Summer Kane and Bree Warren launch Bras N Things' new Pure Body range of light as air t-shirt bras

Using the latest technology, the Pure Body spacer cups gently lift and shape with breathable, extra lightweight fabric and lace for cooling comfort with a touch of elegance.

Pure Body was specially designed to have the lightest feel of the entire Bras N Things range, while still offering comprehensive support, comfort and coverage for all women.

Featuring Summer Kane and Bree Warren as the faces of the new campaign, Pure Body is a perfect t-shirt bra but is also a gorgeous every day, evening or special occasion bra.

Bras N Things GM of Product Francesca Anderson said: “Our customers love the light weight feel and support that spacer cup technology provides. We designed this new Pure Body range with a modern look using the latest technology, to ensure our customers can enjoy the ‘light as air’ feel and comfort of a t-shirt bra while also having the option of a lace overlay feature for a more feminine touch. This range is available in contour, strapless and full cup options up to a G cup and is designed to give every woman that luxuriously light feeling of wearing a t-shirt bra without compromising on support, coverage, or comfort.”

Choose either lace coverage around the band or full lace coverage across the entire bra. Available in black, white and blush. Pure Body features contour, strapless and full cup options, available up to a G cup. Pair with matching microfiber Brazilian to complete the set.

Source: Bras N Things 


A festival celebrating female winemakers, brewers & distillers is coming to Sydney

Want to celebrate International Women’s Day with a bevvy (or two) made by fearless females? 

Wine retailer Cellarmasters and liquor retailer BWS have joined forces to create Australia’s first drinks festival with an all-female lineup. The inaugural Meet the Makers: Women in Beer, Wine & Spirits is taking place in Sydney, and drinks lovers can meet some of Australia’s and New Zealand’s finest female brewers, winemakers and distillers. 

“We want to shine a well-deserved spotlight on women in winemaking, distilling and brewing, which are traditionally male dominated industries. But thanks to these trailblazing women, this is now changing, “said Christine Ricketts, Cellar Director at Cellarmasters.

The number of women employed in wine making is estimated to be 38 percent. However, when it comes to leadership and senior roles, female representation has been estimated at 10 percent or less.

According to Australian Distillers Association, women make up approximately 15% of distillers in the industry. There are no official stats on the number of female brewers in Australia.

“Although the industry is changing, there’s still a long way to go. This event is all about celebrating women in beer, wine and spirits and giving customers an opportunity to meet these incredible women and try their products,” said Vanessa Rowed, BWS Head of Marketing.

Meet the Makers: Women in Beer, Wine & Spirits is taking place at Australian Technology Park in Sydney, and kicks off with a session on Friday 8 March, International Women’s Day, and two more sessions take place on Saturday 9 March.

Up to 30 winemakers, distillers and brewers will be serving samples during the festival. Winemakers include Gwyn Olsen from Briar Ridge and Pepper Tree Wines, Sarah Pidgeon from Wynns Coonawarra and Elena Brooks from Dandelion. Brewers and distillers include Jayne Lewis and Danielle Allen from Two Birds Brewing, Laura Carter from Applewood Distillery, Harriet Leigh from Archie Rose and Jaz Wearin from Modus Operandi.

Tickets start from $45 per session, and include complimentary tastings from all producers, a branded glass to keep, a booklet and entertainment. Masterclasses are also available at an additional cost.

Source: Cellar Masters


Bettina Liano A/W Collection

February 2019 will see the return of one of Australia’s most iconic denim brands, Bettina Liano. 

Best known for wardrobe staples such as denim jeans and jersey dresses, Bettina Liano first made its mark in the global fashion industry in the 1980’s. 

The brands signature style of femininity, coupled with a unique edginess, captured the eyes of many local and international celebrities including Kim Kardashian, Portia De Rossi, Venus and Serena Williams, Kelly Rowland, Madonna, Alicia Keys, Delta Goodrem, Britney Spears, Pink, Elle McPherson, Sophie Monk, Courtney Love, Paris Hilton, Liz Hurley and Kylie Minogue to name a few, making Bettina Liano the name on everyone’s hips.

