• Di van Meegen and Carmel McGregor

    Di van Meegen and Carmel McGregor

  • Lady Cosgrove, Lady Houston and Julia Ritchie

    Lady Cosgrove, Lady Houston and Julia Ritchie

  • Vicky Kidd-Gallichan, of Rockstars and Royalty with Steph Child and Julie McClure

    Vicky Kidd-Gallichan, of Rockstars and Royalty with Steph Child and Julie McClure

  • Sean Royle and Luke Chiswell

    Sean Royle and Luke Chiswell

  • FASHFEST founders Andrea and Clint Hutchinson

    FASHFEST founders Andrea and Clint Hutchinson

  • Emma Crowther and everywhere man Paul Donohue

    Emma Crowther and everywhere man Paul Donohue

  • Angelo Paonne and Sandra Sweeney

    Angelo Paonne and Sandra Sweeney

  • Ready....set....

    Ready....set....

  • ADC Bianca May, bathed in blue tints...

    ADC Bianca May, bathed in blue tints...

  • Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove and Lady Cosgrove

    Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove and Lady Cosgrove

  • Jan Palmer, Dawn Boag, Rosemary Harrison and Val Sellers

    Jan Palmer, Dawn Boag, Rosemary Harrison and Val Sellers

  • Elle Fittler and Susan Fittler with Lisa La Maitre and Leia Getchell

    Elle Fittler and Susan Fittler with Lisa La Maitre and Leia Getchell

  • Chelsea Sainsbury and Melissa Eagles

    Chelsea Sainsbury and Melissa Eagles

  • The tipple of choice....Moet et Chandon

    The tipple of choice....Moet et Chandon

  • Lydia Nardi and Taylor Pitsolis

    Lydia Nardi and Taylor Pitsolis

  • Ameena Payne from Chicago with Paul Donohue

    Ameena Payne from Chicago with Paul Donohue

FASHFEST pulled up stumps and wisely moved to the Convention Centre for the 2015 four night extravaganza of music, fashion and celebration of those who put their hearts and souls into the fickle world that survives because it’s in a constant stage of flux. Today’s flimsy frivolity is in the dress up box before you know it.

Fashion is of course subjective and aspirational in its myriads of interpretations. Clothes on the other hand are a necessity for warmth, protection and modesty. When the two meld if the designer gets it right and the mega machinery of editorial, advertising, celebrity endorsement and glossy mags bombard us it will become fashionable.

On opening night with that frisson of excitement that surrounds an event of this size it was a sashay through the attendant photographers and press that welcomed most guests with the Convention Centre in a flurry of white curtains of the diaphanous kind to separate partying guests in their ticketed areas and a VIP lounge on the upper level with a view to the large wide catwalk at the centre of tiered chairs. Socialising was underway in the lounge and copious quantities of Moet was being consumed, with accompanying taste treats and a chocolate fountain for those game enough to indulge their sweet tooth.

Guests of honour were the Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove and Lady Cosgrove with Chief Minister Andrew Barr along for a gander as well and being VIP’s front and centre was their allocated seating spot. Visually the super screens provided the impact and once again the music produced for the show was exceptional.
The production presented some excellent work, some weird and wacky styling, well sourced fabrics and dare I say it some very neat little bottoms for the undies. And some designs that make me laugh with the flower faces of Luke Chiswell’s models and the dystopian gas masks for Perpetually Five + Clare among them. That’s why we love fashion, it has the ability to make you feel good and look good. It can also make you look ridiculous. Choosing what to wear creates your individual style. Not many have it and on this opening night the adage that you’re born with style was evident. Good taste you can learn, style is elusive........