It is Thursday 28 August and the group show is on, featuring designers: Talulah, Pistols at Dawn, George Wu, Jack Sullivan, Chetcuti and Urbbana.
What I wore:
Dress from 360 Degrees, West End + shoes by Ninewest & jewels by I am V, Colette Hayman, On Style West End.
Talulah kicks off proceedings tonight with flowing fabrics, billowing skirts and big floral prints. This label is very contemporary, very now and very, very, cool. Black and white is broken up with big bright pink – there are a number of boobtube/short combos – each utilises a different colour combination and print. Dresses are elegant and drape in all the right places. The playsuit also features, much to my delight.
Next up is Pistols at Dawn and finally something for the guys. Pistols at Dawn is funky, fresh and knows best who the modern Brisbane man is and what he wants. I love the items in this collection – the colour combinations are executed to a tee. Shorts and trenches, bare chests, colour clashes, checks and colour blocking – I love that the PaD man is not afraid of colour! The biggest crowd pleasers are the mini-male models– this warms my heart and demonstrates the versatility of PaD. This range covers every occasion from a backyard BBQ to a wedding – I’d put my man in PAD in a second!
George Wu again has gorgeous lace, embellishment, and sheer fabrics. Every piece is more stunning than the next– what a master! Every piece embodies sensuality, femininity and sophistication – each item laced in seduction.
Jack Sullivan debuts his evening wear collection next. What a debut. I can’t explain how much this collection wowed me, moved me and impressed me. I adored it. There is more organza, more beading and more sheer layers – and there is also colour and funk and sexuality in these designs – something that steps away from his bridal wear. I love how adventurous he has been – I love that the gowns allow for a little bit of sass. ‘Nailed it’ would be an understatement. Jack Sullivan is going to be huge. You just wait.
Next on the runway is Chetcuti – and this designer is like nothing I’ve ever seen before. It’s all very big and it’s all very glam and oh so extravagant. It’s old worldy and has a touch of the medieval. I am thrilled to see a designer taking such risks and being so bold. Forget the princess dress, these are fit for queens.
Urbbana closes the show and what a finale it is. Clean lines, sleek silhouettes and even some dandy-esque flavour – I am loving this brand for men. We see suits, we see suspenders and we see vests – kickin’ it old school has never looked so good. Kudos.
Another wonderful fashion week in Brisbane, again bigger and again better than the last. I am sad to see it go for another year but look forward to the glitz and glam next August and seeing just how far this pool of talented designers has come.
Happy Spring fellow fasionistas, the fun is only just beginning
Images by Rosemary van de Linde