March 19, 2017
VAMFF may be tapering but Voxfrock will be firing on all cylinders long after the last light winks out tonight. We’ll be posting Voxreviews, Voxstreetstyle and Voxrookie reports well into Monday so, brace Dear Ones; it’s not over yet. Meanwhile, we’re thrilled to the gills to introduce another member of our 2017 Voxfrock rookie crew, Hannah Cole. It will be her reports we’ll post from VAMFF’s last round of shows. Hannah was a finalist in VAMFF’s Fashion Writing Series 2017 and won a year-long fashion journalism mentorship with Voxfrock editor, Janice Breen Burns. She recently finished what she describes as a “a short stint in media-land” before returning to study Fashion Business at FBI Fashion College. On her long held personal blog, hannahrose, which was originally an inspiration board, Hannah now explores sustainable fashion and current trends and posts “the musings of a twenty-something millennial in the modern world”.
Words: Hannah Cole Pictures: Lucas Dawson Photography
The most trendless trend of them all, feminism, was centre stage at Premium Runway 6. This powerful movement is calling out from all facets of life: art, fashion, politics and, setting the show’s tone was a quote by Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: “We say to girls, you can have ambition, but not too much..”
Anna Quan’s shirts were designed for power women, for strutting, for demanding control. Don’t push her buttons.
Kuwaii’s boot-wearing, single-dangling-earringed lasses stomped the runway in intimidating structured pieces.
Kacey Devlin wowed with overt femininity. Her signature silky silhouettes sashayed as the models walked, giving vision to the female form. Viktoria and Woods (main picture, top) appropriated the corset. What was once a symbol of a society governed by men, now signifies empowerment and control; women holding their sexuality firmly in their own hands.
Ryder and Búl are your laidback best friends; easy-going and casual, yet full of fire when the moment calls.
They nailed the feminist backstory. A final stand and step forward. White shorts matched with white tees, emblazoned with compelling statements; “I am a feminist”, “Sexism sucks”, “Love is love”. Dancing girls, hugging, jumping, leaping for joy, running down the runway, and announcing, “We are strong, we are united.”
What is feminism without an appreciation of women of all sorts? The high-flying business type, the feminine and flirty, the relaxed yet strong. It’s the bonding of all these that make the movement (so much more than just a trend) so strong, so all-encompassing. One that will never die.