Adelaide Fashion Festival: Finesse Lingerie Showcase

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.

Westfield Home, Food & Wine Weekend

In celebration of the Westfield Home, Food and Wine Weekend, which starts tomorrow, Westfield Marion hosted a media preview featuring a delicious cheese and wine tasting. The array of cheeses were provided by The Cheese Monger, they were so fresh and yummy, and perfectly paired with wines from Penny’s Hill Wines and Murray Street Vineyards.

The evening was hosted by the beautiful Laura Cassai, runner up of MasterChef 2014.

All Westfield’s around Adelaide will be hosting home, food and wine related activities throughout the weekend, check out their facebook pages for more info:

Westfield Marion: https://www.facebook.com/WestfieldMarion

Westfield Tea Tree Plaza: https://www.facebook.com/WestfieldTeaTreePlaza

Westfield West Lakes: https://www.facebook.com/WestfieldWestLakes

Westfield SS14/15 Fashion Preview

I recently visited Westfield Marion’s Style Lounge for a Blogger Event, where we were given a preview of the upcoming trends for the spring summer seasons. Westfield’s resident stylists; Kara and Damian shared with us their top looks which were based around the current Westfield campaign #mosthunted, which takes fashion to the root of our hunting days.

Throughout the evening we had the privilege of witnessing the amazing work of artist Emma Hack, she painted model Bec Lawrence in a tropical yet tribal ensemble….it was truly amazing to watch.

It seems as though spring summer will be full of prints, florals, muted tones, and a lot of white…..it is fun to go with the trends, but why not add your own style as well, that will take your look to the next level!

Tony Bianco Grand Opening

Wednesday night saw the grand opening of the one and only Tony Bianco store in a Westfield center in Australia, right here in Adelaide (Westfield Marion).

The store is filled with footwear for both night and day, with trendy Birkenstocks and flatforms, to stilettos and mules. They have a mix of colours and patterns, including the very practical beige, black, and white as well as interesting florals and leopard prints

VIP Guests were invited to shop while sipping amazing cocktails, made by Steve the Bartender. With live music in the background, guests enjoyed the company, the cocktails, and of course the Tony Biancos!

It is a very beautiful store, with even more beautiful shoes and bags…..they even have an Ipad station for shoppers to browse without moving their feet!

It was a great event thanks to Tony Bianco and Girl About Town PR! Definitely recommend checking out the store!

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.