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We wish you Safety, Good Health, Happiness, Prosperity and Good Fortune.

May they all be with you in the coming year.

   HAPPY DIWALI!

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To mark Emirates’ milestone of 20 years of operation in Australia, Emirates has aptly announced Australia as the theme of its highly anticipated Birdcage marquee at this year’s Melbourne Cup Carnival.

Emirates will welcome guests through the doors of its classic Australian homestead inspired marquee, taking inspiration from its local destinations – Perth, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney – into an interior filled with vibrant flora and fauna including eucalyptus mint, waratahs, kangaroo paws and cockatoos – a true nod to our diverse countryside.

“Emirates wanted to mark its 20-year anniversary of operations in Australia and what better way than bringing Australiana to The Birdcage. We are excited to celebrate the home of the Melbourne Cup Carnival as part of our 13th year as Principal Partner of the Emirates Melbourne Cup, and 19th year of involvement with the Victoria Racing Club,” said Barry Brown, Emirates Divisional Vice President – Australasia.  

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To create the design, Emirates has collaborated with Head Designer of Bazmark Inq, Silvana Azzi Heras, who has worked alongside Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin for the past 18 years, to create a classic Australian homestead for Emirates’ guests to enjoy.

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The spectacular and avant-garde creations of international luxury fashion house, Viktor&Rolf, will be showcased in a world-first exhibition developed in collaboration with the National Gallery of Victoria.  

As self-confessed outsiders of the fashion world, since forming their artistic partnership in 1992, fashion artists Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren have gained critical acclaim for their rebellious approach to design, technical virtuosity, and deep knowledge of fashion history. Throughout their illustrious twenty-year career, Viktor&Rolf have carved a contradictory identity that pushes the boundaries between art and fashion, often contrasting romance and violence, exuberance and control, classicism and rebellion.

 The duo have become renowned for their experimental runway shows, including their 1999 ‘Russian Doll’ runway show in which model Maggie Rizer was progressively dressed by the designers in nine different layers and 2003’s ‘One Woman Show’ fashion collection inspired by actress and muse Tilda Swinton, in which the actress herself appeared amidst a runway of models made up in her likeness.

 The exhibition will feature some of the most show-stopping and innovative works by the Dutch design duo. These will include over 35 haute couture pieces from the designers’ collections, presented alongside earlier designs from the Viktor&Rolf archive and international museum collections.

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The Australian Fashion Report, due to be released on Thursday, shows that Fairtrade labels are again receiving top marks when it comes to protecting the rights of farmers and workers with Fairtrade certified brands Etiko and Audrey Blue topping the table as the only two Australian labels to be awarded A+ grades for the second year in a row.

The report, published by Baptist World Aid Australia, assesses 87 Australian apparel companies, on four key elements of labour rights management: policies, knowing suppliers, auditing and supplier relationships and worker empowerment. Just as they did in 2015, the only two brands to achieve an A+ grade are Etiko and Audrey Blue – both proudly Fairtrade certified labels. The consistently high marks received by these brands as well as other Australian Fairtrade certified fashion labels represented in this report, is reflective of the wider Fairtrade system which offers traceability, auditing and wage improvements at multiple stages of the supply chain.

“We’re thrilled – but not surprised – to see Fairtrade brands again leading the pack when it comes to ethical fashion,” says Fairtrade Australia CEO Molly Harriss Olson. “These results are a testament to Fairtrade’s rigorous standards.”

This year’s report focuses on the need for Australian fashion companies to increase measures in ensuring supply chain traceability. While Australian brands are improving in this area, the report shows that 79% of companies claim to have engaged in activities to know their input suppliers (up from 41% in 2013), more action must be taken to address this important global fashion challenge.

“The fashion industry holds in its hands the ability to change the lives of millions of farmers and workers involved in the production of their garments. This can only be effective if companies take concerted measures to know exactly who their suppliers are all the way along the supply chain,” says Harriss Olson.

“Reports like this from Baptist World Aid Australia are a vital first step in encouraging open dialogue and putting pressure on businesses to pick up their act and work harder to make the grade.” Not surprisingly, the report found that the only four Australian apparel companies which have traced all of their cotton supply chain are also Fairtrade certified.

Harriss Olson says “Internationally, Fairtrade is setting the standard in supply chain traceability and worker’s rights. Our new Textile Standard is the first in the world to require living wages be paid to workers within a set time period and holds brand owners contractually responsible for fair and long-term purchasing practices.”

This Sunday April 24th consumers from over 70 countries will take part in actions to celebrate Fashion Revolution Day. They will be raising their voices for supply chain transparency by asking apparel brands to answer the question #whomademyclothes?

