TWO SPARROW swimwear: pieces made from plastic bottles and fishing nets found in the ocean

Two Sparrow Australia is a sustainable swimwear brand with a focus on creating comfortable, luxurious swimwear for the socially conscious woman.

All Two Sparrow swimwear fabrics are made of recycled plastic bottles and fishing nets found in the ocean, aiming to reduce the impact fast fashion has on the earth.

It takes over 200 years for regular swimwear made of nylon to degrade in landfill when thrown out (Generic classification based on chemical composition as defined by the Textile Fiber Products Identification aCT (Manufactured Category))

Two Sparrow is aiming to close the loop by ensuring the brand’s swimwear does not end up in landfill by participating in the ‘Recycle your Kini’ program. When a Two Sparrow swimsuit’s life comes to an end, the owner can send a message via the ‘Recycle your Kini’ enquiry form for a return postbag (Recycled Poly Mailer) which will be mailed out free of charge. From there the swimwear will be sent back to its original source to be further recycled, ensuring it does not go to landfill like regular swimwear which can take up to 200 years to degrade if it was not further recycled.

Two Sparrow Australia is the creation of Jade Sewell-Robertson who says, “Sustainability is not just a hot topic – it’s the actions we can all take to ensure we do not continue to deplete our natural resources; reducing the ecological imbalance fast fashion creates.”

There’s a two-part mission to Two Sparrow – Sewell-Robertson wants to be a part of the change in making all fashion sustainable including materials, manufacturing and packaging as well as creating beautiful, flattering styles that encourage happiness in women.

Sewell-Robertson of Two Sparrow is fully focused on reducing the impact fast fashion has on the earth through ensuring the right fit and style using AI technology to encourage confidence, wherever in the world you may be.

Sewell-Robertson’s background is in both business and technology says using AI technology helps to get the right fit encouraging sustainability further through less returns and less waste through appropriate sizing – “through our digital fitter, our products are able to find the perfect size, first time round ensuring maximum confidence when wearing bathers because they actually fit”, says Sewell-Robertson.

“When purchasing swimwear for summer, invest in swimwear that is ethically and sustainably made”, says Sewell Robertson. “Buy less, buy better quality and better fitting swimwear to reduce waste from fast swimwear”.

Not only is Two Sparrow ticking the boxes from an ethical and sustainability point of view, Sewell-Robertson made sure the swimwear brand contained something for everyone. “I wanted to create something I wanted to wear to the beach or that my girlfriends would feel comfortable wearing, says Sewell- Robertson. The launch collection contains underwire tops, soft cups, off the shoulder, high waist, V-bottoms, Midi-bottoms, low back one-pieces and rashie-styles.

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POP SENSATION KESHA JOINS MARDI GRAS PARTY LINE-UP

The party don’t start till she walks in! Glitter goddess and self-proclaimed dance commander Kesha, has officially been announced as a performer at the official Mardi Gras Party on Saturday 29 February, 2020.

Kesha has established herself as a defining voice of the decade, having topped the charts with her iconic debut “Tik Tok” and the anthemic “We R Who We R”, as well crafting a smorgasbord of 2010’s top-ten hits which include “Blah Blah Blah”, “Your Love Is my Drug”, “Take It Off”, “Blow”, “Die Young” and her ground-breaking 2017 comeback “Praying”.

Since her debut in 2009 Kesha has gone on to become one of the most successful recording artists of the 21st century and has sold over 134 million records worldwide. She has amassed a stellar assortment of accolades including: the 5th best-selling single in digital history with “Tik Tok”; 24 award wins comprising the Billboard Women in Music Trailblazer Award and the Gretchen Wyler Genesis Award; and 89 award nominations including seven Billboard Music Awards, two Grammy Awards and three American Music Awards.

Kesha last week dropped both the song and video for “My Own Dance”, the irreverently witty new single from her hotly anticipated upcoming album ‘High Road’ (out Jan 10 on Kemosabe/RCA Records). The release continues the wave of addictively fun and perfectly crafted pop started by the acclaimed gospel-inspired rave banger “Raising Hell” (feat. Big Freedia).

