A worthy opening. Picture: Robert Duncan/The West Australian

A room full of designers, champagne and canapes, a stunning display of fashion from One Fell Swoop and an introduction by Premier Colin Barnett helped kick off the 14th Perth Fashion Festival at the Perth Town Hall last night.

Launching a week of events in which more than 30 WA designers will show their new season collections, Mr Barnett addressed a 400-strong audience that included his wife Lyn, Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi and designers Aurelio Costarella, Ruth Tarvydas and Alvin Fernandez.

"The Perth Fashion Festival is one of the most vibrant and popular features of our State's diverse events calendar," he said.

"It gives Perth and WA exposure to a global television audience and offers another great opportunity to showcase a city that is constantly evolving and maturing."

Up-and-coming label One Fell Swoop presented a showcase of its new collection, An Illusive Tribe.

The collection explores the concept of female rituals and traces a progression from summer to winter garments and from light to dark colours.

Guests were treated to a 40-outfit parade that was strong on sensual layering and fluid draping and proved why One Fell Swoop won the most innovative designer award at the WA Fashion Awards this year.

The opening group of models wore a selection of sequinned white dresses, grey silk pieces and cotton stripes.

Trans-seasonal pieces followed in delicate shades of peach and olive mixed with black and pops of yellow before the final selection of winter garments were executed in luxurious winter wools and textured yarns.

Models sported dramatic, shadowy eye makeup and slightly wild-looking hair with lots of braiding and texture.

They crisscrossed the floor to a soundtrack composed by local DJ Travis Doom and festival ambassador Jean Michel Jarre, accompanied by two atmospheric films screened on either side of the runway.

The summer pieces, in muted colours and soft prints, looked effortlessly easy to wear and the winter range continued design duo Daniel Romanin and Nina Ergic's fascination with the clever manipulation of fabric.

It was a strong start to a week that will have more than 40 events and parades across the city.

Tonight, Morrison will open proceedings at the Fashion Paramount venue, held for the second year running in the WA Museum's historic Hackett Hall.

The West Australian

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