Telstra Perth Fashion Festival 2015

The 2015 Telstra Perth Fashion Festival may have passed by in one short event filled week, but the magical creations and intricate designs, put on display by designers are still clearly etched in people’s minds. From captivating runway events to fashionable lunches and even a book signing with legendary fashion artist and couture illustrator David Downton, this year’s festival was exceptional to say the least.

In case you missed the festival or just want to re-live it, here are some of the very best highlights from the festival and an exclusive look into what made this 2015 Perth Fashion Festival a standout from it’s previous years.

Opening Night: Dilettante

This year W.A. fashion boutique Dilettante opened the festival and it was nothing short of breathtaking. From unquie pieces to standout dresses, this debut for the retailer was captivating. Dilettante presented three of their contemporary Australian designers representing the best in local and international fashion, 33 poets showcased experimental pieces, Yang Li’s sharp monochromatic designs had the audience intrigued and Maticevki’s mystery of the feminine silhouette was breathtaking.

Image via Perthnow, courtesy of Alf Sorbello

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Images: Perthnow, Alf Sorbello

Jamie Lee Major

Another Standout Event of the festival was the ever so colourful and visually stunning Jamie Lee Major show. Life size glittery unicorns, rainbows and a confetti cannon invited the audience into the fantastical world of Jamie Lee Major. Approximately 25 models took to the runway in barbie inspired blonde wigs and almost 30 garments by the designer that ran the gamut from kaleidoscope hues to rainbow colours, feathered crop tops, see-through wedding dresses and lots of sparkle. Jamie Lee Major’s new collection called Lightyears, was inspired by trips to Disneyland in the US. Model and face of this years festival, Tiah Eckhardt opened the show in a show stopping orange sequin skirt and matching cropped top ensemble.

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Images: Perthnow, Alf Sorbello

Alkemi & Steph Audino

Perth’s leading evening wear designers came together for a very special runway event to dazzle audiences. Featuring Ae’lkemi’s modern elegance and embellished sheer gowns alongside the romantic tones and beautiful hemlines of Steph Audino, this capsule runway show was visually captivating. After a recent trip to New York City Steph Audino produced a collection as bewitching and compelling as the city itself. Opening the show in a black and white floor length stunning gown was Perth model Caris Tiivel. Alvin Fernadez’s Ae’lkemi label showed an array of strong looks that paid homage to the assertive woman, with sharp lines, unashamed sexiness and bold luxe fabrics. Alvin Fernadez took inspiration in staging the show from the Bosch painting Garden of Earthly Delights.

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Image courtesy of Ryan Ammon

Closing Night: Wheels & Dollbaby

American burlesque star Dita Von Teese stole the show on the final night. The 42 year old glamour girl opened Melanie Greensmith’s sassy Wheels and Dollbaby show by parading down the runway alone in a gold sequin dress with a thigh high split showing off her curves and porcelain white shoulders. Dita Von Teese collaborated with the WA designer on 19 other figure hugging cardigans which could be seen on many fashionistas in the 750 strong crowd. In total Melaine Greensmith showed 68 looks from a shiny gold body shirt to black satin dresses with ruched bustiers.

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Images: Perthnow, Alf Sorbello

I would like to extend a thank you to Perthnow for featuring myself & a friend in the Social Gallery and Channel 10 news for the feature on opening night.

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