Telstra Perth Fashion Festival has been and gone for another year. So what were my thoughts of this year’s lineup?
Perth Fashion Festival rolls into town each year with the grace of a category 6 cyclone. The conspicuous black tents set up in Forrest Chase and Perth Concert Hall bring with them 5 consecutive days of somewhat organised mayhem, outfit selection pandemonium and an absolute Instagram hounding. Perth fashion designers are run off their feet preparing to showcase their wares, and Perth is a hive of activity. With all the flurry now a distant memory, and the hype now gone, it is time to share my TPFF 2015 experience with you all.
This year, I attended only 3 ticketed shows – Jaime Lee, Future Runway and Phuong My. The rest of my TPFF2015 experience revolved around cocktail hours, public shows in Forrest Chase and exhibition openings. To be honest, it was the latter that I preferred the most! Far more interactive than the runway shows, the exhibition openings and cocktail hours were more of an ‘experience’ than the somewhat lacklustre runway shows (with the exception ofJaime Lee and Target). As per usual,Jaime Lee wowed the audience with an impressive runway setup and her dazzling hand embellishments, and the Future Runway showed some promise in the young WA designers. The rest of the festival was, to be honest, just what I had expected. So what was worth it and what wasn’t?
- Jaime Lee’s impeccably thought out runway show and collection
- Jessica Mauboy’s uplifting performance at the Target runway show
- Meeting the David Downton at his exhibition opening at There Is
- The out of the box student designs seen on both the Future Runway and Signature runways
- Seeing the transformation that Target clothing has gone through in the last 5 years – it is far more contemporary and on-trend these days!
- Catching up with my favourite Perth fashion industry personalities
- Lots of celebratory champagne
- The very long and very bare runway. By the time the models had walked half the length of the runway, we were ready for the next look
- The live vocalist at international runway Phoung My. It sounds like it should be a highlight, but 15 minutes of Michael Buble and a very long runway makes for a lacklustre show
- Ticketed shows only running post 5.00pm. Because none of the ticketed shows ran during the day (like most fashion festivals around the world), it made for very late nights and shows scheduled for a 9.30pm start
- All of the shows being held in a tent outside the Perth Concert Hall
To give you more of an insight into what it is like to attend TPFF, I put together a (shaky and slightly amateur) little video following my TPFF journey. You can find it, and more like it, on my YouTube channel.