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

Empire Rose TPFF15

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On the second day of Telstra Perth Fashion Festival, WA label Empire Rose took #twinning to another level with a collection inspired by bohemian Paris and the bourgeoisie. We saw coloured wigs with Marie Antoinette-esque hair by L’Oreal Professionnel and make-up Directed by Carol Mackie for MAC Cosmetics with a collection that was true to the Empire Rose aesthetic but amplified to perfection for the runway. With a new injection of denim, relaxed drapes using luxe fabrics in old-world floral prints and plaid block colours, with an element of androgyny complementing a significant proportion of looks – Empire Rose SS2016 is wearable, fresh, creative and easily accessible.

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Designer, Kathryn Cizeika told me on reflection that she was crazy to come up with a concept for twins on the runway, it meant double the looks needed for her show but boy was it worth it with audiences hooting, clapping and hollering as each pair walked the 27 metre runway with ease in their matching white sneakers.

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This collection saw a collaboration with recent graduate and lingerie prodigy Rosemaree White who was enlisted to design pieces to compliment specific runway looks. It was so fantastic to see an established label such as Empire Rose give an opportunity to a brand new Perth talent such as Rosemaree – Perth should be doing more of this! The experiment produced an effortlessness that worked seamlessly on the eye and added the appeal of sensuality which was beautiful and enticing to behold.

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Designer Kathryn Cizeika

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The finale wedding dress complete with tiny bridesmaids aka Heath Ledger’s twin nieces who also walked the runway

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

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Opening Night Telstra Perth Fashion Festival

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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!

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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

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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

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33 Poets designer, Rebecca Paterson making some final adjustments

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Hair by L’Oreal

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TPFF Face of 2015 Tiah Eckhardt (left) poses backstage with a model wearing Toni Maticevski

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Evelyn Leckie in my fave dress of the night, also by Maticevski

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Grady and Tiah

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I die for this Yang Li look

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More Yang Li – understated cool

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33 Poets by Rebecca Paterson

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

DILETTANTE

575 Wellington St, Perth

4 Bayview Terrace, Claremont

xxx SV xxx

ELLE Cocktail Party

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ELLE Boutique with Denise and Nigel Satterley AM invited me to celebrate the appearance of the 2015 Emirates Melbourne Cup with a cocktail party and fashion show last week. While many guests were thrilled to see the cup in person, I obviously wasn’t there for that reason alone and luckily managed to score a great spot backstage thanks to the helpful hosts.

ELLE Boutique’s Wendy Marshall was the founding father (mother) of luxury fashion retail  in Perth, being the first to bring high end International labels to the West. Everything she puts her hand to is truly exquisite and this event and the fashion on the runway was no exception. Thanks for having me ELLE and enjoy my backstage moments SV boys and girls.

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H&M VIP Experience

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When I first received my invitation to the VIP H&M Shopping experience, I didn’t know if I would be able to attend. The time was 8:30am – 2pm on a school day and I thought, what on earth are we going to do in that time? The invitation came from my good friend Grant at Muse Bureau so I knew whatever it was, it was going to be epic so I planned the day off and left myself open to what could be in-store (pun intended.)

The only conundrum being that I recently saw a film about ‘Fast Fashion’ called The True Cost and ever since then I swore to myself  that I would no longer support companies who didn’t behave ethically or have any consideration for the environment. I didn’t remember seeing H&M mentioned in the film so again, I stayed open minded but this time on a mission to discover whether H&M was a company I could buy into (literally, OMG so many puns!).

We arrived early and were greeted by our very own H&M coffee which we pre-ordered along with our lunch via email a few days before – choosing a steak or gnocchi for an upcoming event and providing dietary requirements whilst sitting in a stuffy office a few days before brought me joy in itself and again filled me with anticipation for the day.

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Everyone who was meant to be there was, all the bloggers and ‘influencers’ who had relevance to this particular event showed up and embraced the impending road trip to Joondalup.

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Guess who>? Do I really need to spell it out for you? Those clutches, THOSE shoes!!

