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Telstra Perth Fashion Festival 2015: Dilettante – Beauty In The Details

17 September 2015

Telstra Perth Fashion Festival 2015 - Yang Li

Ah how quickly it comes around… fashion week season is upon us again! New York has just finished up, London is underway, soon it will be followed by Milan and then Paris.

On the other side of the world, thrown into the mix is the Telstra Perth Fashion Festival. Yes the city in which I live! We have a fashion week too.

Sure there’s no Ralph Lauren, Gucci, or Chanel, so why should the world take notice?

What’s to be gained? Aside from being told that 70’s and boho is back in fashion?

Well, I wanted to bring to you a slightly different look at my local fashion festival.

These people are creatives, who work really hard so they can keep being creative. They really are no different to traditional artists, musicians, photographers, designers, film makers, authors, floral artists, ice sculptors, chefs, or digital creatives (like me).

And if you stop and look a little closer, you’ll be able to find beauty in the details.

So sit up in your chair, come a little closer to the screen, pretend you are at an art gallery and check out the details I managed to capture on the catwalk!

Telstra Perth Fashion Festival 2015 - Opening Night Dilettante

Luxurious WA boutique Dilettante opened the fashion festival with a magnificent showcase of 3 labels from their range of international, Australian and West Australian designers. It was compelling, sublime and one of the best I’ve seen.

Yang Li is a Chinese-born, Australian-bred (in Perth!), London-based designer, who shows at Paris Fashion Week, and stocks his clothes internationally and online.

Telstra Perth Fashion Festival 2015 - Opening Night Dilettante

I didn’t know much about him when I saw his garments come down the runway, but I was absolutely awestruck by his immaculate tailoring.

Blazers, leather jackets, flowing pants, flared pants, trench coats, and a-line skirts – all perfectly constructed with an edge of dark romance and rawness.

Telstra Perth Fashion Festival 2015 - Opening Night by Dilettante

Apparently, he prefers not to reinvent the classics, but mix traditional tailoring with a little bit of dark punk, rebellious street aesthetic, and a whole lot of luxurious fabrics.

I probably would never be able to afford his $3,000 shirts, but according to Vogue China, he has captured the hearts of a hungry market in Asia who are moving on from the obvious global, luxury brands.

Telstra Perth Fashion Festival 2015 - Opening Night Dilettante

The second label on the runway was 33 Poets, by West Australian designer Rebecca Peterson. Even with her epic reputation as being one of Australia’s leading  practitioners in the field of innovative fashion and experimental textile work… I felt a real personal connection to the label.

There is something very considered and artful about her garments. I look at the clothes the same way I look at art on a canvas; turning my head to one said and thinking, oh my that is fascinating!

Telstra Perth Fashion Festival 2015 - Opening Night by Dilettante

It is visually striking, experimental, intricate, careful and quietly confident. It draws out the creative in me and makes me want to touch and think.

Telstra Perth Fashion Festival - Opening Night by Dilettante. 33 Poets

Telstra Perth Fashion Festival 2015 - Opening Night Dilettante

Melbourne-based fashion designer, Toni Maticevski was the crowd favourite, wooing the audience with sumptuous high glamour gowns and expertly draped dresses.

Telstra Perth Fashion Festival 2015 - Opening Night Dilettante

This delicate polka dot dress caused a wave of “aaahs” in the crowd, and it was possibly my favourite too!

I would definitely snap it up and wear it in an instant.

Telstra Perth Fashion Festival 2015

Telstra Perth Fashion Festival 2015 - Opening Night by Dilettante

I adored the feminine draping, the structural layers, the fabrics and the fluid lines. It was absolutely beautiful!

Telstra Perth Fashion Festival 2015 - Opening Night Dilettante

As I said before, this was one of the most standout fashion shows I’ve ever seen, in terms of making me appreciate the aesthetics of garments and the real artful beauty of clothes.

I have been invited to 8 events over the next week, so I hope you’ll enjoy joining me on this journey of appreciating the fine details and unexpected beauty of fashion.

xxx

 




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