One of the first events to sell out of tickets at the Perth Fashion Festival was the Style Palace launch.
I arrived at Perth Town Hall on Friday night. Downstairs, the new fashion bar, Kurv was absolutely packed with people and pumping with music. I entered the bar and was instantly squished like a sardine.
I noticed that everyone in attendance was very well dressed and very good looking! All the men had very yummy haircuts and sharp suits, while all the women wore sexy cocktail dresses or stylish gowns. I also spotted a couple of celebrities and big names in the local fashion industry.
After milling around, drinking, nibbling on some delicious canapés and trying to talk over the loud music, we were ushered upstairs.
The town hall, with it’s high ceilings and grand architecture was easily transformed into a “style palace”. The place was gorgeous! I was very impressed!
The show started off with a bang. There were burlesque dancers, great costumes, feathers and sequins, and a great singing performance. In fact, Darlene, the woman behind Style Palace, whom I got to know a few weeks ago, was the singer. I clapped my hands with glee to see her on stage looking and sounding amazing! Gosh I was so proud of her!
The models were really great. As they strutted their stuff, they smiled, grinned, flirted, pranced, swirled, air kissed and gave fun little poses. None of that boring stomping up and down the catwalk with angry looks, these girls looked like they were enjoying themselves! Plus the soundtrack was fantastic.
The crowd loved it. I loved it. There was such a great buzz in the air. It was definitely the best show at the festival so far.
Stylepalace.com.au is the brainchild of Darlene, a brand new online boutique featuring an impressive list of Australian Designer labels, available to the whole world.
It launches it’s full site later this month. In the meantime, you can pop over to the Style Palace website and sign up to be notified the moment they open their doors.
Again, I was invited as media. And again I decided to turn up in a shiny dress and my little point-and-shoot camera. So all my pictures were pretty poor.
The photos shown here however, were taken by the infamous and highly talented official photographer for the festival, Stefan Gosatti. I got to know him over the last few days of the festival, mainly because we kept bumping into each other in the “media” section.
At first I was a bit intimidated by him and all his camera gear (two Nikon D3s with very big lens!), but really, the guy is a darling, he was so nice, and also very kind to let me use his pictures on my site.
Being the official photographer, he has pretty much captured every single garment, at every single event, so head over to his website to see more!
What I Wore
The thought of going to all these fashion events, and having nothing new to wear, was slightly daunting. Probably more so for my husband.
Because, really, I needed 6 new outfits. And why do they have to be NEW? Because I’m a GIRL that’s why.
Anyway, I solved most of my problems, by just deciding to borrow some stuff from my wonderful girlfriends and sister. And digging up some old vintage favourites.
This is me wearing Nicola Finetti (another well know Australian designer). I think it’s a few seasons old. I didn’t quite capture the top half of the dress very well. The chest area is completely covered with a gorgeous grey lace, and it has a halter look to it.
The style of the skirt is probably a lot “fluffier” and “sweeter” than I would usually wear, but it was lovely dress to swish around in.