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Pins to Kill (P2K) is a customised online Melbourne clothing website launching in February 2016 and offering a fresh approach to the future of fashion and its surrounding community.
The website offers an online platform for the development of personalised garments, specialising in leggings.
Customers are encouraged to upload their own design, photo or artwork to create their custom leggings. In addition, they can simply order from their range of funky leggings. This includes bold animal prints and geometric patterns and personalise them with a message on the inside.
The website has been created to allow an online platform supporting women who are chasing their dreams. With ambassadors from around the world, ranging from ballerinas to surfers, these women are capturing their lifestyles and sharing them with the world, displaying prints upon their leggings correlating with their daily goals.
Erin Cunningham, Adventure Seeker shares her favourite quote by Tulisa Contostavlos on her P2K profile which resonates with Pins to Kill vision for building a community of Dream Chasers, “There’s a beauty in the strength and determination of a woman who follows her own path. Who isn’t thrown off by obstacles along the way. There’s a beauty about a woman whose confidence comes from experiences. Who knows she can fall, pick herself up, and go on.”

By utilising social media networks including Instagram and Facebook, the brand has created the start of the P2K dream chaser community, linking women together to express their ambitions and interests through fashion and by creating profiles on their website.
Founder Linda Vydra states, “I am so excited in working with amazing women from around the world and sharing their stories and inspiration. Our focus is to start a global movement in encouraging dream chasers.”

Stock is currently available online at pinstokill.com.

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Introducing Kuoco Shoes, a versatile shoe concept that is going to change the face of every woman’s shoe addiction!  What makes Kuoco Shoes so different is that with our shoes, you can choose from a range of soles, shoe tops and buttons to create a unique style with limitless possibilities.

 

All of the components of Kuoco Shoes are completely interchangeable which means that you can start your day in a comfy flat, and then amp up your style for a playful evening look by switching out the flat sole for an elegant heel. Switching out the sole is only just the beginning. With a wide variety of shoe tops and stylish buttons, you can create a new style that is completely your own in just seconds.

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On February 13, 2016, The Dress Collective will merge the digital world with the tangible, presenting an interactive runway to raise funds for the Black Dog Institute.

Melbourne based fashion start-up, The Dress Collective, is an innovative e-commerce store that stocks only Australian made fashion and accessories, and in less than six months since launching, the online store has grown to stock more than 30 Australian designers. The Dress Collective Runway will feature the e-boutique’s Australian-made, independent fashion labels, showcasing a unique range of emerging and established designers to highlight the diversity of Australian fashion.

The Dress Collective founders Claire Goldsworthy and Mitchell Dempsey have previously worked between Brisbane and Melbourne under the guise of their former fashion event company Emerge Australia PR, and after years of first hand experience running Claire’s own fashion label, the pair launched The Dress Collective in July 2015 in Melbourne.

Now, with more than 30 labels and new items added weekly, The Dress Collective stocks a unique range of women’s wear, menswear, accessories and jewellery, all of which is manufactured in Australia to high ethical standards, making it the only online store to sell 100% Australian made fashion.

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Annual event to raise funds for Children’s Tumour Foundation

Sydney, Melbourne and the Gold Coast are gearing up to make a scene this Valentine’s Day at the 2016 Cupid’s Undie Run. Running enthusiasts and fancy dress aficionados alike will take to the streets and strip down to their bedroom-best for charity in the event dedicated to raising funds for the Children’s Tumour Foundation. The annual event aims to raise $180,000 this year in support of research into neurofibromatosis (NF), a genetic disorder affecting 1 in 3,000 Australians that causes tumours to grow on nerves throughout the body. The condition can lead to a range of complications; there is currently no cure.

Funds raised at Cupid’s Undie Run will support research into NF in the hopes of discovering effective treatment options and, ultimately, finding a cure for the condition, which can lead to debilitating complications including blindness, deafness, bone abnormalities, learning difficulties, and cancer.

The Children’s Tumour Foundation is the peak national body for NF awareness, research and support. The organisation launched Cupid’s Undie Run in Australia in 2013 to provide a fun, light-hearted way to raise funds and support for a complex, under-recognised and under-diagnosed condition. “NF is a variable and progressive condition. There is no way to predict how mildly or severely an individual will be affected, leaving many facing frighteningly uncertain futures,” says Richard Hughes,
CEO of the Children’s Tumour Foundation.

“Funds raised from Cupid’s Undie Run brings us one step closer to finding a cure and improving the quality of life of many children, adults and families who have been affected by NF.”

The 2016 Cupid’s Undie Run will be held on Valentine’s Day, Sunday 14 February, at Bondi Beach in Sydney, Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast, and will run in conjunction with the St Kilda Festival in Melbourne. Registration is $60. Participants who raise $200 or more can earn fundraising incentives, including custom Cupid’s Undie Run undies.
Further information about the event in each city can be found on the Cupid’s Undie Run website at
www.cupidsundierun.com.au.
Register online at:
Sydney – https://registration.everydayhero.com/ps/event/CupidsUndieRun2016Sydney/
Melbourne – https://registration.everydayhero.com/ps/event/CupidsUndieRun2016Melbourne/
Gold Coast – https://registration.everydayhero.com/ps/event/CupidsUndieRun2016GoldCoast/

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If the name Imogen Anthony rings a bell, there are a few reasons it should. Apart from being the illusive girlfriend to equally controversial radio host Kyle Sandilands, she has built a name in her own right. Being labeled as one of Australia’s newest it girls, Imogen holds an impressive resume filled with forward slashes, being a model/stylist/creative director/blogger, and now fashion designer as she launches her sultry, provocative label of barely there clothes, under the name ‘White Trash Royalty (WTR)’. The collection even earned endorsement from the iconic French designer Jean Paul Gaultier, who commended her on her brave, irreverent and confident style at the 2014 Elle Style Awards.

