There was no chance of Perth's stormy weather wreaking havoc at Carillon City's Fashionably Loud parade at Fashion Central this year.
Unlike last year's show at Brookfield Place, which saw fashion punters ducking for cover amid wind-swept rainy conditions, event organisers came prepared this time around, quite literally refusing to let anything rain on their parade.
Even though the heavy downpours were reminiscent of last year's show - which saw Fremantle indie pop rockers San Cisco perform amid a raging storm - today's music-infused fashion pop-up show rolled on without fuss.
Nestled in the heart of the bustling Forrest Place precinct, fashion lovers, tourists and curious city shoppers spilled into the packed-out weather proof marquee to watch the parade, which was set abuzz with a beat-pumping music set compiled by hot Aussie DJs the Faders.
This year's parade oozed a relaxed, youthful vibe, with the contingent of 14 head-bopping, iPhone selfie-taking models revving up the crowd as they let loose on the runway.
Although the free event was open to the public, it was also brimming with Perth's fashion-savvy social crowd.
Top indigenous model Samantha Harris, fashion commentator Kate Waterhouse, recently retired West Coast Eagles great Andrew Embley and wife Rayne, Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi and Perth Fashion Festival director Mariella Harvey-Hanrahan were among the VIP guests who filled the front row seats to get a glimpse of the action.
Perth stylist Zara Bryson styled the runway looks, drawing from an array of Carillon City's high-end and affordable fashion retailers.
The end result was an eclectic fashion showcase bursting with the hottest on-trend spring-summer looks that varied from urban chic (think beanies fastened with dainty veils), and grungy rock to polished glam.
Bryson said she also drew inspiration from the edgy fashion styles of The Faders' Milly Gattegno and Suhana Lye, who stood atop the runway in an elevated DJ deck.
"We wanted to make it about the fusion between fashion and music, and we wanted it to reflect the style of The Faders as well," Bryson said. "So it's very much about street culture, urban vibes, cool high-low mix of expensive pieces and affordable pieces that still maintain that high-fashion look."
While vibrant colours will still be on-trend for spring-summer fashion, Bryson - who was also behind the looks for last year's Fashionably Loud and was called in to style a string of Fashion Central shows this year - said there was also a revival in the more subdued black-and-white palettes and the grungy 90s rock look.
"I think the strongest trend that we'll be seeing is monochromatic black and white," she said. "It's huge for spring-summer, so you'll definitely be seeing a lot of that. We'll also be seeing some metallics, and also a slightly 90s styling harking back to cool rock t-shirts."
"It's a little bit more subdued this year, everything is a little bit more muted except for when you're looking at the really crazy vintage looks and the swimwear, where bright is where it's at."
Bryson was also relieved that this year's parade unfolded under a storm-proof set-up.
"We definitely learnt our lesson from last year," she laughed. "We want to make it the best Fashion Central yet, so this structure was a real labour of love by Luxe Events.
"They wanted to make it a really gorgeous show venue that would give it that real wow factor. I'm really really happy with it and obviously being waterproof is fantastic for your unexpected September storms."
Fashion Central, which is part of the 15th annual Perth Fashion Festival, will be brimming with a number of fashion parades this weekend, including Saturday's Amore and Sorvete with Poppy Lissiman showing at 1.30pm and the Skye & Staghorn swimwear parade at 4pm.PERTH FASHION FESTIVAL FULL COVERAGE
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