Diamonds are a girl’s best friend

xennox_wfml002-1You know we love fashion, champagne, and diamonds – I mean who doesn’t? So an invitation to the UNVEILED bridal showcase featuring the sublime designs of Vanessa Hoe from When Freddie Met Lilly in the opulent surrounds of Xennox Diamonds on the Queen Street Mall in Brisbane was an opportunity we simply couldn’t miss.

The event, feeling much more like an elegant party, was in full swing as we arrived, with the champagne and espresso martini cocktails flowing. Xennox has created a fabulous space to showcase their stunning bling and, like most of the ladies there, I simply couldn’t resist the temptation to try on a little (OK, $34,000 worth), of it – in my a case a modern cut Pink Argyle diamond ring! Sadly sanity prevailed and it had to go back into the display cabinet … this time.

xennox_wfml009-8With the fashion show a highlight of the night, it was Karl Schwantes himself who launched the show with a rousing introduction before highlights from Vanessa’s most recent collections, together with some teasers from her new range, made their way around the runway. The showstopping start, featuring jewellery against the backdrop of stylish black bodysuits was followed by a selection of stunning wedding and formal gowns, as well as some of the elements from the new two-piece range that can be mixed and matched to create the look you want.

Xennox will be hosting these events at intervals throughout the year so if you get the opportunity you should get along.

Photography and Video by Masterpieces Photography + Video

 

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WFML Glamorous Collection Launch

When Freddie met lilly Collection Launch

Hollywood-style glamour came to Brisbane last night with the glitzy launch of the When Freddie met Lilly Indianna Collection in the Valley. The night was filled with stunning gowns and equally gorgeous people, many wearing When Freddie met Lilly creations.

A full-on red carpet experience greeted the attendees with paparazzi snaps (by Masterpieces Photography + Video) on the stylish media wall (by Watermelon and Soda Design) outside Mirra Private Dining and Events. Attendees could get a wonderful dose of the ultra-hip vintage vibe at the Gathering Events caravan just outside the front door. Inside live music was being played by Savvy, while canapés and drinks were being served at a number of locations around this most flexible of venues, whilst fashion films projected in the courtyard, and guests could have the evening’s fun remembered at one of the two photo booths.

The standing room only parade commenced with a relaxed introduction by the beautiful and ever-so-accomplished Giaan Rooney, setting the scene for an evening of exquisite and sexy gowns.

As the lights came up the runway show was a veritable feast of sexiness with divine lace, luscious fabrics, sparkling embellishments along with lingering glimpses of décolletage, deep splits and low backs, all complemented by the spectacular headpieces from The Little Pack of Five. The luxurious green backdrop of the catwalk was highlighted by sparkling lights and lusciously draped with fresh native foliage by Kate Dawes Flower Design. The guys weren’t forgotten with suits, accessorized with bowties, and in a variety of seasonal colours. As always the flower girls managed to steal the show in the cuteness of frills, feathers and flower crowns.

Designer Vanessa Hoe should be justifiably proud of this collection, elements of which featured strongly last year in New York and at Sydney Bridal Fashion Week earlier this year. The When Freddie Met Lilly brand is an absolute powerhouse that continues to go from strength to strength and with standing room only this year, it’s exciting to think what next year’s collection launch might bring.

Photo Credit: Masterpieces Photography + Video

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Event Contributors:
When Freddie met Lilly | Mirra Private Dining and Events | Masterpieces Photography + Video | Watermelon and Soda Design | The Little Pack of Five | Kate Dawes Flower Design | Bella Brides Hair and Make up | Beautiful Wedding Australia | Event Letters | Gathering Events | In the Booth | Cakes by Judy C | Summer and East | Sofi Spritz | Enchanted Empire | We are Twine | Slow Motion Photo Booth | Tracey Moyle

 

Style Masters brings Christmas early

StyleMastersCorporate001-1Christmas came early last night at the Mirra Private Events and Dining Corporate Style Masters. Following the success of last year’s Wedding edition, seven of Brisbane’s best event stylists competed in a styling showdown. Each of the stylists had 45 minutes to style and present a table or area showcasing their products and talents. The theme this year was corporate end-of-year parties and Christmas events.

These talented stylists didn’t disappoint, and all the teams produced stunning spaces which showcased some of the hottest styling trends, all wrapped up with a little Christmas edge. The winning design went to Brandition who, along with Mirra’s chef, combined to provide a fresh take on the carvery. It might only be August, but last night’s fabulous event has us looking forward to the party season already!

