Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Talking the Walk- Telstra Perth Fashion Festival 2016

Once again, the Telstra Perth Fashion Festival has gone past in a total blur!

For me, fashion week begins around three weeks before the events with the first call of duty, castings. I pulled my dusty heels out of the closet (those babies hadn’t been walked in for a while) and attempted to strut my stuff in front of the panel of judges.

 Backstage at Opening night, Flannel clothes
Luckily, this year I managed to get my clumsy self down the runway without incident (believe me it has happened before!) and was lucky enough to be booked for a number of shows. After a week of fittings and a stream of emails, sorry to my amazing agency Chadwicks that could probably better reach me by pigeon or courier; fashion week was already upon us.

On opening night, back stage was a flurry of excitement, hairspray, laughter and beautiful outfits. I had the privilege of working under Mark Vassallo and wore a cream silk dress by Flannel, both of which made the evening very special. Backstage before the first walk of the week I definitely had some nervous goose bumps running down my arms, but I must admit I do love that nervous feeling.  
Backstage at Adam Heath with Ruth Pitman (middle)
and Sarah Tilleke (right) (Stefan Gosatti Photography) 

Wednesday night I had a serious 80’s flashback in the Adam Heath 50 Years of Australian Fashion and Music runway event. I felt like a true prom queen in my purple and blue tulle dress and to top everything off, I got to fulfill every Australian models dream, walking down the catwalk to Men at Work’s Down Under. What more could you want from a runway show!

The Manning Cartell show on Thursday evening was the highlight of my fashion week this year. Meeting the designers back stage made the evening so personal and it felt like a backstage family party. Walking the runway in my silver and white cocktail dress I felt a certain confidence that could have only come from the clothes.

Backstage nerves at Manning Cartell. Photo: Ivanna Fontana 
Manning Cartell Runway. Photo: The Social Pages 

Friday night called for Future Runway where the Curtin fashion graduates got to showcase their work. This night was quirky, fun and full of funky fashion. I was lucky enough to be selected to open the show for this runway and backstage I was buzzing with excitement, while also hoping I wasn’t going to trip and start the show on the floor. It was a very memorable moment to be the first one out into the lights. In the show I wore two pieces the first was a design made by Georgia Sharman and was based on skin, featuring a turtle neck shirt, detailed vest and flowing skirt and the second was a layered blue evening gown dress with embroidery around the neck, by Lucy Mitchell.  The crowd at this show was so welcoming and there were small cheers for every girl who walked out onto the catwalk by designer’s friends and family and this was something I was thrilled to be a part of.
Future Runway: Lucy Mitchell Design
(photo by @inlovewithdotdotdot) 

Future Runway: Georgia Sharman.
(photo by @gshrmncreate) 

My last night at Perth Fashion Festival this year was one to remember as I got to walk for Empire Rose. Backstage was a real laugh as we got our huge puffy blonde wigs on; little quirks like this are what make Fashion Festival so fun! In a mist of smoke, I walked out onto the catwalk in some amazing rose gold glitter pants and a bomber jacket to “Pure Imagination” off the Willy Wonka sound track, which made the event pure magic.

Backstage at Empire Rose. Photo: Part Blue Photography 
Empire Rose Runway. Photo: Sherin Carter

Fashion week once again has been full of laughs, fun and beautiful fashion. Couldn’t thank all involved enough for creating such a memorable week where I didn’t stop smiling, well except for on the runway where you have to get your blue steel face on instead! Until next year Telstra Perth Fashion Festival, it’s been grand.

Words by Nush Freedman 

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Telstra Perth Fashion Festival 2016

It’s one of our favourite times of the year in the Colosoul office. 

The Telstra Perth Fashion Festival for 2016 starts today and runs until the 25th of September.

The festival is set to be an electrifying and dynamic event and we can’t wait to see the local, national and international designers that will be showcased! 

A few snaps from WA Born that were captured by our Lepak Media team  

Here are some of the designers and events that we’re looking forward to seeing:

Tiffany- “I’m really looking forward to seeing Dion Lee and I CAN’T WAIT for Manning Cartell. That is my favourite show to see each year!”

Doug: I’m really looking forward to the Myer lunch event! And Jennifer Hawkins is going to be there which I am so excited about! 

Nush: “I’ll be walking in the festival this year which I’m really excited about!

