So it’s that time of year again….yes that’s right…the city is preparing for Adelaide Fashion Festival 2015.
Adelaide Fashion Festival is a celebration of Adelaide’s up-and-coming and established designers. Adelaide is bursting with creative talent and I personally love when creativity is celebrated. This year the festival will have a whole new look with most shows taking place on Hindmarsh Square, check out the program to see which shows you would like to attend.
Not only will there be runway shows but there are also a couple of speaking events; The Fashion Insiders Breakfast and the Connecting With China Workshop, this is such a great opportunity for those wanting to get into the fashion industry.
The festival will run over 4 days from the 22nd to the 25th of October. In anticipation of the festival, there have been a couple of events around town to get us all excited about what’s to come. Be Young PR and Little Lion Communications held a party at Pop Bar in the Adelaide Casino so we could hear from some of the designers about what they are looking forward to and One Rundle Trading Co. held a runway within their beautiful Dulwich store, to give us a taste of the fashions to come…here are some moments captured at these events….
Paige Rowe is a new fashion label offering fashion lovers a whole new shopping experience.
Rather that going in-store and purchasing mass produced pieces, Paige Rowe offers guests a one-on-one style session from which you can order the pieces you love and have them delivered to you.
The current capsule collection comprises of interesting patterns and unique cuts that can be styled to suit all body shapes and sizes. Each year Paige will be launching two capsule collections, in August/September and February/March. With such a unique concept it brings some excitement to the usual shopping trip, and adds an exclusive touch. It is also a great opportunity to be styled and learn more about what suits your body and make you feel beautiful.
I have always loved Adelaide for how it is filled with so many creative people who aren’t afraid to step outside of the box and create things they truly believe in. Simmone Standing is one of these people, after winning the title of best emerging designer at the SA Designer Showcase during the 2014 Adelaide Fashion Festival, she has launched herself and her label in a big way.
Simmone Standing the Label launched their collection recently at The Richmond Hotel, beautifully light with fairy lights, it was the perfect setting for the all white collection to make its debut. Each piece was different to anything that is allready out there, from the textures of the fabrics to the cuts of the tops, trousers and skirts. With cut-outs in the trousers and layered fabric that has been pinch pleated, each piece was so interesting and different. These pieces would be great paired with a pop of colour or worn as is to keep that sleek all white look. Below are some of the looks from the show.
You may remember an earlier post, where I was excited to announce that the Art Gallery of South Australia would be playing host to Fashion Icons, an exhibition featuring over 90 couture pieces by the biggest designers in the world. Fashion Icons is exclusive to Adelaide, and features pieces from the collection of The Musee Des Arts Decoratifs in Paris.
On the 24th of October, the day before the exhibition opened, I was invited to attend the media preview, where I was able to see the exhibition. It was so amazing to see each piece in person. The fashion showcased ranges from the 17th century to today, and some of these pieces were specially designed for celebrities. We are so lucky to have this exhibition right here in Adelaide. Pamela Golbin, Chief Curator of Fashion Icons (seen below) welcomed us into the exhibition, sharing her knowledge and insight with us, she was so excited to open the exhibition here in Adelaide.
Below are a few photos I took while walking through the exhibition. This is truly heaven for fashion, design and art lovers. The craftsmanship that has gone into each one of these pieces is like no other, and when seeing them as apart of this exhbition, the added videos screening on the walls, and the way in which they have been presented create a story of the years behind these pieces.
The Art Gallery is the place to be right now, with so many events going on as apart of Fashion Icons, including designer talks, fashion movies, and workshops. Check out the event program, and buy an exhibition ticket (they are extremely reasonable!), as it will give you entry into most events.
Fashion Icons – http://fashionicons.com.au/
During the Adelaide Fashion Festival I was invited by Westfield to attend the Finesse Lingerie showcase. Finesse Models Australia is one of Adelaide’s top modelling agencies so I was looking forward to being impressed.