 

 

Ekka celebrates Fashion

Ekka_Rush005-12The maxim says “Things get better with age”, and that’s certainly true for the Ekka, which is currently celebrating it’s 139th year.
The extensive redevelopment programme of the showgrounds is coming ever closer to completion and the venue is looking increasing elegant with the whole event feeling much easier to navigate again.
This year’s show displays the ever increasing sophistication and broader appeal that has been evident over the past few years and we were lucky enough to secure front-row seats to the always fabulous Natural Fibres Fashion Parade.
The parade itself is enjoying a milestone of it’s own this year, with Brisbane fashion legend Lindsay Bennett celebrating his 25th year of directing Australia’s longest running free public fashion parade.
We attended on the second day of the show and it was wonderful to see crowds queueing to grab seats, ample evidence of a passion for fashion in Brisbane.
The catwalk show opened with a creative, informative and highly enjoyable history reel that took the audience on a brief history of the Ekka, before the opening segment, a stunning retrospective of designs from leading couturiers involved in the parades over the past 25 years.
This year’s show was a true catwalk event, with exquisite choreography and bubbly, vivacious models who were clearly enjoying the experience. The highly polished parade featured a unique mix of emerging talent and iconic brands, with stunning outfits and millinery for every conceivable occasion.
A spectacular, high-split gown with see-through red lace bodice and flowing skirt from the always edgy George Wu was one of my favourite pieces from the current collections on show.
The grace and feminity of the Darb Couture bridal gown in the retrospective segment showed the timeless elegance of Brad Webb’s creations and why he’s one of Brisbane’s leading couturiers.
You really don’t want to miss out on this show and if you haven’t been yet, you’ve still got time to get along and enjoy this wonderful spectacle before the Ekka closes on Sunday 14th August.
Retrospective Gowns from the past 25 years included: Keri Craig, Anthony Leigh Dower, Grbac, Maiocchi, Tengdahl, Paul Hunt, Darb Couture, Pia du Pradal, Cotton Wool, Sacha Drake, Bora and George Wu.
The parade included fashions from Sacha Drake, White Label Noba, Hunt + Kelly, Maiocchi, Bags by Louenhide, TAFE Queensland Brisbane, QUT Fashion School, Tengdahl, The Irma J Smith House of Fashion, Pia du Pradal, Darb Couture, George Wu and Paul Hunt.
Production Credits:
Executive Producer – Lindsay Bennett
Parade Stylist – Kimberley Gardner
Choreographer – Bernadette Bagley
Lighting & Audio – Microhire
Projection Screens – Microhire
Set Design – Iceworks Design
Hair Stylists – CorCorz Hair
Video Production – TPD Media
Stage – Corporate Stage Solutions

Gowns that your Grandmother might not like

Your grandma might not approve but there is a definite trend towards bridal gown designs that might cause blushes amongst earlier generations. Figure hugging sheer fabrics and see-through lace are now no longer the preserve of Hollywood sirens with a daring range of plunging necklines and low backs now de-rigeur in most modern collections. Skin is most certainly in!
Are you confident enough to strut in these stunning gowns from some of our favourite
designers?

 

The Main Event – The QC Club Bridal Show MBFF

MBFF_Bridal_GW083It may not have had Jennifer Hawkins walking for Myer, but for us here at The Wedding Alley, this show was the big ticket item of the week. Brad’s stunning collection for Darb at The Brisbane Arcade Group Show had whetted our appetite and we were hungry for more from some of Brisbane’s very best couture designers.

The long, simple catwalk and well paced timing was ideally suited to showcase some truly spectacular collections with a show that engaged all the senses.The lighting of the show accentuated the embellishments and bling of each piece and being front row, in the middle of the catwalk, enabled me to feel surrounded by the gowns and appreciate their sensual textures.  Collections ranged from eclectic mixes through to classic elegance and on to magnificent themed segments. The layering of fabrics was a common theme, as was the use of stronger and more coarse laces that suit today’s confident brides. Next season’s colours made subtle appearances in some collections, with stylish and dramatic headpieces also a big feature.

Elizabeth De Varga

It was wonderful to see Tammie Nitschke back on the runway at MBFF and her collection emphasised her romantic, beautifully embellished style. The gown reveal was a big wow factor. Full bodied skirts were unclipped to reveal options for every bride including a gown with a short lace skirt, a sophisticated pant suit and the most fun being a short, sexy playsuit.

