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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

She Wore What – Tayela Petterwood

Next up is one of the beautiful chicka’s I travelled Europe with. Tayela has a vibrant, unique and sun kissed style. The golden, water baby writes a fashion and lifestyle blog, So She Says from the warm beaches of the Gold Coast. She is definitely one to watch!

N: First up, who are you and what makes you tick? Introduce yourself!

T: The names Tayela (pronounced tay- Ella), a self confessed water baby and coffee obsessed person. I’ve graduated in my studies of journalism and business and ready for the next career move. This year has definitely been a relaxation and enjoyment year after all the hard work. I really enjoy writing what I’m passionate about and love expressing myself through my writing and fashion.

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N: Tell me about your day to day style?

T: It’s changed a lot over the years, but I’m definitely one to dress up no matter the occasion. In winter I always go for a oversized jumper and the classic knee high boots, then in summer (which is nearly every day up in Gold Coast), you can usually find me in a pair of bathers with a summer dress over the top. Flats for the beach and heels for everything else. Although lately I’ve been drawn to the streetwear look of pants and crop tops, with a chunky sneaker.

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N: How do you express yourself through your look? What does it say about you?

T: My style is constantly changing as I figure out what works best for me, but people have always told me that I’m most likely to be overdressed for a breakfast, and that I express a feminine style throughout. I guess that’s pretty true, I’ve always been into dresses and heels and making sure I always look my best. But lately I’ve been very into high waisted pants and bralettes, and I feel that my style represents how I’m not afraid to try new things in both life and style. I hope that through my style a little bit of that girly nature still comes through no matter how much I change my style.

N: What are your go to colours?

T: Looking in my wardrobe it’s most definitely white and black, but I do love a good baby blue and navy to accompany my hair and tan in summer. I also love a royal green as my go to dress up colour.

N: Is there a piece in your wardrobe you couldn’t live without? Most essential staple?

T: My knee high black boots and ankle boots. I pair them with absolutely everything. From work, to causal, to dressy, they can make a look so much better. I also couldn’t live without a pair of bathers, at the moment my collection is getting a bit ridiculous!

N: How do you accessories your style?

T: I love a good red lip, it goes well with most looks and I love pairing it with a middle part slicked bun or high ponytail. Another way I love to make a look a bit more extra is by a matching side bag or one real statement piece (like my spaceboots for splendour).

N: From where and who do you find inspiration?

T: At the moment I’m loving the casual street wear look that Bella Hadid pulls off so well and her sleek event looks. Most of all though I look online for inspiration and always put everything through my best friend Matthew Simpson. He changed my style from dresses and heels to high waisted pants and side bags, there’s not a style I don’t run by him first.

N: Must follow designers and models? Favourite brands?

T: Obsessed with Offwhite so clearly @virgilabloh. I’ve always loved Bec & Bridge, Moschino and Dolce & Gabbana (if only I could afford it). Honourable mention to Stella McCartney for bringing ethical fashion to the forefront, her sport line is amazing. Must follow models for me is of course the Hadid sisters, Winnie Harlow, Duckie thot and Ariel Nicholson.

N: If you could give Canberra some advice about street style and fashion, what would it be?

T: I would love people just to be more bold and to not let location dictate what you wear. Obviously Canberra is known highly for politics and business, so clearly fashion is centred around that. Definitely not a bad thing, as I love a good power suit and my black and whites, but I would love to see more risks being taken.

N: If you could collab with anyone who would it be and why?

T: Blog and Fashion wise I’m obsessed with Leonie Hanne from Ohhcouture, not only does she have amazing style and is gorgeous, but she’s the sweetest person and I would love to be able to experience a day in the life. Ultimate dream though is to work as interviewer for music artists so hey there Rolling Stones I’m available whenever you want me!

N: A parting word?

T: Be confident in who you are and you can’t go wrong. It doesn’t matter if you are wearing a $10 dress or a $10,000 dress, if you wear that $10 dress with confidence everyone will believe in you too, and you’ll look like a million dollars!

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. 


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.


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.


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.


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.




The Fashion Vault: Feature Interview

REPOST: Thought i’d share the beautiful interview Maryanne from The Fashion Vault wrote on me.

Take a peep xx


 Model of the moment Nicola is taking Canberra by storm. In between back to back modelling shoots and running her blog, my gal pal spared a few minutes to talk to me in my apartment over a cheese board.
 Who are you and where are you from?

