What a delight it was to be attending Telstra Perth Fashion Festival (TPFF) for the very first time! I was blown away with the amount of people who attended one show, the buzz in the air and the well known names and faces of people of the fashion industry flowing in from every direction. Having received that acceptance email for media accreditation not long before fashion week, I was quite over the moon to gain this amazing opportunity. Being so new to the whole blogging scene, gaining media accreditation for one show was more than enough to experience a night of TPFF. Though finding out that the show I gained media accreditation for was WA Designer Runway #2 made me ever more excited to attend, especially since I have met a few of the designers and heard about most of them. Let me tell you about how this runway kept me on my toes.
WA Designer Runway #2 represented twelve of Perth’s talented designers walking the runway at Fashion Paramount. All the work and effort that was put into this runway paid off, it was seamless, representing the theme of #squadgoals. All the designers hit the runway hypnotising the crowds with their stunning display of Perth’s ravishing collections with five different looks. As each designer was represented, the five models would walk the runway together at the end showcasing the collection and depict the feeling of a squad.
Alexandra King was next to hit the runway with her namesake label. Her pieces look comfortably effortless in style and each piece celebrates the nomadic woman travelling far and wide yearning for the comfort of home. Models walked the runway styled with a wide rim sunhat decorated with delicate flowers, it accentuated the nomadic feel to the collection.
Bhalo (meaning good in Bengali) took on the runway with their collection of natural hand woven textiles, printing and embroidery. What captured everyone’s attention was the unique patterns and subdued colours in each piece, not completely bold yet eye catching. Their collection was an array of ready to wear items perfect for everyday.
Curious Birdy formerly known as Bird On Wire, always expresses quirky fashion pieces created by her own unique prints which form the foundation of each collection. Texture and mixing prints brings each piece to life and this was apparent in her new collection that walked the runway on Saturday night.
Jonté wowed the audience when her label strutted down the runway, actually the audience cheered when her namesake label was present on screen. Renowned for her maxi dresses, atmospheric prints and her ability to encapsulate effortless, bohemian chic, Jonté is always evolving and incorporating new fabrics to create dynamic silhouettes. I personally love her designs, the plum flowing pants is a must in my wardrobe. Absolutely stunning!
Katherine Dunmill is a WA fashion label showcasing that urban edge feel, renowned for her folksy pieces and western outlaw vibes. All of Katherine’s pieces are carefully handcrafted to provide customers with a touch of luxury with the assurance of longevity – a characteristic that led to a nomination in the Atlas Pearls Fine Details category at the 19th Annual Western Australian Fashion Awards. She incorporates the best colour palette appealing to me in her latest collection, the browns, the crisp whites and the blacks of course. Each accessory enhanced the overall look and style of the models that came down the runway.
Megan Salmon‘s collection oozes whimsical and romantic pieces enchanting the audience in a world of romance and love. The luxurious textiles in each piece drew the eyes of the crowd in, cleverly styled with cute head pieces representing different animal’s ears. It was adorable and utterly cute, but as your eyes draw down to the designer pieces, you can’t help to feel taken by the stunning textiles which make each piece it’s own kind.
Jessica Bratich is renowned for quality leather handbags and clutches, designed to take you from day to night instantly. Practicality and function is the foundation of her collections. Following many years of successes with her handbag ranges, Jessica recently added printed scarves, caps, fine jewellery and men’s t-shirts to the label. However this year, she has also designed the jumpsuit that walked the runway with her new collection. I love her practical sense in styling her items, they are all user friendly for all occasions and personally that night I carried my own JB Kaitlyn clutch that I adore. I use it for special occasions such as weddings, but that night was a night to represent one of WA’s talented designers.
Morgan Marks founded the Morgan Marks’ label in 1998 and has been in the fashion industry since 1985, starting her career as a seamstress, patternmaker and cutter for several large fashion houses, and opening her first retail store in 1987. (Before I was born!) The label is contemporary, directional and aimed towards women of any age who seek modern yet functional garments made from quality fabrics and designed to transcend the seasons. The focus is on soft dressing and layering with jersey fabrics and knitwear featuring strongly every season.
PET. the Label took over the runway with their eye catching prints and colour they are very infatuated with, the label takes you to Bali, Hawaii, Rio and beyond. Using only natural fabrics PET. is renowned for their bright statement pieces that can be worn all year round. With a vintage vibe, the designs range from asymmetrical cuts and reversible dresses to 70’s pants, kimonos and jumpsuits. The latest collection has me in awe of their gorgeous checked patterns, those palazzo pants are to die for! A must is my wardbrobe this summer.
Wild Horses is designed for women who want to escape the herd. The clothing and accessories line is known for its naturally inspired, fun and accessible designs that manage to maintain dark, rebellious undertones. Silk, suede and exclusive digital prints keep it light, while skulls, raw edges and leather details provide a stormy element to the label. This was deeply expressed through the pieces that overtook the runway, you could sense the rebellious vibe produced by each step taken from the models.
Blushed by Teagan Jacobs exponentially developed and flourished as soon as Teagan started her label.
Her collections are shaped by her non-conformist artistic sensibility and focus on the use of textures and colours throughout her pieces to reflect the environment and her inspirations.
Of course I made the rookie mistake of not bringing another memory card, my camera was so full of images by the time Wild Horses and Blushed by Teagan Jacobs walked the runway!! I was completely gutted. So unfortunately, I am unable to share any images with you of their stunning collections however, check out my Facebook and Instagram for posts of their items hitting the runway taken on my phone.
Can’t wait for Perth Fashion Festival 2016!!