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What’s new for FASHFEST 2016

HerCanberra Team

It’s always exciting to discover which designers are showcasing at a major fashion event.

FASHFEST 2016 has 40 designers launching collections this year, the biggest number yet. And while FASHFEST had its origins in showcasing ‘all things local’, the time has come for the show to spread its wings and push boundaries while retaining its support of homegrown labels.

This year, new designers hail from as far afield as Mumbai, and as close as the ‘high street’. Well known names that retail at the Canberra Centre, like Saba, Seed Heritage, Cue and Veronika Maine, are on the catwalk, joining forces in one show.


Here are some of the labels that will be making their debut appearance at FASHFEST 2016.

A’Au Elei

From New Zealand,  A’Au Elei was created out of a collaboration with Evana Couture in Sydney. A family-owned business, A’au Elei is a contemporary design brand inspired by the traditional motifs used in the Pacific Islands.

Beleza Designs

Beleza Designs will light up the catwalk with couture costumes designed for the Latin dance community and fitness industry. ‘Beleza’ is Portuguese for ‘beautiful’ and designer Caitlin Jolly’s colourful designs sparkle and are beautifully embellished.

Cadia Belante

Melbourne-based Cadia Belante joins FASHFEST with its sustainable focus. Cadia re-circulates consumable items. This innovative designer blurs the lines between art and fashion, incorporating playful prints and bold colours.

Charly Thorn

FASHFEST’s youngest designer for 2016, 17-year-old Charly Thorn creates versatile garments that can be dressed up or down. From Cooma, the designer’s fashion-forward garments are a perfect fit for chick, independent women.

Charly Thorn showcases the work of FASHFEST 2016's youngest designer.

Charly Thorn showcases the work of FASHFEST 2016’s youngest designer.

Eder by Anna

From Sydney, Eder by Anna’s signature style is a mix of sophisticated, sport luxe, tailored pieces with a decidedly French aesthetic. Each is made from the highest quality of leathers and fabrics sourced from Germany, Italy and Japan.

Eder by Anna

Eder by Anna

Elley Lane

Designer Emily Heath focuses on taking evening and cocktail wear, highlighting and complementing the female form while achieving effortless glamour in her label Elley Lane.

Kira Pizzingrilli

An emerging designer from the Central Coast,Kira Pizzingrilli— mixes feminine prints and fashion-forward shapes with classic tailoring, to reflect a coastal lifestyle.

Kira Pizzingrelli

Kira Pizzingrelli

Queen Nyibany Designs

This African-Australian designer of South-Sudanese origin is going places. Based in Melbourne, Nyibany Mayom Tulba’s work with Queen Nyibany Designs is noticed by leading Indigenous designers.


VFP is a collaboration between designers Pollah Howe and Vincent Nguyen, who are inspired by environment, people and lifestyles. VFP doesn’t target a particular age group, but rather designs for those wanting to express their personality at special events.

Vitamin by Sonalika

All the way from Mumbai, designer Sonalika Pradhan’s Vitamin by Sonalika is a luxury label that pays homage to the multiculturalism of the human race. This independent label is sold in India and Dubai.

But wait, there’s more…

Also new on the catwalk this year is ONTHEGO Sports, Megan Cannings, Naomi Peris Bridal, and several labels with a love for vintage like Hummingbird Vintage, Karans Kloset, Yellow Canary Clothing and Christian James, working with Savoy Dance swing dancers instead of typical catwalk models.

Megan Cannings

Megan Cannings

Got your ticket yet?

The programs for all six shows (6.30 and 8.30 each night) are on the FASHFEST website. Tickets are on sale now (29 September to 1 October): 


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