Audi Art Ball Presented by Vogue Australia

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The inagural Art Ball took place at the Art Gallery of Western Australia on Saturday night and the evening held true to my highest expectations as Perth’s answer to the Met Gala. It was an evening filled with entertainment, avant garde style, debauchery, music, performance and perthonalities galore. I was so impressed by the effort everyone made to the dress code of avant garde/black tie that I had to capture some of my favourite looks from the night. Enjoy!

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Connie Mitchell of Sneaky Sound System who performed on the night

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Congratulations to everyone involved in pulling the night off, as you can see, it was truly spectacular!

‘Til next time,

xxx SV xxx

Audi ART BALL: An Interview with Poppy Lissiman

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The inaugural Audi ART BALL presented by the AGWA Foundation and VOGUE Australia will be held on location at the Art Gallery of Western Australia from 7:00pm on Saturday 14 May 2016.

In a first for WA, fashion bible VOGUE Australia is co-presenting this exclusive event with the AGWA Foundation and Audi.

SV caught up with one of the event’s advisory committee members, designer Poppy Lissiman to chat about beauty prep, OOTDs and the BTS of what is set to become Perth’s most exclusive and invigorating night of nights! I will also randomly be posting photos I’ve taken of her at events throughout the past few years because, farshun!

Style Voyeur: Hi Poppy, I think we met in 2008 and I have photographed you at almost every event we’ve been to since then, I can’t believe I’ve never interviewed you before!

The reason I know it was 2008 is because I’ll never forget, as a girl who has grown up obsessed with fashion, the first time I saw you, you were wearing the Luella Bartley gold bat cape I wanted so bad and I remember laying eyes on you and was so shocked to see that in Perth and in the flesh. Clearly you have always loved fashion too – do you remember what first drew you to it?

Poppy: Oh gosh, I loved that Luella bat cape! I actually pulled it out a few days ago to wear! Yep I have always loved fashion. I first became obsessed, and I really mean obsessed, when I was about 11 or 12. My mum worked in the industry so I used to often read her magazines. When I was 12 I made her subscribe to Collezioni which was this hellishly expensive Italian bible which used to publish all the images from the shows according to city/season so I could see all the collections in their entirety. (This is obviously before they were all instantly published on the internet.)

SV: Haha, I remember those, I could never afford them. So not too long after then you became a fashion designer, then had your own boutique, Poppy Lissiman Addition and now obviously there is the world famous clutch and accessory line you do, how has this journey shaped you?

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Poppy: I guess the one thing I can think of is just that I have tried to be as adaptable as possible.

SV: So we’re here to talk about the upcoming Art Ball, what is your involvement?

Poppy: Myself, Harrison and my bestie, Elle Peter are all part of the Art Ball Committee which have been organising the event (alongside Muse Bureau’s, Grant Capriotti).

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SV: I hear the Art Ball is Perth’s answer to the Met Gala – so what’s in store for the night?

Poppy: It’s basically going to be non-stop entertainment and an overload on the senses. We have performances by a really wide range of artists; from Sneaky Sound System, Kucka, opera singer Teddy Tahu Jones and DJ sets by Scarlett Stevens from San Sisco and my one and only (Harrison)! There is also dancers, roller skaters, live nude drawing, virtual reality experiences and an insane raffle at some point in the night – the prize is SO incredible!

SV: The Art Ball is taking place at the Art Gallery of Western Australia – besides the obvious factor of it being WA’s most cultural and creative location for this avant garde event, how did this event come about?

Poppy: It came from conversations about wanting to get a younger audience engaged in the space again. The Art Gallery of WA has so many incredible exhibitions but their younger demographic has been waning a bit so we have been tasked with getting them back into the gallery. So what better way than to do that than with a big party!

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After the event we will be actively targeting everyone who comes to the Art Ball to start coming to the art exhibitions later on, so there is definitely an ulterior motive to just having a massive party. It’s all about the art at the end of the day.

SV: It is very exciting that Vogue is attached to the event – is that a first?

Poppy: Yes, I believe this is the first time they have been associated with anything in Perth, so it was a big coup.

SV: Do you have any tips on how to dress for the event?

Poppy: I have actually been posting weekly outfit inspiration albums to the Art Ball Facebook page HERE – so if you’re stuck for ideas, definitely jump on there to check them out. I think avant garde works best when there is an element of normality to the outfit with an unexpected twist; last week I did a bit of a homage to Isabella Blow – when you look at a lot of outfits – although she was always impeccably dressed, it was usually her headwear (almost always by Phillip Treacy) which was the shock factor.

I love the idea of wearing a plain black dress with a giant jewelled lobster on your head.

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SV: What is the most incredible prized piece you have in your wardrobe? And where did you get it?

