The Boyfriend Shirt has always taken pride in supporting emerging designers and it's such a pleasure to watch student's designs become international names like Dyspnea and Aimee Cherie Intimates. So we were both thrilled to attend this year's Telstra Perth Fashion Festival's Future Runway. One of the biggest highlights is the creativity that student runways present, not afraid to stray from current trends or try out new techniques, there is something uniquely genuine and raw when it comes to the emerging designers' work. Don't believe us? This little number by Marianna Kuklinski was phenomenal.
Broken into several categories with winners announced on the night, there was no lack of diversity in the collections presented, personal favourite was the Menswear Ready To Wear. Both of us here at TBFS have backgrounds in mens' styling and fashion so it holds a special place in our hearts. All of the designs presented showed talent in tailoring and the use of unique materials were a refreshing change to the typical dull cottons of menswear.
We had our eye on Phoebe D’Arcy Evans's Contemporary Eveningwear piece. Anything with ruffles and a fresh take on formal pants has our heart.
And while nothing can quite compete with the magic of Coco Chanel's Jacket's this little number had a similar feel with the elongated shiluete giving a modern edge.
Giorgia Santacaterina from the WA Academy of Performing Arts took home the highly coveted title for Best Costume Design. While the Ready-to-wear women’s category was won by Celia Friebe and Seth Cray took out Ready-to-wear Mens'. Simone Squires created an incredible design that won best Eco Design.
The winners of each category were selected based on originality and creativity by a team of judges including TBFS favourite, Pippa McManus, On A Whim designers Erin Vanhaeften and Kate Wilks, and designer Sarah Watanabe of Monster Alphabets.
We were so inspired by the sheer skill and creativity that was sent down the runway and felt really privileged to be part of these next-big-thing's journey. Pre show there were whispers from TPFF insiders that this was their favourite of the shows for the week and it is easy to see why. Congratulations to TPFF for putting on such a gorgeous show and supporting out rising stars. We definitely are coveting a few pieces for our own wardrobes and will be first in line to stock up on these designs!