The Ville Fashions on the Field

The Ville Fashions on the Field presented by Townsville Fashion Festival is fast approaching!

‘Saturday, July 29 at The Townsville Cup’

The Fashions on the Field competition will handpick seven fashionistas across six categories to be awarded an incredible prize pool – however only one entrant is set to be crowned the overall winner to be the face of racing fashion in Townsville.


ESCAPE TRAVEL LADY OF STYLE PRIZE Two tickets to Elton John + accommodation in Cairns thanks to Escape Travel, $100 JBD Store dollars, Overnight stay in a Resort Room at the Ville-ResortCasino and Flowers by Malpara Design Studio

NEW PARK SUIT HIRE FASHION LORD PRIZE Winner receives an individually tailored Studio Italia Pure Merino Wool Suit thanks to New Park Suit Hire, a $100 JBD Store Dollars, Overnight stay in a Resort Room at the Ville-Resort-Casino, $100 Escape Travel Voucher and floral button by Malpara Design Studio

TEXTILE QUEEN OF THE CROWN MILLINERY PRIZE Textile Gift Voucher Valued at $200, $100 JBD Store Dollars, Overnight stay in a Resort Room at the Ville-Resort-Casino, a $100 Escape Travel Voucher and florals by Malpara Design Studio

JEWELLERY BY DESIGN REIGNING COUPLE PRIZE 1 x ladies watch and 1 x gents watch and JBD inStore Dollars Total Prize Value $1000, Overnight stay in a Resort Room at the Ville-Resort-Casino and $100 Escape Travel Voucher and florals by Malpara Design Studio

TOWNSVILLE FASHION FESTIVAL WILD CARD Hand selected from the crowd PRIZE $500 CUE voucher and $100 Escape Travel Voucher, $100 JBD Store dollars, Overnight stay in a Resort Room at the Ville-Resort-Casino

THE VILLE- RESORT- CASINO STYLE QUEEN and THE FACE OF THE WRC 2018 PRIZE As the winner you will become the Face of the Winter Racing Carnival 2018. Also included in the prize is $100 JBD Store Dollars, Overnight stay in a Resort Room at the Ville-Resort-Casino, $100 Escape Travel Voucher and florals by Malpara Design Studio. An entry into the Mackay Beach Horse Races Fashions on the Sand Competition. Includes 2 nights’ accommodation (twin Share) and return airfares. The lucky entrant will then compete for the major prize of Accommodation, Flights and entry into the Melbourne Cup’s Fashions on the Field.

R E G I S T R A T I O N Registrations commence at 11.00am and will close at 12.30pm sharp! Registration is $10 per category and must be paid to the cashier in the judging precinct located in The Ville Hotel & Casino Fashionable Fillies Marquee behind the Members Stand. The Fashion Precinct will be located behind the Members bar on the lawns. Entrants will be given a numbered card for the preliminary judging which will take place in the same area and commence at 12.45pm. Winners will be announced and presented at approximately 2.45pm.

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2017 Designer Excellence Award

Naa Shormey Pretszch of Bobel the Label won the designer excellence award at the Townsville Fashion Festival.

The $2500 prize, offered through Townsville City Council’s sister city program, is for a trip to Foshan or Changshu to learn from the Chinese textile industry.

The award was announced at the end of the last night’s metallic-themed event, which saw fashionistas flock to Townsville Stadium to eye off designer clothing, headwear and even handbags.

Ms Shormey Pretzsch registered her label in 2015 and since then has been gathering a following as one of the local designers selling their fashion through Textile Collective.

Designer Naa Shormey Pretzsch won the designer excellence award at the Townsville Fashion Festival.

Story and image via The Townsville Bulletin.

2017 Official Launch

On Friday 11, April the TFF Official Launch Party hosted by Lexus of Townsville was held at the stunning Quayside Terminal and attended by special guests and industry reprentatives. Guests were treated to Bling Bar, mini fashion show, an array of luxury Lexus vehicles while sipping on champagne to celebrate the 2017 Festival line up in May this year. A special thank you to all who made this possible ~ Sponsors, Hair, Makeup, Designers, Committee & Board Members.

View the image gallery here

Wearable Art Townsville

“Creativity is contagious passion” – Einstein

WAT 2017 will present the magical form of wearable art from across Qld and beyond through a highly entertaining stage performance as part of The Townsville Fashion Festival.

Wearable art spreads across many disciplines and will embrace the creative industries within the Townsville region. This leaves the door open to many diverse disciplines such as painting, sculpture, textiles, costuming, engineering and electronics. The wearable art pieces do not have to be practical or commercially viable- just Wearable!

Wat will be an event held as part of Townville Fashion Festival on Friday 26th May 2017 at the Townsville Stadium and promises to delight the audience, presenting spectacular wearable creations alongside professional theatre, dance and music. Tickets going on sale soon!


Hallie has the WINNING LOOK

Hallie Pegg 16, has been named winner of The Look Competition, ambassador for this years event.

