Sydney’s most exclusive designer shopping and catwalk event is back – and it’s officially packed!
Get the girls together and plan the ultimate fashion packed weekend.
Fashion Weekend Sydney 2013 tickets are on sale now from Ticketek – http://www.ticketek.com.au/fashionweekend
Fashion Weekend will open on Thursday May 16 at 5pm to Sunday May 19 at the Royal Hall of Industries, Moore Park. Sponsored by SHOP Til You Drop, [yellow tail], TONI&GUY, NP Set, Sally Hansen and more, Fashion Weekend is the only fashion event in every fashionistas diary this season.
Prepare yourself for incredible discounts from your favourite designers, sensational catwalk shows, luxury pampering, on trend style advice from the SHOP editors at the Fashion Clinic and bubbles on tap at the [yellow tail] Bar.
Join the fashion pack and experience the front row glitz of the full runway experience. The Fashion Weekend Catwalk is set to dazzle and inspire with a sensational show featuring over 100 leading looks from Australia’s most sought after designers. Sit front row and catch the latest trends before you shop for your ultimate designer wardrobe (at a fraction of its normal retail price!).
Once you’ve picked your favourite looks for the season, hit the event floor to literally SHOP til you drop! With over 100 leading designers showcasing their collections at amazing discounts of up to 70% off, Fashion Weekend is the hub for Sydney style and pure shopping heaven. Don’t miss designers such Natasha, Peeptoe, Rodeo Show, Bec & Bridge, Levis, Christensen Copenhagen, Something Else, Stylestalker, Nicole Finetti, Maurie & Eve…just to name a few!
Get your next fix with a visit to the BEAUTY HUB – Take a seat at NP Set, who will have you looking fly in a flash with their mini make-overs and glam lashes. The awardwinning team at TONI&GUY will be on hand to coiffure your locks while nail experts at the Sally Hansen Nail Salon will brighten your day with a coat of new colour. Finally finish off your beautification with a professional model shoot at The Photo Studio.
And a girl’s day out of shopping and pampering would not be complete without a wine! Head to the [yellow tail] Bar and unwind with a glass of your favourite wine – it’s the ultimate fashionista’s day out!
Fashion Weekend 2013 is not to be missed, get your tickets now! Visit http://www.fashionweekend.com.au for more information.
Thursday 16th May (Opening night) – 5pm – 9pm Friday 17th may – 12pm – 9pm
Saturday 18th May – 10am – 5pm
Sunday 19th May – 10am- 5pm
VIP – $99 valid any day. Strictly limited tickets; includes access to private lounge, complimentary drinks, private till point and bathroom and sponsor goodies.
Platinum – shop and Front Tier catwalk seat: $60 Thursday (incl glass of [yellow tail]),
$50 Friday – Sunday
Gold – shop and general seating in catwalk: $50 Thursday (incl glass of [yellow tail), $40 Friday – Sunday
Silver – shop only:
$30 Thursday (incl glass of [yellow tail), $20 Friday – Sunday
The final day of MBFWA has been and gone, I can practically hear the sound of the weeping!
It was a fantastic event and some great trends for SS 2013 really stood out, namely tailoring and bold colour prints!
Here is Sydney Social’s final day wrap and highlights for your fashion fix this weekend!
An injection of fresh design talent is the perfect way to wrap up the week at the New Generation show. Featuring the designs of accomplished young labels doing great things, this year’s designers include Betty Tran, Desert Designs, Faddoul, Jamie Ashkar, Natalie & Sarah, The Letter Q, Tristan Melle and Zhivago.
Coming off the back of her Project Runway win, Christina Exie’s ready-to-wear with an avante garde spirit made its Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia debut. Her cohesive lineup of sport-luxe separates and high-tech fabrication demonstrated why she deserves a place on the schedule.
STAPLE THE LABEL
Staple The Label’s ‘Crystalline’ collection was inspired by refracted light and faceted surfaces. Their runway show showcased crystallised prints in shades of lilac, lime and yellow with flashes of silver.
