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Designers' creations turning heads

DRESSING models in her headbands is a piece of cake, but Tweed Heads designer Cassandra Nest is having a hard time finding something to wear for herself.

Ms Nest will show off her hair accessories and ankle cuffs at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival in Brisbane tomorrow night.

The 21-year-old will team with Varsity Lakes dress designer Angela Van Veen for their first festival together.

They will be representing fashion store Upstairs on Wickham with four other designers.

“We've got three different headbands and three dresses picked out. But I have no idea what to wear myself,” Ms Nest said.

Their combinations will be displayed during the Queensland Government Innovation show alongside six other fashion stores at Brisbane City Hall.

Pieces will include an A-line white silk chiffon dress with a beaded lace bib accompanied by a pink chiffon and silk mix headpiece and matching ankle cuffs, and a black lace rouched strapless cocktail dress accompanied by a purple chiffon and silk mix headpiece and matching ankle cuffs.

“The exposure for us is huge,” Ms Nest said.

“It all began as something I would make for myself and friends. Headbands have really taken off in the last year and I've been selling them online and in local stores for the past six months.

Tomorrow will be Ms Nest's second fashion show and Ms Van Veen's first.

“We met at Spotlight where Angela works. I'm always in there buying materials for my headbands and she asked me what I was using them for. I gave her my business card and we went from there,” Ms Nest said.

The Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival attracts 15,000 people over six days.

National and international designers and retailers including Akira, Lisa Ho, Kirrily Johnston, and Flamingo Sands are scheduled to be at the festival.

Festival director Lindsay Bennett said the four-year-old festival has established itself as a prestigious fashion event for Queensland.

“We at the festival believe that if ever there was a time to celebrate creativity, flair and hard work, it's right now,” Mr Bennett said.

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