Canberra FASHFEST 2016 Line Up

FASHFEST, in celebrating fashion, arts and culture, is packed with stylish runway shows, featuring beautiful models, extraordinary hair and makeup, live music and original tracks, original short films, glamorous VIP events, parties and more. It is Canberra’s largest fashion event and this year it will be bigger and better. FASHFEST is on from the 29 September – 1 October at the National Convention Centre

This year is the fourth year that the event has been running, and the first time it’s being held in Spring. The past 3 years it has been held in Autumn, so it’s a great change since the weather will be much warmer.

I was looking forward to this event because it is the ultimate and biggest fashion event in Canberra, but unfortunately it is being held the day after I leave for my overseas trip to Europe. Nevertheless, I will be interviewing some of the designers in anticipation for the event including NZ Designer Melanie Child and local designer Zilpah Tart by Yumi Morrisey .

This year’s line up is huge mixed with local, national and international designers such as Karen Lee, Melanie Child and Hunter the Label. Along with these, known retailers will also showcase their fashion line such as CUE, Decjuba, Country Road and Seed. There will be more than 40 designers revealing their new collections on the runway an 40 local, national and international fashion designers who will reveal their new collections on the catwalk.

To accompany the fashion, the sound of FASHFEST will be filled with great lineups with 25 handpicked local musicians and DJs. FASHFEST 2016 will see 3 nights, 6 shows, 3 music themes and 12 musical genres.

So without further ado, here are the fashion lineups for FASHFEST 2016.

Thursday Show 1: “Reverie – A state of dreamy meditation or fanciful musing. Explore fashion for its beauty, its brilliance, its sensation. See its light side. This show is designed for those who adore their wardrobe, love their labels and have a super fashion sense.”

Reverie will showcase Australian Designers which includes Beleza Design, Elley Lane, Showcase from students of the Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT), Rebel Muse, Hunter the Label, Sovata. The show will also feature “the Red Segment” to support women with heart disease and the Heart Foundation.

sovata-exlibrisImage source: hunter-the-label Image Source: 1_grande-elley-lane Image source: Elley-Lane

Thursday Show 2: Furore – “A wave of excitement and anticipation. Explore fashion as visual art, for its thrill, its spectacle, its vibrancy. This show is for those who admire the unconventional side of fashion. Those who want to celebrate the spectacular.”

Furore will feature New Zealand designer Melanie Child and Australian designers Rebel Muse, Red Corner Boxing, A’au Elei, Cameron  & James, VFP, and showcase from students of University of Canberra and TAFE Queensland.

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Friday Show 1: Praxis – “Engaging, applying or realising ideas. Explore fashion as an adventure, for its ability to challenge, show alternatives and for its courage. This show is for those who want to shake off the dull and expand their fashion horizons.”

Fashion on the night comes from retailers from the Canberra Centre – Saba, Decjuba, CUE, Aquila, Seed, Country Road and Veronika Maine.

cueImage source: keylooks_jul16_decjubaImage Source: Decjuba saba-lookbookImage source: SABA

Friday Show 2: Limina – “A sensory threshold or special moment. Explore fashion for its ability to attract and mark key moments in our lives. This show is for those who can’t hold back when it comes to fashion. They want it and they want it now.”

Limina will showcase local and Australian designers including Zilpah Tart, Megan Cannigns Design, MJ Bale, Charly Thorn, Canberra Vintage Collective, Kira Pizzingrilli and Naomi Peris Bridal.

charlythornImage source: Charly Thorn porton-navy-jacket-mjbaleImage Source: M. J. Bale naomi-perisImage source: Naomi Peris

Saturday Show 1: Spectra – “A band of colours, a visual display. Explore fashion for its spirituality, its rituals and ability to nourish and satisfy. This show is for those who see fashion as a power and an amazing experience for the body, mind and soul.”

The final night of FASHFEST will showcase local and Australian designers including Karen Lee, EDITION, Assemblage Project, Fashionation Cooma by Charly Thorn, Pure Pod, Cadia Balance and SZN.

img_0128-2-assemblageprojectImage source: Assemblage Project sznjune2012web12Image Source: SZN purepodImage source: PurePod

Saturday Show 2: Singularity – “Being the only one of a kind and extraordinary. Explore fashion for its gorgeous qualities, its strong appeal, its gift to the world. This show is for those who swoon over fashion, who lust after it and are hopelessly entwined with it.”

The last show of the night will showcase a mixture of designers, international, national and local including Braddon Tailors, Vitamin by Sonalika,  ONTHEGO Sports, Fleur and Felix, Queen Nyibanyi Designs, Eder by Anna and Stephanie’s Boutique Lingerie.

vitamin-by-sonalikaImage source: Vitamin by Sonalika fleurandfelixImage Source: Fleur and Felix ederbyannaImage source: Eder by Anna

Keep an eye out for our interview with some of the above Fashfest designers in the coming weeks.

FASHFEST is less than 3 weeks away and tickets are selling fast. Tickets are available to purchase via



xoxo, Ina

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