What I am most looking forward to about the Fashion Festival working with all the incredible people that make this event possible. I’m really looking forward to seeing Empire Rose’s collection!

Ashton: I’m really looking forward to the Topshop event on Friday. I love the clothes in Topshop so it’ll be awesome to see their latest collection! 

Frances: I'm really looking forward to the Re-Style event on Saturday that will be showcasing revamped and restyled vintage op shop clothes in Perth. 

WA Born 2016- MC Jordan Bruno

WA Born MC Jordan Bruno gives the Colosoul blog an insight into how he was feeling ahead of his first MC gig....

I'm really excited about tonight. A little bit nervous because this is my first time MC'ing a function .

It's going to be a really good event. I can't wait to get started on hosting tonight.

What attracted me to being MC tonight was knowing how hard it is to get into the creative industry.

I studied property and finance at University and have a passion for media and food

To see an organisation like Colosoul, which opens up these options for young people is quite a special and amazing place to be a part of.

Another thing I'm excited about seeing tonight is all the emerging artists. 

There's so much great West Australia talent going to be shown tonight. 

Colosoul is something that I hope to be apart of in the future and I feel really privileged to be included in this event.

Monday, 19 September 2016

WA Born 2016- Nush

Social Media Assistant Nush Freedman gives the Colosoul blog an insight into what was happening back stage at WA Born 2016....

I started at about 10 this morning

It's been a really good day. Everyone has been really organised and it hasn't been too stressful.

It's going to be a really good show.

I helped set up this morning and have been making sure all of the clothes are on the right racks.

Tonight I am going to be dressing everyone, so there will be a lot of naked girls running around everywhere!

Then later on tonight, I'll be out for a party!

These girls are pros already.

I was watching them practice on the runway and they've all got a really good strut on them

They're all going to be really sweet.  I'm really excited for tonight!
Social Media Assistants Ashton (left) and Nush (right) get a quick selfie in backstage! 

WA Born 2016- Models Morgan and Bella

WA Born models Morgan and Bella preparing to strut the catwalk! 
WA Born models Morgan and Bella give an insight into how they were feeling ahead of strutting their stuff on the runway....


I heard about this fashion show about three weeks ago.

I hadn't heard about Colosoul before.

After doing a bit of research into the magazine, I really wanted to get here and get in the show.

I've done about six fashion parades before, so I saw this as a great opportunity to get experience.

I'm so excited! I'm having such a great time already.


Tonight is my first time modelling!

I know someone from Colosoul who got me into the show.

She told me all about the show and I thought it was an amazing opportunity.

Modelling is something I hope to go on and pursue in the future.

It's going to be such a great night. I'm really excited to be apart of it!

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Words from Renee Campbell-Sobers

It's my first week here at Colosoul and I'm feeling pretty good about everything.

What attracted me to working at Colosoul was the opportunity to work in different departments at the same time.

Even though I haven't been here for long, I know that I'm going to learn a lot while I'm here which I'm really excited about.

I can't exactly decide what I want to do once I'm done with Uni, so it's going to be great to do a bit of Marketing, PR and Social Media while I'm here.  

So far in my job, I've taken some videos on "my story" for the Colosoul Instagram page. This was of the photoshoot that happened at the end of last week.

Today I've been helping Alexis (Marketing Assistant) find suppliers for the cafe that's going to be opening up in Subiaco soon.

It's a bit hard because we're trying to get a lot of places to donate things. A lot of them are not enthusiastic about giving away free stuff which is fair enough, but it just makes things that little harder.

But I'm really enjoying my time here so far and I can't wait to learn so much more.

Words from Luisa Greechan

I've joined Colosoul Group a few months ago when I lost my job. In my search for a job, I came across Colosoul, applied and the rest is history.

I started as a mentor for Fox Feet and La Mods modelling agency and only recently I've decided to take the role of Online Media Marketing.

We need to push a good marketing campaign as many people here in WA don't know who we are and what Colosoul does.

And we are here to stay and achieve great things for our youth, our community!!!

I'm currently talking to bloggers and sending emails to people about our events.

Basically just putting the word out there about who we are.

Also, I will be in charge of the marketing campaign on our new Indiegogo campaign which is due in a few weeks. Stay tuned for that one!

I'm very passionate about this cause and I'm determined to make it work.

