• Sue Skermer and Trevor Connell

    Sue Skermer and Trevor Connell

  • Jacinta Kyam, Anthony Mijoc and Sandy O'Dea.

    Jacinta Kyam, Anthony Mijoc and Sandy O'Dea.

  • Ashleigh West and Caroline Pipers

    Ashleigh West and Caroline Pipers

  • Alex Solecka and Agata Gluszek

    Alex Solecka and Agata Gluszek

  • James Baxter and Rachel Eager

    James Baxter and Rachel Eager

  • David Reid, Adam Ridwan and Aidan O'Sullivan

    David Reid, Adam Ridwan and Aidan O'Sullivan

  • Amelda Keys and Wendy Prowse

    Amelda Keys and Wendy Prowse

  • Bobby Rush and Jerry Francis

    Bobby Rush and Jerry Francis

  • Debbie Sever, Gordanan Kovacevic and Julia Kovacevic

    Debbie Sever, Gordanan Kovacevic and Julia Kovacevic

  • Mitchell Thompson and Holly Squair

    Mitchell Thompson and Holly Squair

  • Tania Evans and Barbara Mickelson

    Tania Evans and Barbara Mickelson

  • Music Director Michael Liu

    Music Director Michael Liu

  • Genevieve Jacobs

    Genevieve Jacobs

  • Linda and Jermaine Romeo

    Linda and Jermaine Romeo

  • Sam Read, Laura Mann, Georgia Ossato and Jonathon Balzanelli

    Sam Read, Laura Mann, Georgia Ossato and Jonathon Balzanelli

  • Hanna Yeadon

    Hanna Yeadon

  • Sandy Winters and Sarah Clunes

    Sandy Winters and Sarah Clunes

  • Craig Rhodes

    Craig Rhodes

  • Eric Nugent, Adam Ridwan and Josh Nedejkovic

    Eric Nugent, Adam Ridwan and Josh Nedejkovic

  • Andra and Clint Hutchinson

    Andra and Clint Hutchinson

  • Belinda Riding and husband Alan White of Anthology

    Belinda Riding and husband Alan White of Anthology

  • Belinda Riding, the face of FASHFEST 2014

    Belinda Riding, the face of FASHFEST 2014

  • After the show...

    After the show...

  • Designer Hannah Parris and model Samara Purnell

    Designer Hannah Parris and model Samara Purnell

  • Co-Producer Nicholas Ellis and a 'photo bombing model'

    Co-Producer Nicholas Ellis and a 'photo bombing model'

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!