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In Awe - Jaimie Sortino's Woodland Lights


In Awe - Jaimie Sortino's Woodland Lights

Mirna Taslidza

The name on everybody's lips... Jaimie Sortino! That comes as no surprise after the official launch of his Woodland Lights collection. Guests were left in absolute awe of Sortino's immaculate craftsmanship. Throughout the show, jaws dropped and "ohhhs" and "ahhhs" filled the space, with model after model gracing the runway in enchanting, custom made, Jaimie Sortino gowns.

The intimate invite-only event took place in the prestigious Freemasons Building on North Terrace. Upon arrival guests were greeted to a grand staircase with wild native foliage cascading down its sides. Along with the soft orange and purple lighting, which was reminiscent to a summer night's sunset, the space set the scene for what was going to be a beautiful and enchanting night.

As the Molly Dooker wines flowed while guests mingled, the anticipation for the unveil of the collection only grew stronger. Rebecca Morse, dressed in a one-off custom made Jaimie Sortino jumpsuit (in the most lust-worthy arctic blue colour),  was the nights MC. She introduced the talented 26 year-old designer, who took guests through his personal journey in creating this breathtaking collection. 

Rebecca Morse and Sortino talking all things Woodland Lights

Rebecca Morse and Sortino talking all things Woodland Lights

As the music began to play, a group of chiselled faced male models made their way down the staircase, soon followed the doll-faced Lily Nova of Finess Models, who also happens to be the face of Woodland Lights collection. Lily opened the show in an ethereal dust pink, embellished gown. The audience halted to silence, jaws dropped and a memorised expression took over everyone's faces. Reaching the end of the runway, Lily was assisted by the male models onto a elevated platform, with silence slowly turning into cheers of enthusiasm, congratulating Sortino for his exceptional work. 

The ten piece collection was inspired by Australia's rich and iconic landscape, evident through Sortino's use of dusty rose pinks, midnight blues, sparkling silvers, and pure and crisp ivories; recreating an Australian sunset at dusk. 

It's hard to pick a standout as each gown was in a league of its own. The entire collection had raw romantic, whimsical and ethereal aura to it, with each gown being handcrafted using the finest fabric sourced from prestigious fabric mills throughout France and Italy. Hand-cut lace and handmade jewels and embellishments making an often appearance. Some of the models even wore beautiful nature-inspired crowns, if they didn't already look enough like princesses. The night kicked on afterwards at the Dive Shop, where guests boogied down with wine and sangria. 

A big congratulations to the incredibly talent Jaimie Sortino, who only 5 years ago won the Adelaide Fashion Festivals Emerging Designer Award. If last night's show is anything to go by, this local designer will achieve world domination one immaculately crafted gown at a time.

We can't wait to see his work again at the 2015 Adelaide Fashion Festival Couture Culture event on October 24. Head to the website for tickets so you can see what we're raving about!

All photos taken by Kane Trimming