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mercedes-benz fashion festival

Posted in MBFF by brisbane on August 15, 2011

Yes it’s that time of year again. The Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival kicks off in Brisbane this weekend. Starting with Akira and ending with Easton Pearson, this year’s festival is just as big as ever. Highlights include the Emerging Designer Group Show, The City Fashion Flash (free each day in the Queen Street Mall) and QUT’s Fashion After Hours. Make sure you get your tickets this week before they sell out!

The Bunker Boutique, George St, Brisbane – part of The City Fashion Flash

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you can feel it in the air …

Posted in MBFF, New Stores, QueensPlaza by brisbane on August 11, 2011

… spring is on its way. It’s my favourite time of the year as it feels like the world starts to wake up again after months of hibernation. And there are so many exciting things going on in Brisbane that you don’t really have an excuse not to get out. Here’s what’s on my list for the next week.

 Molten Store – I mentioned it in my last post but I have to mention it again as this store is so damn gorgeous! I want everything. Get shopping!

oh hello – I know it’s not technically ‘fashion’, but I can’t help but mention this new bar that is opening in the Valley tonight. Owned by one of my lovely friends, I’m super excited to check out the new venue that was previously home to old faithful, the Monestry. I can already see this place being my new favourite haunt.

Threadbare – Another online boutique owned by some Brisbane locals. It looks like it’s going to be amazing! Designers that will be on offer include Ellery, Josh Goot and Gala Curious. Stay tuned for more details and the launch date …

Ellery Pop Up Sale – And speaking of Ellery … tomorrow and over the weekend head to The Cottage at 67 James St in the Valley for items from the Ellery archive, runway samples, as well as rare highly covetable pieces from past seasons. All at a smidgen of their former price. Yay!

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival Brisbane – I’ll post more about this soon. But if you haven’t already, make sure you purchase your tickets to what will be another great week of local and national fashion in Brisbane, kicking off on 20 August.

 Zimmermann – Why oh why do you do this to me? I may have just spent way too much money on their new collection. And I may have bought the mustard leather skirt. But can you really blame me? Check out the collection at the QueensPlaza store today, if you dare.

mbff highlights – day 3

Posted in Fashion Parade, MBFF, Spring/Summer 2010/11 by brisbane on August 10, 2010

Neon Heartache

Neon Heartache

Neon Heartache

Lilya (jewellery by Cool Baby Cool)

Lilya (jewellery by Cool Baby Cool)

Alexandra Harper

Miss Unkon


Miss Unkon

Day three of the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival saw some of our best local talent showcase their latest collections. One of our favourites is Brisbane’s Neon Heartache, with a range featuring edgy designs in a muted colour palette -we want so many of these innovative pieces! Lilya produced yet another totally wearable collection that will see many gals through the warmer months (featuring great beach inspired jewellery by coast label Cool Baby Cool). We couldn’t go past Alexandra Harper’s amazing creations – perfect headware for the upcoming races. And finally we just have to mention Miss Unkon with it’s sweet-as-pie range as part of beginningboutique’s parade.

mbff highlights – day 1 & 2

Posted in Fashion Parade, MBFF, Spring/Summer 2010/11, Wintergarden by brisbane on August 9, 2010

Fashion well and truely took over Brisbane on the weekend … thanks to the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival. On show were the spring/summer collections from local and national designers and leading Brisbane boutiques. Here are our pics of the best looks so far (stay tuned for more highlights) …

Bam & Juju boutique, Wintergarden

George Wu – local designer

Francis Leon – local designer

La La Latrobe boutique – Latrobe Tce, Paddington

Lylah boutique – Little Stanley St, South Bank


Meow Meow boutique – Latrobe Tce, Paddington

mercedes-benz fashion festival brisbane 2010

Posted in Fashion Parade, MBFF by brisbane on May 28, 2010

The 2010 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival Brisbane program was officially launched last week.  Kicking off on Friday 6 August and running to Friday 13 August the festival will celebrate the arrival of the spring/summer collections with 10 group shows showcasing 46 local designers, 13 national designers, 23 international designers and some of Brisbane’s leading boutiques – including Easton PearsonFrock Shop, Paul HuntPistols at Dawn, George WuAkko and La La Latrobe.

Staged in a new location at South Bank’s Cultural Forecourt, the line-up will be showcased in a purpose-built marquee with tiered seating and a 30 metre runway. The Queen Street Mall will also host free parades and events  every day at various locations and centres.

Plus there will be a number of interesting talks and workshops at the Queensland State Library, such as ‘Couture – is it still relevant?’ and ‘The Current State of Contemporary Australian Fashion’.

For more info visit

Get your tickets now through QTIX before they sell out!

MBFF Key Looks

Posted in MBFF by brisbane on August 31, 2009

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival Brisbane brought the fashion to the people. And what a week of fashion it was. From old favourites to innovative new-comers, here’s our pick of the best key looks for spring/summer, and most importantly, they can all be found in the city and Queen Street Mall.


