This year was my first time to the Brisbane French Festival and I was super impressed by the outstanding organisation of the whole layout and the crowd attendance.
I have been making more of an effort to get out and support local events this year with my blog, especially those that encourage and bolster culture in this city.
My first stop was at the fashion parade, where I attended to watch french designers Jérôme L’Huillier and Mette Pedersen collection grace the red carpet on the greens of South Bank with the stunning backdrop of the city.
There was no need to rug up as the sun turned it on and the models from Boss Models did an amazing job of making the clothes look even more stunning on the red carpet.
There was lots of bright colours and florals, which reminded me a lot of the 70’s and early 90’s mixed together with Nine West shoes and tasteful accessories like hats and fur wraps, my favourite.
As a VIP it felt like we were outside the oscars. A very classy and well received parade, so I thank the organisers for having me along.
After the parade I took some social snaps of festival goers and then made my way to the Fashion Masterclass with no other than the talented starts behind the runway show, Jérôme L’Huillier and Mette Pedersen and their son.
This was a good opportunity to learn about their business and their outlook on fashion. Jerome talked about the need for smaller fashion houses to exist in addition to the big labels as it gives the opportunity for people who want to buy fashion more options.
They employee a team of younger assistants who are in touch with social media to help market their business.
Jerome said they aim to use quality cotton and silk fabrics with lots of colour. There is no age group who can and can’t wear their clothes. They’ve had one client purchase a dress to wear for their wedding and another by a mother for her 15 year old daughter to wear to a school formal.
Being husband and wife they said it can be challenging at times working together, but ultimately they try to feed off each others energy, and have learnt to manage their work and life balance a lot better since having their son. Mette said it is important to make sure as well as working hard you learn to enjoy your life.
Together they were such a down to design couple who were more than willing to speak the truth and give honest advice about running a paris fashion business.
My friend and talented Brisbane designer Suzii K, wearing a top she made to wear to the event.
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