One of the music industry’s most prominent LGBTQI rights activists, Kesha received the 2016 Human Rights Campaign’s Visibility Award for her outstanding efforts in promoting equality, and was nominated for outstanding musical artist at the 2018 GLAAD Awards. In 2010 Kesha lent her voice to Dan Savage’s “It Gets Better” campaign and wrote her chart topping smash ‘We R Who We R’ as a direct response to news that bullying had led to multiple suicides of gay youth.

Joining the previously announced pop sensation headliner Dua Lipa, is Kesha who along with stacked line-up of eccentric and extraordinary performers and DJs from home and abroad who will fill the atmosphere with pulsing techno, tantalizing house and euphoric gay anthems till the early hours.

The Mardi Gras Party is Australia’s most treasured LGBTQI Party! 2020 will see Mardi Gras transform The Hordern Pavilion and surrounding areas into a brand-new adult play land, bursting with music, light and performance across new fantasy worlds for you to immerse yourself. Continue riding the joyous vibes post-Parade as our communities come together in this multi-sensory feast.

Get in quick, fourth release tickets are on sale now and selling fast! To book, go to www.mardigras.org.au.

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Inside the the NGV Gala 2019

The third annual NGV Gala has celebrated the opening of the unprecedented, world premiere exhibition, Keith Haring & Jean-Michel Basquiat: Crossing Lines which intertwines the work of two of the world’s most celebrated conceptual artists.

In an Australian exclusive appearance, international hip-hop/rap group Salt-N-Pepa performed their hit songs “Push It”, “Let’s Talk About Sex”, “Shoop” and “Whatta Man”. International lenders to the blockbuster exhibition were In attendance at the NGV Gala including original stylist to Madonna and famed polaroid photographer Maripol, Warhol Muse and art collector ‘Baby’ Jane Holzer and International superstar artist KAWS.

The night also included three highlight fashion moments on the red carpet with Australian model AKIIMA styled in a spectacular avant-garde Victor & Rolf couture creation, actress Tasia Zalar wearing an elegant dress and jewellery by Indigenous designers Lyn-Al Young and Maree Clarke (both featured In Vogue’s 60th anniversary Issue), Australian model Andreja Pejic dressed in custom Romance Was Born and Gina Riley’s daughter up and coming actress Maggie McKenna In custom Jason Grech.

KEY GUESTS WHO ATTENDED:

  • Georgia May Jagger & Lizzy Jagger: models and daughters of Jerry Hall & Mick Jagger
  • Salt-N-Pepa: Hip Hop/rap duo
  • Andreja Pejic: Supermodel
  • Akiima: Australian Model
  • Tasia Zalar: Actress
  • Rachel Griffiths: Actress

  • Megan Gale and Shaun Hampson: Australian Model/ Retired footballer
  • Phoebe Tonkin: Australian Actress
  • Gemma Ward: Australian Model
  • Isabel Lucas: Australian Actress and Model
  • Samantha Harris: Australian Model
  • Courtney Barnett: Musician
  • Isabella Manfredi: Australian Musician
  • Bella Heathcote: Australian Actress

  • Magda Szubanski: Australian Actress
  • Isabella Giovinazzo: Australian Actress
  • Kate Ceberano: Musician
  • Jacob Luppino & Anthony Pittorino; J’Aton Designers
  • Rebecca Judd: TV Presenter/ Wife of Chris Judd
  • Cameron Robbie: Social Influencer/ Brother of Margot Robbie
  • Natasha Oakley: Social Influencer
  • Elliot Garnaut: Stylist

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Jan Logan X Tilda Cobham-Hervey collection

JAN LOGAN  has unveiled the 30th anniversary Merindah Collection for 2020 – a celebration of Jan Logan’s personal journey from the sweeping plains of northwest New South Wales to a celebrated and iconically Australian jewellery company.

 

Merindah is a name, meaning beautiful. It comes from the indigenous Gadigal people off the east coast of Australia. Individual pieces in the collection are also a testament to this country’s unique landscape, from Brindabella to the Whitsundays.

In essence, the collection represents JAN LOGAN’s heritage with jewellery for the woman who appreciates ancestral design. Both unique and contemporary, each piece is feminine, fluid and wearable in every way.

