Eltham certainly provided the ideal location for the La Dolce Vita Bushfire Fundraising Benefit Show this past Saturday. Eltham is located only a short drive from the devastated areas of Kinglake and St Andrews, therefore many locals enthusiastically turned out for the event in order to show their support for both the Red Cross Appeal and for the local fashion students who put in an enormous effort to get the event up and running.
Guests were not only treated to an array of delicious canapes and bubbles up on arrival, they also had the opportunity to browse the unique line of jewellery by one of our favourites here at Style Melbourne, Joolz designer, Airdrie Makim. Alongside Airdrie’s mini shop, were racks of beautiful handmade pieces by some of the designers participating in the parade.
Organiser Georgia Young certainly rounded up the cream of the crop in terms of young designers and fashion students. Guests were mesmerised by the variety of pieces on display during the catwalk parade, ranging from elegant evening wear to cute day pieces for women of all ages. The ladies were also privy to some lovely young male models donned in boardshorts only by designer Marc Nanfro in a range of prints ranging from gothic to bright blue and red hawiian florals.
Georgia showed off her own designs, opening the show with rich, beautiful oriental style frocks, including an eye catching crimson coat adorned with a voluminous bustle and ruffled collar. Ryan Peltzer designs were next up, comprising of a collection of frocks inspired by the 60’s grunge rock era, including an adorable cream frock with rosette detail across the bustline, and a great black and white shift dress – very Twiggy.
Shona Stark of Shona designs wowed the crowd with her range of 70’s retro designs, featuring strong colours and geometric shapes pieced together with vintage fabrics. A feature of Shona’s designs is that each piece is unique one offs. Jennifer Boentaran provided a feast for the eyes, who collection of feminine pieces featuring luscious metallic fabrics complete with delicate crystal embellishments, and hand sewn rosette embroidery. Boentaran’s pieces embodied a true romantic feel, whilst remaining modern enough for the not so old fashion girl.
Hayley Lau from the label ‘Heidi and seek’ showed off her eco-friendly label featuring basic pieces in wearable earth tones. Hayley’s range included basic t shirts alongside pretty frocks featuring adornments such as bows and delicate embroidery. Valerie Randello added a splash of jungle fever to the parade, her range featuring bubble-gum pinks and bright greens, sleeves were puffed and necklines ruffled. No effort was spared by Valeria in creating an impressive range of day and evening wear.
The delightful Ally Bou closed the show with her ‘Identity Crisis’ collection which had a distinct Japanese Harajuku feel to it, blended nicely with Vivienne Westwood punk. Standout pieces by Ally were her black and white tartan frock, complete with layers of tulle which created volume a plenty, along with her matching fabric corseted full length bodysuit.
Georgia and her team of helpers have certainly now put the eyes of the industry on to these young up and coming designers, whilst supporting the cause that is Victorian Bushfire Relief.
Words – Bronwyn Miller
Photography – Anthony Licuria APL Photography
Additional images – Michael Todor