Fremantle Fashion Collective 2016

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This Spring, Fremantle Festival will celebrate everything fashion, culture and the arts with a slew of curated events that run for 10 days, featuring a range of high quality and thought provoking ticketed and free to the public events, including my favourite –  the annual sell out Fremantle Fashion Collective on 4th November.

This year The Fremantle Fashion Collective will once again present its runway show to the local community, the media and industry at large at the local creative hub, PSAS (pictured above: otherwise known as Pakenham Street Art Space), showcasing 7 Fremantle based fashion designers including: Wild Horses, PekhoLittle Dove, KINN, Empire RoseMegan Salmon, Yuuki and retailer, Harpers Emporium.

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(Harper’s Emporium, 85 George Street, East Fremantle)

Tickets to Fremantle Fashion Collective’s premium runway show are so sought after that when I called the designers to ask some questions, they begged me for the ticketing information so that they could swiftly buy theirs for friends and family haha. This ‘ain’t no media release fodder people, tickets sell out fast!

So how does one get tickets to revel in this glory? Well before I get to that sweet spot, it has to be said that the WA fashion industry has Fremantle to thank for some of its most successful and longest standing fashion designers. The likes of Empire Rose and Megan Salmon began their fashion careers in Fremantle in 1996!! And it goes without saying that there is definitely something in the water in Perth’s port city with the likes of muso John Butler, actress Emma Booth, model Tahnee Atkinson, music producer/ frontman for Tame Impala Kevin Parker and Author Tim Winton, all born and bred in Fremantle at the mouth of the Swan River, the gateway to the West.

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(Fremantle Fashion Collective Campaign – Image: Songy Knox)

To find out more about Freo life, I called one of my friends who just so happens to be Kathryn Cizeika, none other than owner, designer and founder of Empire Rose to have a chat about the upcoming event and to get some insight into what inspires her. What I got was a heartwarming Fremantle story of her beginnings as a high school student designing clothes from the age of 15. That is where she met her life-long friends (think a foursome version of Romy and Michelle but with layers instead of lycra).

“I am a Freo girl through and through. I love living by the beach, the multicultural vibe and the scene here. All my friends are in Freo and speckled throughout the industry. We all still live, dine and shop here and love nothing more than to support the local businesses in Freo.” And by ‘we’ she means the likes of model agent and scout, Christine Fox of Vivien’s Model Management (discovering Gemma Ward is just one of her career dot points), Penny Sedgwick who started Department and now owns Freo’s, Eros Clothing and Leith Groves who is founder of retail heavyweight, Varga Girl and a soon to launch online store.

They all met while at high school at Fremantle’s John Curtin High and have remained besties ever since. After taking herself through Uni and working her way up via retail merchandising, Cizeika opened her first studio in 1996 with the launch of Empire Rose. 20 years later she is one of the most successful designers in the industry and will showcase her wears at the Fremantle Fashion Collective on November 4th.

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(Eros Clothing, 79 Market Street, Fremantle)

Amazingly, 1996 was an important year for Megan Salmon also, who’s first foray into fashion began with the creation of label ‘SPPPSSP’ with fellow Fremantle based designer, Rebecca Paterson. The label only lasted 4 years but she was hooked! When I asked Salmon if Fremantle inspires her design, she replied, “I adore and love Fremantle and could never live anywhere else. I love the bohemia and it is a part of me in that way.”

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(Megan Salmon, 55 Queen Victoria Street, Fremantle)

The Fremantle Fashion Collective not only celebrates local fashion designers and retailers, but engages with many local creatives from event staff behind the scenes, to the campaign crew which was made up of an entirely Freo based team. The campaign shoot took place at the iconic Roundhouse with Photographer Songy Knox at the helm, model Teagan Joffe from Chadwick Models wore the collections and was primped and preened by local salon Djurra, with make-up by The Make-up Factory. As you can see, the images perfectly reflect the beach-side lifestyle and vibrant culture Fremantle is famous for.

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Thanks to major sponsors, Gage Roads, Chadwick Models and campaign photographer Songy Knox, the event is set to be the best night out for the local community and wider industry – get on it!  TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE

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‘Til next time,

xxx SV xxx

TPFF 2016 SV WRAP

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One could say I am almost too close to the project nowadays (being the Industry Liaison of TPFF) in order to be able to actually document it but being SV’s 9th year, I couldn’t let the side down. Thankfully on Day 1 of TPFF 2016 I met a young photographer by the name of Jonte O’Neil. Mark Vassallo had enlisted him to shoot backstage and capture the happs at Opening Night so immediately I had to convince him to shoot for me. Somehow I did, but now as you know, not just anyone can capture the SV charm backstage so it is with great pride that I can say I am absolutely thrilled with Jonte’s photos, what a star! And not to mention a star on the rise. Watch this space for more of his work but for now, enjoy my Festival wrap from the 5 shows he covered for me – Opening Night, Adam Heath, New Generation, Empire Rose and One Fell Swoop. Some killer shows are missing from this list but a girl’s gotta werk! Enjoy xx

Above: TPFF 2016 FACE Lauren Brown from Vivien’s Model Management wearing Dion Lee. Love her more than words can describe! We nailed it with that kid. 