I was born on Anzac Day in Darwin in the military! I moved to Canberra when I was 7 years old and started school at Girls Grammar. I’ve lived in 10 houses growing up! I studied Double English in school. I also loved science, if I could do a second degree, I would go into Medicine! I’m currently studying a double degree in Bach of Commerce and Bach of Public Relations.

So let’s talk fashion! What does a typical uni outfit look like?
Well I can’t wear jeans and a t-shirt that’s for sure! I need to wear something that’s uniquely me. If I don’t feel comfortable or look like crap then I can’t be efficient or get anything done.

How would you describe your style in general? 

Eclectic! I love mixing old, vintage pieces with new, modern staples.

My colour palette is quite neutral – my favourite colour to wear is tan or camel. I would probably say I hate wearing black but if I’m being completely honest, I always incorporate that into my wardrobe.
What are your Top 3 items that you can’t live without?

Blazers, shoes and a good jumper.

Who’s your style icon? 

My Grandma, she’s had a massive influence. Danielle Bernstien from We Wore What, Chiara Ferrigani from The Blonde Salad and Super Model, Gigi Hadid.

What’s your favourite accessory?

Watches for sure! I don’t really wear much jewellery but I love my watches and I have so many bands to dress up or down a look. Sunglasses too, so many fun things you can do with sunnies.

Favourite and worst fashion trend? 

Probably vintage trousers, because I love trousers!

So you have a blog, how did that start?

Well it’s a funny story! It started as an assignment in Florence when I was studying Communication, Media & Fashion. We had 3 minutes to pull a logo, name and blog page. So I created my blog, with the assistance of my friends to come up with a name that suited me.. The Tipsy Blonde Fashion Blog was born. Further down the track it is now known as Blonde & Co. We were sent to Milan Fashion Week as starting content to write about. So I did all this fashion stuff overseas and got back to Canberra and wanted to continue it. I did this really vulnerable video on my Insta stories one time and I didn’t realise I had an effect on people! I had people interacting and engaging with me more than ever before.

How fun! So what can we expect to find on it? 

My outtake on fashion trends, top picks on different seasons, different fashion events, travel and lately I’ve been into skincare.

What’s your modelling story?
I saw a good friend walk in FASHFEST when I was young and hadn’t finished Year 12. I pretty much threw myself in the deep end and didn’t know what to expect when I gave it a go! I auditioned and cried and told my mum when I got in. After that I joined HAUS Models!
Favourite model at the moment? 

Gigi Hadid, Steph Claire Smith and Brooke Hogan.

Favourite designer at the moment? 

Balmain – I love the military look because I had that background growing up. I love Chanel – I’m a classic pearls and tweed jacket kind of girl. Closer to home I love Zara and Seed. Oh and Dior gowns – anything from Paris really!

Words by Maryanne

Photography by @wearefoundau

48 hours at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week

Mercedes Benz fashion Week. This time last week Australia’s most fashionable, media, and bloggers, models and of course retail buyers descended upon Carriage Works, Sydney, to view the upcoming Resorts Collections by leading Australian designers and up and coming talent.












Tuesday 15th May; 4 Shows, 2 outfits, 1 glass of champagne and a dream.

This is fashion week in and out in 48 hours.

The day began with a complimentary long black from Victoria coffee on route to the “Nouveau Fleur” Resort ’19 Collection by We Are Kindred. The runway was set as a floral garden in which the romantic dresses floated down. The colour hues ranging from soft pastels to moody midnights – with hints of metallic. This seasons prints took on an art nouveau inspired glamour. The flirty spirit of the brand was emphasized through frilled hemlines and thigh-high slits. The divine feminine collection was brought to life with a sweet collaboration with Sarah J Curtis Collections.







Second stop for the day was a detour of women’s fashion to view Blair Archibald’s fashion week debut collection “ The Last Knitting Mill”. It was a surreal raw display of fashion concepts. Garments were stripped back to their original fibres, in doing so illuminating the process behind working with wool and local suppliers. The collection included structure coats, tailored pants and turtlenecks to create textured layers. Sweet plum hues were seen dotted among charcoal and ash greys. An exceptional debut, however footwear could be improved.








Post shows; included a glass of wine, lunch and an outfit change.

Back at Carriage Works to mingle and people watch before the highly anticipated C/MEO collective show. The venue was buzzing with fashion heavyweights, reality TV stars, models, bloggers and more! Lights down, music up and down the intricate runway streamed pinks, yellows and reds accentuated by candy stripes, puffed sleeves and rouched detailing. This resort collection will be a divine addition to your summer wardrobe, stay tuned for its launch!


















