ARMANI unveils the latest CASA Collection at Salone del Mobile in Milan

If architecture is for creating impactful solutions that arrange spaces with symmetry, ‘My job,’ says Giorgio Armani, ‘is to bring them to life using my aesthetic awareness.’

From the fascinating and complex story of Armani’s fashion comes, in an uninterrupted flow, a fusion which balances those idioms of the contemporary age, art and design, filtered by tastes and passions which create a unique and always recognisable style. A style governed by visual and material lightness seen in the minimal thicknesses and lightweight structures which accentuate the idea of floating.

This dimension, played out between urban and natural, is interpreted this season in the new Armani/Casa collection by the sophisticated combination of varied materials, the reference to mysterious gardens, and the use of colours with daring coordination in blocks, whose essential shades are red, indigo, green and an astonishing petrol green.

One totally new idea is to combine wood and plexiglass to embrace both warmth and cool transparency, where the visual lightness of the plexiglass contrasts with the solidity of the furniture. This is seen in the Net coffee table, a small support surface inspired by the chequer pattern.

The inlay alternates plexiglass and natural American walnut to produce a homage to the materials and to artisanal craft, thus resulting in actual one-offs. This sophisticated manufacturing technique is also used on Novello, the two-tier trolley, the low and square coffee table Nilo and the Nadia lamp, all of which have a simultaneously lightweight and compact appearance.

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Sarah Lim Named Inaugural Winner of $25,000 Carla Zampatti Award

UTS Fashion and Textiles graduate Sarah Lim has been named the winner of the inaugural $25,000 Carla Zampatti Foundation Design Award.

Fashion icon Carla Zampatti launched the annual award, saying she wanted to support further, international study by an outstanding graduate from Australia’s leading fashion degree, with the long-term goal of enhancing the Australian fashion industry.

The gift is believed to be one of the largest annual awards for a graduating Australian fashion student.

Lim will use the award money to support further study in the Fashion Design and Society graduate program at the prestigious Parsons School of Design in New York.

Zampatti says she hopes the award “will not only inspire and equip talented students for success but will also enrich the Australian fashion industry”.

“I’m so grateful to Carla Zampatti for both the award and the valuable feedback she has given me throughout the selection process,” Lim said today.

Lim – who describes her design aesthetic as focused on soft tailoring, mixed drapery and knitwear – hopes her time at Parsons will help broaden her experience and understanding of the global fashion industry, and further refine her design “handwriting”.

As the winner of the award, Lim will also have the opportunity to intern in the Carla Zampatti studio ahead of her overseas study, and to return to the fashion house to complete a capsule collection.

Italian-born Zampatti knows the difference an early mentor and a global perspective made in her own career.

“A relative, early in my career, took me aside and gave me the advice to venture solo into business,” she says. “They also lent me the funds to pursue my dream.

“There have been others who supported my passion to create a fashion brand and given sage advice at pivotal times,” she says. “I’ve always believed in ‘paying it forward’ and nurturing and encouraging new talent. That’s why, in partnership with UTS, I’ve established the Carla Zampatti Foundation Design Award, to support a student who possesses both creative talent and a passion for commercial longevity.”

The Carla Zampatti Foundation Design Award is awarded to honours student from the Bachelor of Design in Fashion and Textiles at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), which was recently ranked number one in Australia and number 13 in the world in the Global Fashion School Rankings*.

“The support of an icon like Carla Zampatti not only provides a greater opportunity for our most outstanding graduates to succeed in their studies, but through them it will also have long-lasting impact on the Australian fashion industry – as Carla Zampatti herself has done,” UTS Vice-Chancellor Attila Brungs says of the gift. “These young designers will return to Australia with the potential to one day be the leaders of the industry and the fashion innovators of the future.”

The Head of the UTS Design School, Professor Kate Sweetapple, says the sort of experience the award will support “sows the seeds for fashion innovation and business success” for graduates.

“The award provides a platform that, ultimately, could lead to a role with a senior label or the creation of their own label,” she says.

Graduates from the UTS degree have been prominent in awards for emerging designers and they can be found in postgraduate programs at a range of international design schools.

The two other 2018 finalists, Jessica Guzman and Lily Xu have also been accepted into the Masters program at Parsons School of Design.

Source: Carla Zampatti

David Jones marks Fashion Revolution Week with an exclusive capsule collection

David Jones has unveiled a capsule collection to mark Fashion Revolution Week. The capsule collection features 23 limited edition pieces, made in Australia exclusively for David Jones by four of its Ethical Clothing Australia (ECA®) accredited brands: Bianca Spender x The Social Outfit, Manning Cartell, Nobody Denim and Viktoria & Woods.


The capsule collection will be on sale from 16 April 2018 until 29 April 2018 (Fashion Revolution Week runs from 23-29 April), available from custom-built pop-up spaces at David Jones Elizabeth Street and Bourke Street. The full range will also be available from the David Jones Online Store on Sunday 15th April which will also feature exclusive pieces from each band.

The David Jones Fashion Revolution Week campaign aims to connect customers with the skilled garment makers producing clothing for some of Australia’s most loved fashion brands. Online and instore, the educational campaign shows the capsule being manufactured, highlighting ECA’s work to ensure safe working conditions and fair wages for workers in the local industry.

David Jones Managing Director Clothing and General Merchandise, David Collins said, “We are very pleased to be working with such a highly regarded group of Australian designers for Fashion Revolution Week 2018. It’s an incredibly powerful campaign which shines a spotlight on those who make our clothes and we are proud to support the movement with our campaign. Responsible sourcing is a key facet of the David Jones Good Business Journey and we hope the initiative enables our customers to gain an insight into how these collections were made so they can make more informed shopping choices.”

