Perth Fashion Festival 2012: Giving Back is the New Black


After a week of incredible fashion, air kisses, gift bags, champagne and way too much fun, we bid Perth Fashion Festival 2012 goodbye with a VIP closing party, Giving Back is the New Black at beautiful Government House.

My hubby and I.  Spot Jenna Clarke’s sparkly Miu Miu shoes bottom right! 

With the super talented Zhivago girls. I love that Lydia (far right) is rocking Zhivago at 5 months pregnant. Respect!

Canapes, wine and champagne abounded, then guests were ushered upstairs for a spectacular show of black evening dresses all made especially for the evening by designers like Morrison, Ange Lang, Poppy Lissiman, Ae’lkemi, Zhivago, Breathless, Little Gracie and Ellery.

Sarah Pauley in Ae’lkemi’s lace nude dress

Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi made a heartfelt speech thanking everyone for their contribution and support for Perth Fashion Festival 2012.  The Governors wife Tonya McCusker then took the stage and mentioned that although Ae’lkemi was one of her favourite designers, their lace nude dress wouldn’t be appropriate for the Governors wife to wear.

Guests were then surprised with a parade of sensationally colourful creations that had been showcased throughout the week.

And so we bid adieu to the week that was Perth Fashion Festival 2012.  What really stood out for me was the amazing support, creativity and passion not only for fashion and style but for all of the exciting things that are happening here in Perth and WA.  We need to continue to nurture and support all of our amazing artists, designers, bloggers and small businesses that are flying the flag for ‘Brand WA.’

And now it’s time for me to swap my stilettos, gowns and champagne for ballet flats, jeans and babycino’s.

Until next year fashionistas.  It’s been a blast.

A xx

What were your favourite events from Perth Fashion Festival 2012?



Perth Fashion Festival 2012: An Evening with Flannel


The WA Museum was transformed into a glittering 1920’s playground straight out of Boardwalk Empire for an Evening with Flannel on Monday night. Models were swathed in floaty, shimmering, feathered creations with pearls in their hair.  Guests were treated to cocktails and champagne ahead of a delicious two course meal.

I was invited along to the event as Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi’s guest – talk about making a girl feel special!  I’ve long been an admirer of Lisa’s; she is passionate, bright, inspiring and fascinating to talk to – she certainly had our table captivated. She’s also super stylish, glamorous and loads of fun. Sisters are doing it!

I spotted Candice wearing One Fell Swoop and stylist extraordinaire Ivanna looking fabulous in Kirrily Johnston, love love love the draping.

Glamorous social editor of The West, Di Bauwens in sequins and fur with style queen Emma Milner rocking a 1920’s tasselled number.

The champagne bar was created using a cardboard cut out – how clever! Would love to know what they’re going to do with it now?

Group love with some of the glam girls from the evening before heading home with our fab gift bags.

A xxx

Tomorrow on the blog, the VIP closing event for Perth Fashion Festival: Giving back is the new black!  Oh what a night!

Perth Fashion Festival 2012: Morrison

Last night Morrison kicked off the Perth Fashion Festival 2012 shows at the Perth Museum with a capsule ‘Retrospect’ collection of cobalt blue, crisp white, black and gorgeous green prints.

The collection was sleek and sophisticated and reminiscent of husband and wife duo Kylie Radford and Richard Poulsens work over the past decade of luxe everyday wear, while incorporating some more structured pieces.

The star of the night was undoubtedly the gorgeous guide dog who closed the show to a massive round of applause and drew a flurry of attention afterwards. One of his biggest fans was Premier Colin Barnett who came over to say hello.

Finally I got to meet the incredible Laura of Peanut Moonbeam Knickers, Laura has just completed 30 Days of Restyle for PFF.  I’ve been following her blog for a few months now and love her super quirky style, last night she was wearing a fabulous floor length tutu.

I was also introduced to Wayne Cooper who attended the show with Perth businessman Wayne Teo and his lovely wife Amanda.  He’ll be a special guest at todays Myer luncheon and VIP evening.

For all the details of events over the coming week, head to the Perth Fashion Festival website.

A xxx

Five Minutes with Jenna Clarke from WA Today

Jenna Clarke is entertainment and lifestyle editor at WA Today, fashionista extraordinaire and espresso martini lover. I caught up with Jenna to find out what she’s loving in her life.

You’re known for your unique style – what inspires your amazing fashion sense?

At the risk of sounding cliché everything inspires me. Travel, films, books, my mood, the weather, the Pinterest pages of Russian millionaires, fashion bloggers from everywhere from Harlem to Helsinki and the emerging coolness that is Aussie street style.

Which five people (dead or alive) would you love to invite to a dinner party?

  1. My late grandmother, Violet
  2. Isabella Blow
  3. Candace Bushnell
  4. Hillary Clinton
  5. Tina Fey

Describe your ultimate day out in Perth? 

I love a late breakfast on Beaufort Street followed by a long leisurely wander around the bookshelves at Planet Books then meandering down to the Beaufort Street Merchant for a glass of Tempranillo and calling it a day at Luxe with a sloe gin sour or espresso martini.

If I’m not doing that you’ll find me elbow deep inside the William Street boutiques including Rummage and all the other nooks and crannies that are filled with great vintage finds.

Then I’ll pop across town to Claremont which, to me, represents the new age creative hub thanks to Poppy Lissiman’s Addition store, Zara Bryson and Josie Clough establishing It’s Now Cool headquarters there.

With Perth Fashion Festival just around the corner, what are you most looking forward to? Who are your favourite WA designers?

I’m really looking forward to Garth Cook taking the sensible (and profit spinning) approach and showing a combination of his spring/summer looks with his autumn/winter and resort collections which are already in stores.

I’m also looking forward to seeing our great WA fashion bloggers being given the opportunity to show us their style chops at the Restyle on the Runway show.

To keep up to date with everything A list that’s happening in Perth, follow Jenna on Twitter @jennamclarke and check out her column at WA Today.

A xxx

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