The fairy girls at the Dypsnea party filled with pom-poms, pink & glitter
Kaliver Rose Resort 2016 as part of St George Next Gen
Model Citizen – Brisbane based streetwear label who showed as part of Pacific Resort
All pics by Simple Pixel Photography
Raffles International – Graduates from Raffles College showcasing at MBFWA
All pics by Simple Pixel Photography
The Stenmark twins at the Red Carpet Arrivals for Oscar De La Renta
The one and only Shanina Shaik closing Oscar De La Renta
This was my first time attending Mercedez Benz Fashion Week in Sydney. I found MBFWA to be an exciting, yet incredibly hectic experience. You can read about my fashion week outfits, highs and lows in my interview with Cocktail Revolution online streetstyle magazine here.
I didn’t attend MBFWA with any expectations, so I didn’t know what to expect. Having said that, I was really invested into this event – emotionally and financially. I was pleasantly surprised that my media accreditation was approved within 24 hours so I accepted it as a sign from God that I needed to be at this event.
Straightaway, I requested for annual leave at work and booked my flights and accommodation. Packed 2 suitcases worth of outfits the night before flying the red eye to Sydney. I stayed at the Best Western Hotel in Surrey Hills – it’s a 10 minute Uber ride away from Carriageworks.
The weather in Sydney was a lot warmer than Perth, so I’ve had to rethink my outfits for Fashion Week. I arrived in Sydney over the weekend, so I had some time to settle in before the hectic week started. I love spending time in Bondi with my friend Priscilla – attending Hillsong church services (the Bondi campus is held in the Westfield Bondi Junction cinemas!) and eating at all the raw/vegan cafes.
The night before Day 1 of Fashion Week – I realised that I forgot to bring a card for my camera. First rookie mistake. I recently bought a new Canon 80D camera so I was still learning how to use it. I needed to be at Carriageworks at 9am the next day for the first show Ginger & Smart, so there was no way I would have any time to run into the shops to buy a card. I also had a mobile hairdresser coming in to do my hair that morning. She arrived late due to parking issues and I was getting stressed about whether I would make it to my first show in time.
Day 1 – Ginger & Smart, Misha Collection
I get to Carriageworks and Ginger & Smart was running really late.Had I known that they would be late, I wouldn’t have stressed myself out so much. All of the shows at MBFWA ran late. After Ginger & Smart finished, I checked out the street style scene. I saw so many mega fashion bloggers that I’ve followed over the years in one place. I sensed a lot of egos in the atmosphere and found it incredibly overwhelming.
I made a quick stop to Pitt St Mall to pick up a card for my camera. Then met up with Priscilla to attend Misha Collection at 3pm. We were late and the portable charger that I bought turnt out to be faulty. My phone was about to die moments before Bella Hadid was about to walk the runway for Misha. OMG.
We got there in time for Misha. Pris had a portable charger with her that I used to save my phone. Phew. Once Misha ended, we went out to get our streetstyle photos taken and that’s when we saw the Twice Blessed sisters. I was so hesitant to approach them, worried that they might snob me off. I was so wrong!! They were so incredibly lovely, humble and genuine. After that encounter with them, my guards came down, the pressure was off and I officially survived the first day of fashion week. PHEW.
Day 2 & 3 – Clean Cut Fashion & Ragtrader Seminars
The next 2 days were more chilled than the first. I attended workshops that addressed issues of sustainability in fashion and learnt about what international buyers from Matches Fashion and Bergdorf Goodman are looking for in designers. I found these workshops to be quite informative and educational – fashion is a serious business after all. There were many recurring themes that were raised – the need for innovation, the need for slower fashion and the need for designers to view resort wear as a full lifestyle – not just swimwear. Catherine Baba is also my new Parisian muse.
Day 4 & 5 – Han Studios, Swimwear Resort, Dypsnea, Cynthia Rowley , St George Next Gen, The Innovators, Raffles International, Pacific Resort, Oscar De La Renta
Day 4 and 5 were hectic and attended about 4-5 shows each day. Met heaps of amazing people around this time. Met some rude people as well…disappointing but that’s their problem. The shows on day 4 were on the underwhelming side apart from the Han show that morning. The shows on day 5 that featured all the emerging and upcoming designers were my favourite – particularly Kaliver and Anna Quan label from the Next Gen show.
I was invited to attend the Pacific Resort show after meeting the designer and crew from Model Citizen. Pacific Resort showcased 5 Fijian designers, including Model Citizen who were sponsored by Fiji Fashion Week. This was the first time that these Fijian designers were showcasing at MBFWA. Their family and friends flew in from Fiji to support them, wearing tropical clothing from their homeland. It was such a proud moment for these Fijian designers to be given this level of international exposure.
The show opened with a live performance of a Fijian song. It was such a beautiful nod to their culture and heritage.
The models who walked for Model Citizen had so much swagger and personality. It was a breath of fresh air seeing an ethnically diverse, healthy models who were clearly having fun strut down the runway. This was a contrast to some of the shows I’ve seen where the models resembled mannequins with no soul and looked unhealthy and miserable being there. I thought that the styling was on point and I loved their edgy sports luxe meets modern tailoring aesthetic. Each model suited all of their looks….it was clearly well thought out. Read their interview with GQ magazine here.
While the clothes were beautiful….I would have liked to see more fashion forward and innovative designs from the other Fijian designers. Nevertheless, I thoroughly enjoyed the show, they have done incredibly well just being able to showcase at MBFWA and it was exciting being able to share this journey with them.
It was then time for the final show Oscar De La Renta which I managed to attend with a bit of help (thank you!!!). I snapchatted the red carpet arrivals like a total papparazzo from the inside and I saw people like Margaret Zhang, the super cute Stenmark twins and Richard Wilkins. After Oscar ended, I raced back to my hotel and collapsed on my bed, eating popcorn from the giftbags as dinner.
Over the weekend, I attended the Bloggers Brunch organised by Nat from Interlaced Media. It was really nice catching up and spending time with other bloggers by The Rocks and the Opera House. Later that arvo, I organised a last minute photoshoot with Kaliver after they showed the day before at MBFWA – which is also another story in itself which will be shared on the next blog post.
My last day in Sydney was also chaotic from organising the Kaliver photoshoot and packing my suitcases as I was flying back out to Perth that night. A big thank you to my friend Laura for helping me pack!
The whole week in MBFWA was certainly one of the most hectic and exciting times of my life. It was the beginning of several lifelong friendships in the industry and personally. I would do it all over again in a heartbeat. Now that Fashion Week is over….I really am missing the chaos and wishing I was back there.
What was your favourite outfit or show from Fashion Week?