TPFF 2015 : Opening Night : Dilettante

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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!

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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.

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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!

StyleAid 2015 : GO GO

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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.

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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.

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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.

Five Senses Cocktail Benefit

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Last Thursday night marked the first of two events as part of Mariposa Perfumery’s Five Senses Benefit. The cocktail benefit was a collaborative effort which brought together many local businesses and creatives to raise funds for Cord – a not-for-profit charity that raises funds for those who have been affected by spinal cord injuries.

Held at FIVE bar in Mount Lawley, the event included a fashion parade which featured designs by One Fell Swoop, Empire Rose and Infamous Friends, as well as items from boutiques Zomp and Lulu & I.

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Accompanying the parade was Cord fundraiser’s signature art exhibition and auction concept. With the aim to explore the relationship between scent and visual art, Mariposa approached 10 local artists to produce new works that depict their interpretation of the unique winter scent they were designated. The artists involved were Lauren Pickering, Pippa McManus, Natasha Muhl, Anna McEachran, Joshua Tavener, Rose Church, Lucinda Hill, Natasha Padernilla, Smij Smith and James Giddy – their works were auctioned off on the night.


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The event successfully tantalised all our ‘five senses’ to the nth degree, but what made it even better was that it was all for a very worthy cause. The next event that will complete the Five Senses Benefit is the VIP Degustation Dinner, which will be held at FIVE bar on Friday 7th August. Tickets are still available to purchase at Mariposa Perfumery. For more information on this upcoming event, please click here.