Now, her collection; ‘WTR by Imogen Anthony’, filled with daring pieces made out of unconventional materials such as velvet and spandex, with appropriate names including ‘The Gaultier’, which came about after her newfound connection to the designer. Imogen describes her line saying, “I like a good twisted vision turned into reality; when I say twisted, I mean twisted. But everything needs form.”

See Imogen’s idea of twisted fashion for yourself at www.wtrbyimogenanthony.com.

Christina is a 17 year old student from Melbourne, currently working towards finishing her schooling and going to university to study journalism, since discovering her passion for writing and joining the TAT community in 2013. She is a self proclaimed Instagram addict, TV show lover, feminist and an avid magazine collector, with interests in dance, art, photography and of course, fashion.

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An exclusive new Sydney fashion, beauty and lifestyle event, ‘Fashion UnWINEd’ will be held on Friday 4th September at 6:00pm at the Woolloomooloo Bay Hotel. Featuring a runway show with the new collections from established and emerging designers including Leatheron, Wild Pony Swimwear, Anya Hurwood, Jess Catherine and Magnifi, Fashion UnWINEd is organised by event management business Style & Beautify Me.

With guest MC Karen Mitchell, special guest DJ Raissa and special live act UniQ, Fashion UnWINEd will also feature displayed artworks from Niki McDonald and Amanda Stopa at the event. Fashion UnWINEd is an event to entertain and educate YOU about fashion and beauty, whilst you enjoy champagne on arrival and selected canapés and matched wines throughout the evening. Style & Beautify Me’s selected beauty and lifestyle coaches will also be available to share their knowledge and experience.

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By Christina Karras

Can you believe it is almost spring? And with spring comes MSFW, and as we all know, ‘the race that stops the nation’, the annual Melbourne Cup! A distinct feature of spring racing fashion includes the numerous incredible and incredulous hats, and the Millinery Association of Australia (MAA) is kicking off the hat chat with MAArvelous Millinery 2015, on Thursday September 17th, at the Arts Centre Melbourne.

The MAA is a not-for-profit organisation that was founded in 1994, made up of over 140 members, including suppliers and milliners themselves, solely devoted to creating awareness and recognition of milliners’ work and encouraging people to include hats as a part of their style.

The night will give designers from all over the country a chance to unveil their spring collections in a private parade. In addition, all in attendance will be able to enjoy some canapés and champagne. “MAArvelous Millinery is a fantastic environment for our members to showcase their latest ranges of hats, fascinators and headpieces. Milliners and guests can mingle over a glass of bubbles and celebrate the spring designs,” said MAA President, Phillip Rhodes.

Guests will also be privy to various individual pop-up stores belonging to MAA members, giving them the opportunity to buy, browse or even request beautiful custom creations to be made, perfect for those looking to own those one of a kinds. There will also be door prizes throughout the evening which will allow patrons to trial out their new spring fashion outfits, even for a chance to win a $350 millinery voucher.

MAArvelous Millinery will take place at ANZ Pavilion, Arts Centre Melbourne from 7pm onwards. Tickets cost $70 per person and can be purchased here. The countdown to spring racing begins!

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By Chantelle White

Do you envy the style of Australia’s biggest bloggers and fashion influencers? Are there some high-end fashion pieces that you have been lusting over for years that you can’t get your hands on? Do you wish you could incorporate some amazing designer pieces into your wardrobe without the designer price tag? If you answered yes to any of the above, may I introduce you to, with great excitement, FASHION CONVERSION. This is Australia’s newest premium shopping event that collates high-end and designer pre-loved pieces from Australia’s best fashion insiders. Their first event, coming to Melbourne this August, provides a platform for people like you and I to enjoy a first-class shopping experience where we can come in and shop fashion’s biggest names, without the big price tags.

Jordana-Lee Pearce, FASHION CONVERSION’s founder, can date her love-affair with fashion back to her childhood where she would visit her Great-Aunt and play dress up from a The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe style closet. Putting on her Aunt’s court-shoes and fancy hats, Pearce would treat her family to a performance once she had glamorously styled herself. After working in the fashion industry for 10 years, she began to notice the disconnection between people’s consumption of fashion and their appreciation of the garments. Pearce wanted to bring back the delight you have during physical shopping experiences by touching and feeling the clothes whilst reconnecting consumers with the thrill from finding something you have always dreamed about.

