9 December 2016

Six big Fashfest opener moments (with added video)

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Red Corner Boxing
Bam! This Canberra-based label is all about ensuring men and women feel comfortable boxing, and the models packed a punch to get that message across, as this archived footage from our Facebook live coverage shows.

Red Segment for the Heart Foundation
An segment of Fashfest was devoted to red garments for the Heart Foundation, to remind us that heart disease is the number one killer of Australian women. My pick of the night’s dresses was one of these, the floral number at front left on the final walkthrough. Again, this video is from our live Facebook coverage.

Canberra-made: Hunter the Label
That rare find in a fashion show: clothes I would actually wear, including a mix of everyday combinations. Designer Sara Wurcker is based in Kingston, and Hunter gear is made in Canberra to order. Also via our Facebook live archive.

The Hutchinson factor: bringing the red carpet to Canberra
Speaking of glamour, former model Andrea Hutchinson and her advertising mogul husband Clint Hutchinson of the Zoo Group are the co-founders of Fashfest, which has grown this year to incorporate short films and live music as well as runway shows.


Canberra design origins: VFP
This collaboration between two former CIT fashion design students, Pollah Howe and Vincent Nguyen, provided the wow factor for the night. I’d never seen textures and shapes like them.


Canberra design origins: Sovata
These Sovata designs from another CIT graduate, Jade Sargent, demonstrate her expertise in millinery and eye for colour.


Celebs were thin on the ground, but we did run into two politicians, Labor Member for Canberra Gai Brodtmann and Liberals candidate for Kurrajong Candice Burch.

Gai Brodtmann

Ginger Gorman’s frock
Our pick of the outfits in the front row went to ex-ABC journalist now freelancer Ginger Gorman, who was wearing a vintage-inspired gown from Canberra’s Rockstar & Royalty. Actually, we love all the dresses in this photo.
Ginger Gorman tweet

I offered to take the shot for one of these groups of models (top and below) and they looked at me strangely. I am yet to grasp the selfie phenomenon, but looking like these people would probably help me to see the value in it.

Model selfies

Fashfest continues tonight and concludes on Saturday night, with two shows each evening at 6.30pm and 8.30pm. Tickets are still available from Ticketek. Read regular fashion writer Heather Lansdowne’s take on the first night here.

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