Sidetember: Sideburns, Mutton Chops - grow yours & support 600,000 Aussie with brain injuries . .



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The sensational Edwina Bartholomew, of TV and Sunrise weather reportage fame, is supporting what she tags, 'a rather random charity'. 

Simply, it's called Sidetember.

"Essentially men can grow sideburns to raise awareness about acquired brain injuries -injuries from car accidents, falls, misfortun - the kind of injury anyone of us can end up with,'' says Eddy.

Nothing new about the sideburns really but what is different about this is women can get involved.

"I'm going to wear a pair of sideburns earrings for all of September,'' adds Eddy.

"It's silly but novel!"

With more than 600,000 Australians living with an acquired brain injury (ABI) the national peak advocacy body has called for greater support to be given to people with a brain injury, their carers and families and more community education to drive a decrease in incidence.

Launching new “FUNdraising” initiative - Sidetember - as part of this year’s Brain Injury Awareness Week - Executive Officer of Brain Injury Australia, Nick Rushworth, said while it was difficult to know the full extent of brain injury in Australia, more than 20,000 Australians are hospitalised with brain injury every year and as many as 3,000 of them will sustain permanent, often profound, disability.

“Because of the global consequences of brain injury – that will affect a person physically as well as how they think, feel and behave – the people I represent comprise some of the most severely, multiply and complexly disabled Australians, " says Mr. Rushworth.

"While many will be helped by the national disability insurance scheme, DisabilityCare Australia, many others will not.

“We need to ensure that these people are properly supported while at the same time we need to take more action to help raise awareness of brain injury in the community so that we can see the incidence rates reduce.”

Research also suggests as many as two out of three people acquired their brain injury before they turned 25; three out of every four people with ABI are men; three out every four people with ABI are aged under 65.

For those with moderate to severe ABI, one-in-six experience paralysis, poor balance, chronic pain or seizures; a third experience loss of sense of taste, smell, vision, speech and/or hearing speech impairment and more than half display “behaviours of concern”, such as verbal and physical aggression, self-harming and inappropriate social and sexual behaviours.

Sidetember aims to raise $100,000 for financial assistance and to raise awareness by challenging Australian to go to, get some sponsorship and to don sideburns for the month of September.

Already a number of stars and celebrities have come on board to support Sidetember including Wallaby Tatafu Polota-Nau; Hockeyroo Rachel Lynch; Australian Paralympic football Vice Captain, Chris Pyne; World Champion Rower and Olympian and Australian Champion Cyclist who has an ABI, Amber Halliday; Author and television personality Andrew Daddo; and Sunrise weather presenter, Edwina Bartholomew.

Sidetember is an initiative formed out of a discussion between three mates in an inner city pub on what they could do to help out those living with a brain injury.

Co-founder of Sidetember, Stuart Matthewman, said: “One of the guys had a huge set of sideburns so we started kicking ideas around on how we could encourage men to grow their sideys for charity.

“Last year we put the concept to the test among our networks and had 100 people get on board raising some $20,000 – but this year as we expand the initiative we believe we can achieve a five-fold increase.”

“For SideGuys we simply ask that they grow sideburns - be it the good old Mutton Chop or some other daring styles such as Burnsides, Balcarrotas, Dundrearies, Wolverine Whiskers, A la Souvarovs or Elvis Whiskers.

“And this year, for those men that are follicly challenged on the face and for the SideGirls who wish to help, they can support the cause by purchasing and wearing specially-designed Sidetember earrings or necklaces for the month.”

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Dom Perignon and artist Jeff Koons collaborate. With champagne . . . .

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Champagne house extraordinaire Dom Pérignon has announced a limited edition collaboration with contemporary artist and visionary Jeff Koons, revealing 'Balloon Venus' - their first design and champagne collaboration.

Dom Pérignon and Jeff Koons are widely recognized icons, unrivalled in originality and in power of fascination.

Both have joined forces to deliver a playful and original way to showcase a mighty fine bottle of champagne.

Adapted from Jeff Koons’ monumental sculpture, the Balloon Venus for Dom Pérignon pays homage to the power of a continued creative energy, echoing the spiritual legacy of Dom Pierre Pérignon - still a source of inspiration for the wine creator, Chef de cave Richard Geoffroy.

The Balloon Venus incarnates and accompanies the Dom Pérignon Rosé Vintage 2003 and when opened, the Balloon Venus unveils a limited edition bottle of Dom Pérignon Rosé Vintage 2003 designed by Jeff Koons.

Dual, the Balloon Venus for Dom Pérignon is not just a decorative object, but a true symbol of creative energy that both envelops the bottle of Dom Pérignon Rosé Vintage 2003 and 'protects it' as its guardian. How dam chic . . .

A limited edition designed and signed by Jeff Koons will be revealed on September 10th, 2013. “Dom Pérignon by Jeff Koons” takes the form of two gift boxes: one for Dom Pérignon Vintage 2004, the other for Dom Pérignon Rosé Vintage 2003.

The Balloon Venus for Dom Pérignon is a limited edition, which will be available for one year. Each piece can be ordered through a bespoken service and is made-to –order. (Take a look at for more information.)



Aussie stylist Sarah Bonnet takes home ECCO shoe stylist award . . .





Winner of the ECCO Stylists challenge


ECCO Shoes 50TH Anniversary Stylist Challenge 2013, celebrating 50 years of excellence in Scandinavian design and shoe making.

Each entrant of the challenge, including the crew, were asked to reflect and consider the heritage and celebrate the passion of the ECCO brand.