But FASHION CONVERSION is more than this. When I met Pearce in a quirky little café in one of Melbourne’s hidden alley-ways, I could tell that there was a big point-of-difference with her idea of FASHION CONVERSION-and it wasn’t long before she let me in on it. Over a cup of coffee, Pearce opened my eyes to what could and should be the way we consume fashion; her love runs deeper than swooning over the latest trends you see on the quarterly runways. Pearce believes in a love for pieces that are timeless: lusting over a particular item because it encapsulates your entire essence, be it from 20 years ago or this season’s look-books and she longs for the day when there is a romantic relationship between the piece and its owner. If you read her blog post about her ‘Cinderella moment’, (she found a pair of bright and sparkly Lanvin pumps at 75%-off at Century 21 in New York City), on her website www.fashionconversion.com, you will start to understand Pearce’s relationship towards fashion. This is the relationship she wants to inspire in others by helping them to achieve their Cinderella moments too, and that is what she hopes to create through FASHION CONVERSION shopping events.

In effect, Pearce hopes to slow down this ever-increasing fast-paced industry and bring back the nostalgia of shopping for clothes. Not only this, but she encourages a generation to be sustainable in their fashion purchases and practices. In doing so, she is hoping to re-educate women on ways to shop. FASHION CONVERSION is about sustainable fashion whereby you love the pieces you purchase and once the love affair is over, you pass them on to someone who will love them again for you. By bringing back this love for fashion and clothes, and in particular pre-loved items, Pearce hopes to reduce the amount that are bought and sit untouched in wardrobes for years. Pearce’s fashion philosophy is to “choose well, spend well, fall in-love with pieces, create memories with them, and then be okay to pass them on to future wearers”.

The Event

Friday 7th August 12pm-5pm
Saturday 8th August 10am-5pm
Sunday 9th August 11am-4pm
Allpress Studios, Collingwood

The FASHION CONVERSION team have worked hard to make this event a “retail dream”. They have collected hundreds of high-quality pre-loved designer items from Australia’s biggest names in fashion, and are ready to open the doors to you so you can come and shop, feel, see and ultimately love the pieces. Have your own Cinderella moment at their first premium pre-loved shopping event this August.

What brands to expect

High-end pieces from brands like Ellery, Manning Cartell, Gorman, Zimmermann, Marc Jacobs, Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga and more.

The team at FASHION CONVERSION have collated pieces from fashion industry leaders and the stylish women of Melbourne, including the wonderful Melbourne fashion blogger Aimee from Aloha Everybody (www.alohaeverybody.com), and Janelle, stylist and fashion blogger of A Stylish Affair (www.astylishaffairblog.com).

What prices to expect

An average price of pieces you will find at the event will be between about $50-$250, but there will be a few exclusive pieces that will fall outside this price bracket due to their worth. Everything will be in excellent condition and the atmosphere will be far from a warehouse sale nightmare.

You can keep up to date with all things FASHION CONVERSION
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fashionconversion?fref=ts
Instagram: fashion_conversion

I hope to see you all there!

Connect with me! Share your Cinderella moment piece on Instagram and tag me @FAIRY_CHELL

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By Cindy Man Hun

DHL – the world’s leading logistics company – announced the finalists of its 2015 Express Fashion Export Scholarship at the beginning of this month. All incredible up and coming Australian designers, By Johnny, Christopher Esber and Viktoria + Woods were chosen as a result of their already outstanding domestic market success, design aesthetics, potential to appeal to an international audience, as well as their realistic schemes for global expansion and sound exporting strategies. The lucky winner will receive AU$10,000 of international freight, IMG and DHL Express mentorships and the opportunity to fly to New York and meet with an international buyer at Fashion Week.

On this occasion, we got to talk to Christopher Esber himself, about his work, what it would mean for him to win the scholarship and future prospects:

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Harlow’s AW15 show-stoppers promise to “SET YOU ON FIRE” and “BREAK HEARTS”

 

Harlow yesterday launched its AW15 look book, capturing Harlow’s signature monochrome palette, pleather detailing, body skimming silhouettes and of course, the newly launched Harlow denim.

 

Born in 2013, Harlow provides a high quality fashion offering for woman sizes 12-24. With its SS15 launch Harlow added denim to its range and it is already becoming a staple in women’s wardrobes, being heralded by many as the best fitting and most comfortable denim pieces around.

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By Cindy Man Hun

Christopher Esber wowed us during VAMFF Runway 5 with his awe-inspiring collection. Earthy shades of red sand, camel, olive green and rusted crimson made an appearance throughout the polished series of garments, which complimented the otherwise monochromatic whole. Employing varied materials and implementing significant draping and tailoring in his craftsmanship, Esber triumphed in creating a contrast in texture, silhouette and structure. The models worked dark eye makeup and were accessorised with black pointy shoes and occult looking jewellery for an edgy touch. Esber delivered v necks, loose and tight fitting pieces, knee exposing skirts and dresses together with material blocking and layering, the total package.

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Christopher Esber at Runway 5 supported by Harper’s BAZAAR & L’Oréal Paris (Images: Ron Quinonez)

 

Read more in the latest Fashion magazine.

By Christine Assirvaden

One of the most anticipated weeks in Melbourne’s fashion calendar is well and truly here. In light of the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival we’ve decided to put together a few of our favourite looks to look out for this season.

