Perth fashion festival: The TPFF 2017 OPENING NIGHT

Telstra Perth Fashion Festival’s new-look Fashion Paramount opened last night with a runway spectacle celebrating the beauty of the female form.

In one of the boldest shows seen to date, Opening Night  unfolded with a powerful line-up of leading local and national designers at Crown Pyramid on Tuesday September 12.

Alice McCall, Albus Lumen, Bec & Bridge, Christopher Esber, Empire Rose and Monster Alphabets revealed their latest collections in a capsule show dedicated to femininity and the modern woman.

Presented by AMP Capital Shopping Centres, the showcase proved how these six style influencers are shaping the Australian fashion industry with their design talent and brave vision.

Chic, bohemian and pretty, Alice McCall’s collection of playsuits, party dresses and statement pieces focused on intricate detailing and delicate hand-embroidery.

In contrast, Albus Lumen is low-key, minimalist and relaxed, letting simple shapes, striking contrasts and premium fabrications do the talking.

Bec & Bridge creates garments for the ‘it girl’, combining contoured lines with sleek silhouettes and confident colour palettes for collections that are contemporary and progressive.

Fresh from showing at New York Fashion Week earlier this year, Christopher Esber has been lauded for his precision tailoring and purity of expression and is a true force to be reckoned with on the Australian fashion scene.

Cult favourite Empire Rose is the most established brand on the line-up and is renowned for luxurious fabrics, majestic prints and a romantic sense of poetic mysticism.

Acclaimed emerging WA label Monster Alphabets rounds out the cast in fitting style, mixing an architectural approach with a sense of form, light and structure.

Telstra Perth Fashion Festival Director Mariella Harvey-Hanrahan said the Opening Night line-up was testament to the strength of the Australian fashion industry.“I am so honoured to have six Australian fashion powerhouses band together to officially open this year’s Fashion Paramount,” Ms Harvey-Hanrahan said.

“We always try to make Opening Night to be bigger and better every year and I think we have certainly achieved that goal with this incredible feast of style and creativity.

You'll have to see our new product to believe it. Yes, they're cute animals involved.

We created Petflair to support Pound Paws, the charity dedicated to reducing the number of pets on death row in animal shelters.

Petflair includes an AMAZING range of custom swimwear, towels,bags and stickers uniquely designed for you and your best friend – dog, cat, whatever!

It is so simple- You take a photo, upload it, and we create an amazing design that’s one-of-a-kind, from your choice of colours, background patterns and styles.

Meet the team – We’re three pet lovers from Sydney, Australia.

Britt is founder of our partner charity Pound Paws, which connects owners with pets on death row in pounds. She wanted to find a way to not only raise funds for the charity, but showcase the amazing companionship & love which owners can have with their pets.

Tyler is an Olympic Water Polo player for Australia, who had a custom swimwear business (and knows all about this stuff!). When he was asked to print a dog on a swimsuit in 2016, he knew it was special idea.

Charlie is a dog-mad computer programmer and designer, who’s made the custom ordering system that could make Petflair possible.

You can support the Petflair campaign and order products by visiting

The perfect canvas carry-all from Hickory Hill Home

Hickory Hill Home’s Canvas Carry-All is perfect for weekends. This open-top style has been crafted from heavy-duty coated canvas and boasts a supremely spacious cotton-lined interior complete with zipped and pouch pockets.

Hickory Hill Home, khaki 100% 24oz breathable canvas with navy and white striped cotton lining and snap closure, Canvas Carry-All, RRP $159.95

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Source: Hickory Hill Home

Zimmermann Debuts Spring 2018 Ready-to-wear Collection at New York

This week Zimmermann debuted it’s Spring 2018 Ready-To-Wear collection, Goldentime, with a runway show at New York Fashion Week.

Notable attendees included Australian’s Laura Brown, Alexandra Agoston, Shanina Shaik, Stef Bambi, Carmen Hamilton and Jessie Bush, alongside notable fashion month faces Tim Blanks, Caroline Vreeland, Pandora Sykes and Susie Lau.

Model Ine Neefs led the runway followed closely by Aussie Roberta Pecoraro and Devon Windsor who closed the show.