It was a brisk walk back into the main gallery for the final show of the day. Thurley’s “Fable” show was nothing short of a star studded front row. With an Aperol spritz in hand the show began. Thurley is renown for their attentive use of fine detail. The collection debut summer yellows, soft pinks and whites, lace, crochet and embroidered detail. Over all a nod to the 70’s and a divine resort collection.














The close of the show was the end of our fashion week. What a whirlwind of glamour, trend setting, coffee and the hustle that is Australian fashion. From the streets to the runway the buzz and enthusiasm around fashion was overwhelming. Individual street style was displayed in a parade between shows captured by street photographers. Overall an unreal atmosphere and exception week pulled together by Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. Congratulations to our beloved designers who showed last week, we are tremendously excited for the resort collections to drop


Autumn in The Capitol

My Top 5 picks and favourite trends for AW ’18 in Canberra.

Those local to CBR know how brutally cold it gets here and that the way to survive is through layering.

Autumn is deceptive at the best of times. We find it below 10 degrees in the morning, then at least 22 degrees and sunny by midday!

So, below are my favourite layered looks for this season- seen across the globe at various fashion weeks.



Keep it casual with the awful but somehow fabulous trend of chunky dad sneakers. Plaid over sized blazers are a must have and layer perfectly over a plain tee or light sweater.

The perfect outfit that’ll take you across all occasions throughout the day.

2. Image: Danielle, WeWoreWhat


What better way to keep wearing your favourite dresses, even as it cools down, than to pop on tights and a pair of boots!

This outfit can be so diverse and worn for all occasions. Patterned tights can add detail to a plainer dress and the height of your boots will add formality.

For those cooler mornings and evenings pair with a crop leather jacket or longer coat.

3.Holly Titheridge - Paris Fashion Week ‘18


For those warmer days, brave bare legs and flat boots pair with a statement mini skirt. Layer with a light jumper and structured over coat to achieve optimal comfort no matter the time of day.

Style with a hat or beret for a chic warm look. A silk neck tie or scarf can be a fun alternative to a necklace!



ALL THINGS FUR THIS SEASON!! Whether it’s cropped or floor length a fur is a must have this season! As we saw across fashion month, it’s all about bold colours when it comes to fur – stray from tradition and grab something a little extra!

I can’t get enough of pastel pink, brilliant red and crazy cheetah patterned furs. You’ll catch me wearing them with equally flamboyant pants too. Plaid is the new plain – find a cheque that suits you and wear them EVERYWHERE! They are such a diverse pant and again can be dressed up or down with shoe choice and accessories.

Use them as a statement piece or layer with a matching jacket.



I LOVE this trend! It is so perfect for the bipolar weather we have here in Canberra. A lighter denim or Cotten jacket under an over coat.

This is what AW fashion is about – paring unlikely items together to create something unique, bold and warm!

The layering of jackets creates a new dimension to the look and can take the outfit from a just tee shirt to be worn inside to park side coffee with all layers intact.

Again plaid is a prominent feature for over coats or blazers. Jeans will give a casual everyday feel to the look while slacks or culottes will formalise it. Pair with chunky sneakers, mules or boots depending on the occasion and your mood!

Hands up who can’t wait for Autumn to officially roll in!?

Let me know you’re favourite looks this season in the comments below! Jump across to our Facebook for latest updates.

N x

It’s Fashion Week in The Capital!

This week fashion models, writers, bloggers, designers, magazines and so many more flock to Paris for Fashion Week. 

While I’d love to jet across the world again to mingling with the elite of fashion and cover the goings on in Paris -I can’t, as I’m need here in Canberra.

 This week you’ll find me, backstage, front row and on the runway of Canberra growing fashion week. FASHFEST. It’s the capitals take on fashion and you won’t be disappointed! 

Founders and directors Clint and Andrea Hutchinson have taken the buzz, glamour, quality and excitement from Paris fashion week and installed it into the heart of the Nations Capital. 

Established and emerging designers from across Australia and New Zealand will be debuting the latest season collections along side up and coming musicians and VJ’s. Our models have rehearsed tirelessly perfecting their walks and choreography and are all bursting with excitement to strut down the runway. 

Today the action begins.

With midday call times for meetings, dress rehearsals, hair and makeup there won’t be much time for me to sit back (as media) and take in the event. SO I’ve inlisted and recruited 6 Tipsy friends to cover this weeks fashion experience form their,non fashion world, point of view. 

I’m very excited to hear their thoughts on FASHFEST’s fashion week and can’t wait to share it with you!

So stay tuned for an epic and glamours week ahead! 


As winter comes to an end and spring blows in, Canberra takes its layers off and dusts of its red-carpet attire in anticipation for its largest fashion event of the year, FASHFEST.

