WA Born

September is one of the most important times of the year for the fashion industry. Every year, fashionistas across the globe avidly compose their outfits in preparation for the most highly anticipated event in the fashion industry – fashion week. A place to see and be seen, fashion week is a mecca of runway shows, designer collections, and exclusive parties. This year, the team at Foxfeet Collective were thrilled to once again, be included in the Telstra Perth Fashion Festival, wrapping up the most important week of style with our own runway show, WA Born 2017.

‘Animal Instincts’ was the theme for this year’s show, and not only was it a glamorous evening for guests to enjoy a spectacular display of Perth fashion, but it was also an event dedicated to assisting animal rights charity, WWD Organisation, in their relief efforts for the protection of animal welfare.

The event featured a total of 12 designers, most of whom were from Perth, but also inclusive of some interstate designers. These included both established designers, who have been accumulating significant success and attention within the fashion industry, as well as emerging designers, including recent university and TAFE graduates looking to expose themselves and their talent to a wider audience.

The show was opened on a dramatic note with Montika. Her Harajuku-like collection was a bright and colourful display of dresses adorned with volumes of tulle and flower appliques, enticing the audience with the promise of more show-stopping outfits to come.

Following Montika, Dia G designs presented a selection her latest designs, which featured sleek gowns that effortlessly draped over the models’ bodies. Accompanied with a luxurious colour palette of cream, beige and gold, they were reminiscent of Grecian goddesses.

The first of the three acts was closed with a presentation of modern and contemporary streetwear pieces from the collections of MKO and Raw War. Pastel pink and denim were standout elements in MKO’s designs and were embellished with typographic detailing and glitter strings, to give the collection a playful and juvenile persona. Meanwhile, Raw War embraced attitude and flair, with their designs reinventing the notion of streetwear, through dramatic cuts, edgy print details, and unisex forms.

After an intermission featuring a highly engaging performance by King Street Dance Group, Marlina Amy resumed the show with 8 pieces of her most recent work. Her collection can well be regarded as ‘deconstructed luxury,’ with sleek, minimalist dresses and ensembles, exuding glamour and sophistication.

Recycled fashion has become a recent fashion trend, and Dee Bliss Boutique brought this popular trend to the WA Born runway. Pre-loved cocktail dresses and evening wear were some of the standout pieces from their range.

Emerging designer, Robert Watson Jnr., showcased his premier collection of his label, Venn Designs, with an ultra-modern range of logotype t-shirts, hats, and berets.

Teagan Jacobs closed the second act with some of her latest designs featuring bespoke evening gowns and formal wear, designed to raise the sartorial stakes for any occasion.

Commencing the third and final act for the evening was Machere Couture. Indulging in all things romantic and feminine, the collection was characterised by its use of delicate lace and satin textiles and was accompanied by Ekul Jewellery.

A hotly anticipated designer for this year’s show was established designer, TJ the Label. Cool shades of sapphire and teal were paired with deep navy and blacks, which unified the collection of both male and female garments. Ranging from high street products, such as sweaters, tops, and jackets, the label also included some highly coveted dresses and bodysuits, ideal for any formal event.

One of the last few designers to display their collection, Bodhi and Harlow delighted the audience with a range of their latest designs. Filled with shades of ivory, beige and black, Bodhi and Harlow’s collection is undoubtedly the most fabulous way to stay cool and stylish at the same time, as the warm summer weather draws near.

Emerging designer Genevieve Page had the privilege of closing the night with a display of her collection. Merging conceptualism and fashion, the garments were rich in details, and a testament to Genevieve’s outstanding creative talent. Deep blue shades contrasted bright yellows, creating a juxtaposition between cool and warm tones within the collection. Textural aesthetics were another standout feature amongst her designs, with ruffled skirts and suede trousers reflecting Genevieve’s fine attention to detail.

With thanks to the talented designers who showcased their creativity on our runway, the night was a tremendous success, and the perfect way to conclude Perth’s most important week in fashion.

For more information on the Foxfeet Collective or opportunities to collaborate contact us at foxfeet@colosoul.com.au or come in and visit us at 241 Hay Street, Subiaco WA 6008.

WRITTEN BY DAMIEN PALERMO
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