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ELFE Eco-Luxe Fashion Exposé


 Fashion Exposé (ELFE) was a fashion event to showcase environmentally sustainable fashion. The luxurious venue, Alumbra, hosted the event and transformed it’s main room into a runway with surrounding market stalls and display booths of the collections on show.

Rachael Cassar‘s ‘Ruby’ collection featured multiple black pieces in exclusive fabrics and interesting styles. Rachael sources vintage fashion and re-uses the fabric to create a her garments for her own label. It was a striking collection featuring voluminous skirts and dresses, chiffon fabrics and boleros embellished with this seasons tribal feathers. Waistlines were also a feature and sequins made a regular appearance as well as safari prints. Garments were cleverly accessorised with gorgeous detailed fabrics in scarfs

Developed by creative director Emily Highfield, also organiser of ELFE, Vintage Soul also hit the runway. Vintage Soul brings life back to all things past and vintage. A feminine and cleverly styled collection which featured black slip and cocktail dresses in luxurious satin fabric and lace. Shirts were lined with statement sequins and metallic dresses with frills and fringing. Spring/Summer 09 is showing a huge ‘orange’ trend which is also evident in Vintage Soul’s creations. Voluminous tops were tucked into lace and satin skirts and dresses and I sighted a gorgeous bronze bolero.

Inspired by beautiful vintage creations, Eva Q’s collection was pretty delightful. Presented were a series of cocktail dresses and a maxi in Spring hues of pastel pinks, champagne and whites. There were straight slips followed by a sweetheart, a-line cocktail dress. From the streamlined to the voluminous, fabrics were luxurious and gathered and cut in clever ways. Most pieces were adorned with flowers on the neckline or around the hem of the dress presenting girlishness at its best. Ruffles and lace embellishments also complimented the garments as did the beautiful layering of different fabrics.

Men on the runway bought forth some squeals from the ladies in the audience as we admired Kiss Chacey’s casual collection. Relaxed summer statement tees and singlets were teamed with mid-blue denim shorts to the knee that were sometimes cuffed. Singlets and t-shirts featured in blacks, greys, whites and this season’s orange with simple cuts and shapes to team easily with denim and sneakers. Kiss Chacey likes to send messages so you’ll find slogans on pieces like ‘War is Over’ and ‘New York City’ and bold artistic designs featured on others. Kiss Chacey is for the guy that doesn’t mind being noticed.

The Boche Collection took us back to indie and retro design in clever stand out t-shirts styles for guys. Pairings with denim shorts and white singlets featured heavily in this collection. Designs explode across tees in bold colours and images of famous pictures and bands were spotted, such as the cool Beatles t-shirt. A refreshing collection for guys looking for a modern take on classic themes.

Lady Petrova‘s collection was feminine and fabulous. Her collection was a fun array of bold colours and gorgeous cuts. Mini shorts, jumpsuits and voluminous skirts in yellows, blues and polka dot fabrics livened up the runway. A mini dress in blue, and a red and orange patterned jumpsuit both featured large bow detailing at the shoulders and cut-outs around the waist. A gorgeous blue a-line skirt was teamed with a lace top with built-in bodice that was sheer over the shoulders. Flowers adorned a pale pink cocktail dress gathered in layers at the bottom with flowers running from shoulder to waist, a delicate yet statement-making take on the Spring cocktail dress.

A sceptic at first of ‘green fashion’, ELFE reminded me that in sourcing vintage pieces or using new eco-freidly materials, having an on-trend wardrobe is possible. The designers of ELFE are truly talented at converting existing pieces into something beautiful for the runway. They understand exclusive and stand-out and I was truly impressed with the show-case and eco-friendly choices available.

Witty reporting by Angela Fedele

Happy snaps by Anthony Licuria APL

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