There are Melbourne Cup celebrations and then there is the Hyatt Hotel Canberra signature Melbourne Cup The Garden Celebration! I have always loved the Hyatt as an art deco oasis. Long before you step out into The Rose Courtyard, you are engulfed by the beauty of the building, and before you know it, it has already begun working It's magic on you.
Cooma fashion designer Charly Thorn says she is happy to be sleeping in her own bed again after plying an international catwalk but is hungry for more. India is the next stop for this ambitious 18-year-old.
A number of designers who have showcased at FASHFEST are featured in Leiden Magazine's Sustainable fashion book including MAAK, Edition, Cameron & James, PurePod, Rockstars and Royalty, Thunder Thighs, Karen Lee , Salvos Stored and Gabrielle Spencer Bridal.
SALVAGED To rescue, recover, reclaim and save from the (landfill) wreckage. After 4 months of hard work I was so proud to present this up-cycled op shop collection from the core of my fashion heart with Salvos Stores for Fash Fest.
I feel very blessed as this year has been huge for De Challie, I was lucky enough to receive invitations to showcase at both FASHFEST and Paris Fashion Week and was thrilled that we managed to do both! As a designer based in Canberra I feel that it is very important to foster the local fashion community which has been very supportive of my work. FASHFEST is a wonderful event that goes from strength to strength each year.
If you love colour, pattern and flair in your wardrobe then The Prodigal Daughter is a brand you need to know about. The designs from former human rights lawyer Phoebe Mwanza are exactly the vibrant ray of sunshine to wake you up from the chill of winter; and it was on one of those cold blustery days that I sat down with the lady herself to talk about her brand.
It is always exhilarating showing at FASHFEST, I am always so grateful of the opportunity to show my collection. It's such a well-run event that has a great community, and I have really loved being a part of it. It was great to have done it last year, so I knew what to expect. Everyone is so professional, The hair and make up team did such an amazing job and the models looked so gorgeous in my designs.
Rebecca Russell is no stranger to pressure after working behind the scenes at Miss Universe Australia but last month the heat was really on when she took part in Canberra Fashfest as one of six team leaders looking after the models hair styles.
Congratulations Charly on your second appearance at FASHFEST! Was the experience different for you this time around (now that you knew what to expect), or was it still just as exhilarating as your debut show last year
The idea for FASHFEST, Canberra annual fashion event, was born on a train in Europe when founders Andrea and Clint Hutchinson realised that most other major Australian cities hosted their own fashion festival, but not the nation's capital. The pair set about filling this gap, launching the festival in 2013 with a significant injection of their own funds.
For the first time kids featured in two shows at FASHFEST this year, and boy did they enjoy themselves! Both Tip you're It! and NOMIKO made first appearances at FASHFEST, and considering the kids walked the full length of the runway to huge audiences, they exuded the style and confidence that any model would.
There's been a lot of firsts this year for FASHFEST, but from all the stunning gowns, gorgeous bridal wear, and everything in between we've chosen to review those that are a little bit different. The standard of wearable items this year was amazing, but we eventually went with labels we could, and would, wear ourselves, and perhaps more importantly, those with a community background to their fashion. By the LFW team.
The fashion, fun and fanfare of FASHFEST wowed audiences recently as more than 40 local, national and international designers showed off their collections at Canberra only red-carpet fashion event.
The champagne was flowing, cameras on the red carpet were flashing, Doughnut Department and Zaab Street Food were pumping and the vibes were high for the closing night of FASHFEST!
Another one of my favourite photoshoots, SPECTRUM was a collaboration - I spotted Bianca Pavlics work at Fashfest and I asked to photograph her garments. She gave me a bunch of them and I styled my model (Emma, Devojka Models) - and put together a killer team in Canberra whose aesthetics aligned beautifully.
Canberra annual fashion festival FASHFEST has wrapped for another year. If you missed out on all the runway action don't worry, we captured every single look and wrote all about it.