The Opening Night show of Telstra Perth Fashion Festival saw high end boutique Dilettante present three of their design stars on the runway – Yang Li, Toni Maticevski and 33 Poets. Each designer captured a different aesthetic, yet all three were of an exceptional standard and there was no question they held their own strength amongst one another. Yang Li is a Perth born designer who has created such a standing in the industry since growing up as a kid in Inglewood, he now shows alongside the likes of Chanel and Dior on the official Paris Fashion Week schedule each season. Diana Paolucci, owner of Dilettante has remained good friends with the designer and is one of the very few boutiques to stock the label in Australia. Diana attends his shows each season and it is beacuase of their close relationship that we were lucky enough to have his incredible designs on Perth’s best runway at TPFF.
Above – top model Kia Low who was flown in from Brisbane exclusively to open the show for Dilettante and who has walked for over 100 International shows in the past two seasons poses for the SV lens wearing Yang Li. She was such a delight to behold!
Since Dilettante reopened recently after a revamp renovation, Toni Maticevski AKA the current darling child of the Australian fashion industry was brought into the Dilettante fold and just like the freshly painted walls, the Sydney based designer has been embraced by all who have the means to acquire his wares. And for those who don’t, they certainly got the chance to covet this beautiful designer’s collection in what was a breathtaking display for the first night of the Festival.
Above – Pip wearing Maticevski
33 Poets is a local label designed by artist, Rebecca Paterson who has long been known in the WA industry for her interesting creations that are as high fashion as they are wearable art. I call Rebecca an artist with no touch of pretention – she is simply the definition of one and has inspired a breed of young designers to create original works that say something new and unique. Originality is so so hard to come by in a small industry like Perth that is doing everything it can to be taken seriously and gain momentum with a commercial focus but Rebecca re-writes the rules and fears nothing, yet her collection was still sellable. That tenacity and talent saw her designs come to the fore alongside big names in fashion and I am proud to see a show of this calibre hit the runways of Perth. Well done Dilettante, it would NOT have been possible without you.
Taste cannot be bought but at Dilettante you can easily own it.
Above – Hannah Collard having her make-up did for 33 Poets but MAC Cosmetics
33 Poets designer, Rebecca Paterson making some final adjustments
Hair by L’Oreal
TPFF Face of 2015 Tiah Eckhardt (left) poses backstage with a model wearing Toni Maticevski
Evelyn Leckie in my fave dress of the night, also by Maticevski
Grady and Tiah
I die for this Yang Li look
More Yang Li – understated cool
33 Poets by Rebecca Paterson
All images taken by Songy Knox Photography, exclusively for Style Voyeur @ TPFF15
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