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FASHFEST 2017 Night Two

HerCanberra Team

Night Two of FASHFEST 2017 took us to New Zealand and back in two diverse shows.

From 90s grunge vibe to a grown-up slumber party, and everything in between—Night Two of FASHFEST showcased an incredibly diverse set of exciting homegrown and international collections.

Show One

Melanie Child

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New Zealand’s Melanie Child focuses on upcycling and sustainable fabric choices—the creative redesign of preloved denim a signature. The label’s aesthetic is thought provoking and sculptural with dark undertones, and the predominantly monochrome palette reflects the label’s roots in Dunedin, New Zealand.

We loved: The 90s grunge vibe and oxblood Docs.

NZ by AP

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In a FASHFEST first, Assemblage Project’s owner Karen Lee presented three New Zealand labels—Kowtow, Senorita AweSUMO and AUNTY—in a curated show on Night Two of FASHFEST 2017.

We loved: the floaty, fresh pieces and unstructured sillhouettes complemented by beautifully undone hair and dewy make up.

Trelise Cooper

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Trelise Cooper ‘s deconstructed designs are unashamedly feminine and designed to flatter the female form. Vivid colour and contrasting textures are the perfect canvas for prints, sequins and beading.

We loved: The retro feel—loads of bright, bold florals with nods to past decades with fifties’ silhouettes and seventies’ embroidery and flounces.

Curate

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Presented by Momento Dezigns, Curate explored the blurred lines between fashion and fine art with prints showcasing the talent of one of China’s emerging artists— diagnosed with autism at the age of three. Fresh greens and fuschias combined with black and white for a truly uplifting collection.

We loved: the fresh prints and palette—cocktail anyone?

Sabatini

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Sexy, natural, and effortless, Sabatini showcased distinctive colour palettes, prints and textures, and intricate fabric design.

We loved: the dove grey linen duster and high-waisted pants, worn with white sneakers. Effortless chic.

Coop & Cooper

Presented by Momento Dezigns, Cooper by Trelise features historical elements and vintage design given a modern interpretation—unashamedly feminine, decadent and luxurious, yet ultimately wearable.

Described as pop culture fashion gone modern, Coop is designed for young women. A playful, fun and quirky brand.

Show Two

Bianca Pavlic The Label 

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Canberra’s Bianca Pavlic The Label creates unique, beautiful and feminine garments with a sustainable ethos. The collection was stunning and intricate, heavy on embellishment and showing huge technical skill. This girl is going places!

We loved: the sparkles and flounce, boucle and gauze—a grown-up slumber party! Just don’t try those brows at home.

CIT Show 2

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CIT’s Ideas Brewery fashion designers present designs responding to a brief that asked them to question and comment on aspects of contemporary society, and consider how they could communicate this through fashion.

We loved: the innovative use of such a utilitarian fabric (and we are totally coveting the amazing backless denim gown!)

Paula Ryan Presented by Nunie

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Presented by Nunie, Paula Ryan is one of New Zealand’s most cherished fashion exports. The label—designed and made in New Zealand—aspires to provide comfortable, high-quality clothing made of natural fibres that breathe, are colour fast and high performing.

Portmans
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A high-street staple, Portmans made their FASHFEST debut last night, presenting a collection that stepped straight out of an English garden party.

We loved: the fresh florals, muted tones and wearable separates.

M.J. Bale 

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M.J. Bale brought the boys to the catwalk in classic suiting with an edge. Pared-back fabrics were given a shot of attitude with tropical pocket squares, tying in with the edgier pieces featuring large prints and checks.

We loved: The tropical print jacket in tonal teal—we may have to steal it for ourselves!

De Challie Haute Couture

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De Challie Haute Couture closed the show, with Hajar Gala’s timeless gowns bringing a thousand fantasies to life. Classic silhouettes, intricate beading, corsetry and clouds of fabric made the collection a bride’s dream.

We loved: the strapless layered tulle confection—dreamy!

It’s not too late to catch FASHFEST—tickets for the final night are on sale at fashfest.com.au

Photography: Martin Ollman.

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