Vogue Fashion's Night Out kicks off in Melbourne tonight and Sydney next week

THEY’RE back. The fashion trends you may have thought had gone away or made their way to style heaven. Never to be seen again. Well, giddy up, they’re on.

Tartan and checks. Crochet and lots of dots and spots.

They are all back and ready to be spotted at the Vogue American Express Fashion’s Night Out, (VAEFNO) which is returning for the second year to Melbourne on Friday night.

The night, which will take place throughout the Melbourne CBD will help to officially launch Melbourne Spring Fashion Week (MSFW) as part of its opening night celebrations.

“After such a great success last year for our very first Fashion’s Night Out Melbourne, we are thrilled to be back with an even bigger celebration on Friday,” says Vogue Australia editor-in-chief Edwina McCann.

“I can’t wait to show Melbourne shoppers what’s in store this year.

“We’ve been obsessed by the Olympics at Vogue and so sports have inspired our theme for this year. The significance of global events like the Olympics is undeniable and has such an incredible impact on all facets of life and fashion is certainly not exempt.

“From luxury houses to high street fashion brands, apparel, accessories and home wares — everyone is still getting into the Olympic spirit.

“At Vogue, we certainly couldn’t be prouder of our Australian Olympic team and look forward to celebrating their achievements in Rio with our very special once-a-year VIP shopping event in Melbourne Friday then in Sydney on September 1.”

The Sydney event will mark the 7th annual Vogue American Express Fashion’s Night Out and it’s an event that is bigger each year.

“I can’t wait to show Sydney shoppers what’s in store this year. Our presenting partner American Express is offering $20 back on any $50 purchase made with your American Express card — you can use this offer up to three times so you can buy more,” adds McCann.

Australia kicks off the global Fashion’s Night Out celebrations which will this year be celebrated in 20 cities including Rio de Janeiro, Shanghai, Berlin, Milan, Tokyo, Madrid, Amsterdam, Moscow and Mexico City.

At this year’s one-night-only event, shoppers can expect live entertainment, special offers, celebrities, fashion industry VIPs and exclusive runway shows. The champagne will be flowing as the Melbourne CBD comes to life in celebration of our Australian Olympic team.

According to Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doble, MSFW continues to grow as the city grows and showcases the best Melbourne has to offer in fashion, shopping, entertainment and hospitality.

“It is a great boost for our local industry with 85 per cent of the content sourced from Melbourne and Victoria. In 2015 more than 60,000 people attended MSFW, contributing more than $8 million to Melbourne’s economy, more than double the economic impact of the festival in 2014,’ ‘he said.

THE trends to watch:

•Crochet: Luxury labels showing this trend: Oscar, Mcqueen, Balmain, Valentino, Chanel, Max Azria, Moschino, Missoni, Peter Pilotto

• Checks and tartans: Luxury labels showing this trend: Louis Vuitton, Altuzarra, Fendi, Dsquared2, Fausto Pugisli, Phillip Plein, Monse, Marc Jacobs, Miu Miu.

• Spot on: Polkadots are being seen on luxury labels like Calvin Klein, Gucci, Carolina Herrera, Monse, Michael Kors, Oscar de la renta, Rosetta Getty, and Zac Posen.

• Trackstar: athleisure is being sported by Givenchy, Bally, Rag & Bone, Fendi, Tory Burch, Off White, Ports 1961, and Maison Margiela.

• Folkloric Flair: The folkie gypsy vibe has been embraced by Coach, Gucci, Ellery, McQueen, Valentino, Sonia Rykiel, Giambattista Valli, Louis Vuitton, and Fendi.

“We’re excited to bring together our large network of Melbourne fashion retailers and our American Express Card Members to offer them an exclusive shopping experience at Vogue American Express Fashion’s Night Out,” said American Express Australia Managing Director, Rachel Stocks.

Champagne will be flowing as the Melbourne CBD comes to life in celebration of our Australian Olympic team as shoppers will be able to get into the Olympic spirit with a Vogue gymnast ring and skipping activation, a Vogue basketball court and an Olympic style podium. Even Vogue-branded merchandise including towels, tote bags, basketballs and water bottles will also be available for purchase from Vogue pods throughout the city.

The Deputy Lord Mayor of Melbourne Susan Riley will join Edwina McCann, the Vogue team and special guest performer Jess Kent as the official proceedings kick off in Bourke Street Mall at 5pm.

Presenting partner American Express will host American Express Card Members in their lounge pop up in Bourke Street Mall with card members be able to be can recharge, relax and refresh by dropping by the lounge for a glass of champagne and glam up at the beauty bar.

Official retail partner for the fourth year, David Jones will once again host the city’s most anticipated party for Vogue American Express Fashion’s Night Out. David Jones will host a night of style and entertainment with activities including fashion shows, pop-up bars, workshops, guest DJ’s, special offers, beauty treatments and an exclusive Neil Perry dining experience.

