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FASHFEST 2017 Opening Night

HerCanberra Team

Opening night of FASHFEST 2017 showcased everything from raw talent to future faces. We take you front row.

Show One




Established in 2013, Gehrich is the eponymous luxury label of Samantha Gehrich. This collection was all about separates in tonal colours and natural fibres like wool, cashmere and silk.

We loved: the cropped jacket and dress with ruffle details in a rich olive green.

Magpie Goose 



Magpie Goose, a fashion social enterprise, was founded in 2016 by Maggie McGowan and Laura Egan. The label, named after a bird native to the Top End, showcases stunning fabric designed and hand screen-printed in remote Aboriginal communities.

Their colourful prints set the catwalk alight with playful matching and colour-blocked separates and youthful styling.

We loved: the prawn print top and earrings.

Summer Paradise Seekers 


Young emerging Canberra designer Ashleigh Bujaroski was inspired to start Summer Paradise Seekers, an online surf clothing brand, to celebrate Australia’s beautiful coastline and beaches. Designs are about the spirit of summer living where land meets sea. Think beach. Think sun, surf and salty air.

We loved: the intricate shell design tee.

Raw Australia



RAW Australia has been showcasing the best in Australian emerging fashion in cities around the country since 2012. Their ‘I Am Woman Hear Me RAW’ show at FASHFEST brought together four exciting designers to explore defining a woman’s identity in today’s complex world, through the lens of these unique collections.

‘Bird Skin’, a Melbourne design duo, focussed on a broad cultural aesthetic, infusing exotic textiles and materials with innovative, modern silhouettes.

‘Bianca Pavlic the Label’ is a unique, feminine label based in Canberra and focused on design experimentation.

Perth-based label ‘Ellavanna’ crafted one-of-a-kind couture garments and jewellery pieces for powerful, timeless women.

Adelaide-based ‘Kiira’ expressed beauty through simplicity and high-end bohemian style.

We loved: the sheer diversity of the presentation—from floaty whites to sequinned disco fever.

Momento Dezigns


With beautiful clothing, shoes and accessories, Momento Dezigns is now one of those rare one-stop shops, catering for women of all tastes and ages. Curated by Roslyn Wright, the wonderfully fresh and feminine show featured Alex Perry, Bec & Bridge, Camilla, Ginger & Smart, KITX, Misha Collection, Moss & Spy and more.

We loved: The coherence of the show, which brought together a range of designers and aesthetics into a unified whole.

Tip You’re It!





Tip You’re It! is a gorgeous kids fashion, furniture and décor shop that is devoted to making children’s personalities shine. Their runway debut presented ChiKhi, Milk and Masuki, Neon Kite, Phoenix and the Fox, Huxbaby, Nununu, Beau Hudson and Minouche.

We loved: The mini-models. Such ‘tude!

Show Two

Gabrielle Spencer Bridal



Designer Gabrielle Spencer is inspired by the texture, balance and colour of fibres found in nature. Her new label, Gabrielle Spencer Bridal, casts aside traditional ball gowns for pieces that are modern and refreshingly elegant.

Channelling forties glamour, the collection featured tiered satin, intricate beading, bows and ruffles. Texture was a major feature, with wool, angora, fur and delicate lace all on show.

Christine Waring Milliner’s headpieces provided the perfect finishing touch.

We loved: the retro feel – and the Love is Love message.

Thunder Thighs



Bronwynne Jones, a self-taught designer, created Thunder Thighs in 2016 after identifying a gap in the fashion market. The label celebrates perfectly pear-shaped women of all sizes.

The collection celebrated vintage Burlesque style, also borrowing from the men. Pin stripes, suspenders, shirting, statement headwear and a palette of pink, black and white made for maximum impact.

We loved: the high-waisted pants.



Bold, brave and playful, Naudic is led by designer Emma Puttick. Like stepping back in time to Woodstock, the show presented a carefree and colourful collection, perfect for summer.

We loved: the bright tropical prints and embroidery detail.

Stephanie’s Boutique Lingerie


Stephanie’s Boutique Lingerie carries luxury intimate brands that empower women to be sexy, sophisticated and chic. Brands on show included Palindrome, created by Sydney’s Marie Savvas, and Simone Perele from Paris.

We loved: The black leather-look studded bra and brief set.

CIT Show 1 



For FASHFEST 2017, first year CIT fashion students were asked to develop a promotional range to be worn by either men or women, exploring the idea of movement of the body. The resulting collection was a small glimpse into the impressive talent emerging from the course.

We loved: the corset-like ruffled vest which mimicked the human skeleton.

Verge by Nunie 


Stylish, unique and relevant, New Zealand fashion brand VERGE delivers effortless dressing to the modern woman. Curated by Nunie in Curtin, the show featured bold clashing prints and statement accessories.

We loved: the collection’s wearability.

Photography: Martin Ollman.


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