Thursday the 24th of August, Kent and I were delighted to be invited back to K&L Gates; last time we were learning about fashion law (read details here), and this time around, it’s a fashion event – Cocktails and Couture with Kacey/Devlin.
As a long term sponsor of Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival (VAMFF), K&L Gates had organised this cocktail party to congratulate and introduce the newly crowned winner of National Designer Award – Kacey/Devlin by Kacey Devlin to Sydney’s fashion enthusiasts. It was an intimate event and we were provided with vivid coloured ‘strawberry champagne’, wine or beer and a variety of delicious canapes.
Guests mingled with one another before the ‘in conversation with Kacey/Devlin’ started then we all moved closer to the stage and joined the conversations with Kacey Devlin and Lisa Egan, Partner of K&L Gates.
What I loved personally was that Kacey was open and very confident in the conversations; to me, this talented young lady was clearly focused and she definitely treated fashion as a serious business. What I have learnt in her design journey – from an UTS design student to a fashion powerhouse on the international stage? To have ‘a business plan’ is just as important as the design skill itself.
Come questions from the floor; Kent, as the director of Street Fashion Sydney which is among the top 20 men’s street fashion blogs worldwide, asked if Kacey/Devlin ‘would be launching men’s wear sometime soon?’ ‘Not at the moment.’ Kacey replied. Well I guess that the gentlemen will have to wait.
Later, when we had a chance to chat with and congratulate Kacey, I said to her ‘I like it that you call the fashion designer a “problem solver!”‘ ‘We are problem solvers, so are chefs!’ Said Kacey. Well when you think about it, a fashion designer has to find a way to flatter different body shapes and so they ARE problem solvers in a way! And I was most impressed by Kacey’s focus energy and her ‘can do’ attitude – this was KD’s second application to National Designer Award and thanks to her understanding of fashion business, she succeed the second time around.
‘The world is her oyster!’ As I said to Kent.
We are happy and proud to see Australian designers take on the international fashion stage especially all Kacey/Devlin garments are Australian made, so we wish Kacey/Devlin all the very best! To view more pictures from this event, simply check out Kent’s Street Fashion Sydney post here!
Thank you again K&L Gates for your invite and hosting an informative yet a fun fashion event!
Main photo from the left to right: Lisa Egan, Kacey Devlin and myself. Photo credit: Kent Johnson