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Be the first to see new fashion, new music and new film. For the best seats in the house at Canberra’s largest annual red-carpet event, head to the FASHFEST website, check out the cool program and then book online.

This year we’ll celebrate famous and upcoming local, national and international fashion designers over three days, kicking-off from 28 September.

So is anything new or is this just ‘another fashion show’ for FASHFEST, now in its fifth year?

“Every year we put blood, sweat and tears into taking guests to places they would not ordinarily go and show them what they would not ordinarily see,” says Clint Hutchinson, co-founder and Festival Director of FASHFEST.

“We promise – and deliver – buzz and excitement.”

In 2017, FASHFEST showcases the work of more than 50 fashion designers—local, national international—some putting on their own collections and some forming inspirational group shows. Fifteen live musician and DJ acts bring their own sense of style to the stage.

For the first time, FASHFEST will shine the spotlight on textile designs and textile art from the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair Foundation. Twelve arts centres have provided fabric used by designers to create stunning, high-end looks. The textiles are all made in remote Northern Territory communities.

New this year is a show highlighting the diversity of six designers from New Zealand, including several labels by Trelise Cooper, one of the country’s hottest fashion exporters, presented by Momento Dezigns. Momento also presents luxury brand Sabitini, also from New Zealand, designed for women wanting sexy, natural, easy care knit dressing.

Momento will also curate a show putting Alex Perry fashion on the FASHFEST catwalk for the first time, alongside other inspirational labels like Bec & Bridge and Camilla.

FASHFEST remains focused on local and independent designers, with many favs returning with spring-summer collections such as Karen Lee, BT, and Zilpah Tart. New independent labels include Gabrielle Spencer Bridal, Gehrich and Thunder Thighs. Also new is De Challie Haute Couture, one of Australia’s most established couture names.

At FASHFEST, the music is as exciting as the fashion. “Music and fashion go hand-in-hand, expressing and magnifying,” says Director of Music Ashley Feraude, who works with Music Coordinator and DJ Hamish Lardi.

A highlight on the music front is the band Soulitude, which will launch as a collective at FASHFEST—a super experienced four-piece band delivering soul infused funk, the one man wonder band that is Ned Philpot and a DJ performance by the DMC turntablist champion Sandman.

So if you’re after a great night out, grab a group of friends and head to FASHFEST for a mega dose of culture and fun.

Tiered seated tickets, from just $49, are on sale now. FASHFEST will be held at the National Convention Centre Canberra with uber cool after-parties at QT Canberra.