An Insider -FASHFEST ’18

From running errands pre-show, directing backstage, modelling and then sitting front row. I have been a part of everything FASHFEST has to offer.

My experience with FASHFEST goes back many years when I started as an intern for the media communications firm that runs the show Clarity Communications. I had previously walked in the shows so was keen to be involved in every aspect that I could. The more I could learn, the better. I then moved from the media team to the directing team and assisted in running the backstage while modelling in a number of the shows and running VIP tours.

Fast forward three years. I now work alongside Clint at Morganson’s Finery and am apart of Haus models. After having experienced every part of FASHFEST except for enjoy the show from the front row I took this year as my chance. Little did I know that I couldn’t just yet hang up my director clogs and once again found myself back stage organising models and designers as director. This year however was a whole new event, and a much simpler format.

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The day of FASHFEST was spent at work (sorry Anthony!!) running errands with my partner (who I would have been a mess without), driving around in a divine Audi A6, courtesy of Audi Canberra and then getting ready with Axis Hairdressing and Morganson’s Finery. We somehow made it to the Gallery by 5pm to set up.

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With the whole venue to be set up still we set to work stuffing gift bags, numbering seats and briefing models. Within what felt like seconds the doors opened and all the guest arrived. After a drink and a mingle the guest were sent down the escalators soon to be runways to be seated.

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Backstage was going through final touch ups and run throughs, then show time! I stood with the models and when signalled sent them down the towering escalators, down toward the eager audience. Three designers and a grande finale later and the first show came to an end.

At this point I left the running of backstage in the capable hands of my crew and I joined the party. A few fancy Quandong gin cocktails down and pap snaps taken, Mitch and I made our way down the escalators to our front row seats.

It wasn’t until I was seated looking up at Haus model Kahu floating down the grand escalators that the dramatic effect of the escalators kicked in.

WOW.

Megan Canning designs was beautifully feminine. She used lavish amounts of tulle, lace and silk. Charly Thorn’s collection was beautifully bold, combining bright pops of block colours and monochrome prints. Hajar Gala Couture was simple divine, showcasing soft bridal gowns. Donned in lace and sequins, each piece was a work of art.

And with the last gown disappearing up the escalators FASHFEST ’18 was over. The excitement of watching the collections was wonderful but I must say the thrill of walking in a collection is something else. A commendable effort to the models for the skill it took to keep the gowns out of the escalators.

An outstanding effort the FASHFEST team, for pulling off a new and exciting show. Congrats to Clint & Andrea for the blood, sweat and tears that went into the event. It’s always wild but a pleasure working alongside two such driven and creative people.
Stay tuned for the next FASHFEST show, SO much in store.

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Change It Up – FASHFEST ’18

With only 5 days until FASHFEST 2018 debut at the NGA, tickets are selling fast!

This year, FASHFEST has changed things up, as it does every couple of years. ‘We want to keep fresh for our fans,’ says co-founder Clint Hutchinson. ‘This year we’re hosting a series of rolling shows in venues of cultural and historic significance in Canberra, showcasing the beauty of architecture as well as the beauty of the fashion.’ The NGA event will see three designers present collections that showcase cocktail glam and elegant bespoke gowns. Voluptuous  amounts of layered fabrics will don the escalator runway in an artistic twist on what FASHFEST has perviously presented. 

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The evening will see three designers present collections in the NGA’s foyer turning the massive escalators into towering runways.

Hajar Gala’s luxury couture has been featured in the most exclusive fashion magazines internationally, including Collezioni Haute Couture. The designer and her label, Hajar Gala Couture, has a reputation as one of Australia’s most elegant couturiers. Hajar will showcase gowns not seen before in Canberra, with some appearing at Paris Fashion Week.  ‘As a designer I believe there’s a strong relationship between art and fashion,’ says Hajar who creates elegant silhouettes, each with a timeless quality and each requiring tremendous skill to construct.

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Megan Cannings Designs has just returned from New York Fashion Week.  Her new season collection stays true to her aesthetic—feminine, floaty and true fairy tale-like gowns and showstopper evening wear. This is her third appearance at FASHFEST and she was selected to show internationally after photographs of her initial FASHFEST collection was spotted through social media. ‘I remember as a little girl looking at Princess Diana and drawing pretty dresses I wanted her to wear,’ says Megan.

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The third designer at the NGA show is Charly Thorn who received a roaring round of applause at her debut FASHFEST show in 2016, when she was just 17 years of age. Charly, from Cooma, has gone from strength-to-strength and has also showcased internationally. Her resort wear collection was photographed in the Bahamas. Charly is concentrating on high-end cocktail glam aesthetic, with special printed silks.

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Models for the show have been selected from Canberra’s three top modelling agencies, Devojka Models, Victoria’s Models and HAUS Models. ‘We’ve selected really experienced runway models based on what the agency’s have put forth as their best talent—models who can walk in massive gowns on a moving escalator with little rehearsal time given that this major space has to be available to the public,’ says FASHFEST co-founder Andrea Hutchinson.

Next up for FASHFEST will be shows in December and February, with venues to be announced. FASHFEST may also pop up periodically with surprise events during the next few months.

Tickets: www.fashfest.com.au