The Telstra Perth Fashion Festival unveiled its 2014 schedule this morning at its new home, the Perth Concert Hall.
This year will feature the most eclectic line-up in TPFF’s 16 year history, including showings from a large contingent of prominent national and international designers.
Australian caftan queen Camilla Franks will bring an explosion of colour to Fashion Paramount with a solo show on September 20, while cult New Zealand labels Nom*D and Zambesi will feature in a group show alongside WA mainstays One Fell Swoop and Morrison on September 18.
Leading WA label Flannel will present a solo show on September 18 where it will also show its successful menswear designs for the first time.
Opening the festival on September 17 is a partnership with the Asian Couture Federation called International Runway - Beyond Imagination, which will present two leading Asian couture designers, Sebastian Gunawan and Michael Cinco, along with Perth's own Ae'lkemi.
In just their third year in operation, cult WA label Zhivago will close the festival on September 22 with their Equilibrium collection which wowed at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia earlier this year.
The annual WA Designer Collection showcase has been renamed the WA Designer Runway and on September 20 it will present some of the cream of Perth’s top new talent including Steph Audino, Wild Horses and West Coast Eagles WAG Natasha Butler’s Bruug label.
The legacy of Ruth Tarvydas will be honoured with a retrospective runway show at Ascot Racecourse on September 19 in front of the festival’s largest ever audience and featuring “that” red dress Rebecca Twigley wore to the Brownlow Medal Count in 2004.
Twigley, now Rebecca Judd, will attend and walk in the Tarvydas show as homage to the late designer.
A group show, also taking place at Ascot on September 19, called Galvanised – Ultimate Show Stoppers will also honour Tarvyas, and has a glittering line-up of star designers including Aussie fashion king Alex Perry and leading design trio Manning Cartell.
Perry will also attend the annual Myer Fashion Lunch at the State Reception Centre on September 18, which will once again feature the department store’s male face Kris Smith on the runway.
The Telstra Perth Fashion Festival runs from September 17 to 22.