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Last week was the official week of Loreal Melbourne Fashion Festival and it was just simply A.Mazing. It was just such a great highlight to our week and such a great start to the year! And I (Vess) was fortunate enough to experience all aspects of the runway show,  as a guest and as a volunteer. So we are so happy to present you a touch of our LMFF experience, on the runway and behind the scenes.

Our LMFF experience started last Saturday night with Val and I both rushing home from our respected jobs and all of us (Val, myself and our utterly fabulous mum!) jumped into our car and made our way as fast as we could to Docklands. I had bought tickets to the Sportsgirl Grad Showcase which started at 7pm. And as none of us had ever been to a fashion show we remained optimistic as we parked our car at 8pm,  that the show would still be on.

Arriving at Docklands it was a flurry of music, lights, free icecream, and popcorn. It was a spectacular event! However my suspicions were answers when we found out that the Sportsgirl Grad Show had just finished! Oh course, I was quite disappointed, but as I mentioned in my previous blog post, nothing, absolutely nothing deters Val’s optimism. As mum and I munched on some skinny cow ice-cream (so good) Val spoke to the Ticketek Ladies. Long story short, and as you can see by the images above, they got us seats to the next show! Which was the

Harpers Bazaar Brides Red Carpet Show. It featured these designers:

Akira Isogawa
Aurelio Costarella
Collette Dinnigan
Rachel Gilbert
Toni Maticevski

And it was glorious.

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The designers each had an artistic vision of silhouettes, drapery, materials, colour and grace. I was entralled by the Colette Dinningham gowns and the Rachel Glibert dresses. The dresses they design are, simply put, Cinderella gowns. Just full of beauty and lightness. Akira’s pieces were incredible as well, those series of dresses were Val’s favourite. Such a challenge to the constructs of what a wedding dress should be! Yet each garment held a mystery and elegance that every wedding dress holds. With veils, lace and the soaring sounds of a violinist and DJ  playing Sweet Disposition, the whole show was absolutely marvellous.

I could gush for hours on the beauty of the whole setting. But I won’t. I’m going to gush about something else though, so if you’ve held on for this long and read this much so far then I encourage you to keep dear friend, I’m almost done.

When I had found out we had missed the show and that we were not going to be going to the show, I was so disappointed. But there are happy mistakes and there is a God who loves to bless his children. It was amazing because our mum mentioned that just that Saturday morning she was thinking of getting some bridal books for us to start imaging our bridal dress. (a bit early still!) So it was incredible to see and watch a show that was all about just that! If we had come on time, we would have gone to our show but missed the Brides show, if I had giving up and went and bought an ice cream cone (to eat my sorrows) I would not have experienced such a magnificent experience. It’s a trust thing almost. Trust that there’s an upside to every fall, a sliver lining to every dark cloud, a up to every down.

So a little something to think about as we wander into the Easter celebration. There’s always another open window to every closed door. On that note, I cannot wait to share with you my behind the scenes experience of the LMFF it was the best time and I gained a fantastic insight into the industry! And met some new friends, which is alway lovely.

And to finish this off, it must be said. Val’s photos, amazing! She was having the time of her life, snapping away at the models on the runway just so she could share them with you.

With love and I’ll share more with you soon friends.


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