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Last Saturday saw the Fourth SW Fashion Festival conclude at the World Kitchen and has been declared by organisers as  “our best Festival ever!”

The feedback has been amazing from both the designers and the fashionistas who attended.  In particular organisers have been rewarded with two of the designers talking to boutiques regarding stocking their labels while some of the visiting labels from Perth are being snapped up by buyers. In addition one designer is in negotiation to have a gown worn at a Parisian fashion industry dinner.

Darnell Collection

Proceedings opened with the ever impressive and internationally acclaimed Darnell Collection of Vintage  Couture. Charlotte, the curator of this amazing collection is an inspiration and shared her knowledge of the pieces and their relevance as not only fashion but social commentary.

Elise Vivienne Shakira Marlan

Guests were then treated to 4 SW designer ranges, 3 Western Australian labels and one from Adelaide. The diversity proved popular and it was great to see some men’s labels amongst the mix.


(Photo courtesy of Jo Bevis)

Always lovely to see our first ever ‘Face of the SW Fashion Festival’ Courtney Eaton, back in town to support this local event.

Courtney Eaton and Christine Fox
And after the parades it was time to party with music from “Save it for the Weekend”. Guests continued to enjoy wines from Willow Bridge and fantastic canapé and cocktail food from The World Kitchen.

Elise Vivienne

The South West Fashion Festival is on and is starting with a bang today at the South West Regional College of TAFE.  Today’s luncheon is all about the amazing Darnell Collection of International Vintage Couture and a featured parade by local headwear designers, Swirl.  Just in time for the South West Autumn Racing Carnival.

Then tomorrow the World Kitchen will host the Fresh Designer Showcase, with the day finishing off in perfect fashion style with a cocktail soiree.

AND this festival is all about our local designers.  Elise Vivienne will be showing at the South West Fashion Festival for the second time, ahead of the launch of the new range in April.

“This collection was inspired by nature & the culture around me. It’s really a reflection of my mood. Bright bold colours paired with simple, flattering shapes. You’ll see a lot of florals in the mix because I feel they represent women all around the world. All unique and all stunning to behold. You’ll see some 90’s influences and probably a little of my heart sewn into the seams.”

The new Elise Vivienne range will be on show this Saturday night at SWFF, World Kitchen Bunbury. Tickets are available here.

Elise Vivienne

Elise Vivienne


Elise Vivienne

Elise Vivienne

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Va Va Vintage!

One of the highlights of this year’s SW Fashion Festival is the return of vintage couture curator Charlotte Smith and her incredible collection. Charlotte’s collection created such a buzz last year that the SWFF crew had to see it’s return so that they could share the collection again, and the inspiring story behind it.  It is a must see for fashion lovers, collectors, historians, in fact any one who loves beauty.

The Darnell Collection began with one lady’s passion for preserving and honoring vintage clothing and accessories, along with their provenance. Now with over 5 and a half thousand garments, the collection continues to grow and inspire.

This year to follow the SWFF Tropadelic Eden theme Charlotte will be focusing on exotic prints and hot tropical colours, bringing labels such as Bruce Oldfield, Emilio Pucci, Guy Laroche and Jenny Kee.

Tickets to see Charlotte and the Darnell Collection are available here, don’t miss your chance!

Darnell Collection at SWFF 2013

Darnell Collection at SWFF 2013

Detail of Dolce & Gabbana

Detail of Dolce & Gabbana

Detail of 1970's Lanvin Garment

Detail of 1970’s Lanvin Garment



Fashion Feb!

Next week sees the Fourth Annual South West Fashion Festival hitting town. Don’t miss out, tickets available here!

The South West Fashion Festival is a local celebration of fashion, design, business and creative endeavour.

So this week and next we are going to profile some of the designers who will be showing on Saturday 22nd of February at World Kitchen in Bunbury…


Assirak by Karissa Fisher is an eclectic label, featuring hand printed fabrics in earthy tones. The inspiration for Assirak is ususally something from within Karissa’s own adventures in life, for example, sidewalks in New York that inspired strong stripe prints to dead roses in her garden that became a theme for her last collection.

This year Assirak will be showing for the fourth time at SWFF, one of the few labels to have been fortunate enough to be involved from the beginning. This season is a mix of hand printed natural fabrics, tied together using Assirak’s signature style. Stylo is really excited to see what Karissa will bring to the catwalk this year and you can join us by coming along to the SWFF on Saturday 22. Supporting local talent and local business.

Assirak worn by SWFF Face Shakira Marlan 2013

Assirak worn by SWFF Face Shakira Marlan 2013

Vintage Assirak

Vintage Assirak

Stylo at the AACTA’s!

Many of you may have seen the photos of local actress Courtney Eaton at the AACTA’s held in Sydney last week. Courtney’s date was her very proud, and may we say handsome dad Stephen.

AACTA Sydney, Courtney Eaton

Courtney Eaton, with her father Stephen on the red carpet.

Stylo grabbed Courtney for a  quick catch up over lunch at Cafe 140, a favourite hang out, and asked  about her whirlwind week and future plans.

How did you feel being on the Red Carpet?
It was weird, very busy and I could see lots of famous faces but I wasn’t too sure who everyone was. I think if I knew I would have been way more nervous.

What were your nerves like leading up to presenting the very first award of the night?
I couldn’t think about it. I had rehearsed it all but  just before we went on stage they said Sam (Worthington) couldn’t see the teleprompter so I would have to read all the nominee information. I was totally nervous then!

How do you feel being named “the next big thing”!?
When I was asked that on the red carpet, it was news to me! It’s nice, but I didn’t know that about myself. I don’t think of myself that way.

So, whats next?
I am having a holiday, then we head into filming “The Gods of Egypt” in Sydney later this month.

Courtney Eaton and the media on the red carpet.

Courtney Eaton and the media on the red carpet.

Stylo is also very proud of our Bunbury girl Courtney. She holds herself with distinguished grace and a unique and mature style beyond her years. Watch this space as we continue to watch Courtney blossom.


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