Zambesi presented their latest collection of both men’s and womenswear to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia on the final day. Textural contrasts and exciting constructions featured with clever detailing and dark indigo stretch denim as highlights.
HELLO ELLE AUSTRALIA
Wrapping up the week on a spectacular scale, the Hello ELLE Australia show marks the end of an incredible event and a celebraion of ELLE magazine’s Australian launch, ensuring Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia 2013 goes out with a bang.
To close the show in style (pardon the pun) the Australian A-list descended on Carriageworks for a final time this evening for the Hello ELLE Australia show. Sam Worthington, Gracie Otto, Lara Bingle, Joel Edgerton, Hamish McDonald and Jesinta Campbell shimmied down the red carpet.
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia 2013 made its new home inside the industrial and creative surrounds of Eveleigh’s Carriageworks. The artistic hub and dynamic space came into its own, showcasing the precinct of Redfern’s growing influence on the world of fashion and design.
From Romance Was Born’s typically stunning vision to Camilla’s tribal fantasy in a bedouin tent, anniversary celebrations for Camilla and Marc and the debut of young talent, the week has been a shining example of Australian achievements in fashion and design.
The final day of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia kicks off with a bang tomorrow with the highly anticipated New Gen show, proudly sponsored by Thai Airways International, (http://www.thaiairways.com.au/). Taking place on Friday 12 April at 10am on The Runway, the show will see Australia’s best young designers presenting their brand new collections for the very first time.
Jamie Ashkar is expected to make an impact with his minimalist style offering, whilst rising star Tristan Melle’s exceptional womenswear collection will no doubt gain the designer a legion of new fans. Eveningwear label Zhivago’s tailored separates, day dresses and show stopping gowns are also predicted to be well received by both media and consumers alike.
Marking one of the most important weeks of their professional lives, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia 2013 has already seen some of Australia’s brightest emerging design talents showcase their brand new Spring Summer 2013/14 collections to a global audience, with more to come over the next two days. Wednesday saw the amazing talents of young students from design schools Raffles take to the runway with resounding success, and fellow design institute TAFE: The Innovators today matched their achievements as they presented collections from their most talented students to a global audience.
Young protégé Emma Mulholland, who appeared in the group TAFE shows in 2011 and has gone on to dress high profile celebrities such as Kanye West, makes her debut solo presentation today at 7pm in The Theatre, and is expected to showcase an eclectic mix of both mens and womenswear.
A number of established designers also made their debut this season in the individual shows, including cult indie label Vanishing Elephant, who yesterday celebrated 5 years of the brand with a mix of mens and womenswear, and Kahlo, designed by close friends Rachelle Sinclair and Fay Ogunbadejo.
The full line up of new gen and student shows, as well as designers making their debut at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia 2013/14 Spring Summer Collections is: AURELIA EVELYN SANTOSO, AYAKA ICHIKAWA, BETTY TRAN, BRONX & BANCO, CHRISTINA EXIE, DESERT DESIGNS, DIYANA KOSSO, ELISSA MCGOWAN, EMMA MULHOLLAND, FADDOUL, FROM BRITTEN, GABRIEL LEE, GYPSEA,HAN, INDER DHILLON, JAMIE ASHKAR, KAHLO, LEROY NGUYEN, MAIDENLOVE, NARA, NATALIE & SARAH, PAUL SCOTT, PHOENIX KEATING, SERPENT & THE SWAN, SKYE & STAGHORN, STAPLE THE LABEL, SURFACE TOO DEEP, THE LETTER Q, TRISTAN MELLE, VANISHING ELEPHANT, VINH NGUYEN, VIRGINIA KILLORY LIU, YING YUAN and ZHIVAGO.
Title sponsor Mercedes-Benz is joined by Destination NSW, Maybelline New York, DHL, Redken, City of Sydney, JASU, oOh!, Pullman Hotels, Peroni, Tempus Two, Acqua Panna, Pommery, CÎROC, Fresh Catering and Carriageworks.