As we walked into the space it was like walking into a dream, fairy tale land, with angels playing harps and serene clouds floating in the air. The runway was light up with blue and red lights, and the catwalk was decked out with glitter, it was so beautiful. The lingirie showcased on the night was from much loved Westfield retailers including Bras’N’Things, Bonds and Honey Birdette. Drawing inspiration from Victoria Secret, the models flew down the runway wearing wings of all designs.
I love attending events that are different and you can see that so much thought and creativity went into it, Finesse and Westfield definitely went above and beyond to create a tasteful and beautiful show.
The Myer Centre Adelaide fast fashion show apart of the Adelaide Fashion Festival was one to remember. I attended last year’s show and was so excited to be attending once again this year. The Myer Centre Adelaide really know how to put on a show, I love how different it is, it’s all about having fun with fashion. I attended along with my sister….
The Myer Centre Adelaide is full of shops selling fast fashion, which means, you can find on trend, stylish pieces for reasonable, everyday prices. I am a huge fan of fast fashion, as someone who likes to wear different clothes all the time. Here are some of my favorite looks from the show….
Thankyou to the Myer Centre Adelaide, they really know how to treat their guests! Keep an eyeout for future Myer Centre Adelaide events!!!
This year, as apart of the Adelaide Fashion Festival, I attended an event called Behind the Seams, which saw 8 industry professionals speak about their success in the fashion industry. I was so excited to attend this event, as it is something different compared to the many fashion shows that happen during the fashion festival. Not only is this kind of event inspiring and gets me motivated about starting something on my own, but it is also an amazing networking opportunity.
The speakers included Paul Vasileff (Paolo Sebastian Couture), Melanie Flintoft (Director, Australian Fashion Labels), Kelly Noble (Glam Digital Media Services), Anna Vlach (Fashion Editor, The Advertiser), Bec Cochrane (Media Makeup), Helen Jansson (Principal Lecturer, Tafe SA), Tania Debono (The Writing and The Cakeface) and Lacy Lasenzaniro (Belissimo Hair).
They were all so lovely and generous, sharing with us some of their tips to growing a business/brand. I noticed a few trends amongst the conversation, these included committing to social media and only posting images that fit with the image you want to create, engage with your followers, talk to people at events/meetings/on a plane as you never know who you’ll be speaking with, know whats happening in the world, watch the news, read the paper, and always try and turn negatives into positives.
The speakers were asked questions about their beginnings in the fashion industry and starting businesses. The conversation seemed to center around the importance of social media and creating contacts. It was so interesting to hear about the humble beginnings of Australian Fashion Labels, it made me realise how a small idea can turn into something huge with the addition of hard work, commitment and passion.
I won’t go into detail about what was said by each speaker as I don’t think that would really help anyone, because we don’t want to go out an do exactly what someone else has done. But rather I would like to share my thoughts about how we can be inspired and get motivated by the world around us. What gets you excited? I get excited by hearing the success of others, and that just one simple idea can turn into a successful business, hence why I was so excited to attend this event. I also get excited by visually appealing things because they give me inspiration and surrounding myself with these things makes me want to create something….it’s interesting how different things inspire different people. Try and surround yourself with things that inspire you because if they are always around you’re bound to get motivated. I find scrolling down my instagram feed to be very inspiring as again, these are photos being taken by ‘normal’ people in their ‘normal’ environment, yet they look really cool. One of my guilty pleasures, but also another inspiring activity I like to do is watch reality tv shows, such as The Real Housewives, Keeping up with the Kardashians and Made in Chelsea. I don’t watch these shows only because of the drama but also because the women in these shows are usually successful entrepreneurs, who for the most part present themselves well, and work hard to create a successful brand. Yes they have the advantage of being on TV, but they still have to commit to creating an image for themselves, which is ultimately their business and source of income.
I hope my thoughts have gotten you thinking about getting inspired and motivated. Let me know what inspires you in your life??