Poppy: Oh that is a tricky one. I just recently bought a very unique jacket in Tokyo from an incredible shop called Dog, Lady Gaga and Rihanna have been known to pilfer this shop for costumes for their shows, although that’s not why I went there. Most of the items in there are just simply works of art and one-offs and this jacket is no different. It weighs a tonne, cost a fortune and is utterly ridiculous looking but I love it.

I have so many favourite items and that jacket I mentioned is probably my most recent prized piece but I have one of the original Swarovski necklaces from Christopher Kane’s SS 2007 debut collection after he finished at St Martin’s. That collection still to this day is one of my all time favourite collections ever, so to own a runway piece is super special. It was a birthday present from a very good friend of mine who works in the industry. (that necklace is actually pictured above).

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SV: I know it’s no doubt your best kept secret right now but can you reveal any details on what you will be wearing to the Art Ball?

Poppy: It’s no secret! I’m wearing custom One Fell Swoop – head to toe red silk.

SV: Amazing! We all know you have a very vivacious boyfriend, Harrison Kennedy who is also on the Art Ball committee as you mentioned, do you think coordinating your look with your partner is a must on the night?

Poppy: No, not at all! I actually have no idea what Harrison is wearing. Knowing him he will pull something together the morning of the event.

SV: How do you prep for an event like this? Any beauty secrets? Do you get your make-up done? Have a facial etc?

Poppy: I rarely get my make-up done but I couldn’t resist booking Hendra for this special night, plus I am planning on going a bit crazy with the make-up so I would rather have a professional lend their expertise for something like that so I don’t look like a halloween costume.

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SV: As a member of the committee, what do you hope the event will achieve? Is it to raise funds for the gallery?

Poppy: Our main objective is to have this event open doors to a younger demographic of people to the Art Gallery. We want to remind the young people of Perth who are as passionate as us about the Gallery that there are a lot of exciting things coming up in the space.

SV: And finally, please finish these sentences….

My greatest fear is…losing a limb.

I love more than anything…animals.

My biggest fashion faux pas was…probably my tomboy stage when I was 8 or 9 when I would only wear Bad Boy or Hot Tuna.

I am inspired by…art.

The most artistic designer in the world is…at the moment I couldn’t go past Allesandro Michele, the new Creative Director of Gucci.

The artist who most inspires me…Takashi Murakami.

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To get your tickets to the ART BALL, click HERE 

For more on the event, visit the Art Ball website

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‘Till next time,

xxxSVxxx

Guest Blog: Isabel Marant Fall 2016 by Nicolas Tavitian

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Isabel Marant’s Fall 2016 RTW show, Paris Fashion Week

All images courtesy of Fashion Illustrator,  Nicolas Tavitian for Style Voyeur

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French girls do it better

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For some more of Nicolas Tavitian’s Guest Blog Posts for Style Voyeur, direct from Paris – click the link HERE and HERE and HERE

Beaucoup d’amour

xxx SV xxx

#WAFA2016

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Backstage at the WA Fashion Awards presented by Fashion Council WA

Flawless make-up by Artists @ Play

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Aude from Viviens wearing I Love Mr Mittens who won Emerging Designer of the Year

Bobby pin glory by L’Oreal, directed by Melissa Gesualdo of Renos on St Quentin

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Sarah Pauley, in town from LA wearing Jaime Lee

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Ebony Iris wearing a piece by past fine details winner, Sewellery by stylist Teagan Sewell who also styled models for the awards and won Stylist of the Year on the night

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Sarah Tilleke wears 33 Poets

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Ebony and Phoebe Walton #twinning (literally) in Empire Rose

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Samantha wearing a jacket from Varga Girl

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Hannah from Chadwick wearing Poppy Lissiman and an archive bathing suit from C Design Swim

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Grady wears Ae’lkemi

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Aude wearing TotoMoto jewellery

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Ebony Walton wearing Empire Rose gown

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Nika wearing Costarella as she takes the stairs to reach the stage

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A masked model wearing Empire Rose

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Sarah Pauley wearing 33 Poets

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Till next time

xxx SV xxx

Claudia’s #NYFW Model Diary

Guest Blogger Exclusive – Claudia Todman’s Model Diary from #NYFW and beyond..

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I met Claudia in late June last year and ever since then, together we have shared a mutual appreciation for all things fashion. Claudia just so happens to be right in the thick of it at the moment, fashion that is. Whether she’s traveling the globe to model for the world’s hottest designers or walking in fashion weeks from Paris to New York – she’s likely as in the thick of it as one could possibly could be at present. So who better to enlist as my latest International Guest Blogger, none other than Perth’s latest IT girl and international model of the moment, Claudia Todman.