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia is an IMG Event.
Hump Day for MBFWA and what a hump day it was. Highlights included, British it-girl Georgia May Jagger walked for Australian boho-cool label Camilla in what could only be described as a perfect pairing.
In addition, a strong contigent of home-grown models fresh from the Autumn Winter 2013/14 international shows like Julia Nobis, Caitlin Lomax, Amanda Ware, Montana Cox, Rachel Rutt and Ruby Jean Wilson have walked this week.
Showing against a backdrop that combines the timeless with the modern, Lisa Ho’s show at the Art Gallery of NSW was not dissimilar to its surrounds. The designer sent a cohesive lineup of timeless and feminine pieces with a modern edge down the runway.
German botanist Ernst Haeckel and French art nouveau jeweller René Jules Lalique were the inspiration behind McCall’s organic silhouettes and powder hues. Ornate prints in oceanic hues were a highlight.
SERPENT & THE SWAN
It’s botanical meets insect prints in a way you’ve never seen before. Serpent & Swan made their fashion week debut with an exciting collection of uniquely beautiful and adrogynous pieces like leather harnesses over soft dresses and handcrafted gold and brass trimmings.
WE ARE HANDSOME
We Are Handsome are one on Sydney Social’s favourites and are known for bringing a colourful and cool vision to the runway and this year saw a clear and mature brand direction which drew inspiration from the travels, memories, music and imaginations of design duo Indhra Chagoury and Jeremy Somers.
In a spectacular staging, set in Sydney’s iconic Centennial Park, Camilla showed a diversification of her original resort-focused brand in her collection ‘Pachamama’, demonstrating once again why she has a loyal following amongst the style set.
Young talent was on show at the Raffles College of Design & Commerce show with Aurelia Santoso, Gabriel Lee, Ayaka Ichikawa, Diyana Kosso, Nara Sangngern and Virginia Killroy Liu presenting fresh and exciting pieces.
BRONX and BANCO
Taking a futuristic approach to their Spring Summer collection, Bronx & Banco showcased their clean, crisp and chic designs in a collaboration with Australian artist Charles Billich. Sharp fringes and quirky makeup tied in with the ‘Fifth Element’ feel.
WATSON X WATSON
Sisters Somer and Liberty Watson have established their label in a relatively short period of time for a young brand. The label is only two years old but is showing all the signs of being an industry mainstay.
Casual classics and soft tailoring made for a wearable collection of print and colour. Vanishing Elephant’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia debut showcased menswear alongside their third womenswear collection.
‘Bandits’, the debut collection for 20-year-old designer Khim Hang was a palette cleanser of pure whites in clean lines and myriad textures. Embossed leather, silk and neoprene underpinned a sport-luxe feel.
MICHAEL LO SORDO
Thinking outside the box, Michael Lo Sordo’s new collection features flowing lines and feminine detailing melded with masculine tailoring.
MB PRESENTS EASTON PEARSON
Presenting under the prestigious MB Presents award, Easton Pearson will show ‘Hyper Real’. Described as an intense fusion of colour and super nature, the show is sure to be one of the week’s high points and a spectacular showcasing of the label’s skill and craftsmanship.
CELEBS SEEN TODAY
Georgia May Jagger, Stephanie Rice, Nikki Phillips, Deni Hines, Phoebe Tonkin, Tammin Sursok, Annalise Braakensiek, Samara Weaving and Prinnie Stevens.
Tuesday 9th April not only marked my bother’s 25th birthday (happy birthday bro!!) it also marked day two of the amazingness that is Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia.
Sydney Social 101 brings you the highlights from throughout the day to whet your your appetite for the rest of the week ahead.
Remember to check out some of the highlights from twitter from behind the scenes:
After seeing Karla Spetic’s Spring Summer 2013/14 collection, it is easy to see why she was named ‘Best New Designer’ for 2013. Her bold colour palette paired with crisp white on minimal cocktail slips and light as air lace made for a highly polished, highly covetable collection.
