Fashion Saturday Garden Party – Westfield Hornsby

Be a fashionista for an afternoon with free front row seats at the Autumn Winter fashion show. Complimentary high tea, champagne glass in one hand and pen and paper in the other, and you’ll be set at Hornsby Westfield’s Fashion Saturday Garden Party that was held on Saturday March 1, 2014.

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Fashion Saturday hit Westfields in Sydney on March 1, offering a staggering amount of sales for the upcoming Autumn Winter collection to celebrate Australia Weekend Fashion Launch 2014.

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After booking online and securing two of 65 seats, my friend and I dashed through the pouring rain to the marquee located next to the iconic fountain in the middle of Westfield Hornsby.

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We had our names marked off and was given a glass of OJ in a flute. How classy!. Unfortunately the green floor was absolutely soaked so that was a shame.

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Tables of four with stands of high tea, including scones served with jam and cream (average) , ham and cheese sandwiches (normal), red velvet cupcakes (delicious) and macarons (yum) were politely waiting for us. It made us feel quite important!

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We didn’t really start eating until the fashion show started because we weren’t sure if there were gaps between the 5 collections. Of course we weren’t really here for the food but the fashion…

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The cherry blossom theme gave a light touch to the runway.

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The show started with Kristie Denny opening the parade. She explained that we would see clothes from stores in Westfield and also pointed out that there was a whole list of deals solely for Fashion Saturday.

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There were around 8 models and 5 shows. It started pretty late, 11:15 instead of 11, and ended at 11:40. Unfortunately due to the wet weather we only got to see 3.. a bit of a disappointment but what can we do. There was a lot of stuff from Sussan, Jeanswest, Dotti, Country Road to name a few.

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The kids with the balloons were so adorable! They were wearing Bonds a lot.

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There were also two other sessions and with one hour styling sessions to follow if you were up for it.

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Review Rating: =D  =)  =|  =(

Product (Fashion Saturday Garden Party): =)

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Value: =)

Would I go to  Fashion Saturday Garden Party again? I would send an email straight to marketing for their next one. Although the fashion wasn’t too ‘new’ in my terms, it was nice seeing and experiencing how a small scaled fashion show works.

Would I donate the money I saved to a charity? Look, if it was a $15 donation I would still go. Everything was nicely set and quite professional for something free of charge. The layout was very simple and there were no complaints in terms of viewing, etc. It was just a shame that it was pouring rain!

Highlight: The kids on the runway! We have a theory that it was one of the female model’s children because there was an elder lady talking to the children afterwards who looked like that female model. Anyways, they ere both quite shy but knew their queues. So adorable. Seeing what the stores displayed was quite interesting too because I have seen most of it in their stores. Models just make everything prettier. Daym.

Suggestion of Improvement: to be frank, I don’t think the fashion show showcased ‘new trends’. It was more a display of basics and everyday clothes. There wasn’t anything new we hadn’t seen in previous years but I guess that was the point- to encourage locals to purchase from the stores at Westfield Hornsby. It was supposedly a Autumn Winter collection, however we didn’t see any coats or scarves, or even accessories. There was a lot of cute things but nothing extraordinary. Also would’ve been nice to see all 5 collections and have pens to jot down notes..

Ends: March 1, 2014, but I think it runs every season.

Link: http://www.westfield.com.au/hornsby/events/2518

Angela Bee

FREE Individual Styling sessions – Westfield Hornsby

Has your body shape changed over the past few months or even years? Bridie offers FREE styling sessions at Westfield Hornsby for fashion days, weekends and events.

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Fashion Saturday hit Westfield’s in Sydney on March 1, offering a staggering amount of sales for the upcoming Autumn collection in stores with clothing, accessories and shoes to celebrate Australia Weekend Fashion Launch 2014.

After receiving the newsletter from Westfield Hornsby about the individual styling sessions, I emailed the marketing department to secure a place.

To be honest, I didn’t have anything prepared or even have a vague idea of what he stylishness going to talk about so I arrived a bit early to check out the set up in front of David Jones.

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Cherry blossoms were the theme for Autumn this year and the dresses were styled accordingly. Pretty.

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There was a lot of advertising around Westfield for this occasion but you’ll need to register online via email beforehand. Otherwise, see the concierge for more booking information. The wet weather racked up a few free spaces.

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Bridie first asked what I was looking for in this session. I found out hat these sessions are for people who may have had a body shape change, for example if you had a baby recently, or if your ageing, growing, lost or gained a bit of weight recently, this would be perfect for you. She has children herself.

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Everyone needs their basics and Bridie is the one to help you discover what you like. Looking at my figure, she noticed that I should wear more high waisted pants and shirts, and maybe wear tops and blazers that give shape to my shoulders.

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It was great because her job was to look at all the stores at Westfield Hornsby, see what kind of clothes they have, and matching it with people with similar styles. She recommended Witchery, Country Road and Jeans West for me.

It was a quick 15 minute session but we also discussed a lot about fashion or and events at Westfield. In some ways, it was great making that connection and knowing what he basics in a normal wardrobe. I guess mine is full of clothes bought overseas so I have all the funky baggy pants, exotic dresses and random tops and nothing structured.

Hornsby Westfield also offers hour long sessions where you go to different stores and personally help you choose clothes. That might’ve been more hands on and fun but I didn’t have enough time.

Samantha Jade also performed live in a tent in the pouring rain.

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Review Rating: =D  =)  =|  =(

Product (Free individual styling sessions at Westfield Hornsby): =)

Ambience: =)

Service: =)

Value: =)

Would I go to a free styling session again? I feel like I’m going through the an hour of a makeover day on The Biggest Loser. If you’re going through a body change then this would be perfect for you. Normally I don’t really pay much attention to my body shape so this was quite useful and get to know which basics I should have.

Would I donate money to go to a styling session? I don’t really know how much these usually cost? Anyway, if you have fashionable friends then they could probably do the job too. A gold coin donation wouldn’t hurt.

Highlight: talking with Bridie was pretty good and seeing her perspectives and wanting to help people like what they like. You could how much research she had done knowing all the different styles of clothes and from which stores.

Suggestion of improvement: there were a few people approaching us and asking if there were any extra places. Eventually someone did come and help those who wanted a session out. Perhaps a help desk close by would’ve been more ideal.

Ends: Saturday March 1, 2014 but should happen at the start of every season.
Link: http://www.westfield.com.au/hornsby/events

Angela Bee