More than the spectacular runway performances, the parties and the glorious goodies in the gift bags (though they were so very glorious this year), what I actually love most about Telstra Perth Fashion Festival is how, since its inception in 1999, it has always nurtured our local fashion industry and supported the many and varied creative folk who come together to make the Festival what it is.
The last week in Perth brought the fashion caravan into town and while it's certainly a hectic few days, there's enough energy and excitement that comes with each day of the program to keep you going. I simply did not have the time to attend as many shows as I would have liked to. In between it being my last week at work before leaving for NYC and all those pesky tasks to take care of on the home front, it really left very little time for my fashion fix. Despite this, I was able to rush off early from work on Wednesday so that I could attend the Empire Rose and the WA Designer Runway #1 shows.
Walking into Fashion Paramount at the Perth Concert Hall, the theatrical scene was set for Empire Rose's collection with the darkened mood lighting and grand chandeliers suspended along the runway. As the show started, the models came out two by two wearing not only the effortlessly cool and casual looks by Empire Rose but also lingerie produced by recent graduate Rosemaree White, whose graduate collection I had the pleasure of seeing last year was absolutely amazing. Just as Perth Fashion Festival has always fostered the growth of the local industry and designers, it was wonderful that a long established brand as Empire Rose would give Rosemaree such a great opportunity. Her lace and sequinned lingerie paired beautifully with Empire Rose's sport luxe looks.
The runway debut of Rorie and Scarlett Ledger, nieces of Heath Ledger, elicited many delighted oohs and aahs from the audience and they looked nothing short of sweet in their tutu skirts and jacquard kimono jackets. Well known for their uniquely produced runway shows, having the DJ jump from behind his decks and join the models also set the audience off with laughter and applause.
Off the back of that show, I was well primed and ready for the WA Designer Runway collection. Comprising of collections from eight different WA designers, Ange Lang, Catini Designs, CDQ Designs, Intimates by Monique, Jomay Cao Clothing, Karolina Couture, Sab Five Five and Tokay Boutique, this was an eclectic mix of stunning evening wear, glamourous lingerie and very cool street style looks.In short, there was something for everyone which is the perfect way to describe the Festival as a whole.