As the days are starting to cool down, it’s time to start thinking about a stylish, versatile coat. We couldn’t go past Viktoria + Woods’ Nomadic Long Coat. The oatmeal two tone coat is easy to throw on top of your casual outfit for a complete look. The neutral tones let you step away from your usual blacks but still obtain that relaxed, effortless look for your weekends.

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Viktoria + Woods at David Jones Opening Event supported by Vogue (Image: Lucas Dawson Photography)

The tailored suit is taking a turn with more low-cut open plunges and ankle grazing tailored trousers. Again we’ve seen these effortless looks that can easily be translated to an outfit for the office by adding in a simple tank to tone it down just a little. We loved Tome’s compilation of the modern day tailored suit from Runway 1.

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Tome at Runway 1 supported by L’Oréal Paris (Image: Lucas Dawson Photography)

Peg trousers and waist fitting suits scream more than just sophistication. Show you mean business at your next interview with Dion Lee’s ensemble from Runway 1.

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Dion Lee at Runway 1 supported by L’Oréal Paris (Image: Lucas Dawson Photography)

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It’s definitely not too late to get active and kickstart – if you haven’t already – your healthy lifestyle slash your yearly new years resolution. Canterbury’s incredible lifestyle and active wear range is here to make life just a little bit easier.

These days it’s not unusual to go on a coffee date decked in your workout gear. In fact, we’re sure it’s becoming the norm and we’re fine with that. Look great in a social or physical setting and move freely as you wish. Getting your hands on some new workout gear could be just the thing you need to get pumped.

Canterbury’s spring summer training collection is built for high intensity activity with a focus on innovation, comfort and reliability so you don’t have worry about bits and pieces falling out of place. It’s time to get active and feel great about yourself.

Shop the range online now!

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By Cindy Man Hun

For all you fashion-forward women leading active lifestyles, we have great news for you. A line of bold, confident fitness wear that is super stylish as well as socially-conscious was just made available at Liquido Active, which will most definitely allow you to transition from one phase of the day to the next without trouble.

Conceptualised and designed by the friendly pairing between internationally renowned author and yoga and wellness expert Tiffany Cruikshank and global fashion brand Liquido Active‘s global distributor Renata Facchini, this fitness and fashion collaboration occurred as a result of the currently high demand for trending durable and functional fitness wear with beautiful designs.

The special collection will be launched at the same time as Cruikshank’s Yoga Medicine initiative, with a share of the sales donated to education and wellness projects throughout India – including The Nabadisha Education Project which deals with education and support issues among street and working children within the city of Kolkata.

“Our items are becoming incredibly popular with women across the world. We hope that, through these limited edition items, we can look to extend our charitable donations across the entire Liquido range,” says Facchini.

Shop the range online now!

Images by Robert Sturman.

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By Cindy Man Hun

 

7 For All Mankind landed down under last Tuesday night, bringing along a breath of fresh air. The Californian fashion brand curated by Michael Glasser, Peter Koral and Jerome Dahan in 2000, was proud to open its first Australian boutique at Emporium, Melbourne, the city’s premium shopping complex. 7 For All Mankind is renown for its vast selection of quality denim, and much loved sportswear, footwear and eyewear.

 

Launch night saw some of Melbourne’s most stylish attend, and manifest a true social feeling with agreeing canapés and refreshing cocktails. Guests had a chance to really see the brand’s quality and further indulge in premium shopping services, which included personalised jean fitting.

 

The store replicates existing 7 For All Mankind retail spaces, with clean architectural lines and industrial elements using mixed materials of oak, white marble and concrete.

 

7 For All Mankind Emporium is located at Shop G37, Emporium, 287 Lonsdale St Melbourne 3000.

 

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TAT Fashion Editor, Christine Assirvaden had the privilege of chatting with Neiman Marcus’ Ken Downing on his first visit to Melbourne last week. They chatted over coffee, mulled over their love of fashion and simply enjoyed each other’s company.  Here’s what the Senior Vice President and Fashion Director had to say on Aussie fashion, Vogue, his life and New York, which dominated most of their conversation.

 

Ken Downing on life before Neiman Marcus

 

I don’t think I had a life before Neiman Marcus. Actually I did… I’m from Seattle and I was very interested in fashion from a very early age – 6 years old my mother tells me. I grew up with a very fashionable mother and a very fashionable grandmother. As interested as I was in fashion, I think my parents never realised that I would actually have a valid career in fashion because fashion does not hit Seattle in a big way. So I was always very interested in how people looked, how they would dress, how their homes were decorated, and out of high school, I went to design school and I’m actually formally trained as a fashion designer. I can drape, I can draft, I can sew, I actually know how to embroider, and I can make anything from a pair of jeans, to a wedding gown. Not that I sit behind a sewing machine anymore, but I have the skills and I’ve always been very involved in the industry. I have styled in front of the camera, behind the camera, I’ve modelled, I’ve designed clothes, and it’s just always been a part of my life. Not that I was born into it, but I was just born to be in fashion.

