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FASHFEST 2016 Closing Night and a little bit of everything

Emma Macdonald and Amanda Smith

The third and final night of FASHFEST had it all – fashion, bespoke suits, boutique lingerie, cute kidswear and even a proposal…

We can’t wait to do it all over again in 2017!

SATURDAY SHOW ONE: SPECTRA

Karen Lee

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The Karen Lee label is no stranger to FASHFEST with this year marking its fourth appearance on the runway.

The label produces clothing with refined lines and classic shapes in mind that can be worn for years to come. The adherence to black and white also makes this a label applicable to every day wear.

Edition

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Designer Alice Sutton strives to create sustainable and interesting fashion options but makes no compromise when it comes to quality fabrics.

Uncertainty is a key aspect of Edition garments as the final designs are decided through process not studio drawings. Fabric is draped to fit the body and colours are predominantly dark and flattering.

Assemblage Project

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The Assemblage Project is an upmarket boutique tucked away in the Ori building in Braddon. They carry labels that celebrate slow fashion and sustainability that you’ll love to wear for years to come.

This year they hit the catwalk showcasing a number of designers including Eva Cassis, High Tea with Mrs Woo, Kowtow and Wendy Voon. We loved the black and white check and the mid-calf length garments work with leggings.

Fashionation Cooma

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This set combined the combined fashion might of the local region, with Charly Thorn having won a standing ovation for her designs on night two, being just 17 years old. Elle Hopwood showed for the first time, as did Rasa Mauragis – all doing Cooma proud.

Pure Pod

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Pure Pod has twice before shown at FASHFEST – exhibiting ethically sourced, eco-friendly and sustainably-produced fashion.

The addition of ferns and greenery to the models cemented this ethos with Pure Pod also featuring Cobling and Field & Coppice on the catwalk.

Cadia Belante

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 Cadia Belante is a fashion forward designer with a focus on sustainability and ethically sourced materials. Cadia repurposes items that have been discarded like sleeping bags, and blurs the lines of fashion and art to push the boundaries.

Cadia incorporates bold colours, and playful prints to stand apart from the others. We see it as camping gear gone high fashion.

SZN

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Established in 2012 by Suzan Dlouhy, SZN is an independent label designed and made in Australia. SZN creates weightless clothing with bold silhouettes. Using single pieces of material the label focused this year’s collection on playsuits.

SATURDAY SHOW TWO: SINGULARITY

Braddon Tailors

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Established in 2009, Braddon Tailors have a penchant for impeccable styling and flawless fits and this was evident on the runway.

They create a range of made-to-measure outfits for men and women by employing the use of English, French and Italian fabrics to ensure a high quality result. Using mainly mid to dark blue hues, the cuts were impeccable.

ONTHEGO

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Founded in 2011 by Mick Spencer, ONTHEGO is a fresh look at the increasing active-wear market. This unique brand designs, develops and distributes customisable team-wear, sports-wear and accessories at achievable price ranges. ONTHEGO have worked with David Jones, Canberra Brave and Next Gen Health Club to name a few.

Vitamin By Sonalika

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Mumbai-based brand Vitamin by Sonlika Pradhan is an independent and international label drawing influences from France, Italy and Turkey.

Saris and floating chiffon in pastel hues provided a  counterpoint to the monochromatic boxy shapes previously paraded.

Fleur and Felix

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Fleur and Felix are a pair of designers from Melbourne that create diverse trending apparel and jewellery products. At FASHFEST, they launched “Ukiyo”, a collection of garments inspired by travel. It featured fabric dyeing and screen-printing while exploring free shapes and uncomplicated pieces.

Eder by Anna

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Sydney-based designer, Anna Smith, has a chic and sophisticated style that oozes laidback cool. Anna’s latest collection was on trend with off-the-shoulder ruching, chambray blues, and bows.

Stephanie’s Boutique Lingerie

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A Canberra institution, Stephanie’s Boutique brings female empowerment to the catwalk with the new label, Palindrome. Sydney designer Marie Savvas strives to create ‘everyday luxury’ while blurring the lines between outerwear and innerwear. The brand prides itself on providing modern styles with no compromise on quality or fit. It was certainly a crowd favourite.

Nomi Kids

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This was a heartwarming surprise! FASHFEST Founders Clint and Andrea Hutchinson have quietly gone and founded a kidswear label.

Nomi (stands for the first part of their son and daughter’s name – Noah and Mia) also encourages parents to “know me” when it comes to their kids. We just loved the colour palette (denim, black, white, grey and beige) and funky separates.

And then…

After months of hard work, preparation and rehearsals, the FASHFEST crew had one more thing for the audience – an on-catwalk proposal. Yes, producer Nick Ellis got down on bended knee to Emi Styles, the backstage manager. And she said YES. That’s when FASHFEST descended into a lovefest. And we couldn’t be happier.

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Emma Macdonald

Emma Macdonald has been writing about Canberra and its people for more than 20 years, winning numerous awards for her journalism - including a Walkley or two - along the way. Canberra born and bred, she’s fiercely loyal to the city, tribally inner-north, and relieved the rest of the country is finally recognising Canberra’s cool and creative credentials. More about the Author

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Amanda Smith

Amanda is a lunch enthusiast and Canberra local with a love of all things curious. With a background in photography and current studies in journalism, she hopes to produce work on the human condition and what makes us so intricate. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her eccentric family and buying bread, dip and olives from the Old Bus Depot Markets for lunch on a Sunday. More about the Author

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