Reporting on Fashfest over three nights this year was an absolute blast, I met some wonderful people and witnessed incredible creative talent, from the designers to the hair and makeup artists, the musicians, stage crew, media and fellow stylists, Fashfest was truly inspiring.
For three nights of red carpet ready style I did what I always do, got dressed on the day without much planning or thought. History has taught me not to over think event dressing, 9 times out 10 in the past when I have pre-planned an outfit it doesn't end up making it's way out. My style and mood change so often I can't predict it so tend to get dressed depending on my vibe of the moment.
I ordered this geometric ASOS Playsuit at the last minute and it was exactly what I was after - fun, relaxed and a step away from cocktail dressing which isn't really my thing. The vintage brooch tied the look together and the statement necklace added interest to the otherwise quite casual look, I went for an oversize Witchery Blazer, vintage glow mesh clutch and Sportsgirl shoes which are just so comfy I wear them way too often when I know I will be doing lots of standing over the course of the night.
The lovely Kelly at Headquarters Deakin gave me a blowout and styled some relaxed curls and volume into my hair prior to Fashfest, giving me soft texture and a bit of wave for the event which is exactly what I was after, Hope from Lash Suite 42 did my lashes and the makeup is by me - a soft, bronze eye with a Chanel eye palette, Sportsgirl berry lip chalk, Napoleon illuminator, Clarins 'Better Makeup' foundation.
I opted for another black and white look, going ultra vintage on the second night. This vintage vest is an op-shop score and I styled it casually leaving the waist ties undone. The blazer is a borrow from my sister (thanks girl!) and the shorts are Sportsgirl. I wore a wrap around Emily Rose choker necklace, Lovisa bracelet, Mimco clutch and Wittner shoes focusing on black, gold and nude to tie everything together.
My Headquarters Deakin blowout held into the second night - I never go for fussy styles, I like to style up my outfit up and leave my hair quite relaxed. I went for slightly darker makeup on night two, initially going for a nude lip which I changed to my berry lip chalk last minute. I applied lots of soft pink blush in Nars 'pink orchid', blended Napoleon 'liquid veil' illuminator with my Clarins 'better makeup' foundation to add lots of glow and bring together the vintage look.
I stuck to a comfortable Witchery Jumpsuit for the closing night, keeping the look quite simple with my Sportsgirl jacket thrown over the top. I went for a vintage cuff & same glow mesh clutch as opening night, Sportsgirl Shoes and Mimco statement necklace. My usual day-to-day ring stacking remained the same but I added a Spell Byron Bay oversized crystal ring for something a bit more statement.
My hair was by Headquarters Deakin and makeup by me- a soft, smokey eye, defined brow, red lip and slightly lighter base than the previous two nights.
Event styling is all about sticking to who you are, not trying to dress 'formal' or cocktail but rather, embracing your own natural style and experimenting with what you love. I am a big believer of less is more, being true to who you are and not feeling pressured to 'get it right'. I had an absolute ball sitting front row with my Out In Canberra Editor and reporting on Fashfest this year, my recaps can be found on Out In Canberra and my Runway Report blog post can be found here.
Thanks for having me Fashfest, till next time...x