TOUCH OF ITALY

LO­CAL DE­SIGNER BAR­BARA FONTOLAN IS PUT­TING THE SUN­SHINE COAST ON THE MAP FOR THOSE SEEK­ING ONE-OF-A-KIND GALA GOWNS

Life & Style Weekend - - MAGAZINE | CLOSET - WORDS: TAM WRIGLEY

It’s award sea­son and one thing many of us love to do is watch our favourite TV and movie stars sashay down the red car­pet in stun­ning gowns and de­signer suits. What will they be wear­ing?

Who will they be wear­ing?

Who is the best and worst dressed?

In my opin­ion, it’s the best part of the cer­e­mony.

On the Sun­shine Coast if there is one thing most women love to do, it is to gown up for gala events.

Imag­ine my sur­prise when I met Bar­bara Fontolan at the Sun­shine Coast Women’s Expo.

On front and cen­tre stage was the most amaz­ing, show-stop­ping gown I had ever seen. It was a crowd-pleaser, mak­ing the best-dressed list right here on the Sun­shine Coast!

Is it any won­der though, Bar­bara was born and raised in Italy not far from Mi­lan – one of the fash­ion cap­i­tals of the world.

Now she lives on the Coast and has opened a new busi­ness called La Bot­tega Di Bar­bara, mean­ing “the Artist Stu­dio”.

De­signer, one-off gowns or party out­fits made just for you.

The buyer will never be on the “who wore it bet­ter” list, as she will be the only one at a gala func­tion in that cus­tom-made gown.

La Bot­tega Di Bar­bara’s style is clas­si­cal and clean – she de­signs for a women who wants to be and feel dif­fer­ent, orig­i­nal and sexy.

Her cur­rent look re­flects just that. It’s a look for the mod­ern woman – some­times ro­man­tic, al­ways in a sim­ple and el­e­gant way, edgy but not vul­gar.

This year, Bar­bara is draw­ing in­spi­ra­tion from the Sun­shine Coast, with in­flu­ences of the ocean, rain­for­est and the re­gion’s lifestyle.

The love for clothes, colours, fab­rics and lace is what in­spired her to pur­sue a ca­reer in the fash­ion in­dus­try and she in­tends to de­liver some­thing unique.

To find out more about La Bot­tega Di Bar­bara visit: labot­te­gadibar­bara.com.au

To catch more of Tam: Fol­low @istyletv & @thewi­neo­clock­show on In­sta­gram and Face­book. Watch and sub­scribe: The Wine O’clock Show on the istyle TV Youtube chan­nel

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