“For Spring 18, I was inspired by images from the 60’s and 70’s of the sunny, beachside strip called the Gold Coast in Australia. Beachside suburbs like Surfers Paradise were developed into glamorous holiday spots, and the must-visit honeymoon destination of the time,”
Zimmermann Creative Director, Nicky Zimmermann.

Goldentime is sexy and fresh. The setting is summer and the girls are sandy, sweaty and bronzed. Hemlines are short and slinky knit wear in solid block stripes add a surf-vibe. Low necklines and dripping chain and shell jewellery give off nonchalant sex-appeal.

“I was really attracted to the simple, sunny feeling in the photos – the somewhat kitschy hotels and apartments contrasted with the surf, the beautiful white sandy beaches and a radiant, golden light. This clear light is something very Australian for me and something I’m always drawn to.The blues are bluer and the colour just goes pop.”

The collection is optimistic, catching the light. Prints are ultraviolet in aqua, citrus and pink. Tight accordion pleats are gathered and spliced, intensifying prints like the sun’s rays. Shorts riff on board-shorts, this time cut high on the thigh with flared hems for a flirty edge. Appliqué patterns outlined in neat French knots add a modern take on texture and graphics.

“I wanted to create a fresh and airy collection against this backdrop. Silhouettes are less about any era and more for their ability to carry the crisp and sheer fabrics. And I wanted that transparency for light to shine through the garment. Prints are floral and fresh and all on white bases – they’re definitely inspired by the time.”

Shirt-dresses are nipped at the waist with full skirts at various lengths. White is used for balance such as Linen shirting trimmed with braid and looped button edging, worn with matching flared trousers. Pant-outfits stand out in print-onprint combinations including intricate details added through new techniques developed in-house: bespoke lace and graphic artworks are applied in appliqué and trims made in Zimmermann’s own fabrications match-back with garments.

“Our approach to styling the show was to see it on the runway the way we would want to see our ideal girl wearing it on the street. It’s my favourite thing to see someone wearing one of our highly detailed dresses with fresh white runners, a bit undone and just really effortless and sexy.”

T-bar flats and sculptural wedges are decorated with shell anklets. White leather sneakers give intricate outfits a cool, casual edge. Select looks cinched at the waist by embroidered woven leather bum bags.

Source: Zimmermann

Swimwear from OPERA Luxury 2018 - collections perfect for summer

Direct from the catwalks of Europe to the beaches of Australia, OPERA® Luxury 2018 collection is the ultimate in elegance in swim and resort wear. The epitome of style and glamour, these stunning designs exude luxury.

Lazing around on the yacht or sipping cocktails at the beach bar, you will never be out of style with OPERA® Luxury 2018.

The collection draws inspiration from diamonds, nautical and the tropics, with an emphasis on sophistication. A collection of superior quality and high-end design, synonymous with this exciting swimwear brand.

The beauty is in the detail, meticulously designed elements, high-end trims and breathtaking digital prints, with wow factor. Choose your signature look from stunning capsule collections that include, Ginkgo Fantasy, Marina Deluxe, Sweet Fifties, Fibre Waves, Bright Lily, Summer Night Leaf and the ultimate Diamond collections.

OPERA® Luxury 2018 has countless styles, so you can mix and match in your favourite collections. Choose from stunning swimsuits, bikinis, tankinis, kaftans and resort wear. With so much choice, you are guaranteed to find the perfect style and fit.

OPERA® is a label steeped in heritage, combining German exacting standards of craftsmanship and expertise, with the finesse and elegance of European styling. Unparalleled design using the latest innovations in fabric and garment technology. Fabrics that are resistant to chlorine, perspiration and suntan lotion, as well as quick drying technology.

Secret body form support, underwire for comfort and convertible multi-styles for versatility.  As a result of decades of experience, OPERA® now offers a virtually perfect fit, celebrating the beauty of a woman’s form.

The OPERA® summer 2018 collection offers complete looks for your summer wardrobe with swimwear, kaftans and resort wear. OPERA® stock cup sizes A to G in sizes 8 to 18, with selected designs available up to size 22.

Source: Opera