FASHFEST 2016: The Line-Up

FASHFEST is an event I’ve been wanting to go to for a very long time. Unfortunately, things have previously prevented me from attending (oh, right – I was in Germany for two years). Finally, the time has arrived for FASHFEST 2016 and I am SO. VERY. EXCITED.

The Canberra-based fashion event takes place over six shows this year, 2 per night, from Thursday 29th Sep to Saturday 1st Oct. It’s an opportunity for the ordinary Joe (or Jill) to take part in “a total fashion experience”.

What I personally love about the line-up for this year, apart from the fact FASHFEST is bringing the mediums of film and music to the catwalk, is the emphasis on local and sustainable brands. Melanie Child, Cameron & James, EDITION and Pure Pod are among the many designers this year with eco-friendliness and sustainability at the fore-front of the design process. Many of the 40+ designers this year are alos Canberra-based, and those that aren’t are either either from Australia or New Zealand. FASHFEST is a very exciting opportunity for all Canberran creatives to showcase their talent.

To help you decide on which show to get tickets for (or all of them), here’s the rundown for each night:

Thursday Show 1: Reverie

There are 7 labels showcasing at the 6:30pm show, but one that stands out is Beleza Designs. Vibrant samba, latin and burlesque dance costumes, ANU Art School graduate, Caitlin Jolly, is a interesting designer to look out for. Also, don’t miss the Heart Foundation segment – look for models all in red.

Thursday Show 2: Furore

I’m a sucker for a brand committed to empowering women, so Red Corner Boxing has definitely caught my eye. The label is all about mixing the feminine with fitness and their boxing gloves make me just want to punch something (in a good way). The film to start this show off is also sure to be a winner – Jonathan Holden was last year’s finalist in the Canberra, Lights, Action festival.

Friday Show 1: Praxis

This show is curated by the Canberra Centre. Brands (that you can purchase the next time you go into town) include Cue, Veronica Maine and Seed.

Friday Show 2: Limina

It’s all about mixing the old with the new. Charly Thorn, the youngest designer at 17 years of age, is set to launch her range for the first time in the Canberra fashion stage. Inter the blend we’ve also got the Canberra Vintage Collective, thrifty fashion across the ages, and Canberra-based Zilpah Tart, digitally produced textiles for young and old alike.

Saturday Show 1: Spectra

Pure Pod, an Australian brand, will be showcasing their completely ethical, modern line – which I will proceed to drool over). One of the musicians for this show, Simon Anau, caught my eye – he’s acoustic (different!) and currently working on his very own EP. He’s also Canberra-based, so you might see him performing around Canberra in cafes and restaurants with his band.

Saturday Show 2: Singularity

The last show is a bit of an eclectic mix… but that’s how I like it. There’s sport (OnTheGo Sport), African-inspired designs (Queen Nyibany Designs), lingerie (Stephanie’s Boutique Lingerie) and French minimalism (Eder by Anna).

FASHFEST 2016 is sure to be an event that can’t be missed. Tickets are now open (and selling fast), and are available HERE