It’s not all about the honey puffs and Zorba. Brisbane’s annual cultural festival Paniyiri will this year feature an epic fashion showcase.

Designer Kerry Xynias is at the helm of the Paniyiri fashion parade which will be staged as part of this year’s event and says their focus is on showing the crowd what can be bought locally rather than needing to shop online or overseas.

“I know the fashion industry is suffering so I thought it was good to show people what we have hear and what you can buy locally,” says Xynias.

“We’re presenting formal, day-wear, active-wear and some menswear, as well as childrens-wear — there’s something for everyone.”

Labels including kaftan line Nancy King, Brisbane’s House of Lyons, mens tees LA Kingsford, young fashion Cameo and Willow and active label My Formation will be among those presented, as well as Xynias’ own label, which she has run for many years, including a stint in London where she designed and made wedding dresses and worked with clients such as Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.

The pinnacle of Xynias’ collection will be a beaded chantilly lace gown with vintage lucite flowers which is estimated to be worth around $15,000.

Designs by Kerry Xynias

Designs by Kerry Xynias

The Paniyiri Fashion Parade event will be staged at The Greek Club – on Friday May 16 at 7pm. (Adults $25, children under 13 free, allocated seating on booking – 07 3844 1166).

Paniyiri

Date: Saturday May 24 from 12noon AND Sunday May 25 from 10am

Location: Musgrave Park & The Greek Club, Edmondstone St, South Brisbane

Info: www.paniyiri.com or 07 3844 1166

Tickets: $10 Adults (13+), $3 all Pensioners, Children FREE – tickets available online at www.paniyiri.com