After four heats of fierce competition, the selection of heat-winners and wild card Brisbane fashion designers showcasing in the sunny Capulet Bar courtyard (for Fashion Friday Final on Sunday 1 December) included:
(In order of appearance):
I Found Lucy
Fabled and True
These girls are all SO talented and after seeing what they produced for their individual heats, the garments showcased at the final this afternoon were nothing short of inspiring. Brisbane definitely has a developing hub of young designers and events like Fashion Fridays are a great way of getting these designers more exposure.
I Found Lucy:-
The first cab off the rank was I Found Lucy. This label focuses on a youthful whimsy and has a real sense of play. This line is called "the princess and the unicorn" which couldn't be more fitting as some of the items look to be straight from the dress-up box (but suitable for adults).
The second designer to showcase was Lipoa Threads. This label has an African influence and always displays a bright array of bold and often colour-blocked fabrics with beaded detailing. 'A summer holiday' is the best way to describe these garments. Lipoa Threads also hand-make accessories.
Fabled and True:-
The next designer on display was Fabled and True. Firstly, massive congratulations to Fabled and True for wowing the judges and winning the final! The label utilises recycled/repurposed vintage fabrics (ranging from table cloths to dresses). The line shown today is elegant and classic with a vintage feel, with a focus on lace, florals and layering.
Quirky Brisbane label Flynn balances a stark modernist approach with soft feminine wile. A cross between a damsel and an assassin, the label uses a majority of sheer fabrics and plastic to create innovative one-of-a-kind garments and accessories.
Evelyn Curtis displayed a very different line in the final than in the heat. The heat showcase included a spring-inspired set of floral/lace mix-and-match pieces, whereas the pieces shown at the final (after Evelyn Curtis won heat 4), boasted a sexy satin cocktail menu, perfect for the hot summer nights to come. This shows the label's diversity, with one-of-a-kind pieces wearable from season to season.
Jess's line is best described as a modern, edgy, sexy-corporate blend. Giant structured shoulder pads, leather, textured/coated fabrics and a monochromatic (for the most part) palette make up the pieces seen on the runway today.
Undral Fashion brought a shipwreck of wonderful pirate booty to the runway this afternoon, with prints encompassing muted florals and skull motifs. Ladylike patterns (in playsuits and frocks) contrasted to the nature of the prints, paired perfectly with the palette chosen to create the pieces showcased.
If delicate/ornate couture garments are your favourite, then Hoskin Designs will never disappoint. Several oohs and ahs were heard from the runway's side as the elaborate garments strolled effortlessly onto the pavement.
(All images taken on iPhone 5)
That's a wrap! Congratulations to all those that displayed work today and also to the other designers that competed in heats but did not make it into the final. Keep up the good work!
Can't wait until the next runway event on my fashion calendar - Art & Style Event on 13th December at The Met, Brisbane. A few other exciting projects emerging between now and the new year, also. Watch this space!