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By Jacinta Mazzarolo

 

November’s celebrated Melbourne Cup Carnival conjures up images of flowing champagne, beautiful cocktail dresses, fascinators, and most importantly for men, dress shoes so shiny you can make out the whites of your eyes in the reflection.

A smart, stylish shoe is a vital piece of any outfit and nobody knows this better than Julius Marlow, the Official Men’s Shoe of the Melbourne Cup Carnival 2014.

Julius Marlow is now the go-to men’s dress shoe for the sophisticated, sartorial man, whether he’s looking to impress during the working week or go all out for a Sunday session.

Julius Marlow believes a great pair of shoes plays a large role in the way a man is perceived saying, “The old adage is true; shoes do make the man and no man knows this better.”

A pair of old, scuffed brogues, two sizes too big with frayed laces, will simply not do at the coveted Melbourne Cup Carnival.

At this year’s event, Julius Marlow will have prominent role at Flemington Racecourse, as punters will be offered complimentary shoeshines at the various shoe-shining stations around the grounds.

Recently retired Western Bulldogs veteran, Daniel Giansiracusa, will also be helping out the Julius Marlow team at the Carnival as he knows a thing or two about fashion, recently co-hosting Channel 7’s Brownlow Medal red carpet coverage with Rachael Finch.

Giansiracusa agrees that a man’s shoes are vital in making a good, lasting impression, saying, “They reveal if a man takes pride in the little things. The devil is in the detail and shoes are a very important part of an overall look.”

Julius Marlow will set up shop at Hill Square, the Nursery, the Birdcage, the Chairman’s Club and the Winning Post Enclosure locations, including a custom built Julius Marlow shoeshine bike situated on Pike Road for racegoers to enjoy.

These shoe-shining stations are a great way to look that extra bit special on the day, as Daniel Giansiracusa says, “Make sure your shoes are polished, and if they are not, make your first Flemington stop a Julius Marlow Shoe Shine!”

 

 

Julius Marlow is available online at www.juliusmarlow.com.au and at Myer, the official fashion partner of the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

 

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We can’t believe it’s that time of year again! The Spring Carnival season has officially arrived with the annual Myer Spring Fashion Lunch held yesterday and it was fancy as usual. Decked in glamour racewear, more than 700 guests flocked to Flemington’s Atrium for the first taste of spring carnival fashion this year. Headlined by the ever so beautiful, Myer Ambassador Kris Smith, Channel Seven’s Samantha Armytage and Mark Beretta hosted the luncheons proceedings. The one and only Alex Perry and milliner Nerida Winter shared their expert spring racewear tips while Myer Fashions on the Field Ambassador, Rebecca Panozza, debuted her official role guiding guests through racewear trends by Myer. The lunch wouldn’t be complete without entertainment and Channel 7’s The X Factor contestants, Rochelle Pitt and Reigan Derry, and the boys from Swing on This, had guests swaying in their seats.

The event also launched the official #MyerFOTF Spring Instagram competition, where ladies and gents participate by uploading a photo of themselves in their best racewear, vying for the ultimate prize of a VIP Crown Oaks Day experience for them and a friend, two nights’ accommodation at Sofitel Melbourne on Collins, private transfers, flights for two if the winner is interstate and a $500 Myer Shopping Spree! Remember to tag @flemingtonVRC and @Myer along with #MyerFOFT to enter!

By Christine Assirvaden

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10am-10pm Friday 29 August – 30 September, FREE
Southgate Melbourne, 3 Southgate Avenue Melbourne Vic 3000
www.southgatemelbourne.com.au
In September, Melbourne Spring Fashion Week (MSFW) arrives at Southgate with an eclectic range of free exhibitions and displays showcasing innovative emerging designers and the creative process behind some
of Melbourne’s most celebrated fashion icons.

“Melbourne is a city bursting with creativity, whether it is through food, fashion, arts, design or music. As Melbourne’s landmark dining and shopping destination located next to the city’s famous arts precinct, Southgate recognises the contribution Melbourne’s iconic fashion designers make to our ever evolving creative scene and Melbourne’s position as an arts and cultural capital,” says Southgate marketing manager Jo Gartner.

MSFW hero garments displayed throughout September! Leading MSFW designers will be exhibiting their work at Southgate from 3-30 September, on display for those who could not make the runway shows. The MSFW hero dress by Jason Grech and bespoke Elodie Rose headpiece from Richard Nylon will be showcased, alongside additional MSFW garments and headpieces from both designers.

Gwendolynne, Tettmann.Doust and Dom Bagnato will also exhibit some of their most prized designs at Southgate. All designers are also featured in Concept to Creation: Icons of Melbourne Design on the Southgate Promenade.

The exhibition will be located on Southgate’s mid level, between American Rag Boutique and one of Melbourne’s hottest new watering holes, Bavarian beer hall Hophaus. The following exhibitions are presented by Southgate in association with MSFW: Nixi Killick Centre Stage exhibition Presented by the Photography Studies College
Podium level alcove gallery
29 August – 30 September

A collaborative photography exhibition between innovative emerging designer Nixi Killick and students from the multi award winning Photography Studies College (Melbourne) showcasing Nixi’s strikingly unique techno colour designs through one-off prints captured by some of the college’s most promising graduating students.