Jordanna Regan Couture

Showcasing a dramatic, form-fitting, diverse range of sensual gowns for the modern bride, Jordana created a fascinating segment. A dusky, off white gown, with incredible floral ruffles from thigh to floor that appeared to move almost of it’s own accord was our particular favourite.

Brides Desire by Wendy Sullivan

Elegant designs in classic shapes created with sumptuous fabrics were the hallmark of this collection from Brisbane bridal couture royalty. Beautiful layering of lace with sequin embellishment was again a feature, with stylish matching headpieces providing an added touch of elegance to each piece.

Alter Ego

A first time showing, Daniel’s gowns had a sleek, sexy silhouette with beautiful detailing. He showcased a sophisticated range of styles married with diverse range of exciting headpieces.

Jack Sullivan

Modern, sexy shapes, softened by beautiful layering of lace textures were a feature of this cohesive and confident collection. The subtle use of sequins and lace within the layers of fabric added another dimension to these beautiful and sophisticated gowns.

Paul Hunt

Having already exhibited on opening night, Paul included a small collection in the main bridal show. A complete re-imaginging of the bridal gown, Paul displayed a dramatic range of unique styles that would suit alternative brides, along with a pair of ultra feminine gowns that beautifully incorporated the black and white season trend.

George Wu

A dramatic change of tone heralded the arrival of George’s stunning themed collection. With the cavernous venue amplifying the cathedral sound, the first model out walked in a slow, pious way that created a near religious atmosphere. The collection that followed, inspired by the early christianity of ancient Rome, was simply sublime. Pure white toga necklines, gowns adorned with ancient roman Pegasus motifs and beautiful toga rope detailing created a true spectacle. The use of simple white laurel-wreath headpieces and crucifix inspired jewellery enhanced the experience and reinforced George’s already stellar reputation.

Thanks to Lindsay Bennett and the team at Mercedes Fashion Festival Brisbane for making the 10 year one of the every best. We’re missing it already, and can’t wait until next year.

Credits:
Photos @mpvdave from Masterpieces Photography + Video
Makeup Napoleon Perdis
Hair Schwarzkopf

A change is as good as a rest

MBFF_Cars0009As it reaches it’s 10th anniversary, MBFF keeps getting bigger and better every time. I have to admit I wasn’t sure about the switch from the CBD to the RNA showgrounds when it was first announced. However, this year’s venue, the John Reid Pavillion, may turn out to be the smartest move the festival has made. The location in a quieter part of the city means your arrival feels more like an exclusive European experience – you have arrived somewhere special for something unique, and the genial hosts and the avenue of gleaming Mercedes certainly helps to set the perfect tone. Once inside, Lindsay Bennett and his team have created a simply phenomenal set of flowing spaces within the cavernous, industrial environs of the building. There is ample space to mingle, and the provision of two media wall’s, one manned by the official photographers, the other available for selfies is a big plus. The photowalls are simply stunning this year and help transform the space, whilst the fashion bar had plenty of counterspace and never felt busy despite the full-house crowd. The VIP space was elegant, with plenty of break-out space and the right mix of seating and standing space to permit mingling or more serious business negotiations.

The long u-shaped runway allowed exceptional viewing of every design for all patrons, with parades well paced to permit relaxed enjoyment of each segment. The lighting was bright and even, perfect for our professional photographer, and for the keen fasionistas in the crowd too.

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Ekka Fashion is a Circus

This year’s Natural Fibres Fashion Parade at the Ekka followed the trend for circus skills with an entertaining themed runway event. Following in the footsteps of Cirque du Soleil and Absinthe who have wowed us already this year, the bar has been set high. This parade really did cater for the diverse Ekka crowds, from country kids children through to Brisbane fashionistas and even the reluctant Queensland bloke.

Presented by Cotton Australia, the eclectic collection of designers provides the perfect taste of some of Queensland’s premier designers and upcoming newcomers. First seen in 1980, the longest running fashion parade in Australia promised a show we wouldn’t forget and with Lindsay Bennett’s usual aplomb we weren’t disappointed. Using Queensland’s natural resources, the collections showcased cotton, wool and silk presented in an exciting demonstration of strength, flexibility and big top talent.