OPENING NIGHT

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Romance Was Born

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ADAM HEATH

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Ken Done on the runway for this flashback runway show featuring archives from 1960′s – the new millenium

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EMPIRE ROSE

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NEW GENERATION

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Rosemaree White

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Remi Lane

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Tamara Loo (above & below) shoes courtesy of Betts

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Elle Campbell (above & below)

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ONE FELL SWOOP

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The incredible set at One Fell Swoop’s show which featured smoke, dry ice and mannequins draped in fabric representing the masters of drapery themselves! Phenominal

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The hair and make-up was killer! One of my favourites across the Festival week – created by Ash Brockman for Artists @ Play (make-up) and Melissa Gesualdo (hair) who was our local Hair Director from L’Oreal Professionnel

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Massive shout-outs go to Hendra Widjaja who was our key Make-up Director for Artists @ Play, Melissa Gesualdo and Scott Sloan who co-keyed Hair Direction and to the Project Managers of each of the above shows in order of appearance: Ivanna Fontana with styling by Mark Vassallo; Michelle Cooke and Ysabel Tang; Emma Bergmeier-Varian and Zara Bryson; Renee Glastonbury; Grant Capriotti

All images courtesy of Jonte O’Neil – more of his work can be seen HERE

Follow him on instagram @australiangringo

‘Til next time,

xxx SV xxx

TPFF 2016 Program Launch

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This morning Telstra Perth Fashion Festival proudly launched it’s program to the media and guests with the most stunning and elegant fashion moment to date, held at the Art Gallery of Western Australia. In it’s 18th year, the Festival has gone from strength to strength with an impressive line-up of events this year featuring shows by local and national labels from Dion Lee, Romance Was Born, Manning Cartell to Empire Rose, One Fell Swoop, Flannel and more! Tickets go on sale today via ticketmaster.com.au so get in quick if you want to be part of Perth’s premier fashion event celebrating the best of our Australian fashion creatives on the runway. As an insider at the Festival, I was lucky enough to once again document all the happs backstage and can share with you these exclusive images, as always from backstage, up close and personal with our stunning bevy of brunette models from Chadwick, Scene and Vivien’s. I hope they are as fun to look at as they were to shoot! Enjoy.

Styling by Zara Bryson

Hair by Melissa Gesualdo from Renos on St Quentin for L’Oreal Professionnel

Make-up by Bruce Lim for Artists @ Play

Simone wears Flannel top and skirt, St Saviours custom hat featuring floral design by Rebecca Grace of Natural Art Flowers (above)

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Sheridan wears Whole9Yards top and pants and custom St Saviors Hat featuring floral design by Rebecca Grace of Natural Art Flowers (above & below)

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Stunning new face Kate from Vivien’s Model Management in the make-up chair with Artists @ Play

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Topaz from Chadwick Models getting her hair did by TPFF local Hair Director, Melissa Gesualdo from Renos on St Quentin for L’Oreal Professionnel

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Evelyn from Scene Model Management wearing Dion Lee and custom St Saviours custom hat featuring floral design by Rebecca Grace of Natural Art Flowers

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Karis wears Elle Campbell suit and top with custom hat from St Saviours featuring floral design by Rebecca Grace of Natural Art Flowers (above & below)

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Our bevy of brunettes catching the elevator to rehearse for the launch of Telstra Perth Fashion Festival’s 2016 program. All models were cast to replicate the look of the beautiful 2016 FACE, Lauren Brown

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Phoebe wears Manning Cartell top, shorts and vest, jewellery by House of Skye with custom hat from St Saviours featuring floral design by Rebecca Grace of Natural Art Flowers (above & below)

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Getting to see behind the scenes of The Art Gallery of WA whilst trecking it backstage to the fashion moment big reveal

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Meg wears House of Skye jacket and Natalie Rolt crop pants whilst attaching her House of Skye jewellery

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Brittany wears One Fell Swoop shorts and vest, Betts shoes, custom St Saviours hat featuring floral design by Rebecca Grace of Natural Art Flowers and House of Skye jewellery

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Topaz wears 33 Poets and House of Skye jewellery

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Silver boots by Betts

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Stunning florals by Rebecca Grace of Natural Art Flowers <3

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Phoebe and Pip (right) wears dress and jacket from Adam Heath and shoes by Betts

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Kate wears Empire Rose jacket and pants with Rosemaree White bralette

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Brittany wearing One Fell Swoop and Evelyn wearing Dion Lee shoot the breeze before the fashion moment begins which took place on the gallery steps

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Silver boots from Betts, black boots from Dion Lee

Once again, get yourself some tickets before they SELL OUT folks www.ticketmaster.com.au

‘Til next time,

xxx SV xxx

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

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