Bold Pants
Yes they are daring, but they are oh so great if you can pull them off. And so comfortable. (Hover over images for details)

Lisa Ho Dogstar

QP Easton Pearson

With the exception of orange, a safer colour that was also prominent on the catwalks was blue. Take your pick of the many shapes and styles on offer. (Hover over images for details)

Talulah botm

Wayne Cooper, Wintergarden Jean Brown, Tattersall's Arcade

One Shoulder
Making a come back in a big way this season. Go for one of these more unique takes on the look. (Hover over images for details)

Nicola Finetti from Myer Brisbane City, The Myer Centre QP

Wayne Cooper, Wintergarden TBC from Broadway on the Mall

Nudes & Whites
Nothing says summer like fresh nude and white tones. And this season they are the IT colours. (Hover over images for details)

TBC from Brisbane Arcade, Queen Street Mall Kirrily Johnston from David Jones, QueensPlaza, Queen Street Mall

Lisa Ho, Wintergarden, Queen Street Mall Nicola Finetti from Myer Brisbane City, The Myer Centre, Queen Street Mall

From pretty to sexy, ruffles are the key look to incorporate into your wardrobe. (Hover over images for details)

Grbac from Milque, Broadway on the Mall, Queen Street Mall Mother Maria from Cheeks, Adelaide St, City

Nicola Finetti from Myer Brisbane City, The Myer Centre, Queen Street Mall Review, QueensPlaza, Queen Street Mall

Not a trend, a necessity. There are so many shapes and styles to choose from this season. (Hover over images for details)

TBC from BOTM Sunburn, The Myer Centre, Queen Street Mall

Sunburn, The Myer Centre, Queen Street Mall White Sands from David Jones, QueensPlaza, Queen Street Mall

Stand out Accessories
The easiest way to update your look. Go feminine or tribal. (Hover over images for details)

Chelsea de Luca from Lisa Ho, Wintergarden, Queen Street Mall Kirrily Johnston from Jean Brown, Tattersall's Arcade, Queen Street Mall

TBC from Jean Brown, Tattersall's Arcade, Queen Street Mall Shona Joy from City Dweller, Broadway on the Mall, Queen Street Mall

MBFF showcases ‘Follow the Fashion’ Entrants

Posted in Follow the Fashion Competition, MBFF by brisbane on August 31, 2009

Follow the Fashion was a great way for local fashion designers to showcase their designs, and many of them took the next step and featured their pieces in MBFF last week. Our tip: get in fast to get your hands on your fave pieces from these amazing designers before they hit the big-time and sell out!


AKKO (one of the ‘final five’)

White Sands

White Sands (one of the ‘final five’). Stocked at David Jones, QueensPlaza, Queen Street Mall.

George Wu

George Wu

Kinin Handbags

Kinin Handbags

Mother Maria

Mother Maria. Stocked at Cheeks, Adelaide Street, City.

Neon Heartache

Neon Heartache


Talulah. Stocked at Bam & Juju, Wintergarden, Queen Street Mall.

Tia Carrigan

Tia Carrigan

Tom Gunn

Tom Gunn. Stocked at Jean Brown, Tattersall’s Arcade, Queen Street Mall.

Today’s ‘Fashion Snap’ feat. The Myer Centre

Posted in Fashion Parade, MBFF, The Myer Centre by brisbane on August 25, 2009

The Myer Centre’s ‘Fashion Snap’ Parade at lunch today showed off the centre’s range of neons, as well as florals and black and white from stores including Forever New, Bardot and Cue – available in stores now. A distinct trend showcased was maxi dresses and power shoulders, the perfect key pieces for the season.

Don’t miss tomorrow’s parade featuring Brisbane Arcade.


Forever New

Dress from Myer, accessories from Forever New

Jeans West dress, Studio 196 jeans and shirt

Bikini from Sunburn, visor from Bardot

MBFF Fashion Snap – QueensPlaza

Posted in Fashion Parade, MBFF, QueensPlaza by brisbane on August 24, 2009

The first Queen Street Mall Fashion Snap parade, part of the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival (MBFF), saw the best of spring/summer take to the stage at midday today. From Gorman and Saba, to Decjuba and G-star, florals, black and metallics were the key looks. Check out the highlights below.

Plus three lucky people chosen from the crowd by stylists won a style session and $400 to spend at stores on the mall as part of the ‘Fairest of the Mall’ competition. They were each given 30 mins to transform their looks, and the photos show just how well they did.

Don’t miss the parades and competition on each day at the Queen Street Mall Stage until Friday this week.





Fairest of the Mall Competition - Before

Fairest of the Mall Competition - After

Brisbane = fashion

Posted in Competitions, Designers, Events, MBFF, QueensPlaza, The Myer Centre by brisbane on August 21, 2009

Brisbane could well be called the ‘fashion capital’ thanks to so many events kicking off from tomorrow …

The Easton Pearson Exhibition starts tomorrow at the Gallery of Modern Art. Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival Brisbane starts on Sunday with a host of events at City Hall and the Queen Street Mall. The Follow the Fashion Winning Designer will be announced on Fri 28 at the Queen Street Mall MBFF ‘Fashion Snap’ Parade. In Fashion is still on at the Museum of Brisbane. The Myer Centre and QueensPlaza are a buzz with offers, comps and events, including the Vogue Photographic Exhibition that starts on August 25. Plus 30 Days of Fashion & Beauty starts in September and there are some cool events happening in the Queen Street Mall.

So keep ‘following the fashion’ for info, updates, pics and more …

From ‘Fashion Follower’

Easton Pearson

Photo credit: Easton Pearson runway show ‘Rainbow Coalition’ at the Spring Summer 2009/10 Rosemount Australian Fashion Week, Sydney, 29 April 2008. Image courtesy: Easton Pearson. Photography: six6 photography.