What was most surprising about tonight's Student Runway was that the quality of the construction, in many instances, was as good as - if not better - than some of the work I've seen by more "established" designers this week.
This is an enormously gratifying thing to observe - that graduate students are coming out of Perth's various fashion and textiles courses with a level of professionalism and finish that will take them into a viable career in the fashion industry, if that's what they want to pursue.
Student Runway showcases the work of student designers in five separate categories: Ready To Wear Womenswear, Ready To Wear Menswear, Eco Design, Contemporary Eveningwear and Costume Design.
It's always one of my favourite shows at Perth Fashion Festival, because what you see on the runway is the end result of years of thinking about and studying fashion, and asking yourself the question: where do I want to go as a designer? What statement do I want to make?
From the wearable to the totally nutty, tonight's Student Runway was one of the best nights I've had at Perth Fashion Festival so far this year, because there were lots of different ideas and styles coming down the runway.
From fantasy gowns to eco-friendly separates, body-conscious dresses made from wetsuit material to gothic gowns with sparkly sequins, there was a bit of everything.
Congratulations must go to the following category winners:
READY TO WEAR WOMENSWEAR: Melanie Nicholls, WAAPA
READY TO WEAR MENSWEAR: Cordelia Gibbs, Curtin University
ECO DESIGN: Meg-Isabella Hewett, Edith Cowan University
CONTEMPORARY EVENINGWEAR: Emily Brewer, WAAPA
COSTUME DESIGN: Jasmine Nash, Polytechnic West
Earlier today, Samantha Harris appeared on the runway for swimwear label Skye & Staghorn at a Fashion Central parade in the city (VIDEO BELOW).
It may have been pelting down with rain outside, but that didn't seem to bother the models, who came storming down the runway in a selection of barely there bikinis.
So popular is Sam Harris these days that she elicited whoops and cheers from the audience - which included veteran fashion designer Ruth Tarvydas - every time she took to the runway.
After showing a selection of clothes at the VIP Opening Night at Perth Fashion Festival on Wednesday night, One Fell Swoop wowed a crowd for the second time in less than a week by showing an "installation" style presentation at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art after the Student Runway parade had ended.
Originally, One Fell Swoop's presentation was meant to happen inside the "pop-up" Peroni Prive Bar - which has been a spectacular success this year - behind the WA Museum, but the evening's wild and woolly weather necessitated a last minute venue change.
Day four of the 2013 Perth Fashion Festival will be rounded out by Designer Capsule 2, featuring Betty Tran, Wild Horses, Steph Audino and Bikini Atoll.PERTH FASHION FESTIVAL FULL COVERAGE