Friday, 30 September 2016


FashFest Night 1 – Furore 

I shop as much as the next person at our shopping centres; but occasionally I long for new, unique, and unconventional styles rarely found in established stores.  This creativity generally only comes from those designers trying to break into the business and make their mark.  I’m pleased to say, the Furore show at the first night of Fashfest did not disappoint.

Melanie Child
I’ve never been the type of fashionista who goes for wearing “preloved” anything; but Melanie Child has changed my mind with her creative re-working of denim.  From her long fringed belt that brings movement to your outfit, to the tunic with ripples of colour from different denims, to the thigh-high dress with intricate lattice-work across the back – I would welcome any of these into my wardrobe.

Red Corner Boxing
Exercise generally, and boxing in particular, have been made more appealing to me courtesy of Red Corner Boxing with designs that include pop-art lips and pineapples.  If I’m going to be working my issues out with a punching bag, it’s going to be with fashionable flying fists!
Again I was reminded of the impending warmer weather as I watched A’Au Elei’s offerings - thanks to their tribal motifs and bright colours.  Nor do the guys miss out on the fun either, including the option of eye catching, electric blue print jeans.

Cameron & James
As a style approach, monochrome has been around for quite some time; however, Cameron & James bought a modern twist to this with their designs.  Their simple, graphic prints made the monochrome concept pop in a way that wearing black with white normally does not.  Add a brightly coloured accessory to this backdrop – shoes, bag or statement necklace – and you would have a traffic-stopping look.

However, the highlight for me from Furore was the final show from VFP.  If you’re looking for something unique that you won’t be able to find elsewhere this is the label for you.  Whilst picking the stand out pieces is difficult, for pure wow factor I couldn’t’ go past the silver, glo-mesh-like dress with fringe detail; white geometric dress with tule and fabric fishtail and one that I don’t even know how to describe – just look at the picture!  The amount of time that must go into the detail and structure of these designs is truly admirable. 

What an amazing first night at FashFest!

By Philipa Olrick
Photography by Daniella Jukic @wearefound
Out In Canberra



Opening Night: Reverie
Reverie promised a "visual delight with images to relish" and we sure were delighted! The opening night of Fashfest certainly did not disappoint and its first showcase had something for every eager fashionista from a mix of bold colour and sparkle to subtle femininity in softer colour palettes. Here are our top 3 designers from the showcase.

 Alice McCall and Asilio presented by Rebel Muse

We were personally so excited Fashfest welcomed established and iconic designers to the runway this year including Asilio the Label and Alice McCall presented by one of our favourite boutiques Rebel Muse. Can we please put an order in for every single piece! The romantic pastels and fringed tassles featured in the showcase had our minds flicking between images of dreamy Couture straight from Milan fashion week to yummy summery sorbet and fairy floss. This delectable collection was quite the treat.

One our favourite designers was back on the Fashfest runway since the event's launch in 2013 and boy were we pleased to see Creator and Head Designer Sara, bring Hunter's signature style to life on the runway with her latest spring summer collection. Sara's collection was a little bit boho yet modern and featured the perfect slip dress and mini satin camis which ignited our inner 90s girl and renewed our longing for Kate Moss to be the IT girl of today. We loved seeing Hunter's version of seasonal trends such as the oversized sleeve and gingham be incorporated into such a wearable and versatile collection.

Sovata is Canberra's go-to millinery and race wear label and has graced the Fashfest runway for the fourth year running. Her strong aesthetic is bold and colourful and each look is its own vision. Sovata closing collection featured a muted colour palette with a splash of mint, beautiful  aline skirts and 50s references make her designs timeless and flattering for any figure. The millinery was carefully detailed with butterflies and Sovata's signature asymmetrical structures in sinamay perfect for the upcoming racing season.

Photography by Daniela Jukic @wearefound
Out In Canberra


Look around backstage at Fashfest and it’s a smorgasbord of beauty.
Big beehives, braids, sleek ponytails, winged eyeliner in black and white, orange foreheads, black eyeshadow and the glitter makeup that took more than an hour per model to apply.
All models had beautiful glowing skin, set to be a real feature throughout Spring and Summer with gorgeous highlighted cheeks.
Another of my favourite makeup looks was the statement lip. Red lipstick will never go out of fashion but coming in are a rich burgundy or ox blood.

