The 36 finalists of this yearâs WA Fashion Awards (WAFAs) were announced at Perth Fashion Festivalâs (PFF) exclusive Style Circle event held last night at Wolfe Lane.
The finalists stretch across nine categories honouring students, writers, creators and models from the elite talent pool of Western Australian fashion.
The categories include WA Designer of the Year, Designer of Tomorrow, Fine Details, Runway Model of the Year, Photographic Model of the Year, Hot New Talent, Creative Edge, Best Blogger and Best Dressed Boutique.
Festival Director Mariella Harvey-Hanrahan said this yearâs finalists represent the high calibre talent in our local fashion industry. âEvery nominee in this yearâs Awards bring something different to his or her category, and really show why Western Australia is fast becoming a global fashion destination,â Ms Harvey-Hanrahan said.
The finalists were nominated earlier this year by the Stateâs influential fashion industry community known as Style Circle. Style Circle includes more than 200 Western Australian fashion industry professionals including designers, stylists, creatives, beauty and hair stylists, media, models and modeling industry members and photographers.
The Style Circle members will vote on the finalists within each category and the winners will be announced at the WAFAs, set to be held in November this year.
WA Fashion Awards categories and nominees include:
Photographic Model of the Year: Rosie Tupper (Viviens), Emily Green (Viviens), Holly Caiulo (Chadwicks), Caris Tiivel (Chadwicks), Jessi Moloney (Scene), Jonathon Woodward (Scene)
Runway Model of the Year: Sarah Kate (Viviens), Sally Paten (Viviens), Holly Caiulo (Chadwicks), Fiona Thomas (Chadwicks), Evelyn Leckie (Scene), Rebecca Jones (Scene)
Hot New Talent: Stef Roberts (Viviens), Sarah Tilekke (Viviens), Georgia Herbert (Chadwicks), Gabrielle Sullivan(Chadwicks), Morgana Powell (Scene), Paige Bavich (Scene)
WA Designer of the Year: Flannel, Aeâlkemi, One Fell Swoop
Designer of Tomorrow: Little Gracie, Ange Lang, Zhivago
Fine Details: Toto Moto, Pinchandspoon, Harpers
Creative Edge: Pip McManus: Fashion Illustrator, Marie Cain: Hair Director, Hannah McGrath: Stylist
Best Blogger: Dropstitch, Style Voyuer, Bonnie Friday
Best Dressed Boutique: Zara Bryson, S2, Wasteland