Royal Queensland Show
Natural Fibres Fashion Parade
Presented by Cotton Australia

Garments by

Darb Bridal Couture | Brides Desire by Wendy Sullivan | Paul Hunt | The Irma J Smith House of Fashion | Pia du Pradal| Tengdahl | Will Valour | White Label Noba | Sacha Drake | Maiocchi | Urbbana | Easton Pearson | Soot | Gail Sorronda | Ubermen | Jack Sullivan | George Wu | Bora | The Cloakroom

Executive Producer: Lindsay Bennett
Choreographer: Bernadette Bagel
Parade Stylist: Kimberley Gardner
Circus Artists: Majestic Artists
Aerial Rigger: Rigcom Access
Lightening and Audio: Microhire
Projection Screens: Microhire
Hair Stylists: CorCorz Hair
Make Up: Napoleon Perdis
Video Production: TPD Media
Theming: Staging Dimensions
Stage: Corporate Staging

Ekka Nights

We had our own exciting August evening last night with an incredible night shoot for the next edition of The Wedding Alley magazine. The feature will showcase stunning gowns from When Freddie Met Lilly who are showing their new collection at New York Fashion Week in September. Vanessa’s gowns are the epitome of sexy sophistication – perfect for a multitude of occasions, from cocktail style wedding to red carpet soirée. Dave Wall from Masterpieces Photography + Video weaved his usual magic at some iconic Brisbane locations before wrapping up overlooking side-show alley at the Ekka. Models, Laura and Scott, were encouraged to play the role of star-crossed lovers in front of the ferris wheel, styling the shot more like an engagement shoot to reflect the many marriage proposals that take place there every year.

For your own special engagement photography session, make a time to speak with Dave at Masterpieces Photography + Video.

You can view When Freddie Met Lilly’s Spring Bridal and Bridesmaid Belle Collection Launch on 27th August. Visit their website, or email to receive an invitation.

Photo Credit:
Gown and Suit: When Freddie Met Lilly | Photography: Masterpieces Photography + Video | Hair and Makeup: Makeup by Mieko | Models: Laura and Scott

Brisbane Bridal Fashion at its Best

With our breath held tightly we attended the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival Brisbane Monili Jewellers Bridal Group Show on Tuesday night. We are always excited to see a bridal gown designer’s new range, so the opportunity to see six of Brisbane’s very best couturiers, all in one parade, launching their latest creations, had us in absolute overdrive. MBFF is really coming of age and this year was the best yet, showcasing some amazing local talent, in the iconic setting of Brisbane City Hall.

The glittering addition of amazing jewellery by Monili Jewellers meant you couldn’t take your eyes away for a minute. There was so much to see. This year’s runway allowed for a great pace, with every design having just the right time in the spotlight, and the opportunity to be seen from every angle.

The hall was very quiet in anticipation, but the vibe was excited, and welcoming. Starting the parade was Brides’s Desire by Wendy Sullivan with a range full of exquisite fabrics, married with alluring statement head pieces.

Stealing the show with rousing applause was our favourite designer, George Wu. It’s reassuring to see Brisbane crowds respond so favourably to haute couture designs that would once have been monopolised by Sydney and Melbourne shows. With designers of this calibre it’s blatantly clear we’re no longer nipping at their heels – we’re running our own race.

George Wu’s creativity and couturiere workmanship are evident on the catwalk. Having worked with George’s gowns before I know the luxury, and perfectionism that goes into every single one.  Watching 14 gowns parade was a pure joy, each with it’s own breathtaking appeal. The Wedding Alley team’s top pick’s of the night all came from George’s range, especially the exquisite lace sheer gowns in bone.  They may not be for the traditional bride, but they take your breath away.

Anne Bertossi from Bertossi Brides gave us beautiful lace and sheer high necklines that flatter so many. I particularly loved the sparkling fabric in a number of gowns, that would look elegant and demure during a traditional ceremony before coming to glittering life under the lights at a reception party.

The 1950s style strapless gowns by Darb Bridal Couture have a ladylike quality that channels Grace Kelly. Each with a luxurious full skirt that conjured up images of a princess and a perfect fairytale day. To complement the range there were also a few slinky, sheer gowns, for today’s modern bride.

Rayner Lee showcased a couple of tea length dresses in her collection, as well as the traditional floor length gowns.  The use of different lace on the each piece created a textural display of fabrics, highlighted by a headpiece, birdcage veil, or sparkling belt.

The finale of the parade, Jack Sullivan Bridal, rounded out the event beautifully. The delicate application of lace on some of the gowns showed a lovely restraint that embodies a chic feminine and romantic style. The final walk with all of his collection on stage was a vision of gorgeous designs. A sight to behold for the bride to be, and just as enchanting for any fashionista.

It was a pleasure to attend such a prodigious display of amazing Brisbane bridal designers, offset to perfection by the dazzling jewellery by Monili Jewellers. Well done Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival – can’t wait for next year!