Well, this is exciting, isn’t it. Tickets have opened up for FASHFEST 2017 and they have an AWESOME lineup of designers for this year’s shows. Not only are there quite a few homegrown labels returning to FASHFEST this year (including Megan Canning Designs, Melanie Child and Charly Thorn) but also a number debuting! I’ve collated information about five new designers to watch out for, but you can check out the full list at FASHFEST’s website HERE.
Photo credit: Tina Nikolovski and Bianca Pavlic the Label
Bianca Pavlic the Label
Bianca Pavlic is showcasing her line at the second show on Friday night. She hand-makes and designs all her pieces here in Canberra, and each piece shines through in its own unique style. She studied in Canberra at the Canberra Institute of Technology, so she truly is home-grown, through and through. You’ll want a front row (“frow”) seat for this one – her designs featured intricate hand-embroidery and beading that are sure to captivate everyone at FASHFEST.
Gabrielle Spencer Bridal
Gabirlle Spencer Bridal is a new independent label dedicated to making every woman feel beyond beautiful on her wedding day. Gabrielle graduated from the Academy of Design in Queensland in 2009 and a short while later realised her dream for making bridal and formal wear. Her designs take inspiration from vintage 20s and 50s designs and she reworks them to fit the modern woman, with a passion for quality and natural fabrics.
Photo credit: Gabrielle Spencer Bridal
Photo credit: Gehrich
Designer Samantha Gehrich, based in Melbourne, lets natural fibres shine in their own light. Gehrich focuses on luxury and quality pieces (mostly outerwear) that are both timeless and modern (although I sense some 60s influences here). Pops of yellow brighten the classic browns and blacks of her current collection – if that sounds like your thing, you can shop them on her website HERE. Gehrich will be showcasing 7pm on opening night.
Not only are the bold and vibrant prints of Magpie Goose designs absolutely gorgeous, but they’re also for a great cause – Magpie Goose connects non-Indigenous people with wearable art and culture and provides economic opportunities for remote Indigenous Australians. The prints are designed and manufactured by four remote communities in the Northern Territory and they each tell a story. Want to wear a Magpie Goose design to their show on opening night? Check out their online shop HERE.
Photo credit: Magpie Goose
Photo credit: Naudic
Emma Puttick’s Queensland-based label, Naudic, is playful, youthful and bright. Mix-matched prints and flowy fabrics will make this line a delight on the catwalk. At the heart of the label is ethical and no-waste production, an issue that Puttick (and many other designers this year) takes seriously in the manufacturing of her garments. Naudic will showcase at the second show on opening night – don’t miss out on your ticket!
FASHFEST 2017 will take place at the National Convention Centre from 28-30 September. Tickets start at $49 and can be purchased for multiple shows at a discounted price – VIP packages are also available. Get your tickets HERE before they sell out.