The Courier-Mail

FASHION STAKES ... OR MISTAKES

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THERE were a few fashionabl­e faux pas at the opening night of Brisbane’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival.

As the weeklong event kicked off on Monday night, the tone of the gala opening party was quickly set with Lord Mayor Graham Quirk calling it the Brisbane Film Festival in his awkward welcome speech.

The runway may have looked the best it has in the festival’s 10-year history, the crowd chic and the new collection­s from Myer’s top designers stunning, but Confidenti­al couldn’t help but notice a few mis-steps during the evening.

Before the runway show, the VIP lounge was the place to be and be seen. But a black rope dividing ding the room in two madede the party between en VIP Myer guests s and festival guests very awkward. Alex Perry obviously didn’t get the memo about the segregatio­n and was seen jumping the e rope to take selfies with th guestst on the other side of the room.

It was no doubt a long day for the ushers dealing with guests having no choice but to walk across the runway to get to their seats. They were chastised by frustrated staff. One of Brisbane’s most prominent fashion personalit­ies was left shocked when she misplaced her ticket and was bluntly told to “Get out”, without so much as an offer to check off her name on the guest list.

The usher was left very red-faced when she realised that the fashionist­a was seated not only in the front row, but in one of the best seats in the house.

Hosting the evening was Robin Bailey from Brisbane’s No. 2 breakfast radio show on 97.3. Channellin Channellin­g the Lord Mayor,M Bail Bailey had a

cri cringe- worthy moment when she mistook her Toni Maticevski dress for an Arthur Galan. Thankfully, Perry was on hand to give Maticevski due credit.

Pre-show, guests were left checking their iPhones when they were forced to sit through several television commercial­s from sponsors.

“I’d like to see some fashion,” one frontrow VIP was overheard saying.

And there clearly wasn’t enough of the stunning Jennifer Hawkins to go around, with access to the model dissolving into a tugof-war. While organisers were keen to have her photograph­ed in front of their media wall, the savvy businesswo­man, a highprofil­e Range Rover ambassador, steered clear of the extensive MercedesBe­nz branding. There are still three nights to go, so let’s hope the creases have been ironed out.

 ??  ?? STYLE COUNCIL: (clockwise from main) Jennifer Hawkins, the front row including Vogue’s Edwina McCann, and Alex Perry.
STYLE COUNCIL: (clockwise from main) Jennifer Hawkins, the front row including Vogue’s Edwina McCann, and Alex Perry.
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