I don't know how I will make it happen, but I will get there.

Monday, 12 September 2016

Toastface Grillah

Today has been really cold and chilly.

Weather like this plus Mondays don't usually agree with me that well. In order to fix this, I decided that I needed something warm and delicious for lunch to help brighten my day.

After further discussing this problem with my fellow Colosoul Social Media Assistants Doug and Nush, we decided that the best solution was to head around the corner to Toastface Grillah for a delicious and warm toasted sandwich.

Toastface Grillah is a hip, laneway cafe specialising in gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches and coffee.

Hundreds of Perthians visit the cafe each day to indulge in various different toasted sandwich options, which are guaranteed to leave your mouth watering.

I have a bit of a special spot for their grilled cheese and vegemite toasties, but my other recommendation is the 'Ol' faithful'.  A smoked ham, cheddar, sweet pickle radish toastie on grain bread. DELICIOUS!!!!

Nush experienced the 'Ol' Faithful' today for the first time and said that it was 'AMAZING!' (photo evidence is below.)

We thank Toastface Grillah for being the go-to place for lunch in the Colosoul office and are forever grateful for giving us memorable toastie experiences that we will forever remember.

You can find Toastface Grillah on the corner of Barrack St and Wellington St in the Perth CBD.

Opening hours are Monday to Friday from 7am-4pm, Saturday from 9am-4pm and Sunday 9am-3pm.

- Words by Ashton Taylor

Words from Sophia van Gent

My name is Sophia and I work in the editorial team at TeenSoul.

At the moment I'm working with about 30 kids in Mandurah to put together a special edition for TeenSoul.

We started the program a month ago with the kids deciding to write about film. They're pretty excited about coming up with their different topics and brainstorming who they can interview.

The teams are very creative and they need an avenue like this to express their creativity, which is why working with these kids is amazing.

I'm really excited to see what they come up with.

We're also working on the next issue which is in graphic design that TeenSoul's two graphic designers have been working on. I've seen drafts and I'm really looking forward to seeing what the final product looks like.

On top of this, we've also got a few editorial things to do today.

I'm feeling pretty good about everything at the moment.  There's a great team within TeenSoul and there's some pretty good things coming up, so I look forward to see what direction TeenSoul is heading in.

Words from Emily Clark

My name is Emily and I work with The Basement Gallery.

Right now, I'm doing a blog on upcoming exhibitions and shows in Perth.

We want to go out and do some more reviews  so it'll be great to get the blog sorted ASAP.

Today, I'm really annoyed though.

The internet isn't working and I've got quite a few things that I have to do.

Hopefully, it'll be working soon.

But besides that, I'm good.

I've been here at Colosoul for a few months and I'm really enjoying my time here. It's something a little different to my other job, but it's a whole lot of fun.

Words from Tiffany Kennedy

Everything seems like it's going well at the moment.

I'm working on some stuff for WA Born, next year's charity ball, Greta Photo Book and Vashti.

It's also the Fashion Festival in Perth right now, so everything is going on at the moment!

WA Born is this Saturday as well and I feel as though everything will work out.

Although we are all getting at each other and saying that we're not going to get this done, it's going to get done.

I feel a bit relaxed though because for some reason, everything works out. It always does.

Friday, 9 September 2016

Words from Tricia Ray

It's that time of the week called Friday.

However, it never seems to be any different to any other day of the week for me because I have so much to do and I never have enough time to get it all done.

Unfortunately, the internet is being rather slow again and it's freaking frustrating to save the least- not just for me but everyone else too!

Hopefully, we will have it sorted by next week. I am listening to Eminem in the background which seems to be the music choice this arvo. It can be quite varied here at Colosoul.

It can be a little embarrassing when adult visitors come in to meet everyone and are looking at what we are doing here, suddenly the music flips to swearing or sexual lyrics and the like. We have to implement a more low-key music tone before 3pm.


Words from Olivia Senior

Colosoul writer Olivia Senior gives us an insight into how she's going in writing her article on mental health.... 

My name is Olivia Senior and I am a writer at Colosoul Magazine.

Today I'm writing an article about mental health. Today is "R U OK Day" as well, so it perfectly coincides in me wanting to spread awareness about the issue.

I believe that there is still a stigma attached to mental health. Especially with men, there needs to be more awareness in society about mental health.

