STM fash­ion ed­i­tor Claire Davies was front row a Tel­stra Perth Fash­ion Fes­ti­val. Here, she picks the five top spring trends hot off the cat­walk

The Sunday Times - - Telstra Perth Fashion Festival -

WE saw it all this week at the 20th Tel­stra Perth Fash­ion Fes­ti­val. From scuba-in­spired minis to over­sized flo­ral head­pieces, this year there was no hold­ing back.

From its hum­ble be­gin­nings in For­rest Place, the fash­ion fes­ti­val this year took over Op­tus Sta­dium, light­ing up the build­ing and Mata­garup Bridge in its sig­na­ture vi­brant pink.

The elec­tric colour pal­ette car­ried through to the run­way in­side – with hot pink, neon green and sunny yellow dom­i­nat­ing col­lec­tions.

It’s been years since Ae’lkemi de­signer Alvin Fer­nan­dez has played with menswear, but this year lucky TPFF guests watched an ex­cit­ing se­lec­tion of cropped jack­ets and shortie-shorts hit the cat­walk. Em­pire Rose sent gents down the run­way in leopard print shirts, cus­tom T-shirts and luxe track pants — we’re hop­ing it’s a sign of what’s to come.


From ca­nary yellow at Mor­ri­son to golden mus­tard at Aje, yellow is set to re­place pink as 2018’s hottest hue.


There were se­quins, glit­ter, and feath­ers ga­lore sparkling down the run­ways at TPFF. The em­bel­lish­ment at In­done­sia’s Ma­lik Moes­taram was mar­vel­lous, and who can re­sist a Stu­dio-54 in­spired glit­ter flare seen at Em­pire Rose.


Turn up the vol­ume for next sea­son, swap­ping out muted tones for sun­glasses-re­quired-neon, like those seen at Ae’lkemi.


For next sea­son think vo­lu­mi­nous sleeves, tiered skirts and ruf­fles ga­lore, like those seen at fan favourite Ro­mance Was Born and Aje.


No need to wait for ca­sual Fri­day, ex­per­i­ment with a se­quinned tie like those seen at Em­pire Rose. We loved see­ing WA iden­ti­ties Nat Fyfe and Stormie Mills strut­ting their stuff on the TPFF cat­walk.

Ruf­fles: Ro­mance Was Born at open­ing night. In­set: Aje.

Yellow: Mor­ri­son. In­set: Em­pire Rose. Bling: Mod­els Back­stage at Ae’lkemi. In­set be­low: Em­pire Rose. As­sisted by Zoe Snell

Menswear: Ae’lkemi . In­set: Em­pire Rose.

Neon: Ae’lkemi on the cat­walk. In­set: Mod­els Tammy Stone and So­phie Bult wear­ing Ae’lkemi

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