Ebony Walton and Gwen Owen. Picture: Sharon Smith/The West Australian

Some of Perth's hottest modelling talent will carve up the catwalk at the 14th annual Perth Fashion Festival.

This year, a bevy of fresh talent will share the runway with seasoned beauties including 2010 face of the festival Sarah Pauley, who moved to Sydney two months ago and is being groomed for an international assault by her Eastern States agency, Chic Management.

In more than 30 events over the next six days, girls mostly from the three top agencies - Vivien's, Chadwick and Scene - will follow in the footsteps of former Perth Fashion Festival Hot New Talent and Model of the Year winners Gemma Ward and Nicole Trunfio.

Among them will be this year's winner of the Hot New Talent award at the Western Australian Fashion Awards, 17-year-old Vivien's model Sarah Tilleke.

Fellow Vivien's model Gwen Owen, 17, was also a staple on last year's runway and will return for a number of shows.

Albany local Tiggy Ridgeway, 16, and Geraldton-raised 17-year-old Ebony Walton - also from Vivien's - will be new faces to watch.

Fresh from New York Fashion Week, Chadwick stunner Gabrielle Sullivan has booked 11 shows. Since soaring to fame as the face of Lara Kovacevich and Lydia Tsvetnenko's Zhivago last year, the willowy blonde walked in last night's One Fell Swoop show as part of the VIP opening and will strut her stuff for Morrison, Flannel and Ae'lkemi.

Fellow Chadwick beauty Karina White has just returned from a successful stint in China and Hong Kong, where she worked for Calvin Klein and Vivienne Westwood, and will walk in seven shows.

Among those flying the flag for Scene Model Management will be festival first-timers Kelsie de Bruin and Talisa Rimland as well as 2010 Australia's Next Top Model contestant Jessica Moloney with her freshly dyed blonde locks.

The West Australian

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