In pictures: FASHFEST 2015

Heather Lansdowne 18 May 2015

The FASHFEST runway shows are over for another year, and what a year it has been!

Starting with the model castings, the announcement of the two faces of FASHFEST and the change of venue, this has been a time of growth and experimentation for the annual event.

The convention centre welcomed us through the doors from Wednesday to Saturday nights, providing a warm sanctuary from the cold, decked out in curtains, coloured lights and of course red carpets! Several media walls were in action and numerous photographers roamed the venue on the look out for extraordinary fashion. ZOO advertising also organised for special appearances from Derek Zoolander and Hansel, who challenged guests to take their best “Zoo Steel” selfie .

The fashion on show was varied and fresh as always. We saw everything from designer boxing gloves and swimwear to angel wings and architectural capes. Some designers showed versatile, wearable collections while others catered to a more eccentric taste, ensuring there was something for everyone to enjoy each and every night.


Rockstars and Royalty

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Bronwen Stead


Corr Blimey x Silver Atom


Red Corner

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Rockstars and Royalty

I’d have to say that I big trend I noticed both on and off the catwalk was black and white, with 12 of the 30 shows showing almost exclusively black and white pieces.

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Cameron and James




Bird Keepers

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The Label


Perpetually Five + Clare

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Luke Chiswell

Not to be outdone by the designers, the hair and make up teams also created ever more elaborate and striking looks as the nights went on. Models’ faces were stained with rainbow streaks of colour, painted with thick blocks of black and white or embellished with glitter accents. Hair was teased and pulled into topknot mohawks, adorned with floral crowns and spray-painted bright colours.



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Illusory Cog




Cameron and James


Boho Bird

In fact, over four nights the hair and make up army used 3,000 bobby pins, 200 cans of Redken hair product, 100 bottles of Harlotte Cosmetics foundation, 300 sets of ModelRock lashes, 720 mascara wands and 3,600 cotton tips.

The catwalk was 45 metres, the longest Canberra has ever seen (it needed to be to fit the 85 models, 30 designers and 14 live musical acts recruited for the event)!

With the runway shows done and dusted for another year, there is still a chance to see the garments and meet the designers up close and personal. FASHFEST DAY FIVE is on today only from 2-7pm at the National Convention Centre. Entry is free and live music will be provided by Magnifik. For more info visit


Tell us about your FASHFEST experience in the comments below! Which designers and hair and makeup looks were your favourite?

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