GINGER and SMART
For Spring Summer 2013/14 Ginger & Smart explored the idea of transformation and an ornate minimalism. Prints and textures transforming shapes and silhouettes were graphic and slick.
Award winning Australian designer Kristy Lawrence has a definite design ethos and in her label Flannel she has found the perfect medium to translate her lifestyle into a signature range of fashion.
Talulah by designer Kelli Wharton is loved for its effortlessly confident and feminine style. The collection showcased a synergy of modern elegance meets cool and sexy in vibrant prints, bold colours and new textures.
The latest collection from the six-year-old label, entitled ‘Renegade’ was inspired by bandits and is an update on the label’s signature blend of strong silhouettes and luxurious fabrics. The venue reflected the brand’s style with guests welcome by eclectic characters.
Jayson Brunsdon’s Spring Summer 2013/14 collection was inspired by cinematic couture with an air of elegant glamour that’s synonymous with Jayson’s signature style. His designs feature a modern twist on sophisticated femininity.
Bringing their Melbourne label to Sydney’s runway, From Britten designers Alexander and Tim Britten-Finschi showcased a tailored collection of progressive menswear that showed their immaculate attention to detail.
Designer Toni Maticevski’s offering for Spring Summer 2013/14 took its cues from ’50s Grace Kelly with an upbeat contemporary twist. Proportion and shape were a clear focus with media raving about the collection.
Presenting in a bespoke location within Carriageworks, the Spring Summer collection from Manning Cartell featured innovative fabrics of colour, texture and print that deliver modern, independent and strong looks to the runway, both polished and undone.
The ghost-like black and white work of photographer Francesca Woodman inspired Kahlo’s designers Rachelle Sinclair and Fay Ogunbadejo to work textures and tones into the collection.
This year it’s not about what colour you’ll be wearing; it’s all about texture. At Aje’s show expect the label’s designs in luxurious fabrics and an elaborate floral wall by Saskia Havekes from Grandiflora
Inspired by one of Hollywood’s greatest icons, Kate Sylvester’s Spring Summer 2013/14 collection captures Marilyn Monroe‘s complex and conflicted beauty through soft and sharp silhouettes.
Celeb spotting: Jennifer Hawkins, Rachael Finch, Charlotte Dawson, Michael and Lindy Klim, Lisa Wilkinson, Kate Waterhouse, Natarsha Belling seen at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia today.
NOTABLE DELEGATES AT MERCEDES-BENZ FASHION WEEK AUSTRALIA
Celebrities Georgia May Jagger, Mel B, Deni Hines, Stephanie Rice, Nikki Phillips, Charlotte Best, blogger Susie Bubble, local bloggers Nicole Warne, Jessica Stein, and Zanita Morgan.
GEORGIA MAY JAGGER AND CAMILLA
British ‘it’ girl Georgia May Jagger will walk exclusively for Camilla in her show for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia at Centennial Park tomorrow at 1pm
NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for Trade and Investment, Andrew Stoner, announced today that Vivid Sydney 2013 will extend to the Darling Harbour precinct for the first time.
Developed, owned and managed by the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency Destination NSW, Vivid Sydney is an 18-day festival of light, music and ideas. It is the biggest festival of its kind in the southern hemisphere and will take place in Sydney from 24 May to 10 June.
For the first time in Vivid Sydney’s five-year history, Vivid Light will extend to Darling Harbour and transform the precinct into a spectacle of dancing water fountains, water screen projection performances and dazzling light and water shows, never seen before in Australia, masterminded by France’s legendary Aquatique Show International.
Aquatique Show International has developed and installed choreographed water and light shows for public entertainment for more than 30 years, amazing audiences in over 52 countries.
Mr Stoner said: “Vivid Sydney brings visitors something new and spectacular every year – and this year is no exception. Bringing Vivid Light to Darling Harbour will give visitors an amazing and unique Australian-first experience that will showcase the world’s best lighting and water technology, artistry and design. It’s sure to be something people will come back to many times over the duration of Vivid Sydney.
