Words by Sam Mehan

Friday, September 12th, saw the opening night of the ‘The Fleet Store’, established in 2010 and held annually by the double degree Business/Fine Arts Fashion students showcasing their beautiful collections and pieces. The Fleet Store brought together Brisbane’s fashion-forward community with attendees wearing outfits shadowing the fashion seen on the streets of New York Fashion Week; outfits ranged from personal designs to well-known Australian designers such as Easton Pearson and Sass and Bide.

As you step into Old Government House you delve into a haven of unique, one of a kind pieces ranging from furs, to oriental patterned fabric to slick, minimalistic, monochromatic collections. The

middle of the room presented jewellery, ceramics and accessories designed by QUT students, past and present. Designs ranged from Dinosaurs for Tea, which exhibited a 90s inspired collection showcasing chokers and necklaces melded together with My Little Pony and dinosaur toys; Cha Cha Fashion showing beautifully lasered resin ear cuffs and earrings taking the shapes of jellyfish, skeletons and donuts by Benji the Label as well as hand-crafted ceramic vases and bowls by Jayne G Ceramics.

Bordering the outer walls of the room were clothing racks filled with the mesmerising collections produced by QUT students. The Spring/Summer ranges relied heavily on simplistic monochromatic and basic colour pallets that focused on voluminous shapes and intricate sewing techniques that exhibited the beauty of the garment’s shape and the movement of the fabric rather than heavily patterned and bright textiles.

Spring/Summer fashion is going to be all about a mixture of simplistic and minimalistic silhouettes and colour pallets accompanied by 90s inspired accessories. Expect to see simple shift dresses, high waisted pants and wide sleeved shirts matched with choker necklaces and chunky, platform sandals. Unlike other Spring/Summer collections showing florals and lightweight fabric, this season will have a big focus on textured, structured and transparent fabrics. Eliminating two dimensional, coloured fabrics and replacing it with fabric that has three-dimensional patterned qualities and transparent trims.

The Fleet Store is open for ten days so make sure you take the opportunity to have an exclusive look at some of Brisbane’s most talented designers!

Another event to mark in your diary is the 23rd September when the stud

ents involved will be sewing 200 pieces of underwear in under 12 hours to donate to Brisbane Youth Services. Be sure to get involved and support such a great cause.

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