A warm bubble of glamour surrounded the city for the 2014 Adelaide Fashion Festival. The event occurs every spring to showcase the cream of South Australia's fashion industry. From 17 to 26 October 2014, an impressive line-up of upcoming and experienced designers showed their women's and men's ready-to-wear collections on indoor and outdoor catwalks around the city. Designers and stylists shared their fashion tips with eager audiences at enlightening workshops and on fascinating tours.
The 2014 Adelaide Fashion Festival celebrated the abundant talent in South Australia and its capital city. Both emerging and established designers featured in this year's event and showcased their collections.
The highlight of the 2014 Adelaide Fashion Festival was the Emerging Designers programme. The top young designers in the region competed to become the Emerging Designer of the Year. Participants for 2014 included Madeline The Label, an Adelaide-based textile and designer brand that uses innovative techniques to create digitally printed materials, and Millicent Elizabeth, a clothing label that strives for clean, understated elegance for busy, modern women. The winner of the coveted award was Simmone Standing the Label, whose collection included stunning geometric cuts.
Adelaide is the home of innovative young designers, such as Alexandra Ireland, who started the Necia label in 2011. She is a previous winner of the Emerging Designer Award, and her models wore feminine designs inspired by sculpture and nature. Liza Emanuele, another established stylist, showcased glamourous garments that are 100 per cent made in Australia. Her career spans over 20 years and includes bridal gowns as well as seasonal fashion collections.
Men's fashion designers
The Gentleman's Lounge was a free evening event dedicated to the fashionable men of Adelaide. The lounge consisted of a sophisticated space where visitors could see the progress of men's clothing in the city. It combined the work of upcoming designers and iconic stalwarts. The young designers put the local area on the map, and the experienced professionals are at heart of the evolution of tailoring.
The fashion parades at the 2014 Adelaide Fashion Festival offered something for everyone. The main event was a fabulous fashion show on one of the longest runways in the city. King William Road, Hyde Park is Adelaide's most exclusive shopping strip, and each ticketed guest received a great view with a four-course meal provided by local restaurants.
The six-hour free outdoor event on the Norwood Parade was great for families who wanted to enjoy an exciting day out. The giant catwalk was the place to see new designs from local fashion retailers. The SA Designers' Hub was where designers gathered to showcase their latest ranges. Fast Fashion Uncovered was an after-hours show where visitors saw how to team on-trend looks with investment pieces in an imaginative way that is easy to update each season.
Workshops at the 2014 Adelaide Fashion Festival gave visitors an insider's view into the new season's essentials and the fashion industry as a whole. British-born Wayne Cooper provided free tips on how to stay ahead of the fashion pack. In the ticketed Behind the Seams Q&A workshop, an illustrious group of speakers, including fashion editor Anna Vlach and the festival's make-up director Bec Cochrane, interacted with participants, sharing about their roles in the industry. The tickets for the workshop included canapes and a complementary beverage on arrival.
The Vintage is the New Black tour was one highlight of the 2014 event. The four-hour tour took participants through some of the city's best vintage clothing shops and gave a local expert's view on how to make the best buys. Participants gained a greater knowledge about different fashion eras, as well as how to accessorise outfits.
How to buy clothing from the 2014 Adelaide Fashion Festival on eBay
The 2014 Adelaide Fashion Festival showcased stimulating trends in the world of fashion design, and you can find clothing from the event by browsing on eBay. Type keywords, such as "Liza Emanuele dress" or "Wayne Cooper clothing", into the search box located on any page. The item description should contain information about the features of the garments, but if you need further details, do not hesitate to contact the seller. With a jam-packed show that spanned 10 days, there was plenty to satisfy every fashion lover at the festival. By searching on eBay, you are sure to find stylish items that closely resemble what you saw on the runway.