After departing New York and headed for another fashion capital on her international fashion week circuit (aka fashion month, aka Claudia’s been going since January – fashion month..s?), it’s early afternoon in Milan as I write this and Claudia is online and ready to introduce herself.

Above & below: Digitals at BCBG, NYFW casting

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Hometown: Landsdale, Western Australia

Age: 19

Mother Agency: Chadwick, Perth

Other Agencies: NYC (Click/Re:quest), Milan (Fashion), Paris (City), Hong Kong (Quest), New Zealand (Unique).

Fashion Weeks This Season: Men’s shows Milan (15th – 19th Jan), Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week, Paris (24th – 29th Jan), New York Fashion Week (11th – 18th Feb), Milan (coming up – 24th – 29th Feb) and on to Paris Fashion Week, Autumn/Winter (1st – 9th March 2016).

Style Voyeur: How did you get discovered? Claudia: My friend, Hayley Parry who is a friend of Tanya Petkovic (my now agent in Perth) introduced me to Chadwick Models and Vanda, a former Chadwick booker and Tanya signed me on the spot.

When I was 16, my mum and sister bribed me into doing grooming and deportment classes as I was a tomboy and didn’t know how to do hair or make-up or even colour coordinate my clothing, so I did modeling classes and my teacher thought I had some potential. Then and there I joined the modeling industry and really enjoyed it. At the time I was with Aloha models.

Fave thing about modeling? Oh there’s too many things! Partying with celebrities at the MTV music awards after party in Milan, walking for Christian Siriano in New York City, where I met the world’s most incredible model, Coco Rocha.

Worst/Weirdest/Most Embarrassing experience to date? Probably just falling asleep at castings, although no one ever notices, besides the other models, of course.

How do you prepare yourself for the international fashion circuit? I have affirmation cards that I read before I leave the house to go to castings. I also do yoga when I can to centre myself.

Any tricks of the trade you have learnt along the way? To pack light! You soon figure out what you actually use and don’t use. Being organised is such an important part of it. The traveling is very difficult, going from city to city, back to back and making sure you are still looking your best. It’s hard work. I carry concealer with me and spare clothes on the plane to change into so I feel fresh if I have to go straight to a casting off the plane. I eat lots of fruit and vegetables and protein to help stay in shape as it’s hard to get to the gym. Drinking lots of water is very important as running around makes you so dehydrated. Staying positive and calm is key too.

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Claudia’s Model Diary: Backstage at Viktor & Rolf in Paris for Haute Couture 2016 in January. Walking for Viktor & Rolf was a walk I’d never done before this year. Having half of my face covered was a challenge to say the least. For me, the clothes play a big part in how I walk down the runway. Viktor & Rolf’s collection was very structural and shapely (it always is). The objective was to make sure I had to show off every piece of the garment on the runway.

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Julien Fournie show in Paris for Haute Couture Fashion Week, 26th of January

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New York is all about LOVE and HOPE. I live by these two words. Being a model requires you to love yourself as you are, you are the tool, you are the key product. And then comes hope, to hope that you still know that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes.

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Digital at Cadet casting

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Backstage at Cadet

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At the Cadet show for men’s fashion week in New York City 2016 with Re:quest team on the 8th of February

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Backstage at BCBGMAXAZRIA…First show in New York City and what a first show it was. I am so honoured to have walked for BCBG and this was only the beginning of my fashion week season in New York.

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Pas de Calais presentation, 11th of February

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Libertine show on the 16th of February, what an incredible show it was. Libertine designer, Johnson Hartig made a speech backstage before we walked on stage that really touched the models.  “When casting everyone in this room, we didn’t look at your books but felt your good energy and personality in the room (when casting) and felt (if) it was best suited for our show,” he said.

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Backstage at Libertine, New York Fashion Week

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Backstage at Pamella Roland where I met Nigel Barker and Paris Hilton

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Pamella Roland, 12th of February

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Walking for the beautiful Christian Siriano show on the 13th of February – I got to meet model maverick, Coco Rocha!!

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Backstage at Christian Sirano

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Zimmermann presentation at Saks Fifth Avenue: working with the gorgeous Nicky Zimmermann

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Backstage at the Zimmermann show

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Zimmermann show on the 12th of February

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More from backstage at Zimmermann

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My first time working with Zimmermann and it was so lovely to be around Australians. Being away, you miss the Aussie accent.

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Brooks Brothers presentation, 14th February where I saw (fashion icon), J. Alexander

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Bibhu show on the 17th of February

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Backstage at Bibhu

Over and out for now, Claudia xx

 

‘Till next time,

xxx SV xxx

One Fell Swoop 10th Anniversary

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Tonight was One Fell Swoop’s 10th Anniversary show and what a pleasure it was to behold their AW2016 collection debut at LaLaRook on St Georges Tce in Perth.

