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TAFE SA Alumni Parade and Cocktail Party

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by Victoria Nicolitsi (subscribe)
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Those cheers you're hearing around Adelaide belong to many rejoicing fashion lovers, as the 2011 Adelaide Fashion Festival is now upon us; with TAFE SA's fashion program presenting three of the most exciting fashion parades. Prince Alfred College was host to the TAFE SA Alumni Parade and Cocktail party on Friday 14 October, where alumni, lecturing staff, and costume students show cased their artistry.

Tafe SA Alumni Parade and Cocktail Party
Prince Alfred College


Tafe SA Alumni Parade and Cocktail Party
Prince Alfred College grounds


The sprawling grounds of Prince Alfred College provided a regal background for outdoor mingling, Wicks Estate wine, champagne, finger food, and Cibo gelati, where guests were treated to the elegant sounds of a String Trio, and a selection of 10 gorgeous fashion illustrations by students, available for purchase from $10 each. Victoria Scarce's series of four modern, colour blocked, illustrations of a young woman crowned in feathers captured my interest, and inevitably my money.

Tafe SA Alumni Parade and Cocktail Party
String Trio


Tafe SA Alumni Parade and Cocktail Party
Finger food


Excited guests were then ushered inside the glass walls of Piper Pavilion, and to the rows of seats on either side of the runway. Once seated, we were pleasantly surprised to find goodie bags awaited us. The goodie bags contained samples from some of the parade's sponsors, including Attitude Magazine's September edition, an assortment of hair care samples from Evo hair products, gel lollies from Medlow Fine Gels, eyeshadows courtesy of Maybelline New York, and pamphlets on the Adelaide Fashion Festival.

Tafe SA Alumni Parade and Cocktail Party
Front row seating and goodie bags


A blast of music signified the beginning of the first parade and when the Finesse models began strutting out it was show time for the line up of talented designers, including Anna Williamson of mai loui, Candice Hooley of little blu bird, Jill Culbertson of Violet Fish, Lucy Tucker of Sainte Lucie, and Scott Bowring of bowring. A 15 minute intermission allowed guests to grab a glass of bubbly, and another cone of Cibo's baileys gelati, before the second parade commenced.

Tafe SA Alumni Parade and Cocktail Party
The parade


Now it was Merrin Stacey of Merrin Stacey Designs, Brenton Drechsler of Ruby Mars, Cristina Tridente of couture love madness, and Sanela Tettis of Red Pearl Couture's, time to shine, and each single designer contributed to a night to remember, and to guests anticipation of next year's exhibition.

Every piece was gorgeous, and Cristina Tridente of couture love madness showcased some extreme designs made of unlikely materials. One body hugging gown with a gorgeous flowing fish tail, made of air conditioning foil, which had recently appeared in Sydney's Hair Expo, was my pick of the night.

The Adelaide Fashion Festival runs until October 22, so if you haven't yet, get out to some of the parades, or do as I have and start planning for next year. Adelaide may be small, but it's big on talent and style.
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Why? Catch Adelaide's up-and-coming fashion designers
When: 11-22 October
Where: All over Adelaide
Cost: Various depending on event. Alumni Parade and Cocktail Party $35
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