Fashion has always been characterised by its willingness to embrace the new.
This week the much-lauded Telstra Perth Fashion Festival sent two unusual collections down the runway, showcasing the work of some of the country’s most innovative designers.
The capsule collections – showing under New Generation and Future Fashion categories – were headed up by new graduates from Western Australia’s top fashion institutions as well as emerging local and interstate designers.
Although the Future Fashion show is a popular mainstay of the fashion festival, the New Generation runway only launched last year.
One designer sent a model down the runway wearing what appeared to be a jumble of coloured computer cords over an entirely black body suit, which also covered the model’s face
The technology-focused showcase is an assembly of the most gifted design students from West Australia’s top fashion institutions
According to TPFF Director Mariella Harvey-Hanrahan Future Runway is a channel for unbounded creative expression
The New Generation runway presents the next big things in the fashion industry, not just from Perth but on a national level
TPFF Director Mariella Harvey-Hanrahan said New Generation would present the next big things in the fashion industry, not just from Perth but on a national level.
‘Last year’s New Generation was a first for the Festival and the inaugural designers have gone on to achieve some great triumphs in the past 12 months,’ Ms Harvey-Hanrahan said.
Ms Harvey-Hanrahan also commented on the Future Runaway – a category she said offers futuristic style interpretations that bend the limits of fashion.
‘What they have produced is incredible, from a sustainable leather-like fabric made with kombucha to a jacket with an in-built GPS and advances in smart activewear.’
From a pompom covered floor-length mess dress, to a colourful computer-cord creation, Femail takes a look at the weird, the wonderful and the truly inspired from both runway collections.
Shredded denim was given a fresh twist in the form of a heavily fringed bustier and matching pants
Future Runway designers showcasing their avant garde looks sent models down a shimmering catwalk in clothing that re-imagined the shape of fashion.
One design – a be-winged beauty – appeared to be made entirely from strips of magazine pages; wholeheartedly embracing an eco-concept.
Shredded denim was given a fresh twist in the form of a heavily fringed bustier and matching pants. Teamed with a white sleeveless crew necked tank, the look utilised the contemporary fabric in a modern way.
With a focus on all things techno, one designer sent a model down the runway wearing what appeared to be a jumble of coloured computer cords over an entirely black body suit, which also covered the model’s face.
A Future Runway designer took inspiration from ancient Greece for this luxe floor-length gold evening gown
A New Generation look that’s playful, fresh and entirely unexpected
While the statement may well be addressing the complexities of the modern world as it’s headed toward an artificial intelligence future, a red heart accessory tempered this strident look.
New Generation designers with their fingers on the pulse of fashion were equally brave.
One model wore a divine floor-length nude coloured net gown that was covered in an array of fluffy pompoms.
Teamed with a red satin jacket, a floral headscarf and large violet earrings the look managed to be both edgy and delicately feminine.
One model wore a divine floor-length nude coloured net gown that was covered in an array of fluffy pompoms
Sustainability was also a theme showcased by New Generation designers with model sent down the runway in various designs including dresses that were made from patched crocheted squares
Millennial pink made a showing in the form of this divine leather two piece. High-waisted riveted shorts were teamed with a heavily fringed open jacket.
The modern cowgirl look was topped with a matching cowboy hat, white neckerchief, and white Doc Marten boots for that perfect touch of urban cool.
This sweeping New Generation design, teamed with patterned thigh high boots, was an exercise in elegance and style
The New Generation catwalk is a place where emerging designers can present their creations to the industry
Striding towards a bold future, this designer sent a model down the catwalk in a sheer black tulle creation that was both edgy and incredibly feminine
Sustainability was also a theme showcased by New Generation designers.
Models were sent down the runway in various designs including dresses that were made from patched crocheted squares or created from scraps of brightly coloured tartan fabric.
The Telstra Perth Fashion Festival runs until Sunday 17 September.