The annual event was held in October and showcased 20 labels from around Australia alongside five international labels. Emerging talent and labels that are on their way to being considered established household names held their own on the catwalk alongside the greats including Myer, Myer Miss Shop, Nicola Finetti, Paul Hunt (Hunt + Kelly), Augustine and Rivivi6269 by Thang de Hoo. In addition to the catwalk action, the Industry Q&A, Trade Lounge and networking back of house provided plenty of opportunities for newcomers to the scene to receive advice from the experts and feedback from customers.
Traditionally swimwear or couture are the highlights of the event but in its 9th year, plus size fashion (or as the event organisers prefer to call it – fashion for real women) won the hearts and pockets of guests with Hunt + Kelly, Coral & Co Australia, Augustine, Opera and Alison Dominy dominating the catwalk with fashion for all.
For attendees, it was an evening of glamour, inspiration and the opportunity to purchase items direct from the designers – and a great reason to dress up!
Festival Director and Founder Jacinta Richmond should take a bow for her vision, passion, commitment and perseverance through the challenges of the first nine years.
What does the 10th anniversary next year hold? Save the date! 21 October, 2017.
As part of the Festival, the 9th annual Sunshine Coast Style Award went to Carlie Wacker of Noosa Heads and the 3rd annual Sunshine Coast Design Awards and Hall of Fame recognised the creative local talent behind the labels including:
Swim: Hive – Kat Hogg
Resort: Native Australia – Natalie Cunningham
Ethical/sustainable: Ocean Zen – Steph Gabriel
Young designer: Indrah – Jessica Munroe
Indigenous: Native Australia – Natalie Cunningham
Accessories: fritz frames – Fritz Schwartz
Active: Aura Eve – Michelle Knight & Hannah Fabian
Couture: Judy Copley – Judy Copley couture
Hall of fame: Lorna Jane Clarkson – Lorna Jane