Camilla Franks puts on a brave face after breast cancer diagnosis

Sarah Carty
Senior Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer

Australian fashion designer Camilla Franks has stunned with an appearance at Fashion Week Australia, just one week after revealing she has been diagnosed with breast cancer.

The 42-year-old, who gave birth to her first child, Luna Gypsy, in January, closed out Fashion Week Australia with a triumphant Japanese-inspired show, that dazzled fans at Carriageworks in Sydney.

Inspired by her travels of Japan last year, the room was totally transformed with decorative silk fabric draped from the roof, a tea ceremony on arrival, thousands of pink flowers covering the floor and the pièce de résistance was a massive cherry blossom tree in the middle of the room.

Camilla Franks made an emotional appearance at Fashion Week Australia. Photo: Getty Images
The designer revealed last week that she has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Photo: Getty Images
She held hands with kids dressed in her designs as she made her way out on to the runway. Photo: Getty Images
A massive cherry blossom tree stood tall in the middle of the room. Photo: Getty Images

Guests like Michelle Bridges, Samantha Jade, Phoebe Burgess and Jessica Gomes were treated to a Camilla-style dreamland, with models in colourful kaftans, swimsuits and embellished dresses walking to the mesmerising sounds of the Japanese koto.

However, it was the designer’s appearance at the end of the show that had the whole room on their feet, applauding the woman who only confirmed hours before the show that she would indeed be walking out in front of the crowd.

Looking stunning in an elegant red kaftan, Camilla beamed from ear-to-ear at the show, as she held hands with children, who looked precious in the designer’s creations.

She stopped at the end of the runway and hugged her models, while giving her adoring fans a wave.

Her Fashion Week appearance came just one week after she took to her Instagram account to reveal that she would remain ‘resilient’ as she prepares to cut down to working three times a week, and beginning treatment ‘very shortly’.

She mesmerised with a dazzling show. Photo:  Sonny Vandevelde 
Before the show, Camilla posed with her partner and her baby girl, Luna Gypsy. Photo:  Sonny Vandevelde 


“I start on this journey humble but resilient; I would be lying if I said I wasn’t scared but I am fearlessly determined to do whatever it takes by focusing on my body, mind and spirit as I take my first trusting steps towards recovery,” the designer said.

“Many of my wider CAMILLA tribe have already been on this journey themselves and I know will be an inspiration to me as I begin mine.

“As you know, my beautiful daughter Luna arrived a few months ago, and it is her smile and warmth that remind me this is a challenge I will embark on with courage – for her and my fiancé as well as myself,” she continued in her statement.

“With the incredible love and support of my little family I have no doubt I will beat this.

“I am so grateful for those around me, who have already been such an amazing support to me following this news.”

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