Fashion focussed swimwear label for women with curves launched

After struggling to find a swimwear label that was fashionable, made of quality material and looked good in all the right places, Sophie Henderson-Smart decided to launch her own swimwear label, Saint Somebody.

Saint Somebody celebrates bodies that have curves and the beautiful diversity of womankind, giving everyone the chance to wear a swimsuit that makes them feel good.

Created on Sydney’s Northern Beaches in 2017, Saint Somebody was founded by Henderson-Smart, a mum of two and lifelong Sydneysider. On a pre-European beach getaway, Henderson-Smart couldn’t find anything that catered to the curvier woman that wasn’t loud and garish, unflattering or made from cheap and flimsy material. After realising that there was a huge gap in the market, Sophie decided to create the product she had been searching for.

Founder Sophie Henderson-Smart has commented, “I love the water and I was unable to find a pair of swimmers that made me feel like I could comfortably and happily take on the beach or pool in style.”

“I wanted a product that ticked a basic list of needs that didn’t currently exist and knowing what was available in the mainstream market and online, I used my business and marketing experience to create the product I had been searching for.”

Consequently, a product was created that makes its wearer feel good. Saint Somebody is a brand that includes premium quality pieces that are flatteringly structured with seamless technology, clean lines and cool tones, allowing a diverse range of women to wear the collection with confidence.

Created by women, for women, Saint Somebody is grounded on celebrating diversity and enforcing inclusivity in fashion, creating genuinely amazing pieces with on-trend details for women size 14 to 20.

Designed in Australia, and ethically made in Bali, Saint Somebody is environmentally conscious in both production and distribution. Giving back to the planet is incredibly important to the brand and they have partnered with BIG1, a charity that uses the proceeds from each and every sale to assist an amazing array of global causes.

Saint Somebody are a meaningful and positive force in the world, wanting to spread good vibes to ladies everywhere, both in their hearts, and as soft seamless spandex on their beautiful bodies.
At Saint Somebody, they want you to dive into the world feeling fantastic and above all, yourself. Because you are not just a body, you are somebody.

– Prices range from $100 for bottoms, $100 for tops, $180 for singlet tops and $220-$240 for a full piece
– Size range is 14-20
– Colours available include; black, olive and smoke grey
– Available online only at from September

Source: Saint Somebody

Adelaide Fashion Festival presented by Mercedes-Benz Adelaide & Unley - PROGRAM LAUNCH

The Adelaide Fashion Festival presented by Mercedes-Benz Adelaide & Unley will return this October with a bold program of runways, lunches, masterclasses and retail activations.

Showcasing innovative South Australian design and style, the Adelaide Fashion Festival (AFF) will run from October 17-21, 2018.

This year the schedule includes an expanded showcase of South Australian contemporary ready-to-wear designers, a bridal-focused couture runway, an ethical and sustainablefashion presentation bringing new life to vintage and ‘dead stock’ and TAFE SA designsjoining the night program.

There will be several brands making their AFF debut – and bringing new genres of apparel into the mix – including Ryderwear athleisure, menswear brands Romp Squad and Vacay Swimwear, Rogers Underwear, Atelier Milano, Georgy Collection, Harvey the Label and Mimi-Jane Millinery.

Minister for Tourism David Ridgway said the South Australian fashion industry showcases superior craftsmanship, bold vision and innovation whilst creating local jobs.

“Whenever South Australian designs are seen on celebrities, runways or in showrooms overseas and interstate it drives our brand as a creative hub and presents further exciting economic growth opportunities,” Minister Ridgway said.

AFF creative director Chris Kontos said it was an exciting program that would entertain all demographics.

“AFF is always proud to introduce new designers and events to keep the festival fresh andrepresentative of what’s happening in the industry right now,” he said.

“Many of our favourite brands will also return to the runway, and we’ve still got somesurprises in store.

“This year Couture Culture will have a bridal focus which is super exciting and will show the true talent and vision of our local designers who are known for their bespoke work.

“And SLOW Saturday’s fashion show and lunch is a revelation. Vogue Australia have a dedicated sustainability editor showing how important this issue is, so we are proud to be leading the conversation about vintage and leftover stock, sustainability and ethical choices right here in Adelaide.”

Adored and internationally revered couture brand Paolo Sebastian will open AFF for the first time in a spectacular collaboration with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. Showcasing the

autumn/winter 2018-19 couture collection, The Nutcracker, that was recently launched in Paris, the ASO will perform the well-loved Tchaikovsky score live on the runway.

Following an incredibly successful debut in 2017, Vogue Festival presented by VogueAustralia will return to Adelaide during AFF, bringing two days of high-energy retail activityto Rundle Mall, Rundle Street and the city’s East End on October 19 and 20. Last year the popular precinct recorded $45 million in sales – a 21 per cent increase on usual activity –and 230,000 visitors over the two days.

Vogue Australia editor-in-chief Edwina McCann said Adelaide had demonstrated its commitment to the fashion, creative and retail industries.

“Adelaide is a city that continues to surprise and inspire in the fashion world – and theVogue team has noticed more Adelaide-born brands, models and ideas grabbing global attention than ever before. We’re looking forward to our second Vogue Festival,” she said.

