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Their designs are a kaleidoscope of colour and style. FASHFEST 2015’s line-up of fashion talent is none other than intriguing and when tickets go on sale in the next few weeks you’d best get in early.
FASHFEST, now in its third year, will have more than 30 designers launching new collections on the catwalk and in 2015, for the first time, the event features an international designer from New Zealand and several interstate designers, including from Melbourne, Adelaide and Cooma.
Depending on their aesthetic, each designer will showcase under one of the event’s four themes—activist, inventor, cartographer and engineer.
‘The themes make FASHFEST an experience and an event, more than a typical fashion show,’ says co-founder Clint Hutchinson. ‘We’ve never been afraid to break out of the box and never will be.’
Stunning Western designs with Persian motifs is the inspiration behind the label Hana (above), with fashion designer Neda Alemohammad influenced by the delicate and gentle side of the Middle East. This is Hana’s debut appearance at FASHFEST and her collection will feature luxurious, rich colours, with some fabrics natural and hand-painted.
The beat of Africa is big this year, with MirandaSAKHINO (above), a contemporary label that represents an equal fusion of African and Western Fashion. Designer Miranda Seakgosing’s collection will include stunning, yet versatile day and evening wear, a perfect fit for the modern, cosmopolitan woman.
The Prodigal Daughter (below) also consolidates two worlds and two cultures—marrying bold African prints with the tempered, mute landscape of Australia. Phoebe Mwanza creates stunning pieces for women who want to stand out in the crowd.
Men’s wear is getting strong every year at FASHFEST. Making a debut appearance in 2015 is Melbourne’s Cameron & James (below). Cameron Dixon creates contemporary menswear with a focus on sustainability and eco fabrics and ethical production techniques. The label suits young professional men who see value in hand-crafted, trendy, edgy clothing.
FASHFEST has also formalised a partnership with Canberra Institute of Technology and will host a graduate collection on the runway each night, to provide the creative talent emerging from fashion and other areas of study with real industry experience. ‘The graduates produce amazing work,’ says Clint. ‘To be honest, there’s no holding them back.’
MAAK’s designs (above) mix street wear and sportswear using high-tech techniques and fabrics. Mimetic (below) will create a capsule collection for the Gen Y female traveller—practical, stylish and durable clothing that fits in a 7kg-capacity suitcase. Illusory Cog’s designs are inspired by Spanish surrealist painter Salvador Dali and the father of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud.
Little Jane Lane (below) focuses on tea party fashion for young women searching to escape reality. It’s pretty, frilly and fun. Other graduate labels include Ziyah and The Label.
FASHFEST 2015 will also feature big fav designers from last year, including Assemblage Project, owned by designer Karen Lee, which has now settled in to its new retail space in Braddon, the playful Mitch Thompson from Perpetually Five who is collaborating this year with Clare Read, and Corr Blimey, Recollection, Rockstars and Royalty, Sovata, Zilpah Tart and Braddon Tailors.
The new FASHFEST website—live now—features bios and imagery from most designers. The event will be held at a new location, the National Convention Centre with the space transformed with state-of-the-art sound and light by one of Canberra’s best in the biz, Elite Sound and Lighting, a platinum partner who has been with FASHFEST from the get go.