Now in its fourth year, Fashfest has provided an ideal launchpad for young models looking…
Each visit to the ‘slightly left of centre’ Hustle&Scout Twilight Fashion Market is unique, whether you’re meeting a new fashion stallholder or chatting to a familiar face…and the winter market is just around the corner. Included in the clothing lineup this Saturday 5 July are 14 designers who showcased at Fashfest 2014 and ‘regulars’ like Material Pleasures and E4.
If you’re a fan of vintage – or even if you’re not, Material Pleasures’ stall is a must. The ladies have been hand-picking garments since the business swung its doors open in March 1987 and their quality pre-loved garments include high-end, high-fashion labels and amazing textiles.. Lots of treasures here.
E4 is back with unique t-shirt designs printed at a workshop right here in Canberra. No harmful chemicals are used in production and the company only prints what they sell so wastage is zero. It’s all about respect for the environment.
If you attended Fashfest this year and spotted a hot item on the runway, chances are you’ll be able to source it by talking to the designer direct at the winter market. It’s a great way to buy local and support Canberra designers.
Hot news flash … Corr Blimey is hitting it big with a new line of limited-edition black women’s jeans with special styling incorporated, including a split pocket, detailing on the waistband at the back and special stitching. The style is long and lean, with Corr Blimey’s sensational approach to design.
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Rockstars and Royalty returns with elaborate pieces. British fashion designer Vicky Kidd-Gallichan’s latest collection still features elaborate gowns and wedding dresses, but also stunning cocktail dresses—all handmade down to the very last stitch.
Also elaborate is the inspirational headware and accessories produced by Barbara Mickelson of BM designs. Although major statement pieces, the headwear is comfortable and deceivingly light. The hand-dyed fabrics can be matched to any outfit. Barbara has won awards for her ‘wearable art’ in Australia and New Zealand.
Karen Lee of label Karen Lee, who sells out of Assemblage Project, will showcase her designs and have samples on hand of some new products the retail store now sells, including the super-fine, light-weight merino wool clothing of Smitten, borne out of the cool of Tasmania, and the contemporary knitwear designs of Wendy Voon from Melbourne. Perfect winter wear.
Sovata’s designs added wow factor to Fashfest. The latest pieces by independent designer Jade Sargent, are flattering on different body shapes and extremely comfortable to wear. Jade is known for her race wear—garments and millinery—but, if truth be told, her designs are perfect for any occasion and many even for daywear.
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Fashion students from the Canberra Institute of Technology—the next generation of Australian fashion design professionals—will host a ‘Concept to Catwalk’ stall designed to showcase how fashion transforms from an idea to a real garment.
Stage Label, an online platform founded by Rohit Bhargava, will be at the winter market, promoting designs by talented emerging designers. Stagelabel.com gives customers access to unique garments and the power to help find and support the ‘next big thing’ in fashion. You’ll be able to trawl through the computer Rohit will have on hand to look at designs showcased at Fashfest, and others.
Other designers who launched collections at Fashfest will debut at the market, including Zilpah Tart. Designer Yumi Morrissey’s clothing and accessories are feminine, bright and bold. Handbags made from beautiful prints and colour combinations are statement pieces that stand the test of time.
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The colourful clothing created by Holly Squair, of label Character, are designed for the women aged 60 to 85 years—fashion-conscious style icons. Although this is the main demographic, Holly’s easy-to-wear garments are equally attractive to the younger market.
Audrey Blue, designed for consumers dedicated to eco-living, offers trans-seasonal pieces—all made using sustainable design, ecologically sustainable fabrics and production processes. This is the first women’s fashion label to be certified under the Global Organic Textile Standard.
And if you love travel, check out Recollection’s stall. Young and emerging designer Philippa Soutberg designs around experiences gained during her extensive travels across Australia’s natural and rural landscape.
And if after all that fashion you need to refuel, you only need to head outside to Kendall Lane and the Nishi Gallery for The Forage. This vibrant market is making its second appearance on the grounds of the New Acton Precinct, with mobile vendors, music, wine and heaps more. Pop over here to read all about what’s cooking!
Hustle&Scout and The Forage are supporting St Vincent de Paul Society’s 2014 Winter Appeal. Vinnies’ Night Patrol Volunteers will be onsite accepting voluntary coin donations as well as donations of blankets (badly needed this year), gloves, men’s socks and other winter warmer items. Donation bins will be positioned between the NewActon Nishi and the Nishi Gallery on Kendall Lane.
So mark the date in your calendar and come out of hibernation for a bit of winter fun!
There will be 43 designers at the market this Saturday – want to know more about other stallholders? Click here.