From the splendid Tilda aquamarine and diamond earrings, to the strength of the Kimberley ring, the clean lines of the Merindah rings to the organic inspiration of the Brindabella pieces, the collection features a range of unique fine jewellery designed to celebrate life’s many moments, both large and small.

For this major milestone, JAN LOGAN is delighted to introduce Australian actor, Tilda Cobham-Hervey as the stunning face of the Merindah Collection. Tilda has been nominated for an AACTA Award in 2019 for Best Supporting Actor for her compelling role in Hotel Mumbai and is set to star in the highly anticipated Helen Reddy biopic, I am Woman in 2020.

“I was so thrilled when I was approached by the JAN LOGAN family to appear in one of their beautiful campaigns. With so many of my wonderful friends in the industry being chosen as faces of JAN LOGAN in the past and to be able to wear such feminine and luxurious but accessible pieces, how could I possibly say no. Having met Jan and hearing her story, she is clearly a visionary – someone similar to the roles I look for in my career. It is an honour and delight to work with such a special family and to be the face of the Merindah Collection in such a milestone moment for the brand celebrating 30 years of business recognition and success”.

JAN LOGAN has no doubt the Australian-born, LA-based talent’s impressive career is set to soar and will be watching her progression with anticipation and pride. JAN LOGAN dedicates this collection in honour of both our journey and our country.

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Offical launch of Flickerfest 2020 at Bondi Icebergs

The 29th Flickerfest short film festival has launched at a star-studded event at Bondi Icebergs Dining Room and Bar.

A record 3,500 entries from over 100 countries have been received for Flickerfest 2020; a testimony to the fact that Flickerfest is one of the world’s leading and most respected platforms for short film. From this large entry field only around 200 of the very best most creative and inspiring shorts will be screened at the Festival, across 16 competitive programmes and four showcase programmes all guaranteed to make you laugh, cry and gasp with delight.

 

Key highlights from the Australian program, which will feature 55 films in total with some brilliant entries for 2020. Many of these films selected will have their World or Australian Premiere at Flickerfest or have been recognized at A- list international festivals including Venice, Tribeca, Sundance and BFI London.

Some of which include the world premiere of Chicken by Papua New Guinean-Australian director and writer, Alana Hicks and The Sand That At The Sea by Matthew Thorne. The Hitchhiker by Bondi local and emerging talent, Adele Vuko the woman behind the viral hits Activewear and I Got That Flow.

The Australian Premiere of Diver a film by Michael Leonard and Jamie Helmer, which had its world premiere at Venice Film Festival and the NSW Premiere of Backpedal by Dani Pearce who won the Cannes Young Director Award at the Cannes New Creators Showcase earlier this year. The International program will feature the Australian premiere of White Echo, the third short film project which American actress Chloë Sevigny, has written and directed. Also featuring fresh from its Venice premier is The Tear’s Thing by acclaimed French actress Clemence Poesy (Harry Potter) and the captivating thriller Talk starring William Baldwin.

All films officially selected at Flickerfest are competing for a number of awards across various areas of the filmmaking craft, including the Flickerfest Award for Best International Film, the Yoram Gross Award For Best Animation and the Flickerfest Award For Best Australian Film- all Academy Qualifying.

Flickerfest is Australia’s only Academy®TM accredited and BAFTA recognised short film festival and, in its 29th year, is one of Sydney’s most enduring and adored summer events. Flickerfest kicks off the summer cinema season each year under the stars at Bondi with panoramic outdoor cinemas screening the very best short films on offer from Australia and around the world. After wrapping up the 10-day festival in Bondi, the very best flicks from the festival will then hit the road to 50+ destinations across the country for its annual tour between January and May 2018.

Flickerfest screens a vast array of film styles and genres and proud to be bringing back beloved showcase categories such as FlickerKids – a full day of delightful family programming, Rainbow Shorts, featuring the highest quality LGBTIQ+ shorts, Short Laughs – a program of pure joy and side-splitting laughs, Love Bites – juicy stories about relationships and will also feature the very special FlickerUp National Youth Competitions for talented Australian filmmakers under 18 plus an all new ASEAN Region Competition for 2020 in partnership with DFAT and Australian Now 2019.

Source: Flickerfest