ANTM star Jessi Moloney leading Student Runway at Perth Fashion Festival 2009

It’s no secret how much I love the Perth Fashion Festival – I always try to attend as many events as possible and relish the opportunity to view the collections of the many talented designers who call West Australia home. Ahead of the festival, which kicks off on Thursday, September 9, and runs ’til Wednesday, September 15, I’ve thumbed my way through the program to share my favourite events with anyone who cares to read on…

Top of my list, as always, is Student Runway, which is set to go down on Monday, September 13, at Fashion Paramount (the old Gasworks building on Wellington Street). Along with Claire Davies from STM and Johann from Pigeonhole, I’m judging this year’s Student Runway event and had the pleasure of being able to help choose which students will send their garments down the runway. I can assure you all that the students participating in the event are incredible – so I’m expecting big things from this show!


Ae’lkemi at Rosemount Australia Fashion Week

Next on my list are the WA Designer Collections which are split into two groups. Collection 1 will feature garments from Ae’lkemi, Antipodium, Breathless, Empire Rose, Fenella Peacock, Flannel, Liz Davenport, Megan Salmon, Of Cabbages And Kings, Stand International, Story By Tang, S2 and United Constructions. Collection 2, which is actually on a couple of hours before Collection 1, will showcase the work of emerging designers such as Arj Selvam, Daniella Caputi, Elementree, Garth Cook, Leah Tarlo, Leanne Lim, Lonely As A Cloud, Lonely 8-Bit Heroes, One Fell Swoop, On Tour, Pinch And Spoon , Poppy Lissiman and The Butcher And The Crow.


The face of PFF 2010, Sarah Pauley, shot by Thom Kerr

For any fashion blog lover, going to the 15 Minutes event is a must! Styled by yours truly, 15 Minutes will pay tribute to fashion blogs from home and afar, featuring street style looks assembled with garments from Zara Bryson, Merge, Planet, Pigeonhole and Billie & Rose. 15 Minutes is set to go down at Fashion Paramount on Tuesday, September 14, prior to the finale show. I promise this show is going to be lots of fun, so if you’re in Perth, be sure to get yourself a ticket!

Up! The Finale is set to be amazing, promising runway presentations from the queen of colour Jaime Lee Major, the always beautiful Paper Skye and established label Joveeba.


Sarah Pauley wearing Jaime Lee Major and Raspberry & Pop (Photo: Thom Kerr)

Op Shoppers should definitely head along to Re Style which is a free event taking place at Fashion Central in Forrest Chase on Thursday, September 9. Partially styled by me, Re Style aims to teach fashion fans that you can get a great outfit, head to toe, at your local op shop. We’re not talking a traditional vintage look either – I’ll be assembling contemporary looks from second hand garments.

Over the course of the festival, be sure to pop down to the Cultural Centre in Northbridge for Popsicle, the William Street Collective’s annual event. From 10am ’til 5pm daily, you can head along to Popsicle to view the creations of Kiss Me Quick, Lonely 8-Bit Heroes, Little Gracie, PeppermintMILK, Heart City Design, Bad Hair Mountain, White Square, Lovers & Dreamers, Bo Ra, Leah Tarlo, Prufrock, Love Is My Velocity, Ping Pong Diplomacy, Kingbrown Magazine and Hit & Miss Magazine.


Sleeping With The Band by Love Is My Velocity

Grab yourself tickets for any PFF event here.