He came, he entertained. We drooled.
Australian fashion icon Alex Perry arrived just 30 minutes before the show (not his doing, just a small matter of being bumped off two flights to Brisbane!) but nothing was wiping the grin off his famous face – or those of the 150- plus guests gathered at the M1 Function Rooms to celebrate the arrival of his ready-to-wear collection in Zambezee boutiques.
“I first met Alex after his first Australian Fashion Week show. He was gracious enough to give me the time of day then and now I’m so excited to have his collections exclusively available on the Sunshine Coast at Zambezee,” said Natalie Bedford, who with mum, Lorelei own the Noosaville and Mooloolaba boutiques.
Coast fashionistas glammed it up, sezing a chance to get up close and personal with Perry and his fabulous frocks. And they weren’t dissapointed.
Perry happily posed for photos, and joined Styling You’s Nikki Parkinson and co-host Channel 7’s Rosanna Natoli to talk about his life, fashion – and those sunglasses!
For the record, the sunglasses never come off – and yes, he’s launching his own line of them.
Perry doesn’t do casual daywear. For him it’s all about what we choose to wear after the sun goes down. “It’ not about comfort,” he said.
“It’s all about shape and colour. I’ve included lots of structural shapes but also floaty designs.
“I love dressing Queensland women. They’re not so serious and they love colour. They want their fashion to make them feel happy.”
Not only did guests get a catwalk look at this season’s collection of little black dresses and gorgeous colour pieces, they were treated to an exclusive showing of next season’s autumn-winter collection which won’t be in store until February and March.
And if you thought there was more than a hint of the ’80s in this season’s range, wait till you see winter. Think taffeta and statement shoulders, but in a good way. Did I just write that? See, I’m still under the Alex Perry influence.
Last night’s event raised more than $2000 for Autism Australia’s AIEOU program, of which Alex is a big supporter.
Zambezee boutique: Ph 5444 3640 (Mooloolaba); 5474 3125 (Noosaville)