The Adelaide Fashion Festival presented by Mercedes-Benz Adelaide & Unley program will be live from 7pm on Tuesday 7 August.

Tickets are available from

Source: Adelaide Fashion Festival

The Sixth and Final Season of House of Cards On Netflix November 2, 2018

Golden Globe winner and Emmy Award nominee Robin Wright returns as President of the United States in the sixth and final season of the award-winning landmark series House of Cards.  Wright is joined by Academy Award® nominees Diane Lane and Greg Kinnear as well as Cody Fern this season alongside Emmy Award nominee Michael Kelly, Jayne Atkinson, Academy Award® nominee Patricia Clarkson, Emmy Award Nominee Constance Zimmer, Derek Cecil, Campbell Scott and Boris McGiver.

House of Cards executive producers are Melissa James Gibson, Frank Pugliese, Robin Wright, David Fincher​, Joshua Donen​, Dana Brunetti​, Eric Roth​, Michael Dobbs​ and Andrew Davies​. The series was created by Beau Willimon​ and is produced by Donen/Fincher/Roth, with MRC as the studio, for Netflix.

In 2013, House of Cards became the first original online series to receive major nominations from the Primetime Emmy Awards. The series has received 53 Emmy nominations to date, with seven wins — including the first major Emmy for a streaming service for David Fincher’s win for “Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series.”

House of Cards received six Golden Globe nominations, and two wins.  The historic series has received 11 Screen Actors Guild nominations with two wins; an AFI Award; four Writers Guild Award nominations, with one win; two BAFTA nominations; four Producers Guild Award nominations; two Directors Guild Award nominations; and a Peabody Award, among other accolades.

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Inside a chic summer Aspen party

Called Wine Crush and hosted at Amy and John Phelan’s house, the evening centred itself around Preview Crush at the Baldwin Gallery and Casterline Goodman to show off the live auction items. While Australia is in the middle of the big chill, the northern hemisphere is celebrating their warmer months therefore the dress code was appropriately floral: think greenhouse chic.

Heidi Zuckerman and Amy Phelan

Anna Hansen and Lance Armstrong

Paul Pariser and Erin Leider-Pariser

Amnan Rodan and Katie Rodan

In the lead up to ArtCrush, the three days of events included a conversation between Rashid Johnson and the AAM’s Nancy and Bob Magoon, CEO and director Heidi Zuckerman and a special edition of the AAM’s Summer Lecture Series.

Sarah Arison

Rashid Johnson and Heidi Zuckerman

Barnaby Furnas, Kelly Woods, Richard Phillips and Chris Stone

Lance Armstrong and Nancy Magoon

Peter Stelljes, Heidi Zuckerman, Dustin Yellin, Lance Armstrong and Jordan Goodman

ArtCrush is long-established as one of the international contemporary art world’s most important summer gatherings and the AAM’s most vital yearly fundraiser—attended annually by more than six hundred of the most influential art collectors, artists, gallerists, museum professionals, and business leaders, whose support provides a significant portion of funding for the AAM’s year-round curatorial and educational programming.

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Oroton Under New Ownership: Sophie Holt Appointed Creative Director

An entity controlled by Mr J Will Vicars has today completed the acquisition of OrotonGroup and effective immediately, Ms Sophie Holt has been appointed as Creative Director of Oroton in a full time capacity. The acquisition by Mr Vicars ensures a strong and stable future for the brand by providing ongoing roles for over 500 Australian retail and support staff, as well as continuity of relationships with key suppliers, landlords and other stakeholders.

A spokesperson for Mr Vicars said: “This is a pivotal moment for the brand as it celebrates its 80th anniversary this year.  Australians have a deep emotional connection to Oroton and we will invest in this brand to ensure it remains as one of Australia’s most iconic and desired luxury fashion brands. We will nourish the business through investment in talent, design and omni-channel capability whilst streamlining operations to make it more agile and innovative as it becomes a single brand entity for the first time in 40 years”.

Ms Holt, an executive with significant retail experience, most recently served for 13 years as Creative Director and Managing Director of Country Road where she was widely credited for the brand’s resurgence under her guidance. As Creative Director she will have total creative responsibility and autonomy for all of Oroton collections and brand image.

Ross Lane, Oroton CEO said:  “I am very pleased to have Sophie Holt take the creative helm to direct a new contemporary vision for the brand. Oroton has a tremendous opportunity to play a more meaningful and innovative role in the fashion industry. Under the new ownership structure, our resources are totally focused on repositioning our iconic Oroton brand as a major player in the fashion accessory market. I look forward to leading the business through its next stage of growth.”

Sophie Holt, Oroton Creative Director said: “Oroton is an iconic brand that has always stood for quality and everyday luxury. I’m excited for the opportunity to create a new contemporary perspective that will write a new chapter in Oroton’s history”.

Ross Lane will continue as Oroton CEO under the new ownership structure. Mr Lane will also continue as a Director on the Oroton Board and be joined by Mr Vicars, Ms Holt and Mr Matthew Moses who will assume the role of Non-Executive Chairman. Mr John Schmoll and Ms Maria Martin will leave the Oroton Board.

Source: Oroton