Inspired by Tokyo, technology and the infamous Shinjuku Robot Restaurant, Jaime Lee‘s show was an array of colour, shine and neon. The show’s high energy kept viewers captivated from start to finish. To say the show was visually stimulating would be an understatement, it was much more than that – the big screens showed a video montage from the Robot Restaurant and at the end of the runway were two silver unicorns with a neon rainbow arch framing the models as they posed. Pair this with a loud, high BPM soundtrack and you have an atmosphere similar to Tokyo’s hectic night-life!
I loved the progression of the looks throughout the show, with models in groups of three representing mini-stories within the collection. From cute, kawaii mini dresses, to psychedelic and floral prints and of course the different colour stories of sequins and feathers! It was also so great to see Jaime Lee delve into more ready-to-wear pieces, with looks in more wearable silhouettes as opposed to the beautiful gowns she is renowned for. And to end, she sent pieces from her demi couture Bridal range down the runway.
Another highlight were the shoes! Oh my the shoes were insane! It was a collaboration between Jaime Lee and bespoke shoe designer Kira Goodey of Kira Goodey Bespoke Shoes. The dragon boots (pictured above) were unbelievable! Kira is one talented lady! I interviewed her recently. The post will be up later this week. I can’t wait to share with you more detailed images of the shoes from this show!
Dilettante‘s show was an excellent start to this years Telstra Perth Fashion Festival. I loved the minimal set-up. The white runway was illuminated by rods of fluorescent lights down either side of it. The bright light and white runway was reminiscent of their city store’s newly refurbished space. The stark brightness was a welcome change to many runway shows I have been to – it really gave us the opportunity to see the intricate details of the looks.
Dilettante showed new collections by designers Yang Li, 33 Poets and Toni Maticevski. Yang Li was first up, with the incredible Kia Low opening – the Australian model has walked for the likes of Dior, Chanel, Giambattista Valli and Louis Vuitton to name just a few. Yang Li was the stand-out for me, I loved the styling – every look was perfect!
33 Poets designer Rebecca Paterson is a Perth-fashion veteran. She really has an eye for amazing fabrics. Ethnic influences were evident in the collection, with printed motifs and embroidery on many of the fabrics.
The crowd was in awe when the models made their way down the runway in Maticevski’s dresses and even more so for the bold, billowy gowns – their big silhouettes looked amazing on the runway!
Last Friday night was Perth’s premier annual fashion fundraising event STYLEAID. Every year funds raised goes to not-for-profit organisation The WA AIDS Council, whose work supports those who live and are affected by HIV/AIDS. It has been seventeen years since STYLEAID‘s beginnings and it just keeps getting better and better every year. The theme for 2015 was GO GO, which revolved around the fashion and design revolution of the 1960′s with references to the Pop Art era, the classic 60′s paper dress, 60′s design icon Mary Quant and The Dolly Bird.
I love covering this event; not only because it is for a great cause, but also because I get to see the goings on behind the scenes and also see the entire show from the media pit – it’s a really fun night getting amongst it all. The designers and retailers that showed this year include Dilettante, Aurelio Costarella, One Fell Swoop, Varga Girl, Salasai, Monster Alphabets, Ae’lkemi, Yuuki and I Love Mr. Mittens to name just a few.
If you haven’t been to STYLEAID before, I really recommend going. You can organise an entire table for yourself and nine friends, enjoy a three-course meal, wine, fashion and entertainment and best of all, it’s all for an incredibly worthy cause.