Nixi was recently chosen as one of the world’s top 100 independent designers at Italy’s ORIGIN PASSION & BELIEFS showcase. Her designs are a vibrant mix of biopsychedelic artwork and sculptured techno-wearables and have been worn by Lady Gaga, Kimbra, Hiatus Koyote and Lapalux of Brainfeeder. They have also featured on the runways of MSFW, Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival, AWARE and iD Fashion week.

This creative and collaborative exhibition will be on display in the podium level alcove gallery at Southgate for the duration of Melbourne Spring Fashion Week.

Melbourne’s Next Bright Talents Fashion college garment exhibition
Upper Level
29 August – 30 September

Showcasing some of Melbourne’s most promising up and coming designers, this exhibition will display the most outstanding garments from the brightest graduating students from five fashion design schools.

Melbourne School of Fashion’s Chris Avery will be exhibiting a design from his graduating menswear collection. Chris Avery’s design ethos explores the relationship between traditional and non-traditional dress in menswear: guiding men to dress to suit themselves and their own personality rather than following social conventions. He holds a belief that this brand ethos allows men to explore style in an individual way. Chris is a strong advocate for the menswear market within the

Australian and the wider international fashion community. Four other graduating student designs will be featured from RMIT, Kangan Institute, Whitehouse Institute of Design, Australia and Box Hill Institute. Concept to Creation: Icons of Melbourne Design
Outdoor promenade exhibition
29 August – 7 September

The design ethos and inspirations behind seven of the city’s most innovative designers will be uncovered in a unique outdoor exhibition on the Southgate Promenade.

Along the banks of the Yarra River opposite Flinders St Station, this exhibition will offer a sneak peek into the inspiration behind the designers’ collections from 6pm on Friday 29 August. You can then see some of these designs come to life on runways as part of MSFW.

Featured designers include: Dom Bagnato, Gwendolynne, Richard Nylon, Feathers, Nicolangela, Tettmann Doust and Matcho Suba.

Concept to Creation provides an insight into the inner inspirations and musings behind the creation of these designers’ Spring-Summer 2014 collections, as well as their unique personalities and the ethos behind their overall brand.

Discover more Melbourne Spring Fashion Week exhibitions, displays and fashion stores inside Southgate. Southgate is home to a range of boutique retailers including vintage and fair trade fashion, designer homewares, art deco jewellery and antique art situated amidst a diverse range of restaurants and bars.

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 TAT Fashion reporter Vulette Haines

 

With a backdrop of a live orchestra, the first Designer Runway show was all a flutter with romance, flowy dresses and opulent fabrics.

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The show opened with Jason Grech whose designs were sultry and slinky, featuring flowing gowns of emerald greens, purples and black that wouldn’t look out of place on the Maleficent film. Teamed with bold headpieces, the collection made a powerful first impression.

 

Feathers and lush tones of bronze and pewter made for a luxurious collection by Aurelio Costarella, whose designs seem fit for a futuristic Grecian goddess.

 

Dusky pink and pale blue duster coats; we sure knew it was spring with Michael Lo Sordo. Soft tailoring and pink metallic accents made this an incredibly fresh collection.

 

 

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Carla Zampatti kept it simple in black and white with a dash of royal blue for good measure. Jumpsuits, shirts and simple black dresses; power dressing for the style conscious.

 

One for the boys, Dom Bagnato sent a variety of dapper suits down the runway from chambray and berry tones to sharp black; there was a look for every occasion.

Stepping into a dream world of tulle, embellishment and luxurious trailing silk, Gwendolynne’s collection was otherworldly. Sheer fabrics layered in various shades of white, cream and gold, the designs were simply ethereal.

 

Nicolangela proved sports-luxe is still going strong for spring by a collection full of mesh, perforated leather and plunging necklines.

 

Anaessia’s dance themed collection featured tutu inspired skirts, ballet shoes as accessories and embroidery fit for a princess.

Images: Lucas Dawson Photography

 

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10am-10pm Friday 29 August – Sunday 7 September, FREE

Southgate Melbourne, 3 Southgate Avenue Melbourne Vic 3000
www.southgatemelbourne.com.au
From 29 August-7 September, Melbourne Spring Fashion Week (MSFW) arrives at Southgate with an eclectic range of free exhibitions and displays showcasing innovative emerging designers and the creative process behind some of Melbourne’s most celebrated fashion icons.

“Melbourne is a city bursting with creativity, whether it is through food, fashion, arts, design or music. As Melbourne’s landmark dining and shopping destination located next to the city’s famous arts precinct, Southgate recognises the contribution Melbourne’s iconic fashion designers make to our ever evolving creative scene to make Melbourne a celebrated arts and cultural capital,” says Southgate marketing
manager Jo Gartner.

