The 2015 Adelaide Fashion Festival program has been announced, and safe to say, this year is going to be good. The program is a showcase of the astounding local fashion talent we have here in Adelaide, from up and coming ready to wear designers, to designers with an international command.
We were lucky enough to attend the VIP program announcement held at Sean's Kitchen, which also doubled as the first ever runway for TY-LR, with designer Chris Kontos debuting his collection 'Metropolis'. The collection was exquisite and an exciting sign of what is to come from TY-LR when it finally hits stores. Premier Jay Weatherill was on hand to put into very formal words how exciting the festival is for our state, not only for all of us here, but to remind the World of what Adelaide has a lot to offer.
The Adelaide Fashion Festival is going through a bit of a change this year though, with many adjustments made to the usual program; including the shortening of the festival to 4 days. However, these 4 days are more organised than they have been previously, with a succinct program of high quality fashion events. The festival is also taking place mostly within the CBD, unlike previous years when it has been under the guidance of the City of Norwood and St Peters.
The program has been revealed, and we can't decide what we're more excited for.
We'll see a Ready To Wear lunch and runway event showcasing some of our state's best RTW designers, including Casper and Pearl, Simmone Standing, and Kate Anderson (who we're very excited to see debut her new label, SIG). There will also be a casual runway built in Hindmarsh Square for the Sally Phillips show. Later that day, the iconic Liza Emanuele will show her collection of party and bridal wear, made wholly in South Australia.
World-dominating fashion house Australian Fashion Labels will showcase their brands The Fifth Label, Finders Keepers, Keepsake and Cameo Collective in a BNKR runway show. We'll also see the return of Variety on King William, the long lunch and runway held smack bang on the Hyde Park shopping strip. Finally (and very exciting for us in Adelaide), Nicole Bonython-Hines will style the LEXI collection with Alexis George.
Somehow I think they saved the best for the weekend. Saturday night sees the dynamite collaboration of the AFF with the infamous A Night of Fashion at the Art Gallery with Attitude Magazine, presented by Honda. Previously, this event has completely sold out - becoming a landmark event and showcasing the best of Australian designers; including local designer Acler, held in the incredible setting of the Art Gallery. Do not miss this. More info on this soon!
The last day of AFF hosts the Couture Culture event, a runway of SA's best couture designers including Couture+Love+Madness (Christina Tridente), Alexis George, Jamie Sortino, Greta Kate, Caleche and Elizabeth V. Finally... drum roll please, Paolo Sebastian will slay the entire festival with his 2016 International Launch. To remind you all of the gravity of this, Paolo Sebastian's designs have been worn around the world, from countless brides to some of the most stylish celebrities at awards shows and Cannes. He could go anywhere in the world, but he is choosing to work and thrive in our city. The fashion world will watch a show that took place in Adelaide, South Australia.
The 2015 AFF is an incredible celebration of the talent we have here in SA, proving to all the nay-sayers that we are a thriving city of culture, design and fashion. We're already on the map and the World's radar, but there's always room to grow. Tickets will go fast, so get to the Adelaide Fashion Festival 2015 website and keep on track, or keep up-to-date with us!