Eclec­tic style

The Sunday Times - - CONFIDENTIAL -

THE Tel­stra Perth Fash­ion Fes­ti­val is an op­por­tu­nity for ev­ery­one to show off their in­di­vid­ual and some­times pe­cu­liar take on fash­ion.

Con­fi­den­tial has picked out some of the most ec­cen­tric guests this year.

Shane Pavli­novich draped him­self in a vin­tage stole, made from the fur of 42 squir­rels, ig­nor­ing re­quests from Peo­ple for the Eth­i­cal Treat­ment of An­i­mals to do­nate his ex­ten­sive fur col­lec­tion to wildlife shel­ters. The stole fea­tured three squir­rel heads which sat on his shoul­der, with the mid­dle one sport­ing a 20mm black pearl with di­a­monds and ru­bies in its mouth.

“I call them Huey, Dewey and Louie,” the ec­cen­tric jew­ellery de­signer said.

Pavli­novich is a for­mer an­i­mal reg­is­trar at Perth Zoo, who was re­spon­si­ble for im­port­ing en­dan­gered an­i­mals and other species.

There was no miss­ing Paris-based stylist and cos­tume de­signer Cather­ine Baba. The Aus­tralian na­tive teamed a gold tur­ban with a plung­ing gold gown and lay­ers of bright eye shadow.

Baba has styled Milla Jovovich, Monica Bel­lucci and Kylie Minogue and con­sulted for Chanel, Bal­main and Givenchy. She also starred at the pop­u­lar Styled by STM lunch.

Kathryn Cizeika, the de­signer be­hind WA la­bel Em­pire Rose, teamed a mul­ti­coloured se­quinned pant suit with two de­con­structed vin­tage kilts wrapped around her waist.

She ac­ces­sorised with a vin­tage band T-shirt, over­sized rose-hued vin­tage glasses and Mai­son Martin Margiela Tabi boots which out­lined her big toe.

“Its a mash-up of street style and sports luxe with a whole lot of theatre and drama thrown into the mix while ref­er­enc­ing vin­tage,” she said. “I would love to see ev­ery­body let go and em­brace their in­ner cir­cus per­former or show girl and feel un­in­hib­ited about how they ex­press them­selves through dress, make-up and hair.”

Fash­ion stylist Luke Meakins was gym-ready in Nike leg­gings worn un­der pink, hand-painted silk shorts and a shirt by tex­tile artist Elle Campbell, teamed with New Bal­ance sneak­ers. Meakins said his aim was not to take fash­ion too se­ri­ously. “I wanted peo­ple to think, ‘wow, any­thing goes’,” he said.

Kathryn Cizeika Luke Meakins Shane Pavli­novich Fash­ion stylist: Cather­ine Baba at Tel­stra Perth Fash­ion Fes­ti­val Open­ing Night at Crown Pyra­mid on Tues­day. Pic­ture: John Koh.

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