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Glamour and alchemy
Ae'lkemi design at PFF

Ae'lkemi designer Alvin Fernandez closed a busy week of Perth Fashion Festival parades with a stylish collection at the WA Museum last night, wowing the crowd with a couture-like show full of intricately detailed and glamorous eveningwear.

"The theme is Lumiere - everything that sparkles and captures the light," Fernandez said before the show.


"But it's not just about bling and sequins - we've also used a quite sporty scuba jersey that has a beautiful reflective sheen."

Fernandez showed about 40 outfits in last night's parade, with one highlight a white python-skin jacket tossed nonchalantly over a fully beaded bias-cut white gown.

"I think our range has started to get a bit more sophisticated and grown-up," he said.

Top international model Fabienne Vanderhaeghen opened the show wearing a beautiful gold sequinned and panelled halter-necked cocktail dress with a python print.


There were some less formal printed jersey resort dresses that could be dressed up or down, and contemporary sportswear shapes translated into eveningwear, in colours ranging from tangerine and navy to white, metallic gold and silver, and black.

Outfits were accessorised with colourful stone jewellery by local label Sewellery - the second time Fernandez has collaborated with Perth stylist Teagan Sewell for his Perth Fashion Festival runway show.

Fernandez said he wanted to create the illusion of "six-foot 'glamazons', as if you're watching a film with a sci-fi undertone".

Model-to-watch Gabrielle Sullivan finished the parade in what Fernandez cheekily described as the "nude dress", made from semi-sheer black mesh covered with Chantilly lace and hand-beaded sequins in a floral design that wound its way around the body.

Fernandez has not time to rest - he is dressing some guests at tonight's Brownlow Medal Count, including Matthew Pavlich's wife Lauren, Aaron Sandilands' wife Jenny and Dean Cox's wife Kerry.

Earlier, some of Australia's most beautiful bodies showcased the work of several of WA's best swimwear designers.

Beachgoers can expect bright colours and bold prints this summer if the collections from Bikini Atoll, Beso Beso, Cebiche and Gypsea at the festival's Swimwear Central parade are any indication.

Students from Curtin University, Central Institute of Technology, Polytechnic West, Challenger Institute of Technology, Edith Cowan University and Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts showed creations as part of the popular Student Runway show.

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