William Kutana, Q Ghazi and Prakata Wager at the Lismore Fashion Society launch.
William Kutana, Q Ghazi and Prakata Wager at the Lismore Fashion Society launch.

Fashion scene moving forward

Two fashion events last week had locals digging out their Manolos and grabbing for their Gucci.

Last Tuesday at the Left Bank Café Lois Hennes presented her book and new pattern making system The Fashion Design System to a gathering of 40 people from the Northern Rivers Fashion industry.

Lois had five female models representing the five body shapes that she has identified after several years of study. These shapes are the most up to date cross-section of women’s bodies across Australia.

Although the shape models were not too different in their size, when they entered the room in their plain coloured toile the audience could see the differences.

The second round of outfits these women wore were all different cuts and styles, that were used to best suit each of these figure types.

The women at the event seemed the most intrigued about what they should wear to flatter their own figure type, and how to emphasise their best features.

The second fashion event took place on Saturday at the Italo Club in Lismore, where the Lismore Fashion Society held its launch.

With a turnout of more than 40, the event was a meet and greet for local designers, illustrators, business owners and fashion lovers around the region.

The event focused on how to create a more lively fashion scene in the area and create a network for local fashion designers, pattern makers and business people so that everyone is connected to one another for help, support and joint ventures.

Lisa Marie Cheal, creator of the society said the response had been amazing and that there are so many amazing ideas, and that she will strive to “put her best shoe forward” to get these ideas up and running.

“At the event we discussed our goals and ideas for the society and what we can do for fashion in the Northern Rivers,” Lisa Marie said. “Some of the fantastic ideas were creating a magazine, doing fashion parades and local designer markets and a database for people in the local fashion scene.”

The launch was also about establishing members to create a committee that could then attract some government funding to kick-start the society’s goals.

Phil Hanlon, who runs the Nimbin Fashion Show, said industry funding was a good possibility for the society, and that taking the show on the road could be a consideration for the future.

“We need to create a succinct group so that Industry Investment NSW can see that funding is a good idea,” Phil said. “There are so many great designers in this area, there is definite potential to create big names in the fashion industry.”

The Lismore Fashion Society will meet again soon to create a committee. For more information please contact Lisa Marie via email on editor@

livingchildcare.com or visit Sum1s Fashion Recycling on Magellan Street.


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