Perth Fashion Festival 2012: One Fell Swoop

Perth Town Hall was transformed into a sea of glamorous fashionistas, designers and models last night for the VIP opening night of Perth Fashion Festival 2012 with One Fell Swoop showcasing their ethereal designs.

I had managed to get lucky last minute tickets to the show and had to perform my very own Perth Fashion Festival ‘Amazing Race’ when I realised my Aurelio Costarella dress was still at the tailors.  I was rewarded by seeing the man himself upon arrival, Aurelio is a true gentleman – stylish, gracious and always happy to stop and say hello.

The One Fell Swoop collection featured lots of exquisite draping using earthy tones – so beautifully soft and feminine and ultra flattering for the female form.

My date for the evening was the one and only Lisa Fernandez from 92.9, she had fun catching up with Alvin Fernandez from WA label Ae’lkemi who are showing on Sunday night.

My other date for the evening was my style mentor Andrea Tonkin; Perth Myer Stylist and fashion blogger at AndAndrea. If you are not already following her, then do yourself a favour and make sure you do! We had a glass of bubbles with the glamorous Claudia Bertorello-Kell, always a pleasure to see her smiling face.

I also saw my gorgeous and very talented friend Lara from Zhivago, wearing a stunning nude Zhivago dress (but of course!).  I am loving her navy dip dyed hair!

I love meeting new people and got chatting to the beautiful Roisin and Zak who I discovered own Alpha Models I wasn’t surprised to later learn that both of them had worked as models themselves – they are both so ridiculously good looking! (and ridiculously lovely.)

We were all super excited to meet stylist extraordinaire Ivanna Fontana (far right) who is Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi’s stylist. As Lisa so perfectly put it, Ivanas name was destined for greatness! She was wearing a white drapey One Fell Swoop dress with black lace up heels, and was just SO beautiful.  Sigh.

We are so lucky to have such incredibly talented designers in WA and I can’t wait to see what else Perth Fashion Festival 2012 has in store for us.

A xxxx

Are you heading to any events for PFF 2012?

Who are your favourite WA Designers?

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Five minutes with Lara from Zhivago

Lara and Lydia of Zhivago

With Perth Fashion Week just around the corner, I thought it would be great to catch up with Lara Kovacevich, one half of WA design duo Zhivago, and find out what’s been happening and what we can expect from their upcoming collection.

How has the past year been for Zhivago?

We have had the most crazy busy year and it has been so amazing. We have just celebrated our 1 year anniversary and in that time we have done three collections, a trade show, a show for PFF, dressed numerous celebrities and signed with a US agent as well as being stocked through Australia. So it seems the busier the better for us!

Nicole Trunfio in Zhivago

Where do you find inspiration for your designs and collections?

We design for ourselves first, what we love, what we would like to wear and what we haven’t been able to find. Each season we pick an inspiration and use that for our shapes, we don’t look to other designers and what they are doing and I think that shows in the clothes. Our shapes are very strong, we love sharp tailoring and using leathers (you will see more of this when winter is released on April 1st), we have been told our look is very European, especially for an Australian label. Summer was a bit of a hint towards the true style of the label but this winter collection will really define the label and its shapes. The winter collection was received really well by the stores so that’s really exciting for us.

What can we expect to see for the SS13 collection?

We can promise we are going more into colour, our first summer collection was quite dark and this new summer collection is more refined, totally different but still very Zhivago in the shapes and tailoring. We aren’t allowed to reveal anything until the PFW show!!

Who are your style icons?

Lydia and I both love Lady Gaga, Milla Jovovich and Daphne Guiness. We love their edgy style and the fact that they will take risks for fashion.

Zhivago are launching their SS13 collection on Saturday 21st April during Perth Fashion Week. For tickets to the show and after party, see here.