Sydney’s Fashion Weekend launches with a media and VIP opening night

Sydney’s fashionista’s descended upon the Royal Hall of Industries at Moore Park for the opening of Fashion Weekend Sydney on Thursday 14 May 2015.

Key guests including Jennifer Hawkins, Tegan Martin, Renae Ayris, Sophie Monk, Samantha Wills and Kate Waterhouse enjoyed cocktails and canapés at the Minchinbury Pop Bar before heading into the opening runway show, showcasing some of Australia’s best and most talented designers. The vibe was powerful, with the full scale runway production rivalling that of a Fashion Week show, with guests mesmerized by the fantastic designs and great production.

Guests were also able to browse the amazing discounts on offer from brands such as Samantha Wills, By Johnny, Ashkar, Ginger and Smart and Nicola Finetti whilst also being pampered at the Nude By Nature makeover stall.

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Fashion Palette showcases the latest fashion trends for Spring/Summer 2015/2016

Fashion Palette showcased the Spring/Summer 2015/2016 collections of thirteen Australian designers at the Art Gallery of NSW on Tuesday,10 March 2015. Over 600 plus industry guests, fashion identities and consumers were seated by the runway as the designers showed the coming trends for Australian fashion.

Guests included Kate Waterhouse, MTV’s Imogen Anthony, The Bachelor’s Sam Frost, designer Nicola Finetti, designer Arthur Galan, Sydney Fashion Blogger, Antoinette Marie, They All Hate Us Elle and Tash and Sarah Ellen.

The looks were sophisticated and sharp, marrying fun, bold prints with neutrals. Nicola Finetti, the king of chic opened the show with tailored pieces showcasing bold pops of colour in a mostly cool colour palette.

Milliner, Viktoria Novak unveiled her new collection, which saw her experimenting with a range of metals and intricate beading. Aqua Blu and Wild Pony presented their fun, bold and bright swimwear ranges. Wild Pony designs had a native influence with designs brazen with skulls, fringing and embellishments whilst Aqua Blu was heavily inspired with the bright lights of Rio.

Never ones to disappoint, Arthur Galan AG and Leona Edminsten led the way with what’s trending for SS15/16 with Arthur presenting classic structured designs layered over flowing flirty pieces giving us the more is more approach to dressing. The spotlight was on primary colours in an array of luxurious fabrics, tailoring never looked so good.  Leona gave us bold playful prints that could take you to work to cocktail hour seamlessly.

Thomas Lazar and Melbourne’s very own Alin Le’ Kal proved they were the ones to watch with Thomas’s outlandish, intricate one of a kind pieces dominating the runway. Alin Le’ Kal closed the show with his highly anticipated collection featuring a palette of neutrals, metallic and hand beaded pieces including cut out evening dresses that left little to the imagination.

The next wave of talented emerging designers did not disappoint with eveningwear designers Roxcii and Elle Zeitoune showcasing beautiful pieces with a high focus on pastels and bold prints. LAB HOMME presented smart, tailored pieces with elements of street wear, taking men’s fashion to new heights. Antonella Ianni played with androgyny with her tailored ready to wear collection in a classic colour palette of black and white whilst contemporary label Nadz and Sabs showcased exquisite beading on raw silk and excellent craftsmanship.

The Art of Fashion theme ran strong throughout the runway show and cocktail function with the models looking like live works of art with face paint, paint brushes and palettes in tow. The model sparaded 182 looks, styled by teams from Sachajuan and Bodyography with nails by Essie and lashes by Ardell. Contemporary footwear label Billini showed off their must-have heels on the runway.

Pre-show drinks by Moët & Chandon, Calabria Family Wines, Red Bull, Rekorderlig, Nakd Water and Sofi Spritz were enjoyed by guests with delicious canapés served by MORSUL at The Art Gallery of NSW with the menu designed by the one and only Matt Moran. The menu featured beetroot macaroons with horseradish crème fraiche, seared kingfish and smoked duck breast with rhubard en croute. Guests gathered around the entrance surrounded by the live models and music by harp player Karen Hickcock. After the runway guests were seen looking through their gift bags full of products from Fashion Palette’s fabulous sponsors including: Modern Wedding Magazine, T2, Alpha Skincare, Dove, Chapstick, Frank, Naked Harry, Pukka, Ardell Lashes, Racinne Skincare, Slim Secrets, Bodyography, Sachajuan, Real Techniques, Summer Salt Body, Essie, Absolute Organic, QT Sydney, Billini Shoes, Ghooomo and Raw C.

Mambo’s 30 years of shelf-Indulgence exhibition launches in Sydney

Australia’s most irreverent and outspoken brand – Mambo – has turned 30 years old and on 11 March 2015 it launched its exhibition, 30 years of shelf-indulgence at the aMBUSH Gallery at Central Park, Sydney.