Fashion Revolution Week was established on 24 April, 2014, the first anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh, claiming the lives of 1,138 workers and injuring 2,500 others. Fashion Revolution celebrates fashion as a positive influence, and through the #WhoMadeMyClothes social media campaign, provides a platform to connect consumers to those who make their clothes. Fashion Revolution Week 2018 runs from April 23 – 29.

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Delicately Bold - New collection from Bras N Things, available in stores and online

Embrace lace and daring designs, with Bras N Things’ new Delicately Bold collection, available from today in stores and online.

The Isabella in Amaranth features Bras N Things most popular bodysuit shape, in a fresh fashion colour and is great for wearing by itself or layered up for a day or night look. For a more edgy look, choose the Pop Grunge bodysuit with soft, two tone lace perfect for layering.

Blush is one of the hottest fashion colours this season, and features prominently in this collection. The Denim Pearl has the ‘wow’ factor with blush and ivory lace, combined with satin caging elements and long line design. This style is a double push to give an extra lift.

With a matching suspender and v-string, the Allure Push Up featuring foil gold print over blush, satin detailing and corded lace is both glamourous and luxurious.The Valencia Tallulah full cup is the perfect combination of comfort and style, with a matching lace brazilian.

The sexy new shape of the Shell Demi is guaranteed to delight, with a cross-over front in super fine black tulle mesh lined with lace for a luxurious, feminine feel. Match with a suspender and V-String to complete the look.

Delight in darker tones with the navy satin and black lace of the Myriam Set, featuring cut out detailing, strapping and marquisette in the under cup for that extra support. Add the matching suspender to turn it into a strikingly daring set. The Myriam set also has an adjustable mini V so can be worn across many sizes.

The Dreamer PJ set and Wrap is a Bras N Things favourite and now available in a gorgeous navy blue. The navy Dreamer collection perfectly complements the Myriam set, or of course the sheer lace cami, French knicker and wrap can be worn as separates.

Source: Bras N Things

Australia's best chefs #CookForSyria on Monday, June 18

To support UNICEF’s lifesaving work for children in Syria, Australia’s top chefs are coming together this June to create a special dinner at Three Blue Ducks Rosebery, Sydney. Hosted by UNICEF Australia Ambassador, Adam Liaw, the dinner, held on Monday 18 June, is part of a month-long, nationwide fundraising initiative, #CookForSyria, in aid of UNICEF Australia’s Syria Crisis Appeal for Children.

Over 20 of the country’s top kitchen talent are collaborating to create an unforgettable night, serving signature dishes with a Syrian inspired twist. These chefs include Kylie Kwong (Billy Kwong), Carol & Sharon Salloum (Almond Bar), Jordan Toft (Bert’s), Mark LaBrooy & Andy Allen (Three Blue Ducks), Luke Powell (LPs Quality Meats), Palisa Anderson (Chat Thai), Josh & Julie Niland (Saint Peter), Matt Stone & Jo Barrett (Oakridge Wines, VIC), Duncan Welgemoed & Imogen Czulowski (Africola, SA), Paul Carmichael (Momofuku Seiōbo), Lennox Hastie (Firedoor), James Viles (Biota), Monty Koludrovic (Icebergs & The Dolphin Dining Room), Jacqui Challinor (NOMAD), Andy Bowdy (Saga) and Gregory Llewellyn (Hartsyard).

The chefs will put a Syrian stamp on one of their signature dishes, creating a memorable and fun family-style feast. Palisa Anderson will serve up pork sausages with a Zoug inspired Nahm prik chilli relish, Kylie Kwong will bring back her crispy organic saltbush cakes with Syrian spices, and Josh and Julie Niland will turn eel on its head with a smoked eel moutabbal & beetroot jam donut.

Adam Liaw travelled to Jordan in February to meet Syrian children and their families living in Za’atari Refugee Camp,15 km from the Syrian border. “The magnitude of what faces the displaced people of Syria has to be seen to be believed. Tents and temporary homes stretch as far as the eye can see, housing hundreds of thousands of people who have been through the unimaginable horrors of war”, says Adam.

“One of the things that gives the residents of the camps hope of one day returning to their old life is going through the everyday routine of normal living. Food is a huge part of that, and the camps are filled with shops that sell breads, sweets, shawarma, and groceries. UNICEF’s work in Jordan provides help and hope to Syrian refugees and funds raised as part of this campaign are vital for continuing this effort.”

The cause is close to Almond Bar’s Salloum sisters’ hearts; “We believe that if you are capable of making the smallest effort in life to assist another human being in need then you should. Syria has needed the assistance of the world around it for just over seven years now and such an event is the perfect way to get involved in fulfilling that need. Hospitality is the essence of Middle Eastern culture, it is a way of life, an innate quality that is shaped and nourished by our families”.

The #CookForSyria campaign aims to encourage everyone from top chefs and restaurants, to people at home, to cook and raise money to help children affected by the conflict in Syria. The global movement has to date raised more than AUD $1 million and counting.

Throughout June restaurateurs, chefs, bakers and café owners from around the country are also invited to take part in #CookForSyria by putting a Syrian inspired twist on one of their favourite signature dishes (or by creating a new dish) and donating $5 from each sale of the dish. Syrian cuisine is one of the oldest in the world and reflects the country’s rich cultural heritage with influences from the Middle East and beyond.
For registration, please visit:

The dinner will kick off at 6.30pm on Monday 18 June, at Three Blue Ducks in Rosebery.
Tickets are $280/ person (plus booking fee) and will include canapés, cocktails on arrival, a shared Syrian-inspired feast and wines.

For reservations, visit Three Blue Ducks –

Source: Three Blue Ducks