Surviving Fashion Week: Opening Night
by Tiffany Kennedy
Tuesday the 15th of September was the day that Fashion Week in Perth started, in 2015. The opening night was filled with items from Dilettante, featuring Yang Li, 33 Poets and Maticevski, that were exquisite, as well as intriguing. Upon arrival at the Perth Concert Hall, a large tent was placed outside and held the runway area, with the after party area attached. When walking passed this tent I was able to spot a few things that lay outside for the people to come and experience. There was a backdrop for the Perth Fashion Festival, featuring all the sponsor’s names on the backdrop, so that people could have their photos taken there, and any interviews for the news would be conducted in this area. Near that was the Telstra hub, and as they were supporting the event, they had brought along an area for people to access wifi for their laptops and/or phones. There was a large screen projecting all the tweets and instagram pictures that were being taken at the event using the hashtag #TPFF and inside the concert hall area there were a few more things. There was the Loreal hair studio area, where lovely people from Loreal were there to style people’s hair, if they chose to have it styled. Near that was a professional photo booth, with a photographer and a lovely background, where a picture of you could be taken, then they printed it out in A4 size with the Telstra Perth Fashion Festival logo at the bottom. Across from that was the Fashion Festival’s bar which featured some items of clothing from local Perth designers, and there were free water bottles for anyone to take.
As it was almost time for the event to start, and pictures had been taken, everyone slowly made their way towards the tent to take their seats. A red carpet had been placed in front of the tent as well, for people to walk down, take photos, and conduct small videos. Upon entry the first three rows of seats had bags with goodies in them, and the other rows had a poster of the event and water bottles with the Fashion Festival logo on it. We all sat and soon the event began with opening speeches and remarks on the clothing, designers, as well as many other items. The lights dimmed, music started playing, and the magic of the fashion show began.
Each piece was art, and they were all very interesting. They were items that deserved their own place on the runway, but they could also be taken to the streets as they worked for that style as well. They were versatile pieces that could be used for a variety of events, shown off by Perth models with the extraordinary faces, that knew how to work the catwalk. Perth models know what to do, and it was easy to see, as they showed us what these clothes were and what they could be. The show was filled with an abundance of beauty, and every piece is available for pre-order or purchase at Dilettante.
(There will also be a video coming out next week showing you what occurred at fashion week, in Perth)