Second serving of Fashfest hits the mark

DESPITE the chilly weather, last night’s second showing of Fashfest lost none of its spark from its opening night.

Jennifer Aniela

Jennifer Aniela

Guests were treated to an exciting array of designers, including frock queen Jennifer Aniela and British export Sarah Joseph Couture.

And though things didn’t quite run as seamlessly as Wednesday – a slip from a model here, microphone problems there –  there was no denying the fashionable, 450-plus crowd was buzzing.

First up on the runway was Jennifer Aniela, whose enchanting, feminine and flowing gowns – all brightly hand-dyed in stunning colours – created a benchmark for the rest.

Racewear designer Sovata certainly met the challenge, with bright, dramatic headwear, broad-brim hats and high waisted skirts and trousers. Aqua and turquoise featured heavily while clever colour panelling created makeshift curves.

Next up was eco label Purepod. Models wore coloured tights under gorgeous a-line dresses with polka dots and pastels. Neck-ties added a cute touch.

Andie Meredith saw business-like models walking briskly, with plenty of art-inspired prints, bold colours and chic, high-waisted pants, while Gabrielle Everitt had hints of lace and crochet paired with cinched maxi dresses, made from hemp, and striped blazers. Colours were a palette of neutrals and gorgeous soft pastels.

Sofia Polak’s self-titled label made a stunning debut to the runway, with models wearing short chic black veils covering their eyes. Sheer overlay and sequins were seen on skirts and dresses short and long, which added a sense of fun as models sashayed down the runway. Dresses came in dramatic black and stunning white – and then came the stand out, a stunning lime coloured dress with leather detail for extra edge.

As temperatures plummeted to 2 degrees in the unheated, industrial space, brave models in Baku bikinis strutted down the runway, some noticeably shivering – all while smiling, of course.

And then came one of the most anticipated shows on the schedule, bridal and eveningwear label Sarah Joseph Couture, and it didn’t disappoint.

Gowns were all about colour, high slits and dramatic necklines. One stand out was an orange and purple maxi dress with sequinned detail. Then came the final dress that had the crowd’s necks craning and cameras flashing – a gothic, artfully cut out, revealing black number with a fishtail hem.

Photos by Brent McDonald

Sarah Joseph Couture

Sarah Joseph Couture

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