Summer hits Perth with Fashion Council WA's Swim & Resort series

Last Updated: 08 Dec 2017
Evie McGrath and Gwynette Govardhan
Fashion Council WA's hit events at Claremont Quarter, Point Fraser and City of Perth Surf Life Saving Club showcased the best summer fashion from international, national and WA designers.
It all kicked off at Claremont Quarter, as models graced the runway with dewy, sun-kissed makeup and slicked back hair, contrasted with relaxed waves to symbolise the fusion of beach culture and cutting edge style that is uniquely West Australian.

Carla Zampatti delivered a breathtakingly stunning collection with standout jumpsuits, jackets and pants in cream, black and red hues, finished with luxurious military-style gold hardware. Alice McCall’s floral playsuits and dresses struck the perfect balance between flirty, artistic, fun and chic.

Menswear also didn’t disappoint with a fresh selection of spring and summer styles from Sportscraft, Country Road and General Pants.

Acclaimed Australian label Manning Cartell started the weekend with a glamorous showcase at Point Fraser Boardwalk to officially open the Swim & Resort Series.

The Swan River, in all its magnificence, was the perfect backdrop to display their fierce Sealander collection, and it did not disappoint. Dynamic patterns and intricate detailing with a palette of light pastels contrasted with the sultry midnight allure of magnified graphic prints, light fabrics and shapely silhouettes.

The final event of the weekend saw the Swim & Resort Series celebrate its fourth year at City Beach’s City of Perth Surf Life Saving Club with a WA designer collective show, followed by Australian favourite Camilla’s newest collection, From Rio, With Love.

The unbound creativity and raw talent of our local designers was showcased in these summer designs set against the stunning backdrop of the City Beach shoreline. Homegrown WA swimwear label Amore and Sorvete impressed with a knockout white one piece with a plunging neckline and ties, as well as bold bikinis in block yellow and blue hues.

As the sun went down, the real celebration began with Aussie favourite Camilla transporting the audience to Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro. The runway came to life with Brazilian dancing and music as the models showcased the label’s signature embellished kaftans, dresses and bathers, which this season were all about the exotic fruits, birds, feathers, and wild flowers of South America.


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