Want to know where to go? From runway to rock 'n' roll, Pip Christmass reveals her picks for this Perth Fashion Festival.1. VIP OPENING NIGHT - ONE FELL SWOOP
Expect a magical night - a combination of great fashion, fine food and wine, and an historic venue in the Perth Town Hall. Rising label One Fell Swoop won the Most Innovative Designer of the Year Award last year and continues to build a strong reputation for its draped, diaphanous designs. It's quite an honour for a comparatively unknown label to open a fashion festival - come and see what all the fuss is about.
September 19, 7pm, Perth Town Hall2. AN EVENING WITH FLANNEL
A reprise of a soiree Flannel designer Kristy Lawrence held in Sydney earlier this year, this is your chance to see the presentation of a fashion collection in a context other than the runway. A 1920s-themed sit-down dinner with a parade styled by former Vogue fashion editor Meg Gray, this is set to be an unmissable night. Expect fine champagne, Great Gatsby glamour and fashion by romantic candlelight.
September 24, 7pm, Hackett Hall, WA Museum3. VIP CLOSING NIGHT: GIVING BACK IS THE NEW BLACK
When people say fashion is frivolous, they often forget how many fashion events are held in the name of charity. The Festival's closing night is being held in conjunction with Ready to Work, a charity that supports disadvantaged women. See a parade of "little black dresses" from some of WA's finest designers and do something good for your community at the same time. A selection of the dresses shown on this night will then be on display at Claremont Quarter from September 26-October 14.
September 25, 7pm, Government House Ballroom4. MORRISON
One of WA's most established labels will open proceedings at Fashion Paramount, held again this year in the elegant surrounds of the WA Museum's Hackett Hall. Expect all the Morrison signatures - wearability and quality mixed with a fashion edge. This is a popular WA brand that is just going from strength to strength.
September 20, 6.30pm, Hackett Hall, WA Museum5. WA DESIGNER COLLECTIONS
Always one of my PFF favourites, this group parade always provides a great snapshot of what Perth's designers are up to and points to the diversity and talent in our isolated State. From red-hot eveningwear designer Ange Lang to exciting newcomer Anna Excell, there's plenty to look forward to here. Also expect plenty of feminine, vintage-inspired fashion via labels like Peppermint Milk, On a Whim, Little Gracie and Wild Horses.
September 21, 6.30pm, Hackett Hall, WA Museum6. AE'LKEMI
ae'lkemi designer Alvin Fernandez's show at PFF last year was one of the highlights of the event. This year he takes out closing honours at Hackett Hall. Expect his trademark combination of high-voltage glamour and 1970s-inspired resort wear with a sporty twist. What you see on this night will no doubt be on the bodies of WA's most high-profile personalities the next day.
September 23, 9pm, Hackett Hall, WA Museum7. STUDENT RUNWAY
Traditionally the most outrageous and conceptual of the week's parades, Student Runway showcases the work of graduate fashion students from WA's various fashion and textile schools at the full flight of their creative fancy. You can look forward to a mix of the crazy and theatrical with the commercial and wearable.
September 23, 6.30pm, Hackett Hall, WA Museum8. DESIGNER CAPSULE 1
This year there are three strong Designer Capsule parades, but this is my pick of the bunch. Featuring the work of talented newcomers Zsadar, Butcher + the Crow, Lisa Marjanovich and Daniella Caputi, see why Perth fashion isn't all about skimpy swimwear and beachy style. For details on the other two Designer Capsule parades go to perthfashionfestival.com.au
September 20, 9pm, Hackett Hall, WA Museum9. FASHIONABLY LOUD
Fashion has always been inspired by music - and vice versa. See the two come together at this one-off event at Brookfield Place, which will see boutique owner Zara Bryson style a parade to the sounds of Perth indie band and WAMI winners San Cisco.
September 21, 5pm, Brookfield Place, 125 St George's Terrace, Perth10. BEST WESTERN
A fashion festival wouldn't be complete without a complementary cultural program. The pick of this year's offerings is fashion illustrator Pippa McManus' Best Western exhibition at Carillon boutique Hatch (worth checking out in itself, as it stocks only WA designers). McManus' exhibition is inspired by the fashion photography of Pierre Toussaint and the "face" of PFF, model Nicole Pollard.
September 12-28, Hatch, Shop 55 (Hay Street Level), Carillon City, PerthFor ticketing information go to perthfashionfestival.com.au.