Shoppers can unwind at the ‘Vogue Wellbeing’ zone and get up close and personal with their favourite designers and fashion VIPs while Samsung Electronics Australia are inviting shoppers to experience high fashion through the Samsung Studio and have their VAEFNO look professionally captured by a fashion photographer using the precision optics, outstanding lowlight performance and blazing fast autofocus of the Samsung Galaxy S7, ready to share on social media.

The team behind the label, Bassike, Mary Lou Ryan and Deborah Sams have once again collaborated with the Vogue Australia team on the design of the official 2016 VAEFNO T-shirt on their signature organic cotton jersey. The exclusive VAEFNO T-shirt (RRP$130) will be available to purchase from select bassike and David Jones stores and from davidjones.com.au.

• For more information and to plan your night, shoppers are encouraged to visit vogue.com.au/FNO and @vogueaustralia #VAEFNO #VFNO

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Introducing the Swarovski Australian #BeBrilliant Squad

Swarovski Australia are proud to unveil the “Swarovski Australian #BeBrilliant Squad”, a sparkling new digital campaign which features a collection of inspiring and multifaceted Australian women, who encompass the true meaning of expressing individual brilliance.

Staring Actress Olympia Valance, International Model Ashley Hart, Professional Surfer Laura Enever and Singer/Songwriter Milan Ring, the campaign was directed and photographed by Romy Frydman of StyleMeRomy. Frydman captured the talented quartet in a series of relaxed and intimate shots, set against the backdrop of the Australia’s famed coastal landscape.

Showcasing the signature sparkle of Swarovski and how it helps women light up their lives, brilliance has been at the core of Swarovski’s journey since 1895, starting with finely cut crystals, and from 1976 with fashionable jewelry, watches, objects and eyewear. As Frydman explains, The Australian #BeBrilliant Squad celebrates this renowned brilliance by bringing together four remarkable women who have been handpicked to share their individual stories and embrace their own unique sparkle:

“Swarovski gave me the opportunity to work with them in creating something unique with the BeBrilliant Squad, and I decided to approach this in a very distinctive Australian way.” says Frydman.

“I wanted to celebrate a group of strong women that are ‘brilliant’ in both spirit and style. The final campaign sees our muses dancing and sparkling in front of the camera on Australia’s finest beaches. We captured the energy of our four very different squad members in their own way, yet they were all confident, daring and inspiring, providing a true meaning to what being brilliant stands for”.

Channeling their very distinct personalities, each of four squad members were styled wearing a selection of pieces from Swarovski’s Fall/Winter 2016 Collection, including the brilliant Crystaldust range.

The “Swarovski Australian #BeBrilliant Squad”, which consists of a selection of group and individual visuals and exclusive videos, will be launched in September 2016 with a squad member profiled each month leading into Christmas. The campaign will be featured in store and across digital channels and social media platforms during this period.

Asher Keddie and film leaders talk gender matters and work/life balance at Race Week

WHEN four of Australia’s most successful women in the film and TV industry got together to talk about gender issues in film and television it got very personal.

“I really just don’t think the ‘balance’ is achievable,” said Offspring actor, mother and Gold Logie winnner Asher Keddie. “You just have to take it day by day.”

“I often have 15 to 16 hour days and I have two young children, both with different needs at seven years and 16 months. And as well, a husband who is working incredibly hard and prolifically. (Asher’s husband is the renowned artist, Vincent Fantauzzo.)

“I just think the balance is quite impossible but if you have support within your workplace that certainly makes a difference.

“But it is obviously very different in other industries, We are able to achieve what we need to if the support is there. We have a producer who is incredibly supportive and ‘wants’ us to have babies, if that is our choice, so that is all due to our show’s producer, Imogen Banks.

“I don’t really feel like I have lot of challenges as a female actor in that kind of way,” Keddie said.

Keddie is matter-of-fact about the the issue of gender imbalance in the film and entertainment world.

“There is an individual comittmeent we need to make to keep the conversation going and it has certainly began and the disparity is being addressed,” she said.

“It will be just great when we don’t have to focus on it so much on and we can just get on with creating great work and not keep going on with the conversation … without anything happening.”

The panel discussion was part of Audi Hamilton Island Race Week.

The panel featured award winning Keddie, along with her Offspring producer Imogen Banks. actor Sarah Snook, known for her standout roles in The Dressmaker and The Beautiful Lie and LA-based producer, Bruna Papandrea, celebrated for producing Hollywood blockbusters Gone Girl and Wild, alongside business partner Reese Witherspoon.

“If you start your career at the age of 20, whether you are male or female, as a woman you are inherently and implicitly thinking ‘if I want to have kids I probably want to have a baby between 30 and 40,” said The Dressmaker actor Sarah Snook.

‘So, in order to do that, women think ‘I need to create a career that is sustainable for at least 10 years, say, from 20 to 30’.