Following the huge success of the Mambo: 30 Years of Shelf-Indulgence exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria, which saw the largest recorded number of attendees throughout the Ian Potter Centre to date, Mambo is excited that it will continue show the exhibition in Sydney.

Mambo: 30 Years of Shelf-Indulgence will celebrate Mambo’s unique contribution to art and the support and development of its eccentric team of artists and designers. It will also present a commentary on the company’s ability to identify its ‘Australian-ness’ through self-deprecating humour, and an off-handed indifference to all the usual conventions, retail and cultural.

The exhibition will feature original artwork, posters, surfboards, inflatables, in-store display units, and a 30-year timeline, plus interviews with original artists and various other cast members. It will also present artworks that were not previously shown in the Melbourne exhibit along with examples of developmental work, most of which are being exhibited for the first time.

Established in 1984 by founder Dare Jennings, Mambo built its foundations on an irreverent combination of art, humour, music and surf. Pitched squarely at the average Australian, under the art direction of Wayne Golding, Mambo is credited with introducing art and humour to the previously logo-driven and humour-challenged surf wear industry.

Self-described as the ‘bastard children of surf culture’, Mambo gave rise to one of the most recognisable, authentic, vernacular, politically incorrect yet intensely political brands to rise out of the excesses of 1980s Australia. Mambo’s social commentary and political astuteness are embodied by all 250 artists that have worked for the label over the past three decades.

The brand’s artistic reputation and voice was solidified in 1993, when Mambo was invited by the Art Gallery of New South Wales to exhibit alongside an international collection of surrealist art in the show, Surrealism by Night. In 2000, the label reached new international heights when it was selected to design the Australian athletes’ uniforms for the opening ceremony of the Sydney Olympic Games.

Celebrities who attended the event included: Mambo’s original art director, Wayne Golding; Managing Director Angus Kingsmill; member of the comedy duo Roy and HG, HG Nelson (whose real name is Greig Pickhaver); Hollywood Reporter on Channel Ten, Richard Reid; Mental  As Anything musician and Mambo artist; Chris O’Doherty (who is more widely known by his pseudonym Reg Mombassa); The Block’s and Belle Magazine’s Editor and Chief Neale Whitaker; Bondi Rescue’s Anthony ‘Harries’ Carroll; 2DAYFM Host Maz Compton;, and Channel V’s Marty Smiley

Mambo: 30 Years of Shelf-Indulgence will be on display at the aMBUSH Gallery, Central Park from 11 March 2015 to 26 April 2015. Entry is free.

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The Fashion Luncheon ushers in the glamour of autumn racing

The glamour of the Autumn racing carnival came early this year, with the elite women of racing attending The Fashion Luncheon at Double Bay’s InterContinental Hotel on Sunday 1 March 2015. The sophisticated affair was hosted by one of Sydney’s premier event coordinators, Thoroughbred Events Australia, and mceed by the lovely Channel Nine News presenter, Julie Snook.

With fashion becoming as important as racing at the track, female identities are keen to ensure their outfits are as equally impressive. The Fashion Luncheon affords guests the chance to secure unique and on-trend hats, dresses and accessories ahead of The Championships at Randwick Racecourse.

“I saw a gap in the market. There was no social event in NSW where women could view and purchase complete racing outfits direct from the designers and milliners,” said Sharon Lenton, Director of Thoroughbred Events Australia.

The Fashion Luncheon boasts the largest single offering of millinery in Australia, with more than 200 headpieces from 15 award-winning NSW and ACT milliners.

The Fashion Luncheon also includes a fashion parade featuring the latest collection and some archive pieces of designer Phoenix Keating. This fashion forward designer launched his label in 2009 and has dressed one of the world’s biggest pop sensations, Lady Gaga. His ultra chic and wearable collection blends classic elegance with a modern look.

Female horse ownership is being encouraged by additional prize money incentives and as a result, horse trainers are now entertaining their female clientele. Leading Sydney trainer, Sam Kavanagh, purchased two tables to entertain his top female clients.

While The Fashion Luncheon is predominantly aimed at women, four brave men were in attendance including fashion designer Pheonix Keating, racing enthusiast Richard Davey, horse trainer Todd Rawiller (who is the brother of champion jockeys Nash and Brad Rawiller) and milliner to the stars, Neil Grigg. Luckily, Neil Grigg has been attending these events for years and finds himself in his element.

The Fashion Luncheon is held twice annually ahead of both the Spring and Autumn carnivals, and since its inception, has grown to sell out almost instantly ever time. It’s always a visually stunning event and Thoroughbred Events Australia would love to have The Sunday Telegraph showcase it in your publication.

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