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Closing Night - TPFF

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Set in the iconic foyer of the Art Gallery of Western Australia, models descended down the central staircase though green and metallic gold foliage onto a gold runway. The seating arrangements felt very 'cruise' show, with everyone given a perfect vantage point to soak up the looks on offer.

We are long time fans of the brand and were also lucky enough to be dressed for the evening so anticipation for what was to come was high. Known for using high quality fabrics for luxe basics, this collection was no different with models stepping out on silk slips and tailored pants that looked like they would be as comfortable as they were stylish. The brand stuck to it's signature muted colour palette which let the sequins, embellishments and silk cut tassels shine. Highlights were the feather look dresses and skirts which had been cut from a printed fabric and the whisper light gauzy silks that will be perfect for our upcoming summer.

 

The Art of Fashion

Billed as celebrating the true brilliance and avant-garde nature of progressive design we were initially a bit let down as we had seen some of the looks earlier in the week however that all changed halfway through the show. Set to a 10 piece orchestra and two sopranos, the hair and makeup was perfection, transiting from Gatsby girl with diamond eyebrows to full blown jewel encrusted faced complimented by what I can only assume was a heavily ductaped ponytail (someone please confirm/ are all the models now bald after trying to get that out?)

Reny Kestel hit it out of the park with her millinery, ranging from floral accents to full on Malificent-esque horns juxtaposed with stunning gowns. The pieces on show ranged from wonderful to the downright strange but each made a comment about innovation and how we use fashion to explore our limits and express ourselves without having to say a word.

The final look and the most exquisite piece of the evening (and possibly the whole week) was  the absolutely show stopping gown made entirely of flowers which smelt INCREDIBLE as the model wafted by. The show was a beautiful statement about the relationship between fashion and art and how when combined the results can be magic.

(All images thanks to Kai Ridley)

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