The Sunshine Coast Fashion Festival returns to Queensland this month for 24 hours of spectacular fashion and style on Saturday October 22. Established in 2008, the fashion event has gained international recognition as a showcase of emerging talent as well as national and international brands. This year 25 labels and brands from the Sunshine Coast, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, greater Queensland, China, Austria, New Zealand and Germany are set to debut their latest collections in exclusive runway shows at The Events Centre, Caloundra.

Five international fashion labels join this year’s line-up, including designer Thang De Hoo. The designer who has become globally known for his red carpet, couture creations and celebrity clientele will launch his ready to wear collection, Rivivi6269, exclusively at sunshine Coast Fashion Festival in his only Australian catwalk show. With its stunning coastal locale, the event provides national and international swimwear brands and resort labels the perfect opportunity to launch their latest collections. Luxury German swim labels Opera and Sunflair will return to the Sunshine Coast Fashion Festival this year to give an exclusive look at their summer collections. Australian OceanZen designer Steph Gabriel also joins the line-up, showing her range of sustainable swim wear in fabrics made from recycled fishing nets and plastic bottles.

Also on the catwalk at this year’s festival will be Australian household names Nicola Finetti, Myer, Myer Miss Shop and Secrets Shhh.  Additional brands Alison Dominy, Czarina, Don’t Do Pretty, Indi Stone, Indrah Swimwear, Livin, Nadz & Sabs, Reval Resort, Why Mary, Annabelle & Eve, VaVaVoom Corsetry, Heather Saxon, Megan Cannings, LIVIN’, Julian Napier, Kutcha Collective, Flora Fashion (China),  Augustine (New Zealand) and Hunt+Kelly are also set to hit the runway. In addition to catwalk shows this year’s event will feature a Trade Lounge and industry forum, as well as The Sunshine Coast Style Awards, the Sunshine Coast Design Awards and Hall of Fame. A Bloggers Luncheon and A Myer Miss Shop styling event will be held in the lead up to the event. This year also sees the launch of the International Development & Marketing Program that will provide support for three Australian labels over the next two years and assist them in preparations to show their work on the international stage, in global fashion capitals London and Paris.

The Sunshine Coast Fashion Festival will also supports charitable foundation LIVIN’ in 2016 with a portion of ticket sales going directly to their cause #it’s not weak to speak.

Words by Kara Holland
Image provided by Sunshine Coast Fashion Festival