Fashion Festival a hit as Finch hits the Catwalk


Townsville’s fashion elite have once again flocked to the front rows of the coveted runway to gaze in fascination at the weird, wacky, and wonderful art produced by various designers.

Allison Byrnes

The Townsville RSL Stadium rolled out the red carpet on May 28 to host the Townsville Fashion Festival’s The Runway presented by Lexus.

The premier fashion event of Queensland ensured the champagne flowed, the jewels sparkled, and makeup touch-ups were on hand for the guests who attended the night of luxurious leisure.

Rachael Finch, Townsville’s very own golden girl, was on hand as the event’s superstar guest, gracing the catwalk prior to the show for the first time in the region since winning the 2004 Queensland Young Model Challenge in the Burdekin.

Saturday night was filled with luxury as guests were treated to champagne, make up and hair touch ups and the opportunity to try on the sparkling jewels on offer at Jewellery By Design Townsville.

Silent auctions were on offer at the Runway event as diamonds, dresses, and gifts galore were bid on.

The festival returned this year as big as ever after a one-year hiatus following the 2014 festival.

The week-long event hosted a maker’s forum for all those creative minds in conjunction with James Cook University and the Townsville City Council, a Myer express beauty function, Chicks at the Flicks, Townsville on Sale, Beauty in the Making photography exhibition, and the Alfresco Fashion on Flinders/ Avant Garde Hair & Makeup Awards.

Townsville welcomed many attendees from out of town for the festival and is also on the express to earning Townsville the up-and-coming fashion city to watch in Australia.

Like the bargain Super Saturday sales held around NRL home games, the Townsville on Sale event over the weekend boosted sales at Castletown, Stockland, and Willows.

Promoting local fashion, culture, and all things beauty and design not only boosts the local economy, but also gives the city a break from the naming and shaming of all things going wrong with the city during the Federal election campaigns.

Backing events which support the local economy and give makers and creators the chance to show off what they are made of is what this wonderful event is all about, and will hopefully continue to do so in future years.