When I was walking into the foyer of businesswoman Tracey Keeley’s apartment building in Kingston,…
It’s a true service lane usually buzzing with delivery trucks and the back-end operations of restaurants and retails shops.
But on Saturday 8 April, Highgate Lane, in the historic part of Kingston, will transform into an exciting sensory experience.
The inaugural CARDIF Collective Fashion Alley will host a major fashion show, juxtaposing quality design with the raw edge of the service lane. It will all happen as the sun sets, adding another layer of intrigue.
The fashion show will launch a brand new Canberra label, new autumn/winter collections by four other labels, and selected pieces by many more designers.
Hunter the Label will showcase a new collection inspired by Canberra designer Sara Wurker’s trip to Japan. Pictured above, ‘Norwegian Wood’ will showcase pieces that stay true to Sara’s aesthetic—timeless clothes for the modern girl who is intelligent, feminine, youthful and free.
Zilpah Tart’s new collection, ‘Illuminate’, reflects Canberra at night. Designer Yumi Morrissey has created new fabric patterns around three of the capital’s cultural institutions—the National Museum of Australia, National Film and Sound Archives and Torsional Wave at Questacon. Yumi introduces skirts in this collection, new tops and a fabulous jacket.
Thunder Thighs is a new label by Canberra’s Bronwynne Jones, who has designed a range for women who are perfectly pear shaped. “The brand is about changing the shape of the fashion, not changing the shape of this group of women,” says Bronwynne. “The designs are flattering and are generally cut for smaller waists and bigger hips and legs.”
Melbourne-based Fujinella, designed with all women in mind, will present its latest monotone colour collection, with each piece fitting into any wardrobe. And if you have little ones in your life, you’ll delight in Hoon’s collection, an up-cycled fashion label by artist Hanna Hoyne. Selected pieces by more than a dozen other designers who retail through CARDIF Collective will also be presented.
The fashion event is being held to support two charities. Proceeds from the live charity auction will go to the Heart Foundation. Proceeds from the silent auction will go to the Lost and Found initiative by boyandgirlco in support of survivors of domestic violence.
The CARDIF Collective Fashion Alley will also host a free art exhibition featuring the work of local artists who create out of M16 Artspace (pieces for sale), on the first floor of the Cusack Centre.
What: CARDIF Collective Fashion Alley
When: Saturday 8 April at 7.30pm
Where: Highgate Lane, Kingston
Tickets: General entry tickets are $35. Gallery tickets are $50, VIP singles $70 and VIP tables are $250 for four and $350 for six