I love a runway.
Tuesday the 10th of March didn’t disappoint.
Fashion Palette showcased some of our best industry stalwarts mixed with a group of fabulous young bloods.
A night of ready to wear, swim, evening and bridal fashion from 13 innovative talents was brillantly executed by this incredibly creative team.
Under the watchful eye of director Sonya Mefaddi, Fashion Palette is designed to showcase independent fashion and accessory designers in New York, Dubai and Sydney – connecting designers with world-wide buyers, press and stylists.
The venue for this excellent night was the majestic Art Gallery of N.S.W, located in my sunny city of Sydney.
What a great location, as some would argue fashion is art, it seems fitting to be in these surrounds.
I must say there was a fabulous buzz generated by a very enthusiastic crowd.
After a small tipple in the foyer of the grand building, it was off to our seats and time for the show!
Joining me was photographer extraordinaire Steven Godbee, Steven Godbee Publicity & Photography.
He made his way to the pit where the action happens and the snappers do their thing.
Also enjoying the show were bloggers Tash Sefton and Elle Ferguson from They All Hate Us, the lovely Kate Waterhouse looking as charming as ever, and the fun Imogen Anthony dressed by Reuze Vintage in Paddington.
From my front row seat, I had a perfect vantage point to soak up the atmosphere and the stunning styles that were to come.
There is always a thrill and anticipation when the lights go down and the music starts pumping, I never tire of it and tonight was no exception.
This week I focus on five of the thirteen talents.
First up Viktoria Novak.
A renowned Australian bridal and occasional couture milliner, her “Pale Empress Collection” shone with opulence and style.
Golden crowns fit for a queen were regal and classy.
Leaf details reminiscent of Roman royalty paired with delicate gold net, imparted a demure feel, but one with inner strength.
My favourite was muted silver “bunny ears” with silver netting studded with crystals.
This was edgy without being over the top.
Turban like crowns and sequinned caps had a retro style without feeling dated.
We are sure to see a few of Viktoria’s pieces come race week.
Next Alin Le` Kal.
This collection was filled with beautifully detailed evening wear.
Hailing from a family of dressmakers and designers, Alin uses fabrics sourced from all over Europe.
Focusing on the two piece, Le` Kal sent out glamorous looks perfect for a big night out.
I loved midriff tops (so on trend) in simple sleeveless shapes teamed with either a mid-length skirt, which is my favourite length, or fabulous flared pants, also so hot right now.
These were both beautifully beaded in funky patterns.
My number one choice from this collection was a gorgeous cigarette pants and jacket ensemble, channeling a very sexy matador look.
Silver crystals against fresh white silk just screamed “60’ starlet to me. Love it!
Also on my love list, the full length white bugle bead gown.
Divinely draped, I could see this holding its own on any red carpet.
To end the show, it was the bride. Dramatic detailing on the skirt was balanced by a simple bustier top.
A romantic finish to a solid collection.
Nadz & Sabs are a Brisbane based duo formed in 2013.
Designer Nadia Khan and business partner Sabrina Rashid brought detailed hand beading and thread embroidery to the runway, classic artistries in contemporary styles.
The opening look, a black and gold box shaped jacket had rather a “House of Balmain” feel to it.
I loved the floaty back dress with chiffon overlay.
Falling just above the knee, it had a lovely “kick” to the hemline and the beaded overlay was stunning.
Also top of my list, the black shift dress with a sequinned detail around the waist area, a very Audrey Hepburn feel.
Suiting was well done, and would be very versatile for all ages.
An excellent choice for the Mother of the Bride or Groom.
Leona Edmiston is a class act.
Celebrating women, her careful consideration of all shapes and sizes ensures no “body” misses out.
Always one to discover a fabulous print, she has done it again, teaming flattering fabrics with well cut frocks.
Her first look, a draped white kaftan style with black and marsala, this years Pantone shade, floated down the runway.
I could see this being worn form Positano to Palm Beach, just add a Pimms!
1960’s babydoll shifts were finished with wine coloured lace sleeves, and a simple black cocktail dress was lifted to new heights by tinsel detailing.
I particularly loved the black and gold theme dresses.
These had a hint of 1940’s glamour, and pattern placement gave an excellent optical illusion.
Working to flatter ever the most difficult figures to dress is what Edmiston does best, she knows it and flaunts her talent.
There was something for everyone in this range.
Last for this week, but actually my favourite collection of the night, was by Elle Zeitoune.
Sydney based and launched in 2010, this was a graceful range that showed maturity in design and perfection in fit.
The immaculately cut bustiers took my breath away.
If you know even a little about garment construction, you would have been blown away by the amazing silhouettes.
The majority of Elle’s are structured, with a few relaxed pieces thrown into the mix.
Take for instance the casual slouch pant teamed with a cute shoe string midriff singlet.
I could see this being teamed with jewelled flats for a resort feel, or colourful suede pumps and a gold bomber style jacket for a night on the town.
Then we have the stunning bustiers incorporated as tops and dresses.
They really hit the mark.
First up a floor length sequinned gown in rich dark green was a showstopper.
After that they just kept coming.
Think delicate coloured lace over nude lining, skimming sublimely over the body.
Cornflower blue lace mid length frock would be perfect for Spring Carnival races, as would the fitted floral in stretch fabric.
The same floral top teamed with a mushroom pink pencil skirt had a lady like edge and the sage green floor length skirt with lace bustier was a beautiful shape.
The winning look for me out of this collection had to be the midnight blue strapless 3/4 length dress. Navy over nude is one of my all time faves and I want this!
All in all I can’t wait for more by this talented designer.
Join me next week for part two and for more Fashion Palette designers with wonderful images of their creations with thanks to Steven.
Jo Bayley, Fashion Elixir, The Culture Concept Circle, 2015
Photos: Fashion Palette 2015, Sydney Art Gallery, ©Steven Godbee, with thanks, Steven Godbee Publicity & Photography