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A model walks the runway in a design by Kuwaii. Picture: Matt Jelonek/The West Australian

History was made for Perth Fashion Festival today when four of the hottest names in fashion from the east coast presented their latest collections alongside one another in the National Designer Showcase.

While PFF exists primarily to champion local designers, the event has invited prominent interstate designers such as Yeojin Bae and Magdalena Velevska to hold solo shows in the past.


Tonight's showcase was the first time four visiting designers formed part of the same runway show, with acclaimed labels Limedrop, Shona Joy, House of Wilde and Kuwaii taking part.

Victorian label Kuwaii led the pack with a collection titled Landscape featuring easy but luxe daywear.

Painterly prints mimicking the desert in ochre, aqua and white adorned dresses and skirts, while other garments were monochrome so the focus could be on the panelling and fluid drapery.

The brainchild of well-known national designer Alice McCall, House of Wilde was quickly dubbed one to watch after launching last year and the label's presentation did not disappoint.

Models wore retro shades as they strutted out in embellished skater dresses, knit two pieces, sequin hot pants and two tunics with crayfish appliques.

Fresh from a trip to London Fashion Week where they were selected for the Australian Fashion Excellence Showcase, Limedrop's collection The Discovered had all of the playful qualities that designers Clea Garrick and Nathan Price are known for.

Not only did techno-Egyptian print and neon-panelled bodycon womenswear take centre stage but also men’s looks in crystal, tie dye and kaleidoscopic print fabrics.

The showcase was rounded off by perhaps one of the more immediately recognisable names on the line-up, Shona Joy.

Her latest offering Glass Ceilings kept things simple and easy to wear with a selection of shorts, structured blazers, a pair of polka dot palazzo pants and plenty of dresses.

Scarf, geometric and woven tribal prints adorned both bodycon and more relaxed fit frocks while pops of cobalt, bright coral and white gave others a more minimalist quality.

Perth-born X Factor star Johnny Ruffo sat front row at the event and chatted to guests seated around him before the show began.

The West Australian

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