Whoever says “Nobody gets dressed to go to the theatre anymore” clearly was not present at the 18th Annual Western Australian Fashion Awards last Thursday night at the State Theatre Centre. At WA’s only industry run awards night you would be forgiven for thinking the real show was in the lobby not the theatre as guests arrived glowing and polished in a venue that perfectly complimented the evening.
Fashion is a pretty hard nut to crack let alone make a career out of it so the night recognises individuals and businesses achieving success in their profession during 2013.
All the more reason to celebrate and give these contributors to a chance to let their hair down and catch up with their peers on what was a whirlwind year for nominees in the nine categories.
All finalists were nominated by Perth’s ‘Style Circle’ a collective of experienced WA fashion industry pillars who then go on to judge each category.
And the nominees are:
CITY OF PERTH MOST INNOVATIVE DESIGNER
JAIME LEE (JAIME LEE MAJOR)
ONE FELL SWOOP (DANIEL ROMANIN AND NIKOLINA ERGIC)
ZHIVAGO (LARA KOVACEVICH AND LYDIATSVETNENKO)
COMMONWEALTH BANK DESIGNER FOR TOMORROW
DYSPNEA (AIMEE-CHERIE KENDALL, JAMEEN ZALFEN AND RACHEL MOTTERAM)
MONSTER ALPHABETS (SARAH WATANABE)
WILD HORSES (NATALIE DONOVAN)
FINE DETAILS AWARD
RUNWAY MODEL OF THE YEAR
BRONX WHITEHORN (VIVIEN'S)
EBONY HUNTER (CHADWICK)
ERIN HANNAH KENDALL (SCENE)
HANNAH TATAM (SCENE)
SIMONE KERR (VIVIEN'S)
STIRLING CAIULO (CHADWICK)
ENEX100 PHOTOGRAPHIC MODEL OF THE YEAR
CARIS TIIVEL (CHADWICK)
CHANEL CALDWELL (CHADWICK)
COURTNEY EATON (VIVIEN'S)
ERIN HANNAH KENDALL (SCENE)
JAN AEBERHARD (VIVIEN'S)
NARCISA MUSIC (SCENE)
HATCH HOT NEW MODEL TALENT
GRADY WULFF (CHADWICK)
BRIDGET MALCOLM (CHADWICK)
CAITLIN LOMAX (SCENE)
CHRYSTAL COPLAND (CHIC)
DAVID GENAT (VIVIEN'S)
CREATIVE EDGE AWARD
EMMA BERGMEIER-VARIAN (FASHION STYLIST & EVENTS)
EMILY HOWLETT (FASHION STYLIST)
SHIFT CREATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY (JULIET CHEN AND JESSICA YEH)
ENEX100 BEST FASHION BLOGGER
IT'S NOW COOL (JOSEPHINE CLOUGH)
HARBOUR MASTER (CLAIRE MUELLER)
WHAT'S THE GOH (ANDREA GOH)
STM BEST DRESSED BOUTIQUE
POPPY LISSIMAN ADDITION (TIMES SQUARE CLAREMONT)
S2 (NORTH PERTH)
VARGA GIRL (LEEDERVILLE)
Perth Pigeon and first time Paparazzo Alana was at the awards to catch some candid snaps of the guests. As always black reigned supreme but it was those who donned metallics and gave the golden interiors of The State Theatre Centre a run for the money that really shone. While the bright young things sparkled as always it was the more mature polished guests that carried their outfits with confidence and finesse.
Major shout outs go to Jaime Lee who wore her own design with freshly woven tangerine Solange inspired cornrows that later wore the crown when she was named The City of Perth Most Innovative Designer of the Year.