1 October 2016

FASHFEST Night One highlights

| Heather Lansdowne
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The weather outside was gloomy, but you wouldn’t know it from the buzz at FASHFEST’s opening show last night.

Flocks of stylish Canberrans braved the late night pay parking and the puddle-strewn walk from the car to be rewarded with not one, but two amazing fashion shows.


Night one included a 6.30pm show with the theme of REVERIE and a 8.30pm show entitled FURORE, both with featured musicians and local films as accompaniment to the fashion.

Check out some of the highlights below….



Belize Designs’ fabulous feathered accessories got the party started! Reminding me of both Carnival in Rio and the Victoria’s Secret fashion parades, these looks were nothing but pure fun.


Sovata’s headwear proved a hit yet again, and will have inspired many to think outside the box when considering what to wear to the races this spring.

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Hunter’s collection was on-point as always, with beautifully contructed pieces in simple ’90s cuts, accompanied by shimmery makeup from the same era, and pretty school-girl ribbons adorning the models’ teased ponytails.

Show 2: FURORE

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VFP made their presence felt with a slew of statuesque models creating a tableau formation, before taking their turn to strut the catwalk. Metallic fabrics and structured silouettes reminded me of a glam throwback to the creations seen in the original Mad Max movies.

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Rebel Muse presented looks from MLM and Hansen & Gretel. Among the garments were soft, feminine pieces with flared sleeves, and some gorgeous simple slip dresses (similar to the ones Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid et al have been sporting of late). Pair these looks with sexy, tousled hair or space buns and you have a sure-fire winner, in my opinion!


Cameron and James’ collection featured casual, minimalist styles adored with bold geometric patterns, and I loved seeing the models’ faces painted in similarly striking designs.


Red Corner Boxing once again wowed us with a fun show, with its signature patterned boxing gloves paired with an an assortment of casual and formal looks.

Did you make it to FASHFEST last night? Which was your favourite collection?

See highlights of our Facebook live coverage here.

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