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Interview with Australian fashion designer Rachel Gilbert

Fab Exclusive: 5 Minutes with Rachel Gilbert Pre-RAFW!

This your first year showing at RAFW, how is it different from an ordinary fashion show?
Yes, this is my first year showing at RAFW — it’s very exciting and nerve racking at the same time.
Everything is different, this is it, it's full blown!! There’s more dresses, sponsorship, hair and makeup, styling, runway design, seating plans and everything in between.

What can we expect from Rachel Gilbert Spring/Summer ‘10/11?
Powerful, dominant, and stunningly beautiful pieces. This collection shows everything from structured and hard edge designs to juxtaposing soft, feminine silk styles that work harmoniously together.

You’ve dressed countless celebrities and are known for your red carpet-worthy frocks, what does the Rachel Gilbert girl wear on her down time?
A Rachel Gilbert girl is comfortable and chic, she loves a good pair of jeans, a loafer and blazer, and she knows no outfit is complete without accessories!

Any exciting models or celebs involved with your show this year either in the parade or front row?
Both! Very excited to have Samantha Harris (Australian model and Vogue cover girl) and Tallulah Morton will open the show for a bit of bang! My front row is eclectic and very Sydney, everyone from John Ibrahim and Peter Morrissey to Didier Cohen and Leith Testoni.

What was your inspiration for this new collection?
The inspiration for the RAFW collection came from the diversity of women. Women are at once strong and full of love and passion. The combination of classic silk fabrics and intricate hand-beading using crystals, jewels, stones and sequins and embroidery complete and complement the collection.

What’s the first thing you’re going to do after RAFW?
Jump on the next flight to Bali!!

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