a night of fashion at the art gallery

I was lucky enough to be asked to be one of the guest bloggers for a premiere fashion event in Adelaide at the end of September: A Night of Fashion at the Art Gallery. Presented by Attitude Magazine and sponsored by Honda, this was a night to be remembered. I can honestly say that this was one of the best fashion events I have seen in Adelaide.

Fashion shows in Adelaide can tend to be quite kitschy and commercial: this show went the complete opposite way. Being set in the Art Gallery of South Australia, with the runway spanning through four rooms in the Elder wing, you felt as though it could be a couture show in Paris. The runway was slim, well-lit and obviously incredibly long. I even overheard one of the models at the afterparty say the setting of the show was of Paris calibre.

One of the best things about this event, was the wide spread of designers whose collections were shown. Local designers, such as Jaimie Sortino, Paolo Sebastian and couture + love + madness, national labels such as Bianca Spender, Carla Zampatti, Willow and Scanlan & Theodore, and finally, international designers such as Dries Van Noten, Isabel Marant, and notably Moschino, plus many more from designer boutique The New Guard, and designer vintage e-boutique Claire Inc.

Our local designers are couturiers, so with an always ethereal collection from Paolo Sebastian, a gorgeous bridal collection from Jaimie Sortino, and a punchy, eclectic collection from couture+love+madness, all couture bases were covered. The Australian designers were all quite basic, with a focus on drapery and muted colours. It was quite safe styling, but Adelaide can be quite conventional I suppose. The local boutiques Claire Inc and The New Guard, went the complete opposite way however. The incredible graphic print of the latest Dries van Noten was the most memorable of looks sent down the runway from TNG, while Claire Inc (the highlight of the night for me), sending out outrageous Moschino prints and other wonderfully crazy designer vintage items, teamed with flatform sneakers.

I gave a standing ovation after the show. Well done to the team at Attitude Magazine: you have set the bar high for the rest of the Adelaide fashion contingent to compete with. Love and kudos and all the high fives. X

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