Adelaide Fashion Festival 2015: What’s to come…

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….

Adelaide Fashion Festival 2015

Fashion Icons

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/

Adelaide Fashion Festival: Face Launch

Last week I was invited to attend the Adelaide Fashion Festival Face Launch presented by the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters and The Parade Norword, held at Tandanya, The National Aboriginal Cultural Institute. The event stated of with a showing of beautiful designs by Eva Wanganeen, as seen below….

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Channel 7’s Amelia Mulcahy then welcomed guests and announced the highly anticipated face of this years fashion festival….Katarina Keeler

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Katarina Keeler, a 5’10 Indigenous Australian beauty from Ceduna, will represent this year’s Festival.

“As the new fresh-face on the Adelaide modelling scene, Katerina was a standout for us, and what better way for her to launch her career in the industry then using the Adelaide Fashion Festival as her big break,” says Adelaide Fashion Festival Coordinator Cristina Tridente.

Katarina never dreamt that a modelling career might become a possibility until she was scouted from the crowds at Westfield Marion shopping centre during the 2013 Finesse & IMG International Model Search by Finesse Models Australia Director, Brigette Mitchell.

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Currently completing her final year at university, the ambitious 20-year old remains passionate about her studies, but is delighted at the prospect of her modelling career and the opportunities this role with the Adelaide Fashion Festival will present.

 “Being chosen as the Face of the 2014 Adelaide Fashion Festival is very exciting, and it’s an honour to represent my Indigenous heritage in such a renowned and prestigious fashion event,” says Miss Keeler.

 “On top of modelling I am also studying a Bachelor of Nursing which is keeping me very busy, but I am looking forward to what the future holds and hope that modelling will be a part of it.”

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The Festival will run over a ten-day program, from 17 – 26 October 2014, with tickets on sale now. 

Kara Fantasia: Westfield Stylist

What is your current position/job description? 

I am a freelance stylist and a stylist and presenter for Westfield South Australia
How did you get to the position you are in now?

I have been in the fashion industry for over 20 years working in many different areas. I started out working for a fashion agency in Adelaide when I left school which gave me a taste for the industry and I then moved to Melbourne to study fashion marketing and merchandising at the Melbourne College  of Textiles which is now a part of RMIT. I was then in the right place at the right time and got to meet the head of the wardrobe department at Channel 7 Melbourne who offered me a job as a wardrobe stylist at the station. I ended up working there for 7 years and was so lucky to work with many amazing actors and celebrities .

I also learnt makeup artistry while working there. It was a fantastic time but Melbourne was never home so I decided to move back to Adelaide. I went via London (just a little of track) where I studied Fashion Styling for the Media at The London College of Fashion and then did a 6 month stint in the press office of international shoe designer L.K.Bennett London. When I got back to Adelaide I focused on my makeup for a few years and was lucky to be voted SA makeup artist of the year 5 times at the National ABIA awards. I have also been freelancing as a stylist working on many commercials and editorial shoots. The Westfield styling position came up in September last year and I am thrilled to be a part if such a fantastic team.

What are the opportunities that have opened up for you within this position?

Working with celebrities ofcourse! But I really love hosting events and workshops which is quite new to me, the highlight so far was hosting The City of Tea Tree Gully Christmas Carols event in front if 18,000 people. The thing that is fun and exciting about my job is that every week I am meeting someone new or hosting a completely different event.

Where do you see yourself or what do you want to be doing in 5 years?

I hope that I am still working in such a creative, fun industry. I love what I am doing now and can see myself continuing on for many years. I would also love to either write a book or produce an online site for woman who need to gain more confidence about the way we look, especially mums.

What advice do you have or can you give to people who want to get into a position similar to yours?

Don’t expect the Fashion industry to be all events and glamour, yes that is some of the time, but a lot  is also very hard slog. On your feet for hours on end, lugging mannequins and clothes racks around, and sitting on the floor taping the bottom of shoes so they don’t get dirty in fashion parades- no glamour there! It is also very much about networking, often who you know or just being in the right place. So I highly recommend putting yourself out there for work experience or intern work. We are always looking for helpers during major events or campaigns but remember it can be hard work. Obviously having some experience in retail is very handy, and there are some great fashion courses around which give you a great background but hands on experience is looked upon very highly.

Your best tip or trick to keep a job like yours?

Sometimes you have to step out of your role and help when it’s needed, for example, I am employed as a stylist at Westfield but I will also help out with promo work or assist the marketing department when they are busy. By being flexible you will be highly regarded in any industry.

 What an inspirational woman! Thanks so much for sharing you story with us Kara.