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:: Spotlight :: 2012 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival Brisbane

By: Carmine Pascuzzi

Summer is springing early in Brisbane as the first of the very new season collections hit the runway on Saturday, August 25 at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival Brisbane, hosted by Treasury Casino & Hotel in what can only be described as fashion fever. If your temperature has been running as hot as ours, rejoice! The Mercedes-Benz Group Show will kick off Brisbane’s seven day fashion indulgence, which includes 10 fabulous runway shows and a host of other stylish events. Never before shown Spring/Summer styles by some of Australia’s leading designers will be unveiled, as well as fresh visions from emerging artists during the week-long Fashion Festival.

MESSAGE FROM THE FESTIVAL DIRECTOR

Can you believe we are here once again, standing at the starting line of yet another Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival Brisbane? I know we say this every year, but I think 2012 will be our greatest Festival yet, with more than 37 local designers and 13 national designers set to bring you their Spring/Summer visions over the course of the week and the CBD over run with the city’s, and the country’s, most glamorous fashion set.

On the back of the 2012 Olympics I am hesitant to say let the games begin, but let’s once again gather as a community to support and celebrate our natural home-grown talent and, if you needed any other incentive, this year we are pleased to present one of the strongest and most creative fashion programs Queensland has ever seen.

Some of you may have seen our Festival marquee, centre-stage in Queens Park at Treasury Casino & Hotel, being fitted out this week and with seating for over 600 guests at every show, thousands of fashion-savvy guests will experience the best and brightest of local, Queensland and national design collections during the week.

In other exciting news, with the support of Campos Coffee this week also saw the launch of the MBFF app, available for download from the app store for Iphone and Ipad users and accessible through our website for android phone owners. Download it today for free and plan your Fashion Festival, get the inside word on the hottest trends and places to be around town, and most importantly covet, find and share what you see on the runways throughout the week.

The Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival Brisbane enlists the help of hundreds of workers and volunteers, whose involvement is vital in bringing the Festival to fruition and making it the creative success that it is today. Their tireless work is never forgotten, and I thank each and every one of them for their support as without them, this event would not be possible.

And finally, the Fashion Festival is not just about fashion. To all our ticket holders, remember that $1 of every ticket sold goes to The Courier-Mail Children's Fund, our official charity partner for 2012, who are dedicated to providing funds to help sick and disadvantaged children achieve their full potential.

After the mammoth countdown you have been following us on, tomorrow it will finally be lights, music, runway and I look forward to seeing you all in your sartorial best for our state’s biggest celebration of fashion.