Life & Soul

After opening Life & Soul in Victoria Street in February, co-owners Sally and Shelley, launched into winter with a VIP Styling Evening last month. Empire Rose designer Kathryn Cizeika and Lara and Sarah from Mode & Affaire, treated local fashion shoppers to an indepth round up of their latest ranges and the best ways to style them.

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As well as Empire Rose and Mode & Affaire, Life & Soul also stock Asilio, Akla, Auguste, Infamous Friends and Nobody Jeans. Local jewellery line, Me I Me I is stocked alongside WA homewares company Ash &  Lime, and the coolest sneakers around, Superga! From scented candles to vegan nail polish line, Kester Black, head into Life & Soul, Victoria Street Bunbury.





South West Fashion Festival Steps Up

It’s hard to believe it has been a week since Bunbury celebrated its fifth South West Fashion Festival!

As mentioned in my previous post, this year’s Festival was bigger and better than ever before, with the incredible team behind it pulling out all the stops. The two major fashion parades were held in BREC’s Cube theatre, a stunning venue that did full justice to the elegant clothing (and models) on display.


Saturday night saw close to a full house turn out for the finale show, despite the horrendous weather outside. The crowd enjoyed a glass of wine or two in BREC’s Sky Bar before making their way into the Cube for the climax of the festival. There was no traditional runway down the centre of the room – instead, seating was arranged in rows so the models wove among the guests and everyone enjoyed a front row experience.

Two giant screens were hung at the front and the back of the room, with Lomax Media providing a live feed throughout so not a moment of the show was missed. The evening opened with a fantastic short clip put together by Lomax, which gave a wonderful insight into the history of the event and the incredible team who volunteer their time to pull it together each year:

SWFF2015 – Past Meets Present from Lomax on Vimeo.

A stunning collection of wearable art kicked things off with some bold geometric design.


Everything from casual to formal, swimwear, lounge wear and more was on display throughout the evening, including a stunning range from the WA Designers Roadshow which showcased the best of local fashion. Designers included ae’lkemi, one fell swoop, BRUUG, Chalice, House of SKYE and Conchita, as well as BASE by Ben in advance of his major launch in Perth later in August, and returning designers such as Ben Conroy, Betty Tran, Jonte Pike and Empire Rose.


Another short film by Lomax gave us a wonderful insight into what it means for local designers to be involved in the South West Fashion Festival:

SWFF2015 – The Designer Perspective from Lomax on Vimeo.

Having this footage playing throughout the night was an excellent touch, providing the audience with interesting and unique perspectives without the need for lengthy speeches. Once the parade wrapped up, there was plenty to chat about in the Sky Bar over some Willow Bridge wines and canapés from the Bunbury Farmers Market!

A huge congratulations to Lisa Evans, Jo Clark and the entire team behind the South West Fashion Festival, it will be exciting to see how this event continues to grow and evolve.

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