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