Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Perth Fashion Week Day 3

Notice No shoe !!!
All Kitty Grace photos from stylehunter

Well fashion week is over and I still haven't had time to post all the pictures and updates. I was a crazy weekend and I was straight back to work on Monday, tired as ever. However today's midweek public holiday is giving me a chance to, finally, do some blogging.

So lets continue where we left off. Friday night's final show was by Perth Designer Kat Grace and her label Kitty Grace. Definitely one of the better shows of the week, Kitty Grace's collection really showed that Perth can fashionably compete with her stylish cousins in Sydney and Melbourne.
The models all had slicked back pink and purple hair as they tore down the runway in sheer, metallic fabrics. Futuristic space prints graced silk dresses which were finished with a structured belt creating a feminine yet sharp look. The colours were on trend, muted pastels with a select few pieces rebelling in jewel tones of purple, pink and orange. Top marks also gores to the professional models who made it down the runway as their shoes broke left right and centre. The audience was on the edge of their seats waiting for a fall, but we were proved wrong thankfully. But the show must go on....with or without your shoes !

Day 3
 Saw One Fell Swoop, Francesa di Maria and The House of Zhivago deliver three different yet equally interesting collections.

Above phots from One Fell Swoop from

 Francesca di Maria was representing Italy in Perth's world fashion section, showcasing designers from all over the world.  The designer is from Palermo in Italy and had a huge Italian following show up for her Perth show. As a lover of Italy and having my very own Italian stallion its only fitting that I went to have a look at the Italian show. I was not disappointed. Francesca di Maria reminded me of all the things I love about Italy. Her elegance, her understated style, her appreciation of high quality and design. Her collection, to me, seemed to be inspired by a romantic Italian summer with a huge influence from the 1960s. Models hair was in loose curls with a barley there sun kissed face. Beautiful dresses , both maxi and babydoll, with lace overlay (Sicily is famous for it's lace just ask Dolce and Gabbana) added a playful innocence to a see through dress. The lengths were long but in sheer fabrics drawing your eye to the seductive under garments lying beneath (I always love the Italian woman's appreciation of great underwear). Di Maria's woman was feminine and provided a refreshing break from the bag lady chic of Mary Kate Olsen which seems to be dominating our style. It was a collection of skilled handiwork and it was clear this was a personal collection. The designer had left something of herself in each garment. One comment I have to make is that I felt the thin models didn't exactly fill out the dresses and I couldn't help but feel it needed a fuller figure a la Sophia Loren.

Following phots courtsey of perthnow

following photos courtsey of Stylehunter

Zhivago was up next with images of a lightening storm in the background. Models burst on the runway pounding down it in Balmain-esque dresses in metallics and sequins, to the sounds of heavy club tunes.The shoulders were sharp and the dresses were short short or either long and sheer. I felt this was a very young style Australian collection that showed weekend clubbing wear in Perth's more hipster areas. High waisted leather shorts and pops of neon colour worked really well in a specific colour palette of neon, white, black and grey. I would love one of the long white dresses of the is collection.  Highlight of the show for me was the hair and make-up, see thick eyebrows and knotted Mohawks, and Die Antwoord's "I think your Freeekey".

All in all I really enjoyed Saturday's shows and the night. I got to bring Lorenzo along as I nabbed us some tickets from the Italian Chamber of Commerce. I finally got to partake in the social side of the shows rather than sulking around a lone. However that being said, Friday I did meet the lovely Donna Ferreri from Style Hunter , she is an insider who covers all Perth fashion. Check her out, she is funny with fashion credentials, my favourite.

That's all for now, I will be back soon with the review of the week and a final post on the best show of the week. Stay tuned as it only gets better.
Love Dani xxx

Saturday, 21 April 2012

Perth Fashion week 2012

This week saw the launch of Perth Fashion Week 2012 and Hunting in Heels was lucky enough to get a media pass to view all the shows.
Taking place in Perth's Convention Centre, the shows began on Thursday 19th of April, showcasing the best of WA's fashion industry, along side some of the world's newest up  and coming designers.

The following photos from Ruth Tarvydas are from well known perth blogger check out on this link

 Day One
Malaysian designer Melinda Looi kicked off the event with her Good vs Evil themed show. The show was divided in two parts with the first section paying homage to her Asian heritage. The models were dressed in oriental style garb in a palette of red, black and gold. Wide brimmed basket hats adorned their heads while a bow was a popular choice of embellishment. The models seemed like warriors in their sharp styling and yet their Geisha made up faces added a softer element.
The second part of the show began with a haunting video of international news reports on world tragedies from war torn countries to natural disasters. Looi's models came as a breath of fresh air as they poured onto the catwalk in all white. From warriors to angels there was a distinct change in inspiration. Delicate fabrics of jewelled lace and sheer metallics added a burst of light after the darkness. Doves and birdcages crowned their heads in a reference again to a theme of peace.

Next up was Ruth Tarvydas, popular WA icon. As a tourist in Perth I had no idea what I was in for at the next show. As I waited patiently outside to get in (it was 1 hour late in true fashion style) I got a taster of what I was in for. Most of the show's guests were adorned in dresses of sequins. I hadn't see this many sequins since a Jersey Shore episode. As you can imagine I was a little afraid of what was to come. However it wasn't as bad as I feared. Tarvydas produced a collection of evening dresses, most of them including some sequins, after all what is a dress without sequins???!! Not exactly my taste, however I can see why she is acclaimed with a celebrity following. Her dresses will definitely make you stand out, no back, no front, all'll definitely get noticed.

Day Two
Western Australian School of Art and Design graduate Garth Cook. A love of Parisan couture has influenced this designer in his cut of fabric and carefully structured garments. Having interned under Marios Schwab and Husam el Odeh, Cook definitely was a cut about the rest. His collection was simple and on trend with his modern prints. It was faultless to the point of boring. I had heard this would be one of the best shows to see and was honestly a little disappointed. I expected a litte more. Beautifully wearable, I felt I had seen it all before.

Next up was the House of Zaccaria, the Perth based label of Noeleen Radalj-Zaccaria and Tiffany Spencer.  There was one dress in metallic with squared peplums that was the highlight of the show for me. After that it was a "pretty girls" collection. Sweet dresses, short and maxi in bold colours of purple, pinks and green were the order of the day. The collection then took a turn for monochrome black and white and then on  to nudes finishing with just two red dresses. I was a bit confused where the designers were going with the colour selections and I just didn't feel any flow.

So far my favourite has been Melinda Looi, top marks for theme, creativity and design !
More today and tomorrow, its not over yet !
Stay tuned for more
Love xxx