds with unique garments. This show was a chance for us all to reflect on those special moments in life, and how what we wear contributes to and builds upon those moments.
I was very impressed by the film featurette by Sebastian Chan. It was bold, relevant and most of all fun. It was like a sparkly Hunger Games of fashion!
Since it very first graced our fair city with its presence, Fashfest has grown in leaps and bounds. This year the event has partnered with the Canberra Centre, the destination for style in the capital. I will have another post in coming weeks about why I think that this is such a brilliant and important partnership, but for tonight I want to focus on the event itself.
Praxis asked us to engage with and explore fashion in an accessible way. It was a demonstration of how the fashion we wear intertwines with what we do, and how it helps us to take on the day. This was a show for those who use fashion as a way to reflect their life.
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.
While the weather outside was abysmal, Canberrans turned up in droves to support the opening night of Fashfest 2016.
Condensed to just three nights ths year, and with two shows a night, Fashfest 2016 kicked off with Reverie: A visual delight with images to relish. Reverie offered audiences an opportunity to explore fashion for its beauty, its brilliance, and its sensation. The show was for those who want to get lost in a dream, a fantastic reverie.
Overall it was an impressive collection of new and returning Fashfest designers which really set the tone for this year’s events.
I have to make a special mention of musician Kirklandd who performed alongside the talented Ave Nocturna and Mitcharelli. Kirklandd really surprised me by getting me to enjoy Australian Hiphop, and it is fairly obvious why he is described as an exciting member of Aussie hip-hop’s new generation.
Braddon Tailors has been a leading light on Canberra’s menswear scene, since they stole the show with their first collection at Fashfest 2014. Since that show, the homegrown Braddon Tailors label has developed a cult following within the region and has continued to grow; with permanent locations now established in other major centres in Australia including Sydney and Adelaide.
In exciting news Jono McFeat and Pip Morgan, two of the gents behind Braddon Tailors, have now launched their new accessories label Casa Pavone. Casa Pavone specialises in creating ties, bow ties and other menswear accessories that are beautiful, timeless, versatile and of exceptional quality.
Menswear at Fashfest, and for Canberra in general, has benefitted greatly from the introduction of Braddon Tailors to the local scene. Since their first show for Fashfest 2014, the boys behind Braddon Tailors have continued to develop and grow the business. Launching a gorgeous retail space in the heart of Braddon was just the tip of the iceberg; with the establishment of permanent locations in Adelaide and Sydney, and the development of a unique offering for corporate or large groups where the gents come out to your office and discuss all things style with you and your colleagues. Braddon Tailors have also just launched their exciting new website, where you are able to book an appointment with them directly. Whether you are in Canberra, Adelaide, Sydney or elsewhere in Australia, you should book your appointment now!
I’ve talked about Braddon Tailors a lot here on the Blog, and while it might seem a little biased, my previous experiences with “tailors” have left me with a bit of a bad taste in my mouth, and less than exceptional garments for my wardrobe. I’ve been over-charged, misrepresented and told that I could absolutely pull of a style which frankly I am just too fat for. So meeting CEO and Creative Director Pip Morgan and his team and being walked through the process, my options and given frank advice has been nothing short of a revelation.
Braddon Tailors’ was one of my favourite collections from Fashfest 2015. The selection of fabrics for the show was sublime, and the men’s and women’s tailoring was perfectly matched to each look and model. There was collegiate cool vibe running through the collection that was perfect for the autumn/winter season, showing an eye for detail that simply cannot be taught.
While Braddon Tailors runway collections are impressive, it is the one-on-one interactions that you have as a customer that truly make this team so remarkable. In preparation for Fashfest 2016 I have been on a brilliant adventure with Canberra store manager Aidan, selecting fabrics, learning about the construction of the garments and a bit about the history of tailoring, and laughing the whole time. I cannot wait to share my new purchases with you, and I will have a full write-up on the blog when they are completed.
Naturally, in 2016 I am expecting big things from Braddon Tailors, and so I thought it best to check in with Pip to get the lowdown on what is new with the Braddon Tailors, and just what we are in for with their third Fashfest collection at this year’s show. (more…)
Fashion illustration is a tricky art form. Where we often think of illustration as capturing a likeness of an object or subject, fashion illustration requires a little more from the artist, especially with regard to capturing movement. A large part of the appeal of a runway show is seeing the garments in the flesh: how they sit on the model, how they move, and of course the feeling that they evoke in the audience.
For a fashion illustrator, these are all integral parts of their subjects that they need to convey through their medium in order to illicit a response from their audience. Reliving the swish of a dress through strokes of a pen, or the glint of light off sequins with shading, or the feeling you get from observing something truly beautiful with careful drops of colour.
With a background in Fine Arts, Printmaking studying at the Brighton Bay Art, Design & Photography Program before two years at the Victorian College of the Arts, and later completing a brief course in Fashion Drawing and Design at RMIT Johanna brings years of drawing experience and a love of creative fashion to her work.
With an impressive clientele including online journal This is Canberra and science/fashion blog Entropy of Style, Johanna is also a contributor to Leiden Magazine, and has held several exhibitions of her illustrations and prints over the years.
You can imagine just how delighted I was then to be offered to have one of my previous Fashfest outfits illustrated by Johanna for this year’s event.
The piece that Johanna illustrated was what I wore to the first night of Fashfest 2014, and it’s a sequined hoodie by Slick It Up. I’m so in love with this illustration, not only because I am insanely vain, but because of the way that Johanna has brought the texture of the piece to life.
Returning to the Fashfest in 2016 as the official illustrator, I was eager to get in touch with Johanna to find out what we can expect to be seeing from her this year, what she’s learned about fashion from her illustrations, and which designer’s collections she is most looking forward to this year. (more…)