We spoke to Laura Churchill, Director of Brisbane Fashion Month, about all things trending this summer.

Favourite international holiday destination, and why?

New York hands down. I always feel so energised and full of inspiration when I’m there.

Ultimate Australian escape, and why?

Tasmania! I’m dying to go back and take long drives, sit by a fire and drink wine. Other than that, my parents live in the country and there’s nothing like going home for a home cooked meal and some clean air …

Which do you prefer – country or city living, and why?

I grew up a country girl and it was the best childhood I could imagine but I’m firmly a city girl these days. I think Brisbane is still a nice blend of both though – we’re never too far from a quiet weekend away.

A weekend in summer is best spent …

Saturday morning at the markets with my husband and little girl stocking up on fresh fruit and veges (and a little detour to the jumping castle for her) then a picnic, catch-ups with friends and a lazy Sunday afternoon.

What has been your proudest moment … ?

Seeing Brisbane Fashion Month grow in our third year to the largest showcase of established Queensland designers is something I’m very proud of. We’ve worked so hard to make the festival inclusive, relevant and supportive of the industry as well as offering audiences beautiful, high-end experiences at each of our events.

As Director of Brisbane Fashion Month, what trends are you seeing come through for summer?

Our designers are so diverse and what I love about Queensland labels is that they don’t focus too heavily on trends rather setting themselves apart with strong points of difference while remaining at the forefront of fashion. Rudi Miro’s linen collection, Sonia Stradiotto and Sacha Drake’s show-stopping gowns and Nelson Molloy’s ethical and sustainable focus are great examples of this.

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