Fashion Palette

| 3 May , 2009 | Reply

I had the pleasure of attending Fashion Palette on Friday (1st May) at Darling Harbour in Sydney.  I went with my lovely fashionista girlfriends, Amanda and Kirsty and had a lovely lunch with the gorgeous Ruby Rose who was hosting the event; although the wine did make me a bit sleepy for the afternoon sessions, eeeek!

Fashion Palette’s goal was to bring together the leading national and international fashion gurus and the best emerging Australian designers for the first and most influential fashion industry event in the world.  It was to allow budding fashion designers and members of the public the chance to learn from some of the world’s leading fashion figures.


There was an amazing line up of guests and my three favourite guests on Friday were: Arturo Elena; White Sands Swimwear and Stylist Peter Dwyer.

Arturo Elena

Arturo did his presentation to us in his native language Spanish. He is a self-taught artist who has revolutionised the world of graphic illustration with his amazing technique and unique style. I cannot tell you how amazingly talented this artist is, he does all his illustrations by hand, the detail is extraordinary.  I will let his pictures speak for themselves, and remember they are done by hand, notice the incredible detail.





White Sands Swimwear by Leah Madden

White Sands is an edgy new contemporary swimwear and resort-wear line.  Designed for the woman who is a little sexy, a little fun, always fashionable and savvy enough to know quality when she sees it. White Sands is quintessentially glamorous, always with an eye to fashion, and a nod to the carefree style that is so Australian.  Sounds very Sassi doesn’t it?

Leah did a brilliant presentation and if you were a budding designer in the audience I think you would have picked up some very useful information from her.  I really loved her designs and it was fabulous seeing them doing a mini-runway show for us.




Peter Dwyer, Stylist

This man has a shedful of talents, with such a unique eye for beauty and design.  He currently heads the Style Department for the Whitehouse Institute of Design in Sydney but how he got there is an incredible story.

I thought he gave a brilliant insight to students who are wanting to be stylists, how to start out and encouraged them to embrace their creativity and believe in themselves.  His presentation was so passionate and I’m completely floored by his unique creativity.  See these dresses below?  They are made out of PAPER, yes paper!


And you really need to watch this video, all the designs are made out of PAPER, what a talented and clever, clever person he is.

All in all, I enjoyed the day, there’s definitely room for improvement but it was their first event.  The day felt a bit long and empty and I think Ruby’s talents weren’t utilised as well as they could have been. The audience were a bit timid and it was much better when everyone could move down closer to the front.  I don’t want to be harsh, you know me I only like to offer constructive criticism.  I totally love the concept, I think it’s great that established designers are open to inspiring and supporting the next generation of designers, the world of fashion is a hard slog.    Well done to Sonya Mefaddi for coming up with the Fashion Palette concept; I really hope we see another one.

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  1. Leah Madden says:

    Glad you loved it!
    Hope to see you next year.

  2. Klaus says:

    Great post!

    I had an excellent time too.
    I really enjoyed the two guys from Insight, hope next year is even better

  3. oooh I love the white sands.
    There are so many wonderful and talented people out there. amazing.
    elizabeth xx

  4. Kimberley says:

    Oooh, I love the White Sands purple bikini; I think those clean, bold designs call out to me most.. though I’d never do a camouflage print! The girly-girl in me just would never do that 😛

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