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?



Bistro Guillaume Opening – Crown Perth


Crown Perth officially opened it’s new restaurant Bistro Guillaume with a lavish soiree over the weekend. Endless rounds of french champagne and cocktails were enjoyed along with freshly shucked oysters, scallops, wagyu beef skewers and escargot.

Bistro Guillaume’s black, white and green decor is strikingly opulent and inviting, and the view of the pool is world class – you could easily be in Dubai, Miami or Las Vegas.

Designer Lara Kovacevich chatted with Emma Milner about Zhivago’s hot new season harness pants.

I caught up with Helen Bossi who looked stunning in her shimmering, sequinned dress.

Johnny Rufffo popped into the party to say hello and was a big hit with the ladies.

Lara Kovacevich with the ever colourful and effervescent Jenna Clarke who was covering the swanky event for WA Today.  Be sure to check out her take on the evening!

For the grand finale, guests were treated to poolside espresso martinis, chocolate truffles, macarons and salted caramels while enjoying an incredible fireworks display.

Crown Perth has evolved into a truly world class venue with the recent additions of Rockpool, Nobu, Bistro Guillaume and The Merrywell.

A xxx

Myer Perth VIP Evening

After dodging rain drops and puddles while zipping through Perths CBD, I arrived at Myer feeling slightly windswept but oh so excited for an evening of friends, designers, fashion and fun.

The floral arrangements were simply stunning and helped to set the spring time mood despite the stormy, wintery weather outside.

Resident Myer stylist Andrea and blogger at And Andrea was rocking Sass & Bide. She has been a total standout during Perth Fashion Festival with her colourful and clever fashion choices.  She also happens to be one of the loveliest, most genuine people you’ll ever meet. (Spot the gorgeous Sarah in the left of the background. I loved her very chic outfit.)

One of my most fabulous long time friends Carol was a guest at the event and met her favourite designer Wayne Cooper.  She was just a little bit excited and managed to tell him ‘I’m a big fan!’.

Gorgeous models ready to hit the stage wearing Wayne Cooper and Aurelio Costarella.

Aurelio Costarella talks fashion magic with guests, he told me he loves these kinds of events where he gets to meet people and have a chat.

I loved Sammi’s gorgeous black dress and lime neon bag, we got chatting and I discovered she was a photographer and a mum of two who was enjoying a rare night out.

Keely looked simply sensational in Sass & Bide, I loved her matching neon iPhone cover and triangle bag. And that hair and those lips! Super swoon!

Special guest Kris Smith was a big hit with the ladies, and was only too happy to pose for photos with a long line of eager fans.

Image courtesy of And Andrea

Andrea and I decided to have some fun and had a mini photo session during the event, Andrea was loving the back detailing on my Zhivago dress and I have to confess… I was loving it too!

A xxx

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?

Black Magic Dress

This is the tale of a black magic dress that fit so perfectly and felt so amazing that it transformed a sleep deprived mumma who had lost her mojo into a fun and fabulous champagne sipping fashionista.

WA design duo Zhivago have managed to make magic happen in just over a year of launching their label with their SS13 collection landing in stockists now.

If you are in need of some fashion magic, it’s worth checking out  Zhivago.

You can follow Zhivago on Twitter here and check out their Facebook page here.

A xxxxx

Do own a magical item of clothing?

Have you ever felt like you’ve lost your mojo?  What helped you get it back?

Zhivago Fashion Show

Emma, me and Di

I was so excited to head along to the Zhivago show for Perth Fashion Week and see what was in store.  Before the show I caught up with two friends, Emma and Di who are both total fashionistas. Emma was wearing the most amazing Lisa Ho floral pants (I’m in LOVE!) with an orange silk shirt and matching Gucci handbag.  Di looked super glamorous in a grecian style Charlie Brown number and faux fur.  I’ve never seen Di looking anything less than totally fab, which makes perfect sense given she is the social editor of The West Australian.

Emma’s floral Lisa Ho Pants and orange Gucci bag

My outfit 

My own outfit was a cream peplum top with black pants, a metal belt from Sportsgirl (as featured in my post here), Mollini peep toe shoe boots, and a vintage Anne Klein crossover bag.

The Zhivago collection was so amazing and diverse, with really beautiful attention to detail.  There were sequin dresses, neon tops, hot leather pants, pleated collars, short shorts, beautiful sheer tops and Zhivago’s trademark dresses.  They also used the most incredible blue fabric that looked like liquid, I am so fascinated to find out what it is!

What I really loved about the collection is that there are pieces that could be incorporated into an everyday wardrobe and then they also had complete showstoppers, like a floor length sequinned gown.

I can’t wait for these pieces to hit the stores!

A huge congratulations to Lara and Lydia for this incredible collection.

A xxx

Did you head along to an event for Perth Fashion Week?

Who are your favourite West Australian / Australian designers?

Happy Friday!

Happy Friday lovelies!  What have you got planned for this weekend?  I’m heading to the Zhivago show for Perth Fashion Week with my gorgeous friend Emma (you can see her guest post ‘Ultimate Autumn / Winter Race wear Guide’ here). I can’t wait!

It was a slow start for me this week, I just couldn’t seem to get going, but with the help of coffee, I’ve made it to Friday – woo hoooo! Here’s some of my favourite and most inspirational reads this week;

I am SO excited to discover this gorgeous girls blog here, she is my new go to guru for all things beauty and make up related.

What would you like to tell your 15 year old self?  You MUST read this beautifully honest and moving post here.

This is so true and I couldn’t have said it better myself.

Thank you so much to my favourite style and fashion blog for my hot trend of the week.

And if you haven’t already met this amazingly fabulous, fun and fashionable girl, then you simply must!

Happy Friday!

A xxx

What have you got planned for the weekend?

What are your favourite and most inspirational reads of the week?