Whitsunday Times - - FRONT PAGE - By Char­lotte Lam

WHIT­SUN­DAY’S pre­miere fashion event Frocktails re­turned to Air­lie Beach on Fri­day night in fine form as part of this year’s Whit­sun­day Reef Fes­ti­val.

The ladies dressed to the nines while men were look­ing sharp with their col­lars and pointy shoes.

There were a se­lec­tion of elab­o­rate canapés to nib­ble on thanks to Whit­sun­day Cater­ing, while Mama Africa and Nite­club pro­vided an ex­ten­sive range of de­li­cious cock­tails.

Frocktails is an an­nual cel­e­bra­tion of the best in lo­cal fashion houses, stylists, event or­gan­i­sa­tion and hair and make up artistry.

Lo­cal band Boy n Bree were widely pop­u­lar as they en­ter­tained guests be­fore the fashion pa­rade.

First up in the pa­rade was swimwear from Swim Haven.

The Voice con­tes­tant Tahlia Tabone ser­e­nated au­di­ences be­tween pa­rades with her im­pres­sive vo­cal range.

Fol­low­ing swimwear were fash­ions from Lo­tus Bou­tique, Moochas and con­cluded with gowns from Kim Mar­cel Art of Cou­ture.

Au­di­ences were trans­formed to a Parisian fashion show with the theme for Kim Mar­cel Art of Cou­ture’s ‘in­trigue’.

Mod­els wore black lace and ac­ces­sories as a con­trast from the fairy­tale gowns.

Each fashion pa­rade fea­tured ex­quis­ite fas­ci­na­tors and ac­ces­sories from Di­va­li­cious Fas­ci­na­tors, many de­signed by Sarah Hom­burg were made es­pe­cially for Frocktails.

The evening was also a sneak peak to the brand new Whit­sun­day Arts and Cul­tural Cen­tre on Water­son Way in Air­lie Beach.

I Do Events Whit­sun­days trans­formed the venue’s rooftop ter­race into a fairy gar­den with can­dles, fairy lights and tri­al­ing ivy.

Event or­gan­iser Clace Brady said it was “the best Frocktails to date” and that the event would only get big­ger and bet­ter.

EL­E­GANT: Monique Hayes works the cat­walk dur­ing Fri­day night's Frocktails at the Whit­sun­day Arts and Cul­tural Cen­tre.

STUN­NING: Rowena Kis­sun looks the part on Fri­day night dur­ing the Whit­sun­day Reef Fes­ti­val's Frocktails event.

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