When it came to hair, I couldn’t go past the braids, whether they added a touch of romance and femininity to the looks or edgy glamour. Sleek pony tails and ones tied loosely were also a great choice because with hair back, all attention was focused on the fashion.

There was a surprising sense of calm backstage but Fashfest director of makeup Diana Cheetham described it as organised chaos. “This is my favourite time seeing everything visually,” she said.
Almost 12 months went in to creating the hair and makeup looks seen on the catwalk.

Diana and creative director of hair Craig Rhodes worked with the designers to develop the desired looks so they complemented, rather than competed. For the makeup team, hours were spent discussing the right mix before face charts were created for each runway show.

“We have everything on paper with the face charts, I think it’s a great idea and then it comes to life,” Diana said. “I did a lot of research, looking at all the latest fashion shows and seeing what’s on trend at Fashion Week.”
For Craig it was all about getting a feel for the clothes. “The designers come with a brief, we work out if it’s achievable, play and experiment and see what works,” he said.

Fashfest, being a complete and elaborate production, gives hairstylists and makeup artists a unique experience. 
“Unless makeup artists are doing a photoshoot there’s no other time to use creativity like this,” Diana said.
“It’s an awesome opportunity to see if they like the behind the scenes stuff,” Craig said.

Makeup artist Amy Capeda loves it and came back for a fourth time this year.
“It’s very exciting,” she said. “Makeup artists can get known for a certain style and this is a chance to do something different and it’s always good fun.”

Diana is all about making sure everyone comes away with good experience.
“It’s a big thing for me that no one walks away unhappy,” she said. “I want everyone to be enjoying themselves.”

Fashfest also saw the launch of Fashfest double lash, created for the event by major makeup sponsor Harlotte Cosmetics. The two layers of lashes certainly stood out and are now available for sale.

Tickets are still on sale for tonight and tomorrow night and can be purchased here.

Debby xo

Photography by DJ @wearefoundau


Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Dressing For The Fashfest Front Row

There is an art to dressing for the front row and if you ask as us, that is half the fun of attending a runway show. It is the opportunity for the bold fashionista to go all out in a fabulous show stopping outfit and for the more humble fashionista to turn it up a notch and push the boundaries with some killer styling. 

It's not just about wearing your fave designer of the night or  blowing your budget on the latest Dolce and Gabbana couture piece (unless you're Rachel Zo of course), it's about having fun with your look and taking the opportunity to express yourself and experiment with a new accessory, trend piece or a new silhouette you wouldn't normally invest in. It is also the perfect excuse to reinvent your fave LBD which makes you feel amazing from your existing wardrobe with some cool new accessories, a new pair of killer heels or a bold lip colour to get you front row ready.

To get you started we have put together a few Fashfest front row ready looks to inspire your inner style queen.

Dress to Impress - Sofia 
Classic Collision Dress by Asilio from Rebel Muse
For me this Asilio dress embodies my idea of perfect front row dressing. The contrast of its bold black cut-out paneling against the classic white silhouette creates a statement without compromising comfort or a flattering shape for your body type. Plus this style can be worn again and again styled differently with a pair of flats or a blazer.

A statement dress is my pick because I like to keep my styling to a minimum and let the dress impress! 

The Statement Bag - Janette

Wearing a statement bag for me is a big winner! It's exciting to the eye and it makes your outfit unique and POP!! That's what I'll be rocking this 2016 fashfest. Look out for my loud bags!

Take your cue to shine! - DJ

Image source: unknown
My front row pick is metallic. Expect to see me wearing a mettalic jacket, pants or a skirt because life is to short to blend in, it's time shine baby!

Femininity and Beauty All the Way - Debby
Image source: Pop Sugar
This look is beautifully feminine and the lace and culottes are so on trend. It'll also be comfy to sit in.

And when it comes to beauty effortless waves and a bold lip whether a pink or the very on trend ox blood.

Image source: Elle
Image source: womensfashioneasia

See you at the front row at Fashfest! 

Tickets are still on sale ranging from $49 and can be purchased here.  Fashfest will be held at the National Convention Centre and will run from Thursday 29 September to Saturday 1 October at 6.30pm and 8.30pm each night. Doors open at 5pm.

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