Today marked the return of the hotly anticipated Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia. This year welcomes a new venue, The Carriageworks!
Each day Sydney Social 101 will bring you the behind the scenes gossip and trends!
If you have any questions about any specific shows, please shout up!
Here we go:
As part of the opening celebrations, Camilla and Marc’s opening show marked ten years for the design duo with Clover Moore, Lara Bingle, Gracie Otto and Phoebe Tonkin showing support for the stunning label. Their Concentric collection, which is Inspired by the Russian Matryoshka doll, we saw bold prints and rich textures with the brand’s iconic modern elegance shining through.
Against an incredible industrial backdrop Christopher Esber presented an accomplished collection.
Aurelio Costarella celebrated 30 years in the industry with ‘Retrospect’, showcasing delicate embroidered silk gowns and sharp tailored suits. The intricate headpieces were designed by Reny Kestel.
In a presentation marking a milestone for the Perth designer, Aurelio Costarella played host to fellow Perth creative and singer Grace Woodroofe.
With a well-known eye for detail and precision, Esber’s latest offering is sure to cement his place amongst Australia’s leading design contemporaries.
Sunny and sophisticated with signature prints and uber-chic silhouettes, White Sand’s latest collection of swimwear will have you wishing summer was here again. Designer Leah Madden continues to deliver resortwear that looks just as good out of the water as it does in.
Pemmaraju’s luxury Ready-to-Wear designs feature the original artworks of renowned Indigenous Australian artists on a canvas of ethically hand-woven Indian fabrics.
An amalgamation of bright young design stars showing what Australia does best; swimwear. Gypsea, Maidenlove, Skye and Staghorn and Surface Too Deep. 90′s, sport-luxe, and bold brights will all be seen here.
BEC AND BRIDGE
For their Spring/Summer 2013/14 collection Bec & Bridge were inspired by textural fabrics like metallic and lurex knitwear. A far cry from last year’s tropical theme, this year you’ll see a strong presence of structured and layered dresses with a sexy 90′s edge.
Synonymous with style and elegance, Alex Perry revealed his latest collection of iconic made-to-measure and red carpets designs to a star-studded front Alex Perry.
The eighth collection from By Johnny, entitled ISSU(E)IGHT, sees the designer playing with negative space through his sculptural pieces, geometric op-art prints and asymmetrical designs.
ROMANCE WAS BORN
One of Sydney Social’s favourites! With influences that transcend the usual inspiration roster, the design duo will keep us guessing until they close day one of MBFWA with their signature decadence and madcap designs.
Spotted at MBFWA today: Susie Bubble, Tommy Ton, Candice Lake, Bryan Boy, the Facehunter Yvan Rodic, Citizen Couture’s Jason Jean and celebrities Sarah Murdoch, Megan Gale, Kate Waterhouse, Lara Bingle and Sam Harris!
Rumoured Celebrities and delegates attending tomorrow!
Celebrities Gracie Otto, Kelly Slater, Samara Weaving, Nikki Phillips, April Rose Pengilly and Samantha Jade, Jules Sebastian, bloggers and other notables; Candice Lake, Phil Oh, Tommy Ton, Natalie Joos and models Julia Nobis, Ruby Jean Wilson.
Last night Sydney Social was invited to sample Rekoderlig Cider’s brand new flavoured drink, which was launched at the first day of the 2013 Taste of Sydney Festival.
The Swedish mega brand, which is also the exclusive sponsor of the event, debuted its Passionfruit beverage in their swanky cider bar tent, and this refreshing concoction is the latest in the range added to their already exotic line.
The other flavours available are Apple, Pear, Strawberry-Lime, Wild Berries, Apple & Blackcurrant and Mango & Raspberry.
These fun flavours served in pint glasses appeal to men and women and the fruit alternatives make a great afternoon brew – especially in the Sydney sun!
“We are excited to part of this year’s Taste of Sydney,” Rekorderlig’s Marketing Manager Nikki Langford said.