The following exhibitions are presented by Southgate in association with MSFW:
Nixi Killick Centre Stage exhibition
Presented by the Photography Studies College
Podium level alcove gallery
A collaborative photography exhibition between innovative emerging designer Nixi Killick and students from the multi award winning Photography Studies College (Melbourne) showcasing Nixi’s strikingly unique techno colour designs through one-off prints captured by some of the college’s most promising graduating students.

Nixi was recently chosen as one of the world’s top 100 independent designers at Italy’s ORIGIN PASSION & BELIEFS showcase. Her designs are a vibrant mix of biopsychedelic artwork and sculptured techno-wearables and have been worn by Lady Gaga, Kimbra, Hiatus Koyote and Lapalux of Brainfeeder. They have also featured on the runways of MSFW, Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival, AWARE and iD Fashion
week.

This creative and collaborative exhibition will be on display in the podium level alcove gallery at Southgate for the duration of Melbourne Spring Fashion Week.

Melbourne’s Next Bright Talents
Fashion college garment exhibition
Upper Level
Showcasing some of Melbourne’s most promising up and coming designers, this exhibition will display the most outstanding garments
from the brightest graduating students from five fashion design schools.

Melbourne School of Fashion’s Chris Avery will be exhibiting a design from his graduating menswear collection. Chris Avery’s design ethos explores the relationship between traditional and non-traditional dress in menswear: guiding men to dress to suit themselves and their own
personality rather than following social conventions. He holds a belief that this brand ethos allows men to explore style in an individual way. Chris is a strong advocate for the menswear market within the Australian and the wider international fashion community.

Four other graduating student designs will be featured from RMIT, Kangan Institute, Whitehouse Institute
of Design, Australia and Box Hill Institute.

Concept to Creation: Icons of Melbourne Design
Outdoor promenade exhibition

The design ethos and inspirations behind seven of the city’s most innovative designers will be uncovered in a unique
outdoor exhibition on the Southgate Promenade. Along the banks of the Yarra River opposite Flinders St Station, this exhibition will offer a sneak peak into the inspiration behind the designers’ collections from 6pm on Friday 29 August. You can then see some of these designs
come to life on runways as part of MSFW.

Featured designers include: Dom Bagnato, Gwendolynne, Richard Nylon, Feathers, Nicolangela, Tettmann Doust and Matcho Suba.
Concept to Creation provides an insight into the inner inspirations and musings behind the creation of these designers’ Spring-Summer 2014 collections, as well as their unique personalities and the ethos behind their overall brand.

Discover more Melbourne Spring Fashion Week exhibitions, displays and fashion stores inside Southgate. Southgate is home to a range of boutique retailers including vintage and fair trade fashion, designer homewares, art deco jewellery and antique art situated amidst a diverse range of restaurants and bars.

fashion news

Bonjour Fashion Lovers,

 

This Saturday marks Le Style magazine’s fourth annual high tea fundraiser event, L’heure du Thé, held at the West Tower Suite of Sofitel Melbourne on Collins. It’s an afternoon bringing together individuals with the love for France, food and fashion while most importantly, raising funds for the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

 

L’heure du Thé (meaning tea time in French) promises to be an afternoon of high tea, fundraising, prize giveaways, goodie bags and special appearances and interviews with renown fashion illustrator Kerrie Hess, a La Petite Robe Noire (Little Black Dress) fashion installation of French designers by Madam Virtue & Co, a speech by Deputy Director & Manager of Cultural events of Alliance Francaise Melbourne on French language in today’s society and MORE!

 

Enjoy a Magnifique buffet-style high tea and signature petits choux by Executive Chef Pierrick Boyer of Le Petit Gateau accompanied with Parisian teahouse, Mariage Frères. Come prepared for a fancy afternoon, dressed according to the black and white – black tie dress code, ready to raise funds for a great cause.

 

What: L’heure du Thé event

 

When: Saturday, July 12, 2014 at 2.30pm to 4.30pm.

 

Where: West Tower Suite level 35 Sofitel Melbourne On Collins, 25 Collins Street, Melbourne

 

Tickets: $100 per person

 

Bookings: www.lestyle.org or email: info@lestyle.org

FASHION NEWS 2

SAVE THE DATE! Join MissWorld Australia finalists Louisa Brown and Asleen Mauthoor and Arlene D’monte from Arlene D’monte Designs for an evening of fashion and entertainment. Supporting Variety, The Children’s Charity, come together, celebrate and raise funds for this incredible cause.

Book in the night of July 18th 2014 and grab your tickets today!

Event: Friday 18th July 7.30pm, Gasolina, 23 Dukes Walk, South Warf Promenade

Contact: http://www.missworldaustralia.com.au/

SAVE THE DATE!

Join MissWorld Australia finalists Louisa Brown and Asleen Mauthoor and Arlene D’monte from Arlene D’monte Designs for an evening of fashion and entertainment. Supporting Variety, The Children’s Charity, come together, celebrate and raise funds for this incredible cause.

Book in the night of July 18th 2014 and grab your tickets today!