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And then what seemed like hundreds of black tinted vans pulled up at The Flour Factory to take us in groups to the H&M Joondalup store.

I was lucky to get to spend both trips with dear friends in this industry and our conversations were a breath of fresh air that added so much to the experience. It’s not often we get to spend much time hanging out, usually at events it is all air kisses and small talk but these trips to and from Joondalup thanks to our hosts were truly enjoyable and meaningful.

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Then we arrived. It is MASSIVE!!! Everything you could ever imagine is at H&M in Joondalup. I had also never been to the shopping precinct they have there, it is much more vibrant and chic than I thought it would be, a similar aesthetic to Claremont Quarter. They’ve done a great job.

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They even have accessories for your beloved pet!

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Elle Giles in the menswear section upstairs. I bought at least 3 mens items. Who says boys clothes are just for the boys!

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Poppy’s bestie Pippa McManus rocking one of Poppy Lissiman Addition’s handbags while we shopped our little heads off.

Whilst shopping I noticed we were each given a little booklet entitled H&M Conscious Actions Highlights 2014. I didn’t have time to read it but I duly noted it for later and went on.

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Emma Bergmeier-Varian knows how to rock a sensible shoe

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The IT couple, Harrison and Poppy

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Upon arrival back at The Flour Factory for lunch we were all in awe of the INCREDIBLE space set up by Muse Bureau for H&M with floral displays by the one and only Rebecca Grace of Natural Art Flowers. Cool imagery was hung on canvases on the walls amongst hanging jungle.

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The food and drinks were TO DIE FOR! My images really do not do this event justice this time. It was just magnificent. Everyone had their own place setting and for the entire lunch which I felt more spoilt than I have in a long time! I hadn’t yet learnt about H&M’s conscious practices but I was soon to find out.

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During lunch I was lucky enough to sit opposite the PR from Sydney who I inevitably felt compelled to ask the hard questions of. Not really protocol after a day of free shopping and never ending delicacies on the house, however I had to know. To my complete and utter delight she was informed, unashamed and I was enlightened. What I learnt from that conversation and further research, far exceeded my expectations!

Here are some facts about H&M and their ethical practices – the first being the one that impressed me the most!

* H&M runs one of the world’s biggest retail garment collecting programmes. At almost every H&M store world-wide there are boxes where you can leave old clothes from ANY brand to give them a new life and at the same time they will give you a small reward. Their goal is to recycle as much of the material as possible into new garments. So instead of dumping your old clothing into op shop bins, you can take them to H&M and receive 15% off your next purchased item!

* H&M is the world’s biggest user of organic cotton, meaning 46% less climate impact than the use or conventional cotton

* H&M does not sell any real fur or angora wool and apply some of the strictest standards for animal welfare

* H&M and the H&M Conscious Foundation helped more than 430,000 people gain access to safe drinking water in developing countries together with WaterAid.

* H&M do not own factories, instead they work with 850 suppliers around the world. They were one of the first fashion brands to publish their list of supplier factories.

* H&M actively support fair living wages across the entire textile industry and have personally met the Prime Ministers of Bangladesh and Cambodia several times to promote higher minimum wages.

* H&M were one of the first companies to work with Greenpeace on the goal to achieve zero discharge of hazardous chemicals across their supply chain.

Pretty impressive huh?

For more information, visit: hm.com/whatotherssay

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Thank you for a beautiful day H&M.

And now I can say with my conscience clear, despite a beautiful day, free clothes and a stunningly divine lunch where we were all spoilt rotten, you REALLY should visit H&M – now open in Joondalup, WA.

xxx SV xxx

StyleAid 2015

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Models wearing One Fell Swoop backstage at StyleAid with beautiful hair Directed by Sue Morgan of Be Ba Beau. Thanks to Aly May and PR extraordinaire, Grant Capriotti of Muse Bureau for the hospitality and for not kicking me out from backstage with all the other photographers. I feel truly blessed to be able to capture these moments and I hope you enjoy!

