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

View Social photos on Masterpieces Facebook page.

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

 

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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

The end of MBFF

The end of an era.

It’s been a very sad week for fashion in Brisbane with the announcement that the Mercedes Benz Fashion Festival (MBFF), is no longer going to take place in the city.
After a wonderful, decade-long run of haute-couture shows in fabulous locations, the organisers have been forced to pull the plug after the State Government withdrew support for the event.
You could feel the emotion in Festival director Lindsay Bennett’s frank and open press release and the news has been greeted with dismay and disbelief in Brisbane’s fashion community.
As we have described many times, MBFF was a world class event which put Brisbane on the international fashion stage and created opportunities and opened doors for many of the city’s  talented designers.
Last year’s 10th anniversary event was particularly memorable, with the EKKA show ground location transformed into a European-style, destination show. At least the team can say they went out with a bang, with record attendances and one of Australia’s top models walking the runway.
How established labels will replace the exposure generated by MBFF in the future is questionable, with huge added expenses likely to be incurred to attend Sydney or Melbourne shows.
Of even greater concern is the flow-on effect to up and coming labels who will no longer have the benefit of the festival group shows and networking opportunities the festival provided to press their cause.
At a time when Brisbane is finally able to attract world-class fashion stores and labels we can only hope that this is a temporary blip and that the Government realises what an enormous impact this will have on the burgeoning Brisbane fashion industry.
As a fashion devotee I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it is just Au revoir and not Adieu!

My Sweet Valentina

OMG! What a night! Gorgeous bridal gowns, bridesmaids dresses, and dapper suits strutting the catwalk. The runway was styled beautifully, bedecked in flowers and with fantastic chalkboard signs creating a visual fest from every angle. Exciting promo films being projected onto the wall and large screen TVs added to the impressive ambience of the Spring Valentina Collection Launch for When Freddie Met Lilly.
One of our favourite models, Hayley Wilson, the reigning Miss World Australia Queensland and new Channel 7 lotto presenter, MC’d the evening with fun and grace. Of course Hayley looked absolutely stunning, wearing a glamourous gown by When Freddie Met Lilly.
The sexy effortless style that we have come to expect from Vanessa Hoe’s designs have now been given a new twist with addition of lace – sometimes just a simple little detail, other times complete gowns, and then the final gown, which had a stunning sheer lace bodice, was a true show stopper.
With champagne flowing, and delicious canapes on offer, this was an evening not to be missed.
Evening Credits:
Headpieces by The Little Pack of 5
Make up by Blissful Makeup
Hair by Whisk Makeup
Chalkboard Signs by LaPapeterie
Flowers by Francesca’s Flowers
Photography and Films by Masterpieces Photography + Video
Catering by Zen Catering
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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!

 

 

 

 

 

Ekka Fashion Fancy

It’s goodbye to the Ekka for 2014. 

If you didn’t get the opportunity to go then here’s my recap of my favourite free event – the Commonwealth Bank Wrapped in Natural Fibres Fashion Parade. This year was especially good with gorgeous wedding gowns from one of our all-time favourite designers, George Wu, as well as the dreamy creations of Jack Sullivan Bridal, Brides Desire by Wendy Sullivan, Darb Bridal Couture. Guys were equally well catered for with stylish men’s suits by Will Valour, Calibre and Pistols at Dawn.

The mix of accessories, millinery and footwear combined to make a fun and relaxed parade that showcased great designs for all demographics, with colour and energy for all the children, and a touch of panache to satisfy the true fashionista.

An iconic event that captures the integration of the city and country, the parade aims to celebrate Queensland’s agricultural industry and the talent of our local designers.

If this is a glimpse of the Queensland fashion industry I think we have every reason to feel very proud.  It also builds the excitement ahead of the upcoming Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival Brisbane. So there’s more to come…

 

Commonwealth Bank Wrapped in Natural Fibres Fashion Parade
Executive Producer – Lindsay Bennett
Choreographer – Bernadette Bagley
Parade Stylist – Kimberly Gardner
Lighting & Audio – Projections Screens – Microhire
Hair Stylists – Corcorz
Makeup – Napoleon Perdis
Video Production – Channel 7
Set Design – Staging dimensions
Chandeliers – Chandeliers to die for