The new range offered some fresh hues from designers Daniel Romanin and Nikolina Ergic and the now iconic OFS drape was in full force adding the unique and flawless edge this label has become well known for. For ten years the talented duo have worked tirelessly to make a name for themselves in the WA Fashion Industry and with stockists across the country and now internationally via mega-online giant Revolve Clothing, along with a loyal following of clientele – the One Fell Swoop brand has become a strong force in fashion.

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Models wore sky blue eyeshadow by The Make-up Factory and were adorned in jewellery from Thomas Meihofer, Subiaco. Daniel himself and fellow #squd were dressed by high end designer boutique and new staple to the King Street collective, Khirzad with shoes by Hunter Store presented on the deconstructed runway.

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As the event began models entered down a steel staircase, usually where guests enter the space which was lit up in a deep blue hue and perfectly struck light across the most beautiful floral arrangement by The Wildflower Perth where seated guests gazed on.

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As always I was so lucky to be right in the thick of it backstage and as the event started I followed models upstairs to enter the event and begin the show

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Following models, it’s what I do best

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Loving me some street view

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Working it on the streets of Perth

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Then a mad scramble to get backstage again for the rest of the show. Topaz above who was the FACE of the event laughs off the madness behind the scenes

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Designer Daniel Romanin making some final adjustments before the models hit the runway

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Beautiful jewellery from Thomas Meihofer. I die for this necklace!

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So much pretty!

CONGRATULATIONS ONE FELL SWOOP!!!

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‘Till next time,

xxx SV xxx

Jaime Lee TPFF15

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It was the day of Jaime Lee’s show and all was quiet and calm until night fell and the audience went wild with glee.

Expectations were super high for our show this year, yet a strange, almost unsettling calm filled our day as we built the set and got everything in order for show night. For the second time since THAT show in 2013, I produced Jaime Lee’s Lightyears extravaganza during this year’s TPFF and it all went off without a hitch. I don’t know what I was expecting but with our highly technical set, anything could have happened, however the magic that fills a room when this designer is present was strong and so we had the most glorious day getting everything ready with no problems to speak of. To our complete and utter joy everyone was thrilled too.

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Jaime Lee’s Lightyears collection took on a new direction with more wearable pieces and an injection of Ready To Wear for SS2016 that is now available to purchase for the first time since the designer graced the PFF catwalk in 2010 – if you visit Enex 100 you can grab yourself a sparkly find via her pop-up at the complex until October 2nd.

There were encrusted caps and accessories, encrusted suit jackets, encrusted gowns and mini dresses, dragon boots and intricately designed heels from Perth born-London based shoe designer Kira Goodey. There were  pearlescent 3D floral embelishments and her signature hyper coloured designs inspired by Tokyo Theme Parks, Japan’s infamous Robot Restaurant and the streets of Harajuku. With rainbows and unicorns (designed by artist, Steven Buckles) on the runway and confetti explosions to end, the never-subtle Jaime Lee wowed guests at Fashion Paramount for another year.

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All blonde wigs thanks to L’Oreal Professionnel

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Deel getting prepped backstage

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Our LED suit wearing DJ, Ash Keogh chatting with Jaime Lee before the show

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Male model Adut takes it all in backstage amongst the sparkles

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Dana Whitehead was our little hero in her cute ensemble

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Sparkles the Jaime Lee way

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Ebony and Liesel practicing their hair flicks backstage before the show. We thought it would be so much cooler to have the models interact with the audience and media and perform on the runway with smiles, attitude and a nod to some Means Girls behavour. Certainly beats a bevy of zombies walking the catwalk – not for this show baby!

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Ebony Hunter in one of Jaime Lee’s RTW pieces available now at Enex 100

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Miquela Vos wore the bridal finale gown, here she is having some fun backstage – such a beauty!

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Jaime Lee documenting her moment

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Tiah Eckhardt getting some touch-ups backstage. The incredible make-up was directed by the one and only Carol Mackie for MAC Cosmetics, boy did she kill it! We wouldn’t expect anything less!

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Dragon boots by Kira Goodey

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Fiona Thomas in Jaime’s signature hyper coloured prints and below Gerlie and Rebecca working it

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What the media called THAT dress – worn to perfection by the only model who could have pulled this off – Grady Wulff, that body too! Kill me!

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Jaime, Grady and Deel – one happy designer backstage before the show

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Indiah

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More Kira Goodey amazingness and below

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Ebony Iris

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The finale bridal gown, absolutely mesmerizing

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You can’t sit with us – Sonya, Tiah and Millicent

Thanks for having us TPFF

All images taken by Songy Knox Photography, exclusively for Style Voyeur @ TPFF15

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