MBFF 2009: Fab frocks and rocking venue

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She walked into the Rosemount VIP lounge like royalty.  Well, not that I’ve ever been in a room when royalty have have walked in, but I’d imagine it would be similar.

Kristy Hinze, international supermodel and squillionaire’s wife, glided across the dimly lit room, a TV crew’s camera light spotlighting her every step.

Beside her, Australian fashion royalty – Vogue Australia editor Kristie Clements.

I tried to be subtle, while sipping on a piccolo of Rosemount O (light, easy drinking, low carb sparkling white wine – perfect for an event where we are all gathered together to gawk at size 6 models) but gave up after being offered a fancy 2009-style prawn cocktail by a passing waiter.

I was in fashion heaven … and hadn’t even seen the first show of the night at the 2009 Mercedes-Benz Brisbane Fashion Festival.

Monday night, August 24, was a feast for the fashion senses.  From stunning daywear, guaranteed to shake even the diehard out of their black uniform, to fabulously glitzy evening wear, it was all there … and within touching distance.

Highlights:

Brisbane City Hall – loved the new venue.  Not only does this venue epitomise Brisbane but it opens up each of the shows to more people.  I’m told the gallery seats were amazing!  I was quite happy just behind Kristy Hinze at the end of the runway, thanks.

Chelsea de Luca – opened the 6pm show with models wearing black body suits and her trademark bling.  Statement earrings and necklaces shared the limelight with some very stunning oversized cocktail rings. Models were draped in Swarovski crystals spanning a colour palette including bright blues, ruby reds and elegant emeralds. Also notable was the powerhouse designer’s use of gleaming gold hardware – a stylistic choice not seen in her previous collections. www.chelseadeluca.com.au  Gallery: http://mbff.com.au/gallery/chelsea/Gallery.html

Chelsea de Luca's new collection as unveiled at Mercedes-Benz Brisbane Fashion Festival

Chelsea de Luca

Sacha Drake – colour, colour and more colour.  Brisbane’s frock queen offered timeless shapes in printed silks.  Coming to a resort holiday near you soon.  www.sachadrake.com

Gallery: http://mbff.com.au/gallery/sachadrake/Gallery.html

Katelyn Aslett – a wonderful burst of colour and texture.  Love the pop-pink signature prints.  www.katelynaslett.com

Gallery: http://mbff.com.au/gallery/aslett/Gallery.html

Paul Hunt – a collection of elegantly fluid and embellished gowns. Also loved the 50s-inspired shorter styles. www.paulhunt.com.au

Gallery: http://mbff.com.au/gallery/paulhunt/Gallery.html

George Wu – with direction firmly set in the future, George gave more than a sequinned nod to the 80s and 90s with this collection. www.georgewu.com.au

Gallery: http://mbff.com.au/gallery/georgewu/Gallery.html

Tulpani – this Sunshine Coast label stunned with a preview of its upcoming couture collection release for Tulipani Nero. Embellished and textured cocktail frocks as well as the label’s trademark prints commanded attention. www.tulipani.com.au

Gallery: http://mbff.com.au/gallery/tulipani/Gallery.html

Tulipani at Mercedes-Benz Brisbane Fashion Festival

Tulipani at Mercedes-Benz Brisbane Fashion Festival

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