And that’s a wrap! Telstra Perth Fashion Festival (TPFF) is done and dusted for another year. No more midweek shows, no more playing dress up five out of seven evenings. Sad face. As exhausted as I am right now I love the hustle and bustle of it all. You’ll definitely see more TPFF stuff on the blog in the coming weeks as I have a few shows and hot trends for Spring and Summer I would love to share with you all (plus what I wore to the festival), but I promise we’ll be back to the regular mix of food, fashion and lifestyle very soon (if that is what you’re here for)!
WA is full of brilliant designers and I thought I’d seen them all Wednesday at the first of two WA Designer runway shows (more about that show here) but I was wrong! The second serving of WA designers at the WA Designer Runway #2 Saturday blew my mind, literally. We have so much talent in WA, and it was amazing to discover some new and exciting labels I hadn’t heard of, plus experience the collections of labels I’ve been following for years. I loved all the collections shown on the evening but I thought I’d share my top picks from the show and the latest trends you’ll be seeing all over the scene this season.
HOUSE OF SKYE
Free spirits will love this WA label. House of Skye is all about hand dyed fabric in a neutral colour palette paired with ethnic inspired jewellery to enhance the beauty of the designs. The looks were simple and floaty and the addition of fringed accessories and stunning head pieces tied the concept together! Chic and very on trend. You can find House of Skye all over the city including Varga Girl in Leederville, Indulge Clothing in Mount Lawley and Milk Fashion in Doubleview.
Described as “stylish and comfortable” the WA designer brought floaty, feminine designs in black and white accompanied with straw boater hats adorned with flowers to the runway. I loved the relaxed pleated element seen on both tops and skirts, and I loved the idea of two pieces that could be worn together or separately to create a bold statement. You can find Alexandra King at Common Ground Collective in Fremantle and Department on Beaufort in Mount Lawley.
The brain child of Jessica Priemus and Shimul Minhas Uddin, the label is eco friendly featuring hand woven fabric and embroidery. Well known for their quirky, bright prints and patterns and relaxed vibe, I’ve been a fan for a few years now. The collection featured super cute shift dresses perfect for the sunshine months, and who doesn’t enjoy looking good without destroying the environment? Bhalo can be found at Bibi Vintage in Fremantle and online.
Sugar sweet and girly girl heaven, Curious Birdy (previously Bird On A Wire) is a local label well known for its quirky and fun mix of prints and textures. Think donut print. Yes. Donut print. The latest collection features artistic prints in bright blues and pinks balanced by crisp white. A lot of print clashing went on during that catwalk and guess what – head wraps are very back! Another personal favourite. Gimme gimme. You can find Curious Birdy online or at Merge in Northbridge.
Glam and elegant, Jonté‘s latest collection is all about texture, rich colour and feminine silhouettes. If you have an upcoming special occasion you need to pop down to the studio and have a squiz, so much beauty! My favourite had to be the purple maxi. So gorgeous and glam. I also felt a boho vibe in the new collection, so you know you’ll be on trend if you do pick up a new piece. You can find Jonté’s stunning designs at the Jonté Studio in Balcatta and Perlu in Claremont.
BLUSHED BY TEGAN JACOBS
Described as “statement pieces with a touch of whimsy” I’ll certainly agree post seeing well known WA designer Tegan Jacobs‘ latest collection. Pops of bright red and orange contrasted beautifully with white in her latest offering, screaming sunshine. The collection is very feminine and floaty, perfect for the Australian Summer, and I can see these pieces being a popular resort choice this season. Beautiful! Blushed by Tegan Jacobs can be found on her own website or via the Clique Arcade.
Besides the above mentioned we also experienced the latest collections by PET (bold, vivid prints, and seventies vibes), Wild Horses (sexy, strong and sassy monochrome goodness), Morgan Marks (texture, statement bling and layering), Megan Salmon (feminine, traditional designs in lace and tuelle with a twist), Katherine Dunmill (a rich colour palette and structured and slick designs) and Jessica Bratich (bold leather bags and clutches for the most powerful of women) and can I just say – wow! Next time you’re on the look out for a gorgeous new statement piece or outfit keep it local!
Do you shop local? What will you be wearing this Spring and Summer?