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Style Circle at Venn

Betty Tran. Photo: Matthew Tompsett

Queen Street's elegant Venn Bar rooftop played host to Perth Fashion Festival's Style Circle last night as the 2012 WA Fashion Awards finalists were announced.

Nine categories were decided on by the Style Circle – a group of 200 industry professionals, makeup artists and stylists – with 37 finalists among models, designers, stylists, bloggers and boutiques.

Perth Fashion Festival director Mariella Harvey-Hanrahan welcomed guests by saying she was excited about the breadth of talent in this year's awards and looked forward to unveiling the winners in 2013.

The Style Circle will again whittle down the nominees and announce the winners at the WA Fashion Awards on February 21 at Brookfield Place, which Ms Harvey-Hanrahan credited as being Perth's most exciting new development.

Most Innovative Designer

Ae'lkemi (Alvin Fernandez)

Flannel (Kristy Lawrence)

Garth Cook (Garth Cook)

Designer For Tomorrow

Tindale (Shelly Tindale)

Zsadar (Shane Newton)

Steph Audino (Stephanie Audino)

Kim Barton (Kim Barton)

Fine Details

Sewellery (Teagan Sewell)

Wild Horses (Natalie Donovan)

Martini + Coz (Erica Allia and Natasha Hinett)

Runway Model of the Year

Gabrielle Sullivan (Chadwick)

Grady Wulff (Chadwick)

Frankie Ellis-Gelati (Vivien's)

Sarah Tilleke (Vivien's)

Evelyn Leckie (Scene)

Jessica Moloney (Scene)

Photographic Model of the Year

Nicole Harrison (Chadwick)

Kimberley Wainscoat (Chadwick)

Steffanie Roberts (Vivien's)

Emily Green (Vivien's)

Hannah Tatum (Scene)

Ayor Chuot (Scene)

Hot New Model Talent

Hannah Collard (Chadwick)

Grady Wulff (Chadwick)

Courtney Eaton (Vivien's)

Mason Roberts (Vivien's)

Talisa Rimland (Scene)

Kelsie De Bruin (Scene)

Creative Edge

Emily Howlett (stylist)

Emma Bergmeier (stylist)

Pippa McManus (fashion illustrator)

Best Fashion Blogger

Bonnie Friday (Bonnie Doran)

Le Fanciulle (Tricia Cheah and Stephanie van der Moezel)

It's Now Cool (Josephine Clough)

Best Dressed Boutique

Zara Bryson (Claremont Quarter)

Hatch (Carillon City)

Varga Girl (Leederville)