Queensland Arts And Fashion Festival

June 18, 2024

She Society recently enjoyed a fabulous runway show at Brisbane City Hall hosted by The Brisbane Girl and The Bella Styling Co. I first met The Brisbane Girl through our local fashion events and have been a longtime follower of her Instagram page. She has been showcasing local fashion and style for eight years. As we are all about women supporting women here at, She Society, I immediately bought a ticket and with mounting curiosity headed along.

I entered The Sherwood Room and was greeted by music, funky lighting and a cavalcade of local fashionistas dressed in their finery. I soon learned that this unique runway show was showcasing the work of ten local designers. There was a DJ, dance performances and an add to cart option after the show, where you could buy your favourite looks straight from the runway.

Part of the Queensland Arts and Fashion Festival, which is based on the Gold Coast, the fashion runway was designed to share the stunning collections from Australian e – commerce designers in a party atmosphere. Guests were treated to beats from DJ Niesh and an incredible live performance from Angus Wonderland.

I loved this inclusive show which featured a diversity of models and an amazing array of different designs. Designers from Tantiana the Label, Pear Collections, Swimbarre, Millyzu, Glam Cartel, Village Obsessions, Secrets of the East, Wild and Wayward Designs, Lanie Moore Official, Czarina Kaftans and Belle Le Chic showed us their collections. Looks from swimwear to ball gowns, kaftans to lady like glamour through to sustainable and environmentally friendly fashion, flooded the catwalk, ensuring there was something for every taste.

For me, standouts were the beautful gowns from Belle Le Chic which would not have been out of place on a Paris runway and the stylish and elegant fashion from Milly Zu who shared timeless designs in covetable fabrics. Swim and activewear from Swimbarre was contemporary and sustainable.

I loved the concept of Pear Collections which designs for curvaceous and pear-shaped women and encourages all women to love their curves. Village Obsessions showed off their bold macrame clothing and feather accessories. Wild and Wayward Designs shared its slow fashion brand which reclaims, repurposes and recycles clothing in stylish, mindful and fun ways.

The event’s charity partner was Mind Your Fashion which looks out for those in the fashion and creative industries who are experiencing mental struggles and illness. Jude Kingston spoke eloquently about raising awareness and connection within the fashion industry which, here in Queensland is comprised of around 77 percent women.

I spoke to The Brisbane Girl who said she was thrilled to be invited to host the show with The Bella Styling Co. The show sold out and was a huge success. It was the first of its kind to be held here in Brisbane. Let’s hope it returns bigger and better for next year.

Runway 3 – Add To Cart was designed to celebrate our vibrant retail landscape and for Australian – owned fashion to leap off the screens and onto the catwalk. I certainly found many new brands to follow on the night and I know it’s important for us to shop local whenever we can and support our local fashion industry. The Queensland Arts and Fashion Festival is an incubator for fashion creatives, and it was great to glimpse the talents of local models, designers, hair and make up artists and event creators and changemakers.

The last show Runway 4 – Valor is being presented by the Gold Coast Fashion Project and Rise to the Runway. Valor Men’s Fashion Review promises an extraordinary fusion of style, compassion, and music. It’s an event which isn’t your average fashion show – it’s a collective movement that celebrates men’s fashion as a platform change. You can catch Runway 4 on the 29 th of June at Sobah Brewery + Café, Burleigh Heads.

There is so much fashion and creative talent right here in Queensland and runway shows such as these give fashionistas a chance to find new favourites in real time. The Queensland Arts and Fashion Festival has run four creative fashion events from 4 May to 29 June 2024. This writer will be looking forward to this innovative series of events again in 2025. Love your local fashion!

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