Three decades on, the Bettina Liano brand is returning to the fashion scene with a new vision to redefine affordable fashion. Now owned by Apparel Group, the brand will attract a new generation of modern women with pieces that are inspired by the hottest trends and don’t break the bank. 

Designed by a team of experienced designers, the autumn/ winter collection will feature signature skinny denim styles in a variety of washes and colours, as well as fashion forward high waisted flares, denim minis and a range of on-trend basics such as tees and shirts.

High quality details remain, including the easily recognisable yellow tag, double stitching and branded hardware. “We are redefining the relationship between fashion, quality and price, and are excited to bring the much-loved brand back into the wardrobes of Australian women,” said Andrew Michael, Director of the Apparel Group.

The Bettina Liano collection will launch mid – February.

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Edward Crutchley and Colovos win the 2019 International Woolmark Prize

Edward Crutchley and Colovos have been announced the winners of the menswear and womenswear 2019 International Woolmark Prize, presented at a star-studded event during London Fashion Week. Crutchley was also announced as the winner of the Innovation Award, celebrating the most innovative or sustainable approach to systems production, materials, textile design or product design.

The award, staged at Lindley Hall was judged by a highly esteemed panel, including Alber Elbaz, Tim Blanks, Laura Brown, Sinead Burke, Gwendoline Christie, Julie Davies, David Fischer, Colette Garnsey, Marc Goehring, Gert Jonkers, Floriane de Saint Pierre and Sara Sozzani Maino along with representatives from the International Woolmark Prize retail partner network.

“There were 12 great designers today from around the world,” explained Alber Elbaz. “It was quite wonderful to see designers from places like Korea, China and Sweden, because sometimes in fashion we think everything happens in Paris, so this was a reminder that the world is big and fashion comes from everywhere around the world.”

Hailing from the UK, unisex label Edward Crutchley’s work is grounded in an innate understanding and appreciation of artisanal textiles.

“I think it speaks volumes that there is a such a clear consensus on the winner of the International Woolmark Prize this year for Menswear and Innovation,” said Tim Blanks. “I don’t think there’s ever been a designer like Edward Crutchley in the competition. I find the whole idea of him being a winner and the figurehead of creative innovative use of wool in the fashion industry so exciting. I can’t wait to see what’s going to happen.”

By exploring global cultural references and aspects of material culture, Crutchley’s garments push the boundaries of form, silhouette and surface. Looking outside of traditional cultural signifiers to more sub-cultural references, Crutchley fuses a biker jacket with an 18th Century frock coat, reimagines the grungy tie-die on an American college knit with the help of the head of Kyoto Guild of Shibori Masters and references the cowboy’s role within America’s identity.

“This win means everything,” says Crutchley. “It has changed my life forever. It’s going to change the way I design and approach everything. I’m incredibly flattered.

“All of these references come together in a collection made from 100% Merino wool. I have used a wide range of techniques that celebrate the touch of the artisan. My approach to innovation within this collection has been very much focused on artisanal skills and how these can be celebrated and used in a relevant and modern way. Every fabric I have used is exclusive and developed solely for this collection.”

Husband and wife duo Michael and Nicole Colovos’ winning womenswear collection referenced classic wool sportswear and workwear throughout history yet updated this concept with modern proportions and patterning techniques.

“Colovos’ work stood out for its quiet evidence,” explained Floriane de Saint Pierre. “Its pure design aesthetics, genuine functionality and the amazing and innovative use of super-light wool, combined with the founders’ attention to sustainability, make them deserve this great award and recognition.”

Sourcing innovative wool fabrications with contemporary finishes that evoke the look and feel of denim and silk; comfortable, effortless and trans-seasonal wool fabrics were created. The tailored coats, pants and skirts are made from wool that is completely traceable, washable and colour- and shrink-proof.

