This week may be State of Origin on the footy field but much to the disappointment of my husband, I’m more focussed on fashion’s State of Origin, the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival Brisbane. This year the festival, which launched last week, has an even bigger home, meaning even more people will get to view the best that Queensland designers and retailers have to offer for spring/summer 2010.
Kicking off (see it’s just like footy!) on Saturday, August 7, and running to Friday, August 13, the 2010 festival celebrates the arrival of the spring/summer collections with 10 group shows showcasing 38 local designers, 24 national designers and 24 international designers including Easton Pearson, Lisa Ho, Scanlan & Theodore, Pistols at Dawn, Sacha Drake and Tulipani to name just a few.
All the action main stadium action will take place in a purpose-built 60mx15m marquee, complete with tiered seating and 30 metre runway, in the Cultural Forcourt at South Bank. Seating allocation will be determined on a first purchased, first seated basis – so the earlier you buy tickets the closer you are to the runway.
The Festival’s makeup sponsor will again be Napoleon Perdis. His professional team will provide make-up for all the group shows alongside leading-edge stylists from hair sponsors Schwarzkopf Professional, both who have supported the Festival for many years.
Guests will also enjoy the festival’s uber-fashionable hospitality at the Rosemount O Bar situated at the Cascade Court at QPAC. South Bank will also be hosting supper clubs following each show so Festival goers can sample internationally-inspired food and wine menus that are every bit as glamorous as the catwalk.
Casting for the more than 300 models employed for the festival will begin in July.
In addition to a range of free events, ticket prices have been scaled to cater for all budgets, ranging from $10-$125 and a selection of tailored package deals on offer including:
Early booking discount of 15% off individual ticket prices for tickets ordered before 30 June (excludes Season Tickets or three ticket packages, QueensPlaza Morning Teas, QUT Fashion After Hours, Deepen the Conversation at State Library and the Highlight Parade and Wrap Party);
Three (3) ticket package $117 (save $21) – Select three (3) x $46 Group Show tickets and receive a 15% discount (price inclusive GST and QTIX booking fee).
Season ticket $504 (save $88) – Attend all ticketed events (except the QueensPlaza High Teas, QUT Fashion After Hours and Deepen the Conversation) and receive a 15% discount (price inclusive GST and QTIX booking fee). Season ticket holders will receive priority seating.
Continuing its tradition of giving back to the community, the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival – Brisbane, hosted by South Bank is also proud to announce that in 2010 it will donate $1 from every ticket sold to its chosen charity, The Royal Children’s Hospital Foundation.
Tickets go on sale from this Friday, May 21 through QTIX outlets or by phoning 136 246. The full program is available at: www.mbff.com.au