I'm feeling a bit stressed about writing the article because you've got to give the article justice. Hopefully it works out alright. I've got today to do it, so it should be alright. I've got 5 hours or so.

I've spoken to a few people who suffer from mental illness and a few experts as well. Hopefully, the message gets out there and spreads the issue just that little bit further.

I still have to get photos and stuff for it, but I'm going to try and smash it out today so I can get it finished and edit.

I just hope the article will spread awareness about the issue!

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Words from Tegan Edwards

Team leader for POP Creative Tegan Edwards tells the Colosoul blog about what she's been working on in the office today....

My name is Tegan Edwards and I am the team leader for POP Creative.

I'm not feeling too bad today. Actually, I'm feeling a little stressed because I have a lot to do.

My current role as team leader sees me spread across a number of different areas within POP Creative which includes administration and design.

Some of my tasks involve emailing, liaising with clients and other departments, checking in with the other designers and concentrating on my own design work.

Today I've been preparing a whole lot of invoices, which is proving to be a bit difficult. I'll get there though!

I've also been helping to prepare information on POP Creative so we can go out and approach businesses and potential clients. Our information will include our costs and what services POP Creative can offer.

Working in all of these different areas allows me to improve my leadership, business, organisational and design skills.

It's really great to be able to dabble in so many areas at Colosoul, and as I learn so many new things every day I'm here.

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Words from Ashton Taylor

Colosoul Social Media Assistant Ashton Taylor tells the Colosoul blog how she's feeling in her third week of working at Colosoul.... 

Today I came into work feeling a little uneasy. I didn’t really have a good week last week as my anxiety levels got the better of me. But I really wanted to come into Colosoul because I’m learning so much and I don’t want to stop learning!

Last week I had a bit of an anxiety attack. I’m usually quite a happy and bubbly person who makes the most of everything that comes my way. However, last week things just got the better of me.  But as I usually do, I keep going. Life is too short to get upset for too long!

I’ve been put in charge of doing the blog at Colosoul and learning how to write in a particular way is proving to be a bit of a challenge. I’m used to writing in a way that is more descriptive, but I’m slowly getting there and it’s something I’m working really hard at doing.

Colosoul is teaching me how to work past my anxiety and to continually work hard at everything that I do.

It’s my third week of working at Colosoul and I’m slowly getting my head around things. I’m really enjoying my time here and I can’t wait to learn so much more. 

Thursday, 1 September 2016

Words from Alexis Kittler

Colosoul Marketing Assistant Alexis Kittler tells the Colosoul blog how she's feeling about the preparations for the upcoming Colosoul Cafe.... 

I am the Colosoul Marketing Assistant for the new Colosoul cafe and I am currently in charge of gaining sponsorship for the cafe.

The cafe will be based in the heart of Subiaco and I'm feeling a little bit on edge about everything.

It's fine though. I've been going into this alone, but I've been asking lots of advice from my university lecturer. Particularly in knowing how to approach people for sponsors.

The cafe will be selling freshly baked goodies, treats, coffees, tea e.t.c

We will also be incorporating "The Gap" and the mentoring programs that Colosoul offers. It will give people work experience and opportunities in areas such as coffee making, baking and even financial management . It will also train people vocationally through AusStudy.

Everyone is working really hard in gaining funding and exposure for the cafe.

I'm hoping for a successful start up, and that all the hard work will pay off.

Words from Tricia Ray

Our Colosoul CEO Trica Ray tells the Colosoul blog how she's feeling in the Colosoul office today... 

Some think that because I am the CEO that I should always have it together. Well, I look like I do most of the time. If I don't, then I quickly get myself back on track before anyone has time to notice.

Due to a major tragedy that I had in March, I have unfortunately incurred a dose of depression and high anxiety from the event. It has definitely made it a lot harder for me to remain focused.

At times I find myself staring at my computer thinking how do I possibly motivate myself now?

Oh that's right! We have $50,000 to raise for our much needed move into Subiaco. How the hell are we going to succeed in doing that?

Well, we have our Indiegogo campaign running and I really hope people are going to support us and give into it.

We have never done a crowd funding campaign before and so far it's not proving to be that easy.

Just as well I am an extreme optimist, so I will keep hoping.

- Tricia Ray (Colosoul CEO)