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A lavish Government House garden party launches Melbourne Fashion Festival


It was a glorious evening for a garden party. Government House hosted hundreds of fashion lovers for the launch of the Melbourne Fashion Festival – also known as VAMFF.

50 Shades Darker actor Bella Heathcote flew home from LA to enjoy the fashionable event where couture from some of our greats was on display in the grand surrounds including Viktoria and Woods, Alannah Hill and Lisa Barron.

After a number of speeches, canapes were in abundance and champagne flowed, as fashion lovers chilled on white deck chairs peppered around the  gushing fountain.

Other guests included Jo Hall, Jessica Gomes, Olympia Valance, Nunzio Bagnato, Silvana Phillipoussis, Brit Davis, Dom Bagnato, Jodi Anasta and of course, Governor Linda Dessau.

Over the next 19 days a massive program of events, seminars, workshops, exhibitions, soirees, showcases and the hugely popular, and often sold-out, Premier Runways will be staged.

Donna Demaio chatted with some fashionable peeps gathered on the pristine lawns of Government House.

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