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Flannel’s spectacular night of 1920’s glamour

25 Sep

Have you ever had a dream so beautiful that you didn't want it to end?

Elegant models dotted throughout the crowd…picture perfect
Last night I was lucky enough to attend 'An Evening with Flannel', one of the events in the Perth Fashion Festival line up. It was certainly an evening so beautifully put together, that it was as if I'd stepped into a 1920's dream…..and I didn't want it to end.
Aesthetically impressive in every way, the evening had put me into sensory overload and the event stylists (including former Vogue stylist, Meg Gray), did a wonderful job in taking guests back to yesteryear for a night of Flannel glamour.
Models out the front of Hackett Hall as guests arrive
Upon entry, guests were offered cocktails served in old fashioned glasses, as well as a selection of delectable canapés. With the bar being a hand painted backdrop, you felt as if you had stepped onto the set of a classic movie being shot in the 1920's. The room was decorated by not only the stunning models in their gorgeous flannel garments, but also an array of old world furniture pieces, exotic floral arrangements and warm lighting.
Guests mingled around the bar area where they were able to get up close with the models and the gorgeous Flannel garments. This was a fabulous way to showcase the collection as you could see how the pieces were crafted as well as the detailing of the fabric and embellishments.
I have had a Flannel infactuation since they opened their first store in Cottesloe – I love the way their garments are so comfortable, yet feminine and luxurious. Kristy Lawrence is the designer of Flannel and it was lovely to see her there last night ….. Read more about Kristy under the 'Infuencing Faces of Style' section of Stylewa.
With Flannel Designer Kristy Lawrence
Guests were soon shown to their seats, allocated with place cards and gift bags at a beautifully set table. The table was dotted with flowers and champagne flutes that were continually topped up with Pommery champagne….. Very indulgent for a Monday!
A parade took place amongst the seated dinner guests and with the 1920's music in full swing, everyone seemed to be enjoying the full spectacle of the show.
A choice of main was soon served and the catering was faultless I have to say! The trio of desserts to follow impressed everyone at our table and the menu was well thought out in following the theme of the 1920's. We could have been in Paris with the Creme Brûlée and the French champagne!
An evening with Flannel was one gorgeous night spent enjoying great food and fashion in room full of style and elegance……
Some more pics from my album!………
Beautiful Ebbeny Faranda straight from work to glam!
Pre-eve pic



Stylish photo shoot on location at Wesley Quarter

22 Sep

Day 3 of the Perth Fashion Festival and I was off to check out a live photo shoot, on location at Wesley Quarter.

A marquee was set up for the photo shoot to take place and it provided much needed shelter for all the talented people who were putting it all together.

The photo shoot was scheduled to take place at 1.30pm and at approximately 1.28pm, the sky opened up and there was a down pouring of heavy rain! This kept the attendees of the event (free to the public) to a minimum which meant that I scored a fantastic view of the model at work.

Huddled under the eaves of a nearby shop, I watched as 'it girl' Fabienne Vanderhaeghen struck a pose and showed us all why she is so good at her job!!

The lovely Claire Davies, Fashion Editor of The Sunday Times, was also on location to give advice on styling and shared how she puts a look together for a shoot like this one.

After the shoot, I had a lunch date at the Quarter on Hay, where I enjoyed some scallops, watercress and roasted beetroot salad with a glass of sparkles from Spain……. all served with great company and good service!!

A Friday with fashion and friends – what more could I ask for….except a little sunshine!!

(this was a free to the public event as part of the PFF and there are many other free events on offer during the festival. For a full list of events, head to;

(image courtesy Perth Fashion Festval)


Perth kicks off an amazing Fashion Festival!!

21 Sep
The Perth Fashion Festival kicked off this week with Local designer ‘One Fell Swoop’ being the star attraction. The Perth Town Hall played host to a flock of fashionistas, media and VIPs all keen to join in Opening Night celebrations.

With the Festival now in it’s 14th year, the events have never been better, with so many talented designers showing off their latest creations.

PFF Essentials!
Last night was my first PFF event – Designer Capsule 1 which showcased the collections of talented Western Australian labels including; The Butcher and the Crow, ZSADAR, Daniella Caputi and Lisa Marjanovich.
Held in Hackett Hall at the WA Museum, this event was one I had been much anticipating. The venue presents the most intimate feel for the PFF events and being on the doorstep of both Northbridge and the city, ticket holders are able to make a complete night out of it.
I had planned my night with my gorgeous friend Lucy (LR Style Academy), where we collected our PFF essentials and headed to the VIP Peroni bar at the Court Hotel for a pre-show glass of bubbles. The vibe in the room was fantastic and it wasn’t before long that this fashionable crowd moved over to Fashion Paramount for the start of Designer Capsule 1.
 Lucy & I pre- PFF

So after finding our fabulous seats (behind Mel B -former Spice Girl) and opposite glamour girl, Bree Maddox we held tight for what was an amazing night of fashion.

The Butcher and the Crow were the first to step onto the catwalk and what a way to start!! Their SS12/13 collection has been inspired by the book ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’ and is coloured with the pallet of the landscape. The garments were soft and draping which really gave a feel for the warmer months (despite the wintry weather outside!).

Next off the rank, Lisa Majanovich. What can I say….wow! Simply stylish lines and unique applications of leathers, digital prints and soft block colouring make her collection very individual. Not only did I fall in love with her designs but also the palette was very fresh and feminine. Whites, nudes, oranges and black made pieces from this collection, a great addition to any wardrobe! Lisa Majanovich is one designer to keep an eye on in the future….!
ZSADAR …….one of my favourite WA designers! Shane Newton has a clever mind and put on a hot runway show. Although a little out there with models sporting leather masks, chains and the odd faux octopus head dress…. His garments were edgy, innovative and earthy. Well done ZSADAR for a show worth talking about and a label worth investing in!
Finally, we were graced with the collection of Daniella Caputi. Her SS12/13 collection support a monochromatic palette with bold colour of turmeric and smoke. She has focused on contrasting elements of simple versus detailed and opaque versus sheer and her designs are very suited to the Australian summer.
So with that a wrap, the end of Designer Capsule 1 was upon us. It was a fantastic display of four emerging WA designers and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for each and everyone of them in the future!
The Perth Fashion Festival is such an amazing event, put together by a talented group of people and supported by many. This event was supported by Department of Culture and the Arts and it is fabulous that we have such a tight network in WA to enable our up and coming artists become the next big thing!
 (Image courtesy LR Style Academy)
Well done to PFF, talented WA designers as well as our supporting bodies to make events such as this one such a success!
 Looking forward to the next installments of PFF events included in this weeks calendar! X
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