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  • November 2, 2016
    FASHFEST ’16: AN INTERVIEW WITH FASHION DESIGNER CHARLY THORN

    FASHFEST ’16: AN INTERVIEW WITH FASHION DESIGNER CHARLY THORN

    Source : Whim Magazine

    I’d say my label is still developing. My design style is evolving and ever-changing because I’m still in the experimental stage of my career. I have a few goals I want to hit with my style. My woman is confident, chic and sophisticated and looks great every minute of the day. She cares about quality and environmentally sustainable practices.
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  • November 2, 2016
    A jam packed 24 hours in Canberra with QT Hotels proves not nearly enough

    A jam packed 24 hours in Canberra with QT Hotels proves not nearly enough

    Source : The AU Review

    After an early dinner, we moved onto FASHFEST, which started four years ago as the first fashion show in Canberra. At the time they were the only capital city in Australia without one. So they’ve made up for lost time by making this event MASSIVE.
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  • November 1, 2016
    Nomi Kids – A heart warming surprise close to Fashfest 2016

    Nomi Kids – A heart warming surprise close to Fashfest 2016

    Source : Ink & Leathers

    Nomi Kids (pronounced know-me) was a surprise to round-out to the final show of Fashfest 2016. It was not billed in any of the Fashfest media, it was completely unannounced, and the first audiences at the National Convention Centre knew of the collection was a cryptic note in the programme announcing that the final designer would be replaced with a heart warming surprise.
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  • October 28, 2016
    A close shave – trying the Mr Bond treatment at QT Canberra

    A close shave – trying the Mr Bond treatment at QT Canberra

    Source : Ink & Leathers

    I was recently invited to experience the launch of their premium cut-throat shave offering Mr Bond – just in time for Fashfest 2016. The new treatment coincided with the arrival in Canberra of QT’s Head Barber, Kristian Jones, and so I was able to meet the man running the show as well.
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  • October 27, 2016
    INTO THE GARDEN WITH MELANIE CHILD

    INTO THE GARDEN WITH MELANIE CHILD

    Source : Leiden Magazine

    With international flights now operating in and out of Canberra Airport, the city of Wellington, New Zealand is just a short trip away. With the two cities now officially linked as sister cities, ties will be further strengthened through a range of programs including cultural exchange. What better way to celebrate than with this stunning photo editorial featuring ethical designs created by New Zealand based designer Melanie Child recently shown at Canberra’s premier fashion event, Fashfest.  
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  • October 27, 2016
    FASHFEST ’16: AN INTERVIEW WITH KIRA PIZZINGRILLI + ‘UNEARTH’ COLLECTION LOOKBOOK

    FASHFEST ’16: AN INTERVIEW WITH KIRA PIZZINGRILLI + ‘UNEARTH’ COLLECTION LOOKBOOK

    Source : Whim Magazine

    Fashfest was honestly one of the best fashion shows I’ve been a part of. The whole team was a delight to work with. Everyone was so supportive, accommodating, and extremely organised (which I can always use a little assistance in).


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  • October 26, 2016
    Clint takes to the catwalk

    Clint takes to the catwalk

    Source : CityNews

    Clint says Fashfest, co-founded with Swiss wife Andrea four years ago, is a project the couple plans to devote more energy to, as well as building a creative incubator that will support fashion labels, musicians and other creatives.

     
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  • October 25, 2016
    FASHFEST ’16: AN INTERVIEW WITH MEGAN CANNINGS DESIGN

    FASHFEST ’16: AN INTERVIEW WITH MEGAN CANNINGS DESIGN

    Source : Whim Magazine

    I have loved every moment of Canberra’s FASHFEST. It’s such a professional and creative show. Backstage was the best part for me personally. I love behind-the-scenes; watching the hair and makeup process and watching my beautiful models taking selfies once they were dressed.
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  • October 25, 2016
    FASHIONXHYATT - LUXURY INDULGENCE. THE WINNER IS...

    FASHIONXHYATT - LUXURY INDULGENCE. THE WINNER IS...

    Source : The Fashion Vault

    On the weekend myself and Debby were invited to indulge in the renowned high tea hosted at the Park Royal Hyatt, with a fashion parade show casing key designers tin this years Fashfest.
    Naturally the first question on our lips lips was "what do we wear?".
     
