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.