Now in its fifth year, the National Convention Center will stage 3 epic nights, 6 distinct shows. One total fashion experience. FASHFEST held from 28th – 30th September will show case over 40 local, national and international designers. All putting forward new season collections and inspirational collaborations.  Fifteen live musicians and DJ’s will also showcase on the runway.

This year FASHFEST shines the spotlight on textiles and designs from the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair Foundation. This features 12 indigenous designers, each presenting a high-end look from textile created in remote communities in the Northern Territory.

New this year, FASHFEST is host to six diverse designers from New Zealand, including several labels from Trelise Cooper, one of the country’s hottest fashion exports. This show is sponsored by the New Zealand high commission.

Returning this year are veteran designers such as Karen Lee, Zilpah Tart. Many local emerging Canberra designers will be making their debut on the cat walk such as Gabrielle Spenser Bridal and De Challie Haute Couture.

Tickets start from $49. VIP and Platinum experiences include an exclusive guided backstage tour. Discount available for two shoe packages and for bookings of six tickets.

FASHFEST will be held at the National Convention Center Canberra. The first show on each night starting promptly at 7 pm and the second at 9 pm.

FF Tickets

For more information on the designers and musicians, follow the links below!!

Iconic Euro Summer: La Rochelle & St Martin

4 Aussies, 3 weeks, 2 countries and 1 suit case each.

How did we survive the European summer studying luxury and fashion while living out of a suit case?

It took late night shopping trips, up-cycling outfits and borrowing dresses off each other but we were able to pull together a new look each day. From the seaside town of La Rochelle, to the chic streets of Paris, and then on to Italy we made a scene everywhere we went. Here are my top picks from our Iconic European Summer, part one La Rochelle & St Martin.



La Rochelle:


Brigitte Yoseski 

Brigitte, pairing her Mocha Australia bag with a trendy Bardot tee. A casual yet stylish look perfect for perusing the streets of La Rochelle.

Monique Anderson

Knotted tops and denim skits were the look of the day as Monique rocked the sweet combination. Paring it with her new season Birkenstock’s creating a summery yet comfortable look.

Nicola Burton

An iconic Gucci tee paired with Tony Bianco mules, carrying a Kate Spade bag. The simple jeans and tee combo perfect for a cooler day in the marina or walking the shopping strip in La Rochelle.

With over 3000 berths, La Rochelle is the biggest sailing marina in Europe. Its unique history and bloody past all revolve around the shipping industry. It now plays host to many boat races each year attracting all star competitors as well as the Red Bull Cliff diving world series off Tour St Nicolas. The quiet city has a budding university town of its own an and international business school. Which both bring thousands of international students to La Rochelle each year.


Over the summer its population grows exponentially, due to summer school students, summer holiday residents, sailors and Les francofolies du La Rochelle.

Ile de Rhe

The ultimate luxury getaway can be found at Les Clos Hotel & Spa, St Martins. Here we spent the day exploring the town, consuming the worlds best ice cream and lounging around in the sun having afternoon tea at Les Clos.

St Martin is a little pocket of untouched luxury heaven. With beautiful boats lining the marina and little boutiques and markets scattered among ocean front restaurants. The functions center and event accommodation at Les Clos is protected as a UNESCO world heritage site due to its history and role in WW2.

The recently renovated and beautifully styled decor reflects the serene surroundings of the island. They have beautifully juxtaposed modern french provincial interior design with the historical structure and foundation of the building.

See our luxury island looks below,

Tayela sporting a little floral wrap dress by Dissh. Paired with casual lace up heels, her look is perfect for a day on Ile de Rhe.

Brigitte work a chic off the shoulder little black dress. Rose gold sandals and her Mocha Australia bag tied the outfit off perfectly.

My outfit was styled with my favorite wide-legged stripped pants by Zara, pair with a cotton off the shoulder tee and my mules. Worn with the perfect shoulder bag by Kate Spade. 

The day ended with a sunset picnic on Plage Mimies in La Rochelle.

Nicola, Brigitte, Monique and Tayela

Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Instagram to stay in the loop with our Euro summer adventures! Flick me a message or comment thoughts or new locations and collaborations that you want to see.

Shop all our looks through the links provided.

All photos courtesy of the girls.

N x


A Guide to the FASHFEST Model Casting

This Sunday FASHFEST will host its annual model casting for Canberra’s biggest red carpet fashion event. On 4 June, at the National Convention Center, more than 400 models will strut their stuff hoping to be selected for FASHFEST 2017. The casting has previously attracted record breaking numbers of aspiring models.

