To be honest, if you had mentioned the city of Perth, in Australia, to me a couple of weeks ago, and asked me to tell you something about it, I would have come up blank.
Perth, to me, was nothing more than a sleepy city where tons of Singaporean kids were sent to further their studies and like any other Australian city where all activity ceased after 5pm when the stores closed.
But my recent trip there to cover their pride and joy, Perth Fashion Festival 2012, has completely changed my opinion. I discovered that the people were warm and friendly, the scenic views magnificent and the shopping beyond exciting.
Every morning, we would stroll on foot from our hotel, Parmelia Hilton, to this little diner for breakfast. The variety offered here is endless, you can order a cooked breakfast with the likes of eggs benedict or choose from their eye-popping range of cakes and pies, or have a healthy meal like muesli with fruit yoghurt. Hands down my favourite breakfast place.
Springtime in Perth, the weather is fantastic, with a warm sun and a cool breeze.
Wonderfully medieval European-looking mall called London Court on Hay Street
One of my favourite Australian labels. Floral prints galore.
Lovely necklaces from Hatch, a store which helps West Australian designers launch their designs in the market.
I eventually got the necklace on the right but with the clear stones instead of purple. This brand is by mother-and-daughter team, Lavish. Check out their very awesome website (which sadly, ships only within Australia) here.
Pastel-coloured hair without the commitment, and super pretty too! This miracle product is the ColorBug hair chalk by Australian hair maestro, Kevin Murphy. I got mine from Me by Maurice Meade. By the way, that’s not my hair in the photo, in case you’re wondering.
All dressed up for PFF2012 opening night, One Fell Swoop.
Top looks from One Fell Swoop
A photo with half of WA star designer label, Morrison, Richard Poulson, before the Morrison show on the second night of PFF2012
At Restyle 2012, where fashion bloggers were challenged to create stylish ensembles from thrift store finds. These are a few of my favourites.
At Fraser’s King Park; the rain was really coming down that day for the Myer Fashion Luncheon, but oh what a beautiful scene it was; the rain lashing against the windows.
Mel B spotted in attendance with her husband, Stephen Belafonte.
This is Myer ambassador Kris Smith, former rugby player turned model (Those are the best aren’t they?) and also Dannii Minogue’s ex-boyfriend and father of her son. He certainly knew how to turn on the charm, with the roomful of women whooping and cheering every time he stepped out onto the runway. Doesn’t he remind you a little of David Beckham?
A few looks from Yeojin Bae at the Myer Fashion Luncheon. I can never get enough of Yeojin Bae’s girly, lacy designs.
There’s so much more of Perth I have yet to see, like heading up to Fremantle, getting up-close and personal with Swan River and also the ironically modern Bell Tower. I’ll be back for sure!
To find out more about Perth Fashion Festival 2012 and a guide on what to do in Perth, stay tuned!
The writer was in Perth from September 18 to September 22 courtesy of Perth Fashion Festival 2012.