Friday, November 13, 2015

Round-up of the Races

DERBY DAY: Madness, mayhem and Halloween (Derbyween). The marquees get to strut their stuff for the first time. The highlight: Ashley Hart in Swisse, and the party that happened after 4pm in G.H. Mumm

Ashley Hart, Swisse Ambassador, at Swisse
Blogger Margaret Zhang (who did extraordinary photos for the Swisse marquee) and marquee designer Matt Martino at Swisse

Richard Nylon hamming it up in G.H. Mumm

Designer Toni Maticevski and Heart of Bone's Emma Abrahams in Lexus

Lindy Klim (wearing sneakers!) in G.H. Mumm
CUP DAY: Bright, bold, fun. The highlights: Lady Kitty Spencer at Emirates marquee, and The Bachelorette Sam Frost with new man Sasha at Myer
Sasha and Sam Frost at Myer
 Lady Kitty Spencer at Emirates
 Mimi Elashiry and friend at Myer
Bree Laughlin, wearing millinery by Jill Humphries and dress by Helen Emanuel, winner of the Designer Award

Gina Liano from Real Housewives of Melbourne in Emirates
OAKS DAY: Women in romantic, flowy dresses. The highlights: Kevin Dillon, from Entourage, at the Swisse marquee and really hanging out there - i.e. talking to everyone cheerfully, looking through the tips, generally having a good time. Also: Pop-up Attica restaurant at Lexus, where a four-course meal by Ben Shewry was dished up. And: Lavazza marquee, despite the rain: chatting to Thurley designer Helen O'Connor and face of Lavazza Emma Notarfrancesco. Spotted: Richie Strahan from The Bachelor.

Emma Notarfrancesco in Lavazza

Thurley designer Helen O'Connor and Rachel Hayes in Lavazza
Real Housewives of Melbourne's Chyka Keebaugh, whose The Big Group was part of the Lexus marquee

Jess Dempsey (blogger from What Would Karl Do?) wearing Pucci from The Outnet in Lavazza

Yours truly and Kevin Dillon, guest of Swisse

Stef and Jess Dadon from How Two Live, with milliner Kristine Walker (centre) from The Human Chameleon, en route to Myer

That would be Richie, from The Bachelor outside Lexus

Sunday, March 22, 2015

VAMFF: It's a wrap!

What a fashion week that was. The Melbourne Fashion Festival - these days known by the acronym VAMFF - has been going for nearly two decades, and while it's a consumer fashion event, this year it really felt like a fashion week worthy of the best, pleasing consumers and editorial folk alike. Perhaps it was the calibre of international guests - for pure fashion business, there was Ruth Chapman, co-founder of and James Curleigh, President of the Levi's, for starters. For fashion insider news, there was author Dana Thomas, of Gods and Kings (an incredible insight into the lives and careers of John Galliano and Alexander McQueen). There were glamorous types such as uber stylist Catherine Baba, and legs-to-the-ceiling model Andreja Pejic, breaking walls for women everywhere. The standard of fashion was startling, including this year's Tiffany & Co. National Designer Award winners Pageant, Josh Goot's showcase show and the jaw-dropping finale by Romance Was Born, held amidst eucalyptus leaves at the suitably dramatic NGV. T'was amazing. And sad it's over. 

Andreja Pejic (right) at Tiffany & Co's announcement of the National Designer Award

Not modelling that night: Jessica Gomes and Montana Cox in the audience at the Tiffany & Co National Designer Award event. 

The ever-beautiful Samantha Harris in the stand-out clothes of Martin Grant, dazzling the crowd both. 

Andreja! In Josh Goot. 

My sweet seat-mate in the front row one night: Elyse Knowles

And there was the time I found myself at a party on a private boat: with fashion blogger Vydia

Making a splash at the Graduate Showcase: Kristine Walker

Graduate Showcase, a complete stand-out show (designer April Yap's fashion)

Monique Duggan's clothes on the runway at the Graduate Showcase

Jess and Stef Dadon, of How Two Live

Making a statement at the Cosmo runway show

Romance Was Born: Aussie animals circulate at the NGV pre-show

Designer Camilla, David and Elizabeth Briskin 

Crazy cool: Romance Was Born Finale 

Graeme Lewsey, CEO of VAMFF, flanked by models Jessica Gomes and Montana Cox

Sunday, December 14, 2014

VAMFF Campaign Launch

As far as fashion events go, VAMFF - Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival - is undoubtedly a highlight in Melbourne's annual calendar. Although it's still in March, VAMFF held its campaign launch, with sneak peeks of what to expect from the 2015 program. On the cards? A Business Events series that will see leading international names give riveting talks, runway shows which will conclude with a Romance Was Born finale (coinciding with the closing of its exhibition at NGV), and a new collaboration with Priceline Pharmacy whereby brands will be applied by makeup director Rae Morris and hair director Kenneth Stoddart. One must-have ticket? The business seminar will feature David Chu (CEO of Georg Jensen), Ruth Chapman (co-founder of booming luxury e-tailer, MatchesFashion) and James Curleigh (President and Executive Vice-President of Levi's). And just to get the launch night revved up, guests were greeted by a fashion army as they entered the warehouse space that held the launch party.  

Photos by Lucas Dawson

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Waterford Crystal Polo in the City - Melbourne

Given the blustery conditions in Melbourne this past weekend, it's hard to believe that the Waterford Crystal Polo in the City was held only the week before, under beautiful - and very warm! - conditions. The event is a Melbourne favourite - hot on the heels of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival, it's a good way to revisit that excitement, minus the uncomfortable shoes and in-your-face dresses. Instead, attendees to Polo in the City are encouraged to keep to the smart casual dress code, and are especially warned that spiky heels are a no-go zone. Structured millinery is out, too - if you see any hats, it's of the straw/ sunhat variety. As such, the Land Rover Polo Club had straw hats at the ready for those who walked into their marquee, which featured a garden gazebo with topiary and manicured hedges. Guests included Megan Gale and Shaun Hampson, Rebecca and Chris Judd, and Chyka and Bruce Keebaugh. Over at the Pol Roger champagne marquee, Natalie Decorte (the very glamorous wife of Polo in the City founder Janek Gazecki, and herself brand manager of Polo in the City) managed to look glorious, despite having the care of her two youngsters - their first time at the polo - to distract her from champagne-sipping. 

Megan Gale by Tim O'Connor

Rebecca Judd
Shaun Hampson and Megan Gale

Megan Hess
Emma Clapham by Tim O'Connor

Jessie Habermann by Tim O'Connor
Natalie Decorte

Cindy Sargon