Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes of a Melbourne Cup Fashion Show? Well wonder no more. I had a VIP back stage pass to the hottest show in town. Internationally acclaimed Perth Eco Couture Designer and Artist Zuhal Kuvan-Mills of Green Embassy gives us an access all areas pass.
To be honest, it's unusual that Zuhal is even in the country. She is spending most of her time jetting between runway shows in Paris, Birmingham, Vancouver and New York, just to name a few.
So to have Zuhal home here in Perth for Melbourne Cup was such a treat in itself. But to be up close and personal with her Silent Rainforest collection was totally amazing.
Zuhal describes the collection perfectly by saying, "Silent Rainforest presents a fusion of elegant aesthetics and ethical values. The collection stuns with romantic, feminine pieces in a rich, intriguing palette of crimson, purple, cream and yellow. The use of berries, flowers, tumeric and other natural wonders as opposed to fabric dyes showcases the true colours nature has to offer."
On my way to the event! The twins didn't want me to get ready as much as I did, neither did the puppy dogs for that matter (another story...) But eventually I made it. I chose lace today, you know I don't like the word trending so I'll just say that many other ladies chose lace too. ;-)
Zuhal's amazing hand dyed fabrics, and the girls taking care of makeup with the Silent Rainforest's signature purple pout.
The ever beautiful Olivia Patmore. I love this girl inside and out, she has true inner beauty and is such a natural on the runway. She has style and grace beyond her years and a sweetness just the right age. Love Her!
Olivia's talented hair stylist is Mike Anthony. Mike created some incredible looks on the day, it was truly like watching an artist at work. You can contact Mike on 6161 9839 for bookings. But book early, Mike is in demand and it's easy to see why.
That's the amazing Claire using only eco hair styling products, in line with Zuhal's eco fashion ethos. More amazing styles, as you can see. The use of crimping and then forming buns created a mystical and etherial look that I have always thought would go hand in hand with this collection. I was so thrilled to see the girls building these stunning looks. To book Claire or to find out more about organic hair products from Natulique call 0424 368 779.
Zuhal doing last minute fittings preshow.
The incredible natural colours of Silent Rainforest.
Beautiful Olivia in Strelitzia. A vegan silk bodycon dress with structured origami-style folds at the waiste. It's simple and stunning. The elasticized smocked back makes it as comfortable as it is beautiful. This looks like the perfect Christmas lunch dress to me.
The Solanum Gown. So Spectacular. It's silk chiffon with an organic cotton lining. It's timeless and elegant and in the flesh it's simply breathtaking. I feel like we're moments away from seeing this gown on a red carpet.
No two pieces of Zuhal's designs will ever be the same. They are meticulously hand dyed, so each pattern will be unique. In a world were so little in original, this is. It's the perfect marriage of fashion and art. Zuhal's daughter is wearing the Saintpaulia Gown.
Passiflora Ball/Wedding Gown. A fitting finale to a breathtaking show. Women literally gasped as this extraordinary piece walked by. Actually the crowd was applauding from the first gown until the last. Such a testiment to the heart and soul that Zuhal Kuvan-Mills puts into every piece she designs for Green Embassy.
I had goosebumps watching this show and get goosebumps just remembering it. These pieces have been in Vogue and we've seen them at a free Perth fashion show. Honestly. I'm still pinching myself!
Couldn't help but cuddle this lady at the end of the show, and Zuhal, I can't thank you enough for the Green Embassy experience. I truly look forward to working with you over and over again!
I know you will want to see more of Zuhal's designs (honestly you will die!! made in Perth designer fashion featured in Vogue magazine!!!) and more pics from Vogue and videos from shows, so here are the links, enjoy!!