Stylists prepared two looks for consideration – the first from the Spring/Summer13’14 Collection and the second from the Autumn/Winter 14 Collection.

According to the judging panel, the winning picture & stylist chosen best captured the essence of the ECCO brand, displaying editorial edge with commercial use. 

And the

  • winner? Fashion stylist Sarah Bonnet, who takes home $10,000.00 cash.

Second place was Karla Clarke and third was 

  • Olivia Waugh.

Other renowned senior Australian Stylists entrants included Katrina Sheiles, Nicole Bonython-Hines, Penelope McAuliffe, Penny McCarthy, Mattie Cronan, Janai Anselmi, Talia Maltz.

ECCO judging


  • nternational photographer Nicholas Samartis, m
  • ake-up director Alison Boyle and leading hair
  • director Keiren Street took a day to get 'the looks' looking perfect before the j
  • udging panel, included Sydney opinion leader Justin Miller, ECCO Managing Director Morten Lauge Jensen, ECCO Marketing & Communications Director Chakira Audenaerde and myself choose the winners.
  • The models used were
  • exclusive to Chic Model Management: Natalie Archer, Stephanie Cherry, Rhys & Rossco.
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Wool: Aussie designers gear up for coveted Woolmark prize. . .

In keeping with a long tradition of supporting excellence in design, the International Woolmark Prize aims to highlight the beauty of the Merino wool fibre at the hands of the world’s finest designers. And after a successful relaunch of the prize in 2012, The Woolmark Company are pleased to announce the second year of the coveted fashion award.

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Above: Last year's Australian winner, Dion Lee 

The International Woolmark Prize now boasts an impressive alumnus of the most important designers from around the globe and partnerships established with some of the most successful leading designers including Narciso Rodriguez, Victoria Beckham, Diane von Furstenberg.

The global response was also measured through a huge social media response with IWP trending on Twitter worldwide with 56 million people reached within 2 hours of the final event being held at London Fashion week on 16 February 2013.

Five regional awards will be held in Asia, Australia, Europe, India (& Middle East) and USA. The winner from each region will receive a $50,000 financial contribution towards their next collection as well as an invitation to participate in the international final to be held in Milan in February 2014.

The Australian nominees for the 2013/14 International Woolmark Prize are:

Alistair Trung
Christopher Esber
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Haryono Setiadi
Lui Hon
Michael Lo Sordo
Strateas Carlucci

The Woolmark Company recognises the support of IMG Australia as the official nominating body in Australia. Globally the award has been supported by key fashion councils including the Council of Fashion Designers America, British Fashion Council, Chambre Syndicale De La Couture, Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Madrid and Premsela Foundation.

The Australian regional award will be held on 18 June 2013 where the designers are required to present sketches of a Merino wool capsule collection comprising of 6 outfits with one full outfit to be produced. The collections will be judged by a panel of local and international experts soon to be announced.

The winner of the international final will receive a further A$100,000 to assist in underwriting their next fashion show. In addition, the international winner will have their collection commercialised through key international retail partners including Harvey Nichols in the UK, Joyce in China and David Jones in Sydney.

“With natural fibres high on the agenda and modern consumers understanding and appreciating the qualities of fine wool, the Woolmark logo is experiencing resurgence as one of the world’s most well-known and respected apparel-related brands in the world,” says Robert Langtry, The Woolmark Company’s Global Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer.



Broome gears up for Pinctada Cable Beach Polo festival. Chukkas!

Now this is sounding good as bikinis, board shorts and barefoot elegance is the dress code for Australia’s only beach polo event.
The Pinctada Cable Beach Polo 2013 will be played on the sands of iconic Cable Beach in Broome, Western Australia. Happening on May 18-19 the beach polo matches will also include an international clash being played during the weekend tournament.

The cornerstone of the Pinctada Cable Beach Polo Festival, the beach polo action is free to watch picnic-style from the beach or tickets can be purchased to the VIP marquee.

Festival Director Marilynne Paspaley is encouraging all spectators to dress for the occasion and participate in the ‘between chukkas’ fashion events on each day of the tournament.
Sand Chic will be held during Saturday’s beach polo action while Style on the Sand will be featured on Sunday with each day’s fashion event open to all spectators, whether they are enjoying the beach polo action picnic-style on the sand or from the VIP marquee.

“Pinctada Cable Beach Polo is an inclusive event and Sand Chic and Style on the Sand have been introduced to reflect this – these events are designed to involve spectators in the beach polo tournament and the emphasis will be on fun as well as fashion,” Marilynne says.

“The judges will also be looking for innovative styles that reflect the unique nature of Australia’s only beach polo event and its location. Pinctada Cable Beach Polo 2013 is played on the pristine sands of Cable Beach flanked by the azure waters of the Indian Ocean and the Kimberley’s distinctive red pindan earth – we are sure this landscape will inspire some stunning and stylish beach chic creations.”

A panel of judges, including fashion leaders and polo players, will determine the daily winners in the ‘fashion stakes’.
The female winner of Saturday’s Sand Chic will receive a Paspaley yellow gold necklace while Sunday’s Style on the Sand female winner will take home a Paspaley Australian South Sea pearl necklace. The male winners of Sand Chic and Style on the Sand will each receive a limited edition 6-litre bottle of Bunnamagoo 1827 Cabernet Sauvignon, produced from the vines of historic Bunnamagoo Estate, one of the Paspaley family's vineyards in central NSW.

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