The third year of FASHFEST was bigger and better than ever, bringing more than 30 designers together at the National Convention Centre to push the envelope in Canberra’s premiere fashion event, writes Chloe Falivene.


More than 85 models walked the 45-metre catwalk over four nights last month, as designers from all over Australia and around the world came together to show off their work. FASHFEST is organized around four themes: activist, inventor, cartographer, and engineer. The event challenges hair and makeup creatives to unleash their full potential in order to support each designer’s unique vision.


The hair was provided by a team of 70 stylists from 24 salons, with Redken as the event’s Official Hair Sponsor. Canberra talent Darren Jones (THE Hairdressing) was the event’s Director of Hair, supported by Craig Rhodes (Smitten Hairdressing) as Creative Director of Hair.


“The number of changeovers is phenomenal. In effect, we do nine shows a night, in the same time as many other fashion events pull off one show,” Craig explained. “The logistics at the planning stage and the timing and detailed organisation at every level is key. It’s like developing a master plan.”


These hairstyling masterminds certainly succeeded, sending an overwhelming variety of looks down the runway. Results ranged from big bows and bouncy curls creating a girly 60s feel for Little Lane Jane to the completely grown up slicked-back hair that accompanied Corr Blimey’s edgy, sculptural pieces. The models for Miranda Sakhino were given Brigitte Bardot-style beehives, Red Corner complemented female boxing gear with a high twisted pony, while the hair looks for Boho Bird seemed straight out of Woodstock.


An All Star segment from fashion graduates of the Canberra Institute of Technology saw brightly coloured, glittered hair, that was clipped tight to the hair like a head wrap.

After such a spectacular 2015, we can’t wait to see what these visionaries have in store for 2016.

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