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: Fashionably Loud with Zara Bryson

A crowd of glamorous gals and guys braved the stormy Perth weather for Zara Bryson’s Fashionably Loud in Brookfield Place yesterday.  A parade of colourful spring time ensembles graced the catwalk to the sounds of indie-pop band San Cisco.

I finally got to meet the fabulous Zara Bryson, YAY!

Jordana from Perth Style with online editor of Famous Weekly Magazine, Jody.

I didn’t get a chance to tell this girl how much I loved her outfit, polka dots and floral – SWOON!

Jenna Clarke always delights me with her whimsical outfits, this time it was a gorgeous cream cape with a knitted hat.  Jenna is covering Perth Fashion Festival 2012 at WA Today.

Jill is the PR maven for radio stations 92.9 and 94.5, I spotted her outfit from afar and fell in love with the floral pants, lace top and neon neck candy – all from Zara Bryson shop!

Then it was time for me to dodge the rain and sidestep puddles in my ankle booties Carrie Bradshaw style in time for my next event, the Myer VIP evening.

A xxx

What have been your favourite PFF 2012 events so far?

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?

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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