Milan, Paris, London and New York are the typical cities synonymous with fashion and style. Yet, our little humble abode of Adelaide, in recent years, has certainly climbed up the ranks and is beholden to a rather sought after event on the calendars of bloggers, designers and writers alike: The Adelaide Fashion Festival. I was fortunate enough to cover the event for CLIQUE Mag, a corporate partner of the event, and had the pleasure of seeing some of the best in the state showcase their pristine creations.
In 2016, the event has made Victoria Square its home base making the centre of the city come alive with fashion for five days in October. Renowned members of the fashion industry have flocked to the city for the event with the likes of Tanya DeBono (The Writing) , Philippa Moroney (Vogue Australia) and Canadian supermodel Coco Rocha all on our shores for the festivities to follow.
Last night, the first of the runway shows walked the festival with Adelaide powerhouse BNKR showcasing its labels C/MEO Collective, Keepsake the Label, Finders Keepers and The Fifth. The four of the labels, whilst all keeping true to their own individual quirks, conveyed palates of delicately feminine colouring with bleach pinks, ivories and mustard yellows featuring aplenty. Silhouettes flirted loosely with bodies yet also featured structural and utilitarian elements in craftsmanship. Beauty notes were kept minimal from Media Makeup and Clip Joint Salons, with accessories from Jaggar Footwear and Cinquante Jewellery.
Runway two featured the best of South Australian contemporary fashion showcasing Paige Rowe, Katya Komarova, Millicent Elizabeth, Namoi and Liza Emanuele. The show featured a heavy presence of monochromatic colouring and bold printing, with Liza Emanuele adding a pop of colour to close out the night in 1950s inspired creations.
Guests sipped on Fox Gordon refreshments and mingled in the fashion pack outside in the VIP pre-runway bar and were touched up by the beauty bar inside the complex. Even the trash cans had a make over, with Fashion Trash being the only label appropriate on the night.
The Adelaide Fashion Festival runs until Sunday October 23.