Fashion. Champagne. And more Fashion. And that was just the start of the night.
Last Thursday, 3rd of September, Sydney’s CBD hosted its 5th Vogue FASHION NIGHT OUT (VFNO), a celebration of local and International fashion. The streets of the city were filled with dancers, make-up artists, performers and all the who’s who in the fashion industry, models, magazine editors, fashion bloggers and photographers.
I can’t believe it was my first time at VFNO, I’d been wanting to check it out for years. The first VFNO began in 2009 in New York, in a bid to support the fashion industry after the global financial crisis, and it has since been held all over the world. The VFNO was also held in Sao Paulo in Brazil on the same night as it was held in Sydney last week.
The night started Vogue Editor Edwina McCan’s opening of the night in Hyde Park.
I had the pleasure of being accompanied by two great fashion partners, my 4 year old streetstyle photographer son (who has accompanied me to a number of fashion shows in the past, is my talented little photographer and of course is my regular “window” shopping partner) and my dear friend and fellow Fashion Stylist (& designer) Kash O’Hara, who I also work with as the Style Dr. Kash has recently launched her own styling website (www.thestyledr.com.au), and had a talented videographer Carolin Margi accompanied her throughout the night.
Above: The Style Dr’s at VFNO. Me on left and Kash on the right. Kash looked stunning as always, wearing a Willow top & Valentino rockstud heels (hot!). Mini Jadorais looking stylish in a superman t-shirt, Seed blazer, jeans & adidas sneakers. 😉
I wore a mix of Australian & International Designers – Helmut Lang blazer, Dion Lee top, Willow leather skirt & necklace, Miu Miu boots, Alexander McQueen clutch.
We started our night at David Jones, the department store was beautiful decorated with colourful & ornate floral arrangements, as part of the DJ’s annual flower show this year the Flower Show, titled The Enchanted Florence, with more than 300,000 stems and flowers, beautifully arranged on each floor of the store.
There were several fashion shows held at David Jones showcasing designs by Camilla and Marc, Keep Sake the Label, Kahlo, Tigerlilly, Zimmermann and many more.
Above: David Jones brand embassador Jessinda Cambpell and Ashlee Simpson opening new american label JT One.
Above: Ballet Dancers dancing effortlessly, showcasing Bianca Spender’s latest Spring Summer collection.
For me the highlight of the night was heading up to Level 2 of David Jones (the Womenswear Designer floor), where we had the pleasure of seeing Australian Designers Camilla, Kit Willow and Rachel Gilbert talk about their designs, how they work with small international communities to support ethical fashion, their inspirations and their key fashion items this season.
Above: Australian Designer Camilla on left, and designer Kit Willow on right. Photo by MiniJadorais.
After their talk I had the pleasure of meeting Camilla and my all-time favourite Australian designer, Kit Willow in person. Kit Willow has recently launched her new fashion label (Kit X) in August this year,who’s ethos is about sustainable fashion whilst maintaining Kit Willow’s signature feminine, luxury designs, beautiful fabrics & draping. I have loved Willow’s designs for years and have followed her closely since her exit from her own eponymous label in 2013, and am so glad to see her amazing new collection for Kit X which is also sold at David Jones stores.
Camilla also loved meeting my son, see both above sitting together (after she gave him a ‘high-5’), watching an interview by Romance was born (RWB) Designers Anna Plunkett and Luke Sales on their latest collection, Cooee Couture.
Above: Romance was Born designers Anna Plunkett & Luke Sales.
My sister Clarice had seen RWB’s amazing fashion show earlier this year at MBFW (which was held at the Australian Museum of Fine Art), I was glad to see some of the pieces of their collection up-close. Amazing colours, intricate beading, some of the pieces had mirrors sewn onto them. Luke Sales’ said his favourite piece was a patchwork dress which was hand sewn by his own mum.
Our own Style Dr, Kash also had the pleasure of interviewing Anna Plunkett, as well as talking to designer Camilla on the inspirations behind her designs.
Check out the video below a sneak preview on some of the footage of the VFNO by the Style Dr.
There is plenty more fabulous footage to come on Kash’s interviews with the Romance Was Born designer Anna Plunkett, designer Camilla, shoe designer Terry Biviano and fashion illustrator Megan Hess (who I also had the pleasure of meeting a month ago in Sydney).
Well it was a thoroughly enjoyable night, I would definitely recommend checking out a VFNO near you. I believe my sister Janice will be checking out the VFNO in London next week!
Have a great weekend!