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  • October 25, 2016
    FASHION X HYATT

    FASHION X HYATT

    Source : Leiden Magazine

    Four local designers, Karen Lee, Zilpah Tart, Braddon Tailors, and Sovata showcased a selection of pieces from their recent collections presented at Fashfest, Canberra’s own fashion festival. Models from Canberra agency, Haus Models, wove their way through guests enjoying high tea to a soundtrack by local musician, Magnifik featuring NeonHoney...
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  • October 25, 2016
    Luxury Indulgence at #fashionXhyatt

    Luxury Indulgence at #fashionXhyatt

    Source : Lost Four Words

    The afternoon included two fashion shows by FASHFEST 2016 designers Sovata, Zilpah TartKaren Lee, and Braddon Tailors, and allowed Hyatt patrons to get an up-close look at local designers.
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  • October 24, 2016
    fashionXhyatt – A truly personal afternoon of luxury at the Hyatt Canberra

    fashionXhyatt – A truly personal afternoon of luxury at the Hyatt Canberra

    Source : Ink & Leathers

    Being invited to attend an afternoon tea that would also feature fashions from the latest collections of Fashfest alumni designers Zilpah Tart, Sovata, Karen Lee and Braddon Tailors; I was very quick to jump at the opportunity. Fashion and food – does it get any better?
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  • October 24, 2016
    Zoo Group's managing director Clint Hutchinson to leave after 15 years

    Zoo Group's managing director Clint Hutchinson to leave after 15 years

    Source : The Canberra Times

    Clint Hutchinson has announced he will leave Zoo Group after 15 years at the Canberra advertising agency. Hutchinson, who is one of the founding partners of the agency, will step aside from his role as managing director at the end of the year.
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  • October 21, 2016
    FASHFEST—Breaking News

    FASHFEST—Breaking News

    Source : Lost Four Words

    It’s exciting news for Canberra and for the capital’s creative industry as a whole. The CEO ofFASHFEST, Clint Hutchinson, will be leaving his full-time position as Managing Director of ZOO Group at the end of this year to concentrate on a new chapter in his life.
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  • October 21, 2016
    Zoo Group's managing director Clint Hutchinson to leave after 15 years

    Zoo Group's managing director Clint Hutchinson to leave after 15 years

    Source : Sydney Morning Herald

    Clint Hutchinson has announced he will leave Zoo Group after 15 years at the Canberra advertising agency. Hutchinson, who is one of the founding partners of the agency, will step aside from his role as managing director at the end of the year.
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  • October 21, 2016
    A New Direction for Fashfest founder

    A New Direction for Fashfest founder

    Source : Ink & Leathers

    It’s no secret that Canberra’s fashion scene has been changed for the better with the influence of power couple Clint and Andrea Hutchinson. It would be hard to argue that there was much of a visible fashion scene at all before Fashfest, and as someone who remembers attending thrown-together independent shows in creepy warehouse spaces or soulless corporate events in malls, I’m personally very thankful for what this has meant for Canberra.
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  • October 20, 2016
    Sumptuous Silks – A New Season Feast from Casa Pavone

    Sumptuous Silks – A New Season Feast from Casa Pavone

    Source : Ink & Leathers

    With Fashfest over for another year, and the men of Canberra and the surrounding area faced with a whole slew of new seasonal occasions to dress for (Spring races, Spring weddings, Christmas and New Years…) I cannot think of a better time to talk through some of the stunning new pieces on offer to get us looking our best.
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  • October 20, 2016
    Fitness on the Runway | OnTheGo Sports

    Fitness on the Runway | OnTheGo Sports

    Source : LIfe by Ronja

    It’s not every day that you get such a vibrant, fun and energetic collection walking the runway. OnTheGo Sports, Canberra-owned activewear and team apparel retailer, heated up the FASHFEST closing night with their nod to the 80s.  
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  • October 18, 2016
    FASHFEST ’16: AN INTERVIEW WITH JADE FROM SOVATA

    FASHFEST ’16: AN INTERVIEW WITH JADE FROM SOVATA

    Source : Whim Magazine

    It’s a whirlwind of emotions. Exciting, nerve-wrecking, scary. I always feel a little vulnerable revealing my emotions and art to the world but when you get all the lovely feedback that I have been lucky enough to get through FASHFEST. I feel very proud.
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  • October 17, 2016
    Making sustainable fashion accessible

    Making sustainable fashion accessible

    Source : Woroni

    It can be ‘socially sustainable’ by being made locally without sweatshops, it can be the use of ‘sustainable materials’ such as organic cotton, or it involve recycling or repurposing existing products into something new. As an example of this latter idea of sustainability, one designer at this years’ Fashfest turns old sleeping bags into winter outerwear: puffer jackets and the like. I thought this was an incredible idea.
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