Townsville Fashion Festival President Kristin Martin said Hallie “ticked all the boxes”. “In the winner, apart from being a model, you have to be well spoken, you have to have good poise, you have to be down to earth, you have to be nice and get along with everyone,” she said.

Hallie is the face of the festival for 2017 and you will soon be seeing much more from the young local model.

Our Queen Elsa has The Look

OUR very own Queen Elsa will grace the runway at today’s grand final for the Townsville Fashion Festival’s ‘The Look’ competition.

The stunning Jessica Navin, with her ice blue eyes, porcelain skin and long blonde hair, will be one of 10 finalists to sashay down the catwalk from midday — with the winner set to become the face of the festival.

However the 21-year-old model-hopeful already holds the title of the city’s best Elsa look-alike, she’s known around town for bringing unbelievable joy to young Frozen fans appearing at birthday parties as the Disney character after launching her business Enchanted Princess Appearances.

“I started braiding my long hair to the side last year and people would come up to me in the street to say ‘Hey do you know you look like Elsa from Frozen?’,” she said.

From there it snowballed after the former Pimlico State High School student, who also works part time at Juliettes while studying primary education, bought a $350 Elsa dress from a Chinese website and incorporated face painting, story telling, dancing and singing Let It Go into her appearances.

“The joy I bring to little kids faces, that’s why I do it. They’re so innocent and it’s so rewarding to make them feel like they’re in a fantasy world where Elsa has just popped out of the TV,” Jessica said.

“I’ve watched the movie a few times because of all the questions the kids ask — they want to know if I can show them my magic ice powers, but I just tell them Townsville is a bit too hot for that and they believe me, which is so cute.”However nothing prepared Jessica for appearing as Elsa alongside Santa Claus in Flinders St at Townsville City Council’s 2016 Christmas event “Sparkle in the City” — she had hundreds of kids and their parents lining up to meet her and get a photo.


THE Townsville Fashion Festival is looking for new volunteers who will prove the perfect fit.

Outgoing president Madonna Simmons said the festival, which will be held in May, was looking for new committee members and urged anyone interested in fashion to get involved.

“I’ll step down if there’s somebody ready to step up,” she said. “I’d love to see somebody in the industry take on the role.” Ms Simmons said the Townsville Fashion Festival had been running for five years and was growing.

“It’s gone from a one-day event to a week-long event,” she said. “Retail employs more people in this region than mining and other industries. There have been many designs that have graced the catwalks that have done great things.

“Mark Ferguson’s clothes have been stocked in David Jones. The Fashion Festival is an opportunity to showcase that kind of talent.” At tonight’s annual meeting, the festival will look for a new president, secretary and ordinary management committee members.Ms Simmons said the event included not just fashion but related industries such as photography, hairdressing, makeup artistry and wearable art. The annual meeting will be held at 6pm at Townsville Golf Club in Benson St.

Search for The Look


Maddie Crane modelling The Look by Peta C Dressmaking for Townsville’s Fashion Festival. Photo: Submitted


LOOK out for Townsville most stunning young residents popping up on social media from today with the Townsville Fashion Festival launching its model search.

Male and female entrants, aged between 16-30 years old, will have their competition photos uploaded on the TFF Facebook page where the public is encouraged to ‘like’ their favourite entries.

The entrant with the most ‘likes’ will be awarded the people’s choice award, while around 40 entrants will be short-listed to progress to the semi-final on February 16 with judges selecting the top 20 to go through to the final runway event at Stockland Townsville on February 18.

The 2017 TFF winner will be the face of the May 25 to 28 festival, like the 2016 winner Maddie Crane who was a showstopper in the signature Peta C red dress.

“Winning ‘The Look” is about giving a young person exposure and confidence, they’ll be presented with a lot of opportunities like having their image printed on a Lexus, on billboards around town and in all of our marketing material, plus opening the fashion festival on the runway,” TFF spokeswoman Madonna Simmons said.

The week of ALL things fashinable

Today it begins!

The Makers Forum, Express Beauty Night, Fashion Flicks, Girls Night Out, Photography Exhibition, The Runway, Alfresco Fashion on Flinders, Designer Markets, Hair + Makeup Awards.

The week of all things fashinable!

VIP + Front Row seating are SOLD OUT at the The Runway presented by Lexus of Townsville, but you can still get your fashion fix! Tickets on sale NOW

Townsville on SALE 26 -29 May

Townsville will be ON SALE for all things Fashionable, during the Townsville Fashion Festival Event week!

Boasting three major shopping centres of Castletown, Stockland and Willows, the CBD and Domain precincts hosts more than 600 stores collectively and have come together to bring you Townsville on SALE!

Purchase national and international brands from Cue to Nike, Swarovski to Tag, Revlon to Napoleon, Country Road to Target.

Visit ANY of our shopping precincts and snap up the bargains as all things fashionable are ON SALE.

When? 26 – 29 May!