Kerstin | On 21, Aug 2013
With the start of the city’s Mercedes Benz Fashion Festival rapidly approaching, Brisbane locals were treated to a preview of what to expect at the recent Commbank Natural Fibres Fashion Parades.
The annual fashion showcase (formally the Cotton and Wool Parades) has been a firm favourite of the EKKA’s entertainment lineup since the 1980s. This year proved no different, with beautifully choreographed models walking in over 30 shows throughout the ten-day event.
Established brands including EP by Easton Pearson,Â Tengdahl, George Wu, Maiocchi and Sacha DrakeÂ featured garments from their latest collections. Exclamations of “Oh, I would certainly wear that,” and “Look at the fabric!” were heard throughout the parades’ new home in newly renovated Royal International Convention Centre.
Designs from students of QUT’s and MSIT’s highly-regarded fashion programs were also shown, the colourful and sculptural clothes confirming that Brisbane’s local fashion scene continues to have a promising future ahead of it. A beautiful cream and beige coat was a stunning and immensely wearable piece.
But it was the bridal collections that truly captured the imagination, thanks to the attention to detail evidently lavished on each piece by the seamstresses behind Darb Couture, BoraÂ and Paul Hunt. The sumptuous and soft dresses ended the shows on a high note that will have left fashionistas even more impatient for the opening of MBFF next week.