Fashion with Justine Jamieson
The Infashion @ the Boathouse show started with a procession of beating drums slowly getting faster to match the intensity of the organisers' nervous heartbeats.
The first models weaved playfully through the drummers dressed in flirty chiffon Trelise Cooper dresses from Jays in some of the season's hottest colours - canary yellow and the hottest-of-hot pinks all colour blocked with sexy heels from Taylors Shoes. The guys were no different in bright Gant pants and pastel Lacoste polos from Gustaves Menswear.
After seguing into a seductive rhythm of Latino salsa, out came more Trelise's "Cooper" Summer collection. Polka dots and Walk of Art printed pantsuits slapped us in the face to remind us that print is where-it's-at this season. There was also a selection of garments with Trelise's latest weird and wacky, eclectic print called Acid Drop where skulls and flowers form an odd, yet satisfying match, all printed on sunshine yellow fabric and embellished with black lace or teamed with solid black for impact.
Just when I thought it couldn't get any hotter, out came the Foxy Lady swimwear selection. I looked around the room at the guys whose tired-after-work eyes had just opened about an inch wider. The Infashion models were looking absolutely smoking hot in Seafolly and Nancy Ganz swimwear.
A multitude of glamorous full-length and bikini styles and colours from classic black and white, to an abundance of brilliant colour, rocked the runway. Polka dots; floral and other prints; along with large brimmed hats; sunglasses from Mathews Eyewear - and even a dog! - set the scene on the catwalk and took us back decades to a time where the seaside was where glamour overruled practicality.
Then on to the more tonal and pastel hues in the casual wear ranges from Diesel, Cooper, Jane Daniels and Verge from Jays and smart casual looks with labels such as Lacoste, Ben Sherman, Calvin Klein from Gustaves - all clean lines and sophisticated yet full of funk.
After being to Infashion @ The Boathouse for the third year, I'd come to expect something pretty spectacular from Shine's turn on the catwalk and this year's emotive performance was no let-down. Jane Winter's impersonation of Lady Gaga's Born This Way was a show stopper, as she waved her arms around showing the latest stunning bling by Dyrberg/Kern.
Then the story moved on to a more emotional model snapshot, each a different social culture and therefore different taste in jewellery. The meaning behind the drama was "jewellery is a way to show who you are without having to speak" and it was executed to perfection.
The beautiful lingerie section was done very tastefully with the Foxy Lady models dressed in mostly lace nightwear and all wearing handcrafted, elaborate angel wings.
After more gorgeous glitzy evening wear fashion from Jays and stylish suiting by Rembrandt and Wayward Heir from Gustaves Menswear and more fab Taylors' shoes, I left feeling extremely satisfied and my credit card was bursting out of my wallet needing a shopping fix.
The styling for the show was absolutely world class in little ol' Nelson. Who would have thought we'd have such talent in our midst? I can't wait until next year's show.