Loyalty cards are on offer at the food festival, and those who purchase five drinks will get a goodie bag containing a bottle of their choice to take home, as well as a collectors glass and bottle opener.
The Rekorderlig bar is situated smack bang in the middle of the event, right next to the entrance, so it’s a perfect place for attendees to quench their thirst.
Taste of Sydney is an annual occasion, held in Centennial Park and celebrates the Sydney food scene, and the festivities this year will be running from March 14 to March 17.
Don’t miss your chance to head to the Swedish cider bar and for more info visit http://www.rekorderlig.com.au
The ninth annual Sydney Comedy Festival has announced its full program with over 150 amazing shows that will take place throughout Sydney and beyond, making it the biggest festival ever!
“With an overwhelming amount of applications and the addition of new venues including the iconic Harold Park Hotel, the Concourse Theatre, Chatswood, and an innovative new Container space at the Factory Theatre, Festival organisers have taken the plunge and rolled out 50 per cent more shows than ever before,” said festival director Jorge Menidis.
Continuing the expansion to new places, the Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase will visit regional New South Wales and Queensland for the first time ever with a line-up of some of the funniest and freshest acts from the Festival.
Following the first and second announcement of stellar headlining shows, the complete Sydney Comedy Festival 2013 program has now been unveiled and includes both Festival debuts and the return of crowd favourites.
Making his Enmore Theatre debut is the irrepressible David O’Doherty, pitching their tent at the Seymour Centre is the masters of physical comedy the Pajama Men and everyone’s favourite felt-faced raconteur Randy, will complete his first Sydney solo show at The Metro Theatre.
Performing at the Sydney Comedy Festival for the first time is UK-based Kiwi Jared Christmas, YouTube sensation Alex Williamson and the masked Mexican wrestling marvel El Jaguar.
Celebrating comedy from all over the world, the program also includes Singapore’s hottest new comics in The Sons of Singapore, a United Nations line-up of comedians including Angelo Tsarouchas and Tahir in the world famous Ethnic Comedy All-Stars and from the creators of ‘From Lebanon with Love’, Two & A Half Lebs.
Alongside the seemingly endless array of solo shows, the Festival’s much-loved showcases and special events will return bigger than ever before including the Secret Show, 60 in 60 and a re-vamped Festival Awards. Due to popular demand, Sydney’s biggest night of comedy, Cracker Night, will expand from one night to two and include a second Enmore show.
Rounding out the program is the return of the Festival’s Late Night Club at the Enmore Theatre’s Yalumba Wine Bar, where every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Festival guests can rub shoulders with their favourite comedians over a delicious beverage or two.
WHAT: The ninth annual Sydney Comedy Festival
WHEN: 22nd April to 11th May 2013
WHERE: Various venues across Sydney
TICKETS: On sale now
COST: Prices are varied. Visit http://www.sydneycomedyfest.com.au or call the Sydney Comedy Festival Box Office: 02 9020 6966
Last Saturday one of the biggest national music festivals, the sold out Future Music Festival, was home to 50,000 festival goers hit Sydney on Saturday 9th March at Randwick Racecourse.
In its 7th year, it has grown to be the biggest and most successful festivals in Australia, kicking off in Brisbane last weekend and finishing off in Adelaide today.
As the most popular music festival, it offers music across the genres from music legends of The Prodigy & Stone Roses through to pop culture with Rita Ora and YouTube sensation Psy.
With a fantastic line up and the only premium First Class Lounge in the country, available at $300 per head for the ultimate festival experience, music fans got to rub shoulders with TV stars, celebrities and fashionistas – all whilst enjoying the 360 degree views on a raised platform between both main stages.
The First Class tent also included a beauty bar which were headed up by Rimmel & Redken artists & hairdressers to keep the ladies looking fresh and beautiful all day
With the music industry changing rapidly with the rise of digital music, YouTube and illegal downloads, artists are progressively moving into live music performances to reach out to their fans, making festivals an important part of their career.
If you’re coming to Sydney next year or plan to still be here, make sure you get a ticket!!