We Are Handsome Resort: fashion week rundown

We Are Handsome presented the world’s first ‘on runway’ 360 VR at MBFWA 2016, in collaboration with technology and lifestyle brand +61. Fans were be able to stream the experience live, as it happened through their smart phones, VR headsets and 360 video, as well as relive the experience afterwards.

The event was attended by global VIPs, local and international press and buyers along with a strong front row celebrity attendance including: Christine Centenera, Catherine Baba, Sarah Ellen, Ksenija Lukich, Leah Simmons, Natalie Cantell, Kate Peck, Lewis Holland and Charlotte Caslick.

Capturing the vibrant essence of the 90’s, We Are Handsome presented a Resort 2017 Collection unashamedly bright and captivating, whilst the runway experience was a dark, industrial and moody set complete with a giant extraction fan inspired by an underground urban landscape.

The collection, made up of Swim and Active features bright pop colours alongside super high and racy low cuts, referencing a generation of acid wash, hip hop, hyper graphics, colour clashing and oozing overall confidence.


Cossies bring the cool to Australian fashion week

International supermodel Shanina Shaik has returned to Sydney as a guest of Etihad Airways and will walk exclusively for Oscar de la Renta tonight.

Making its Australian runway debut, Oscar de la Renta will close Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia, in Sydney, with an exclusive collection, becoming one of the first international luxury brands to present alongside Australia’s top talent at fashion week.

Friday’s mega event will begin with red carpet arrivals from 7:00pm for an 8:00pm show in The Runway at Carriageworks, followed by an after party at Sydney Opera House.

As fashion week draws to a close, Thursday’s starting collection where swimwear & active wear – two areas that Australian designers excel.

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The extremely popular P.E Nation activewear collection, designed by Pip Edwards, has sold through the roof with prominent retailer David Jones already putting a second order in for the cult brand.

Other labels that featured on the second last day of fashion week included Bondi Bather, Han, We Are Handsome, Camilla, Duskii and leading American label, Cynthia Rowley, who presented cool swimwear and active collections.

Restaurateur and designer Maurizio Terzini, of Icebergs Bar and Dining Room fame, took over a sound stage at Fox Studios to unveil Ten Pieces  – a luxe, sportswear label favoured by the cool and understated fashion set.

The Oscar de la Renta will be presented at fashion week by Etihad Airways and supported by MBFWA strategic partner, the New South Wales Government through its tourism and major events agency Destination NSW.


Chef Curtis Stone's Restaurant Arrives Down Under on Sun Princess

Australians can finally enjoy a taste of Chef Curtis Stone’s cuisine close to home with his first local restaurant arriving down under on Princess Cruises’ superliner Sun Princess.

While Australians are very familiar with the Melbourne-born chef, SHARE by Curtis Stone is the first opportunity to taste his cuisine locally. Curtis opened his first restaurant Maude in Beverly Hills in 2014 and is also in the midst of opening his second restaurant Gwen in Hollywood. 

His debut closer to home follows an exclusive partnership with Princess Cruises which features “Crafted by Curtis” menu items in the main dining rooms across the entire 18-ship fleet, the introduction of the signature SHARE restaurant to three ships and also a special Chef’s Table by Curtis Stone experience. 

By the end of this year, two of Curtis’ restaurants will operate in local waters with SHARE also featuring on Emerald Princess, which arrives in Sydney in November for its first Australian season.


Romance Was Born take a little style direction from Liberace for their Australian fashion week show

PURE, unadulterated and simply sensational theatre came to Australian Fashion week as Romance Was Born took over one of Sydney’s most magical homes to unveil their resort fashion collection.

Carthona, the stately home in salubrious Darling Point and owned by Roslyn and Tony Oxley was the perfect backdrop for a collection full of Liberace-inspired clothes that had more theatre on them than a Broadway show and more detail on them than a Las Vegas revue.

The collection, called Whispering Angel, was explained like this: ‘a host of heavenly angels on a wing and prayer to deliver us a secret celestial correspondence from yesteryear’. Right. On.

The Romance design pair and best mates — Luke Sales and Anna Plunkett — used starlets of the silver screen and particularly Liberace as their design influence.

“Liberace is the bravura for the entire collection,” said Luke.

“His over the top and lavish lifestyle and opulent costumes, all rhinestone encrusted and festooned with feathers encapsulate the inspiration that shapes this season.”

The design pair, who also dressed fashion supremo Daphne Guiness who was in Sydney for the opening of the Isabella Blow exhibit, once had the chance to work with John Galliano but preferred to make Australia their base camp.

No matter where they are based, the pair continue to create incredibly intricate pieces that both stun and impress the industry and their legion of fans.

While not always, well, ‘wearable’, what you get with Romance was Born, is pure fantasy fashion with every piece making a serious statement. And how refreshing to see their creativity not thwarted, particularly in a marketplace crowded by fast and obviously bland fashion.

Cate Blanchett has been a long-time admirer and wearer of Romance, her crocheted dress worn to an event in Melbourne, dividing self-anointed arbiters all around the world.
Ms Blanchett also has worked with the pair on theatre productions in Australia.

While not always, well, ‘wearable’, what you get with Romance was Born, is pure fantasy fashion with every piece making a serious statement. And how refreshing to see their creativity not thwarted, particularly in a marketplace crowded by fast and obviously bland fashion.

Cate Blanchett has been a long-time admirer and wearer of Romance, her crocheted dress worn to an event in Melbourne, dividing self-anointed arbiters all around the world.
Ms Blanchett also has worked with the pair on theatre productions in Australia.

THE VERDICT: Romance is a design name that masterly fuses art with clothes. OTT? Indeed. Memorable? Absolutely. And that’s what we all need to see, even to take our minds off the reality of our every day lives.

As the designers say themselves ‘too much of a good thing is wonderful’.

This article was originally posted on news.com.au


Supermodel to hit town for fashion week closing show

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AS the  word ‘supermodel’ is at times, somewhat overused, a legitimate one is landing in Sydney tomorrow.

Shanina Shaik is arriving in Sydney ‘to walk’ exclusively for the final show at fashion week on Friday night.

American fashion label, Oscar de la Renta, is an iconic name and was the perfect choice for Mercedes Australian Fashion Week organisers, IMG, in order to make Australian fashion week a much more viable international showcase of resort fashion collections.

While industry sources tell news.com.au the 400k appearance price tag – the amount allegedly paid to Bella Hadid who walked for Aussie label Misha Collection yesterday, – has been wildly exaggerated, Shania, at 25, certainly won’t be in that pay-for-prance league.

Shanina has become an international star in the modelling world particularly after being part of the annual mega Victoria’s Secret show as well as being the face of Kookai and the likes of Bonds and Bloomingdales.

Aussie-born Shanina is en route to Sydney now and is being brought out by Etihad Airways, which has just signed as the global airline partner for fashion weeks around the world.

The grand Oscar de la Renta show is being presented by Etihad Airways and supported by Destination NSW while VIP guests will be ferried to a grand after party at Sydney Opera House on Friday night.

Certainly a spectacular way to end what will have been a crazy week of primping, posing & doing business also top of the priority list.

"Come here now." In her eyes 📷@siderious

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Speaking of late Aussie fashion week arrivals another model, Winnie Harlow is arriving in Sydney for Dan Single and Bambi Northwood Blyth’s P.Jamé show on Wednesday night in The Boudoir in The Ivy.

Winnie Harlow is a canadian fashion model, spokesperson and activist. 

Harlow is known for her prominent form of the skin conditions vitiligo, using her career as a platform to spread messages of body positivity as well as raising awareness about vitiligo and equality.