With marketing to make many wax lyrical, reality had us follow the fantasy of fashion fabulousness to the coldest depths of Brindabella Park for the second year as FASHFEST coruscated through our tiny space in the universe, with for the designers hopefully sales, the models a valuable and exciting experience and the make-up and hairdressing team the recognition they deserve. So too acknowledgement of a formidable team that on an international stage would cost a motza and probably not work as well as these disparate professionals in this city have for FASHFEST.
We were there to look at fashion; an eclectic mix of wearable, conceptual, sustainable and fashionable creations. Some were sensational. Rockstars and Royalty a stunning collection from a meticulous and multi talented creator, Vicky Kidd-Gallichan, who is an established and successful designer juxtaposed with those darlings of the fuller figure fashionistas, Darla and Blossom Darling, showing too that good design, good fabrics and attention to cut, colour and creativity is mandatory. That’s Hannah Parris of Audrey Blue signature too with trans- seasonal designs using ecologically sustainable fabrics with the imprimatur of the Global Organic Textile Standard.
Exposure at this level sets the bar high for content quality; it’s so important and not all made the grade but fashion is as fickle as the weather, so designers should be inspired to face the challenges if this is the business they’re determined to succeed at. And please next year a warmer time of the year, a warmer venue or advise the audience, thermals are compulsory!