“I think women put more pressure on ourselves, in the short-term, so you kind of feel like you are out walking uphill all of the time.

“As opposed to the longer chance for male counterparts, who may be thinking, hey, ‘I’ve got some time to learn and work as there isn’t a biological thing going on.”

International film producer, Bruna Papandrea — who bought the universally successful film starring Reese Witherspoon, Wild, to the screen — thinks the biggest challenge women have within the film and TV industry is convincing people that women can actually be the centre of a movie plot.

“That really has been the biggest challenge — that kind of convincing — but when you think about it is an actual good financial bent when you look at the strength of the female population,” says Ms Papendrea.

“Confidence plays a huge part in the way women sell themselves and as someone who started their career in Australia, I always felt enabled and supported here, but when I went to Hollywood, yes it is quite different and still quite a boys club.”

Within the clubhouse at the Hamilton Island Golf Club, guests joined the panel discussion over lunch that also saw actor Simon Baker and his wife Rebecca Rigg in the audience.

“Confidence seems to be the thing that really jumps out and I don’t think that is gender specific because I struggle with confidence,” added audience member Simon Baker.

“I have sometimes seen in the business, some men having an absolute fear of women,” said Baker.

“It’s a very competitive business and they want to hold on to their ‘stake’. If someone comes along they feel threatened. And if a woman comes along they probably feel even more threatened because some may see it as an ‘attack’ on their masculinity.”

As for whether female thespians prefer to be called ‘actresses’ or ‘actors’ those on the panel were nonplussed: “Either way, it doesn’t worry me,” smiled Keddie.

Meanwhile, leading producer Imogen Banks says it is always very hard to value your own worth, no matter what field are you are in.

“You have to treat it as a numbers game and if the recent Screen Australia ‘Gender Matters’ initiative — with a target to have 50 per cent female oriented ‘good’ projects made up of women by 2018 happens — that is terrific.

“But we can’t be making crap: it has to be good.”

According to the measured Keddie the conversation about all of this has well and truly begun, but it is much more than that.

“The conversation is happening, yes, but it can’t just be a ‘fashionable’ conversation. Stuff just has to happen.”

According to Screen Australia boss Graham Mason, also in the discussion audience, it is daft to be ignoring 51 per cent (females) of the Australian population.

“There is a commercial end to it — to be ignoring 51 per cent of the population creatively, culturally and commercially is daft,” said Morris.

“You look at both The Dressmaker and Mad Max and both had females as the main roles and look at their success.”

Now in its 33rd year, Audi Hamilton Island Race Week is full of sailing types, social names and style peeps all on the isle for an annual ode to all things nautical.

The sailing celebration — offshore and onshore — has kicked off as one of the country’s best orchestrated and most stylish week-long events with Matt Moran hosting a dinner along with his mates Richard Roxburgh and Vincent Fantauzzo.

The week is open to anyone who wants to attend — race week isn’t just for a privileged few but for anyone who is interested in sailing, a holiday on Hamilton Island, a buzzy night life and good food.

In the past 11 years, the week has included more pop culture and lifestyle events, very much thanks to Nicky Tindall, the innovative granddaughter of the late Bob Oatley.

This year the week has been the biggest in the event’s history with the island buzzing with professional and amateur sailors, families, food lovers, wine connoisseurs, celebrities and style leaders with the likes of Paspaley Pearls and Guillaume Brahimi taking roles by hosting glam dinners and beachside events.

And the big buzz around? Perhaps Chris Hemsworth (an ambassador for the German car brand) may fly over to the island on Wednesday night — even though he is in the middle of shooting Thor on the Gold Coast.

This article was originally posted on news.com.au

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Paspaley has returned to Hamilton Island to celebrate Audi Hamilton Island Race Week 2016, bringing its unique style of relaxed glamour to the on-shore action. On the evening of Monday 22 August, the pearling company hosted an exquisite event at qualia’s Long Pavilion, the Paspaley ‘Decade of Design’ Dinner.

Christine Salter, Paspaley’s Creative Director and a third generation family member, took guests on a journey through Paspaley’s iconic pearl jewellery designs. A showcase over the last ten years, from the iconic strands for which Paspaley is famous through to the Lavalier design and the more recent Maxima collection. With MC Catriona Rowntree at the helm and a bevy of white-clad models, highlights included the Nautique collection, the inspiration for which, Christine explained, was the nautical environs of Hamilton Island.

With sweeping views of the Whitsundays as a backdrop, guests including Vogue’s Edwina McCann, Delicious Editor Kerri McCallum and editor-at-large Melissa Hoyer enjoyed a dinner by qualia’s talented Executive Chef Craig Knudsen, matched back with wines from the Oatley family’s stable. The dinner featured Paspaley pearl meat, ‘one of the world’s most exclusive seafoofs’ as the chef explained, flown down especially from the Kimberley for the event.