With the only requirement of models being that they are at least 16 years of age by the time of the event, ALL are welcome at the open casting. No experience is necessary since FASHFEST provides extensive training.

While a model casting may seem daunting, especially for those with little experience, I’ve taken the time to create a little guide to get you through the day. It’s based on my own experience. I applied last year and landed on the catwalk. I had a blast!



REGISTER. This may seem obvious but it’s a step that can be forgotten in the excitement and buzz around the event. So, if you haven’t registered, head on over to FASHFEST, enter you details and follow the prompts. Registrations close on 1 June.

FASHFEST Model casting tile

If you’ve registered skip this step!


The Lead up

Ensure you are presenting your best self to the judges. The lead up to the casting should involve a rigorous skin care routine, exercise, healthy eating AND lots of water. While this is important it is even more so in the lead up to the actual shows.

PRACTICE! Watch Youtube videos of fashion weeks and walking tutorials. There is an art to walking on the runway that takes practice and thought, for most it doesn’t come naturally. It’s crucial you are able, comfortable and confident with walking in heels too (girls).

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The night before

A beauty sleep is essential. While black is in, black bags under your eyes is a bad look. Have a bath, moisturize every inch of yourself and wash your hair. Again, while this may seem self-explanatory, some seem to forget…

Make sure you have suitable heels to walk in and an appropriate outfit ready to go (see the model info pack emailed to you upon registration).

Pack food and water as it is a long day and you’ll need energy.



Head into the foyer of the National Convention Center and make your way to the registrations desk, where you’ll be assigned a number and have things explained to you. Mingle and chat with others until the FASHFEST team tells you what’s next. Stay calm and avoid being pretentious.

Have fun. The model casting is a fun day, with photographers clicking away and music. Make friends. Take selfies. Tag #FASHFEST. Enjoy yourself.



This may seem terrifying at first but it’s the best part of the day and the whole point of the day. You’ll learn heaps.

Dan Cummins (4)

During my first casting a good friend told me a story about her first casting.

She had arrived as support for her friend not actually wanting to walk. Smack on time she registered but her group ended up being the very last to walk (that’s the luck of the draw). When she was finally called to walk, she was a bit tired and feeling impatient. Still, she stormed the makeshift runway like she was Kate Moss. All her nerves had disappeared throughout the day. She was focused, determined and ended up being selected over her friend. My experience was very much the same. When on the runway you forget about the audience, you focus on your posture, breathing and walk.

My point being, don’t wind yourself up or psychic yourself out, remain calm collected and natural. Focus on your steps, left foot ALWAYS in front of right, as Gigi says, everyone will notice if you don’t, its social suicide. Relax your shoulders, lean slightly back, keep your arms still but ensure you look natural. Again, watch YouTube fashion shows and tutorials before the day as they provide step-by-step instructions on how best to carry yourself down the runway.


As I am not a professional runway model, I’ve reached out to a couple of friends who are. They are both veterans of Paris, Milan, New York and London fashion weeks. I’ve asked them how they prepare for castings and what advice they could give someone for their first casting.

Timur Muharemovic

Agencies: Scoop Models and Premium Models

Tell me about Men’s Fashion week? I don’t sleep, its optional, things are just too crazy but sleep is important. I don’t get nervous, its the same routine each casting.

Do you prepare for castings? No, not really. I’m always ready.

Skin care tips? I always use face cream after the shower to keep hydrated.


Luke Volker

Agencies: Boss- Cape Town, Elite Models Milan, Marilyn Paris, Kult Hamburg and Wilhelmina Models London & LA

How do you approach model castings? What works for me is not to be too much of a kiss ass, that was i become part of the crowd. Oh and to always back yourself 100% of the way in whatever they ask you to do. No one likes a half ass effort.

How do you prepare for castings? I’m pretty much ready to o whenever. Unless I’v had a  big night before I’ll need more time to get ready because little sleep and alcohol make my face puffy haha.

Skin Care tips? I wash and moisturize twice a day and drink a lot of water


All in all, it is a fun day and a worthwhile experience whether you think you’re up for it or not. The judges are looking for a wide variety of models to cater for the vast range of designers.

The casting is the beginning of an exciting and busy lead up to FASHFEST, which will be held at the National Convention Center from 28-30 September 2017. Head to their Facebook page to stay up-to-date and get involved with FASHFEST.

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Look forward to seeing you all ready to walk at the casting! I would love to hear your feedback on castings and runway experience in the comments. head over to our facebook and Instagram to stay up-to-date.