Another exciting runway fashion festival has just graced our shores with the 8th Annual Sunshine Coast Fashion Festival.  This years event was held at the Events Centre at Caloundra, and was not without its fair share of red carpet, glitz and glamour.  This years highlights were Sydney’s Nicola Finetti showing his latest collection and also Brisbane favourite Benjamin Ringuet with his beautiful prints that can often be seen on Carrie Bickmore on Chanell 10’s The Project.

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A runway first was also Australia Zoo showing off it’s khaki collection complete with soft snake toys around the neck!  There were the “most stylish” awards as well as a packed trade lounge to stroll through during the breaks.  Stage sensation hitting all the runways from New York to Brisbane was also local down syndrome model Madeline Stuart were she appeared throughout the show waving happily to her mother in the audience, obviously enjoying the evening – all eyes were certainly on her!

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Another exciting VIP to join the event was Ragtrader Editor Assia Benmedjdoub who was a guest in the Q&A which I was lucky enough to emcee for the event.  There was certainly so much going on from the run carpet start at 4pm right through to the finish at 9.30pm – a huge marathon of fashion, media, interviews, shopping and amazing runway.  Hats off to the models, some it was their first show ever they walked, changed and strutted many looks from the 20+ designers that showed on the afternoon.

I of course have a soft spot for the event – especially this years as I was able to show the Urban Prima collection for its first ever runway appearance, to be back stage for the first time in amongst the dressers – then flustered out on to stage before I knew what was happening for the finale walk was somewhat an incredible experience.

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Jacinta Richmond the event manager and her team pulled together a great event, and there was nothing but happy smiles in the audience with the goody packed gift bags.  Looking forward to 2016! Here are a few other pics of some of the runway stars. x C

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