Mec & The Maid
Jonte by Jonte Pike
Early last year former West Australian model Sylvia Giacci announced that she was severing ties with the Perth Fashion Festival to launch a rival event entitled Perth Fashion Week. After being rescheduled a couple of times PFW finally launched on Wednesday evening, and to be completely honest with you, the opening event wasn’t anything like I was expecting. At the launch of a fashion festival I think it’s fair to expect a few things – champagne, fashion, small talk and speeches. And though the launch of PFW fulfilled three of those four expectations there was one big omission… fashion. There wasn’t any campaign imagery hanging from the walls or models wearing garments by WA designers or even just clothes on mannequins… Literally no fashion at all. I was perplexed and left feeling pretty unsure about what the coming week was going to be like.
Thankfully things really improved yesterday – a number of incredibly talented designers showcased their wares on a stunning, large scale runway at the Convention Centre (I’m really impressed with the layout of the show space – it feels roomy and high end), kicking off with the New Gen show, featuring Jonte, With Grace, Jessica Bratich, Mec & The Maid, Rosie & Broken and Talweez Kaur Senghera. In my mind the show’s standouts were Jonte and With Grace – who both presented beautiful and cohesive collections that I’m sure will be snapped up by buyers in no time!
With Grace by Emily Bathgate