“Our goal was to create a luxury, modern collection with a fully sustainable proposition,” explained Michael Colovos. “We are committed to principles of zero waste in manufacturing, so all production waste and end-of-life garments will be recycled to create new fabrics, a process that uses steam, heat and citrus to breakdown the fabric waste and create a new fibre to be spun into fully recyclable yarns.”

Chosen from more than 300 entrants from across the world, the 12 finalists at this year’s award were: ALBUS LUMEN – Australia; ANGEL CHEN – China; Brandon Maxwell – United States; CMMN SWDN – Sweden; Colovos – United States; DANIEL w. FLETCHER – United Kingdom; EDWARD CRUTCHLEY – United Kingdom; i-am-chen – Hong Kong; Nicholas Daley – United Kingdom; Willy Chavarria – United States; Yohei Ohno – Japan; and YOUSER – Korea.

“What I love about the International Woolmark Prize for emerging designers is that it gives a sense of stability and support and that’s so missing and rare in the fashion industry – the idea of being able to further designers’ careers,” said Gwendoline Christie.

Both Edward Crutchley and Colovos will each receive AU$200,000 to help support the development of their business. In addition, Crutchley will receive a further AU$100,000 for his Innovation Award win. Both winners will also receive ongoing industry mentor support, Woolmark certification for their winning collection and the opportunity to be stocked in some of the world’s most prestigious department stores and boutiques, including Boon The Shop, David Jones, Harvey Nichols, Hudson’s Bay, Lane Crawford, LECLAIREUR, mytheresa.com, ORDRE, Parlour X and Takashimaya.

Source: The Woolmark Company


Rodan + Fields Introduces SPOTLESS, a Groundbreaking Acne Solution, and Expands into the Teen Market

Rodan & Fields, LLC (Rodan + Fields), a prestige, dermatology-inspired skincare brand, and the #1 skincare brand in North America has announced the launch of SPOTLESS, a patent-pending teen and young adult acne solution. Stanford-trained dermatologists Dr. Katie Rodan and Dr. Kathy Fields, who transformed at-home solutions for millions with their first acne success, are leveraging their 25-plus years of experience to revolutionize the category once again. With SPOTLESS, Rodan + Fields offers a solution to treat acne, a debilitating dermatological condition and the #1 skin condition in the US, which impacts 85 percent of teens and young adults.

SPOTLESS features a BPO2 Technology that leverages Benzoyl Peroxide in a groundbreaking new way. Rodan + Fields has developed an innovative liquid form of Benzoyl Peroxide – an industry first – to get through the skin’s stubborn biofilms, helping to bring the microbiome inside the pores back to balance and effectively combat the entire acne cycle. A two-step system, SPOTLESS delivers visible results from Day 1 and makes it easy for teens to be compliant and achieve even better results over time.

“As practicing dermatologists, product developers and women, we understand the emotional, physical and scientific aspects of acne,” said Dr. Katie Rodan, Co-Founder of Rodan + Fields. “Working side-by-side with our team of scientists and innovators we’ve pioneered many skincare firsts, and we’re thrilled to have discovered a game-changing way to treat acne for teens,” said Dr. Kathy Fields, Co-Founder of Rodan + Fields.

Rodan + Fields recognizes the impact acne has on people of all ages – including the 40 percent of adults who experience acne – and knows adult skin requires a different approach than teen skin. With that in mind, the company has updated its UNBLEMISH Regimen, designed to address adult acne, as well as the visible signs of aging, with new formulas that feature Benzoyl Peroxide and Salicylic Acid.

“With our Founders’ unique perspective and expertise, we believe these formulas will be a breakthrough in the category and give the overwhelming majority of consumers who experience acne an easy, at-home solution,” said Diane Dietz, President and CEO of Rodan + Fields. “We are just scratching the surface of the $124B global skincare category and launching SPOTLESS provides a significant opportunity to reach a new set of customers.”

The SPOTLESS and UNBLEMISH Regimens are available through Rodan + Fields Independent Consultants who power the company’s unique consumer-connected commerce model, and at rodanandfields.com.

Source: Rodan + Fields