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Make-up Director, Carol Mackie working her magic for MAC cosmetics

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Aurelio Costarella

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Rhodes and Beckett – above & below

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Claudia Todman

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Topaz Berger

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Sarah Wilson wearing I Love Mr Mittens

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Grady Wulff wearing I Love Mr Mittens and Aimee Cherie Intimates

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A model wearing Vintage Missoni from Varga Girl

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Models helping models wearing Aurelio Costarella

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Costarella’s peony hue stole the show

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Sheridan wearing Vintage Missoni from Varga Girl

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Boyz

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Claudia wearing Vintage Missoni from Varga Girl

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More Missoni

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Marni from Dilettante

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Rhodes & Beckett

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Ae’lkemi

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Hydration time

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More Marni from Dilettante

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One Fell Swoop as stunning as ever

‘Till next time,

xxx SV xxx

TPFF2015 Program Launch

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Today I was backstage with more hats than usual on. Not only was I able to do Style Voyeur up close and personal, it is now my job to be involved. In February I started working at TPFF as the Industry Liaison and part of my role is to Produce the 2015 campaign. Today we presented that campaign via our new program to the media, alongside a fashion moment which featured designers from each of our shows at Fashion Paramount this year. The idea for today’s fashion moment was to represent the campaign brief which focused on high glamour and strength of character, primarily played out by our Festival Face, model Tiah Eckhardt – but today translated beautifully through all of our 13 models who took part in the showcase. We presented the campaign feel through the exquisite gowns each model wore and tied it all together with uniform moody hair and make-up. Each model was adorned with a custom made headpiece by Reny Kestel millinery in black worn over cascading wavy hair extensions that looked so natural it was effortlessly dramatic.

As you can see above and below, every element came together beautifully and that is in so small part thanks to the efforts of Bridget Hudson Styling, Make-up Artist Carol Mackie for MAC Cosmetics and Hair Director, Melanie at Reno’s for L’Oreal Professionnel.

For those who didn’t attend this morning, I hope this finds you well.

Keighly who is a new face from Vivien’s above looking divine in her make-up by Carol Mackie

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Lilli from Scene wearing a piece by our International Designer, Phuong My. Phuong My will present a 46 piece Spring Summer 2015/16 collection exclusively to the TPFF runway in September.

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Claudia wears Akira who is our national standalone designer this year, so exciting!

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Laura wearing 33 Poets who will showcase as one of 3 designers in Opening Night presented by Dilettante with sunglasses and necklace from Generics

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Hannah Collard backstage wearing model’s own jacket over a Jaime Lee gown. After her incredible ‘Light Magic’ show in 2013, Jaime Lee will be back on the TPFF runway in 2015 – sure to sell out fast!

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Aude wears JoMay who will be part of our WA Designer Runway #1 Show at Fashion Paramount

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L-R: Laura wearing 33 Poets, Keighly wears student graduate designer Rosemaree White dress, Sheridan in Empire Rose who this year has their own WA standalone show, Pip is wearing Wheels & Dollbaby which is set to be a draw-dropping closing night showcase featuring renowned Burlesque star, Dita Von Teese and finally Indiah wears Yang Li who is one of 3 designers showing at Opening Night alongside Toni Maticevski and 33 Poets thanks to Dilettante

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Haylee wearing Teagan Jacobs who represents our WA Designer Runway #2 Show at Fashion Paramount with a Marni necklace from Dilettante

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Waiter may I have an ipad please

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Tammy wearing Ae’lkemi

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Sheridan wearing a Marni necklace from Dilettante with Empire Rose jumpsuit

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Kimberly wears Steph Audino with Melody (behind) also from Scene Models wears Toni Maticevski from Dilettante

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TICKETS GO ON SALE 9AM WEDNESDAY 22ND JULY !!

TO BUY TICKETS TO TPFF VISIT: ticketek.com.au

Check out the new Telstra Perth Fashion Festival website: telstraperthfashionfestival.com.au

A big Thank you to Accessorise Now in Claremont, Genrics and Hunter Shoes

‘Till next time,

xxx SV xxx

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