Great Collaboration With the Woolmark Company: Ten Pieces Collection at Icebergs

Maurice Terzini and Lucy Hinckfuss have revealed TEN PIECES 17:18 VERTICAL STRIPES 41-50, their third show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia held at the iconic Bondi Icebergs Dining Room and Bar.

Releasing their fifth offer of wardrobe essentials, in collaboration with The Woolmark Company, TEN PIECES Resort 17:18 is a ten-piece Merino Wool jersey collection and knitted Cashwool® collection.

Merino and silk Merino jerseys in soft earthy colours have been introduced to offset the black and white staples and reinterpret signature silhouettes.

Modern day monochrome twin sets have been designed to offer the wearer a simple yet elegant choice in casual dressing and the addition of knitwear signals a new and evolved TEN PIECES.

Vertical print stamps influenced by industrial architecture and landscapes, the sporty punk muse has a more refined overall look suggested through detailed finishes.

References to Sharpies – suburban youth gangs in Australia in the ‘60s and ‘70s – see the collection styled with a raw and quintessentially Australian edge.

TEN PIECES Resort Runway collection will feature accessories by Berlin-based designer Brohn Smith of Breath & Stone, a collaboration between two like-minded designers focused on forging their own identities.

At TEN PIECES there are no seasons or reasons only TEN options that are interchangeable.

Collection in stores and online in September.

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Ellery and Etihad Airways Celebrated 10 Year Milestones at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia

A ground breaking decade of fashion and luxury travel was celebrated at an exclusive Australian Fashion Week VIP Event in Sydney overnight.

Distinguished Australian designer, Ellery, last night co-hosted an exclusive event – ELLERY X ETIHAD AIRWAYS – together with the Abu Dhabi-based airline at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia.

The event celebrated ELLERY’s 10th year since showing for the first time at Australian Fashion Week with a retrospective of iconic looks from the ELLERY archive.

Etihad Airways celebrated its 10 years of service to Australia and global commitment to fashion with the Australian launch of its Runway To Runway program.

Adding further excitement to the occasion, Etihad Airways also unveiled a new fashion initiative – Model Diaries– an original content series featuring IMG Model Georgia Fowler in the inaugural episode.

Produced in partnership with Etihad Airways and IMG, the series will follow notable models from take-off to touchdown as they travel to fashion events around the world.

Upcoming destinations include Mumbai, London, Abu Dhabi and beyond.

Etihad Airways’ ‘Runway to Runway’ initiative is a unique loyalty and rewards program specifically designed to support the fashion industry’s international travel requirements.

Runway to Runway members are eligible to receive special airfares, airport lounge access, complimentary upgrades, priority boarding and check-in, additional checked baggage allowances, as well as preferred cargo and group travel rates when travelling for photo shoots, showing collections overseas, or conducting business in overseas markets.

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Brilliant Reaction to Designer Thomas Puttick Using 60-year-olds in Fashion Week Show

IN ONE of the most refreshing displays of fashion and runway diversity, a young Australian designer has gone where not many have gone before.

Thomas Puttick has actually used ‘older’ models in his eponymous designer label show, on the first official full day of Australian Fashion Week.

Just before the show started at Carriageworks in Sydney’s Redfern, the voice of designer Puttick explained why his choice of ‘diverse’ women. Or the models he called his ‘muses’.

“The new series is a way for us to present empowered women who have a strong message, and who carry themselves,” he said.

There were tall women, former models, shorter women and even women who weren’t the traditional ‘rake-thin’. Some of the names included Yvonne Tozzi, Nadine Bush, Dina Broadhurst, Nima Davif and Aminata Conteh-Biger.

Puttick’s fashion pedigree is sound, having worked with the like of Alexander McQueen, Christopher Esber, Helmut Lang and Alexander Wang and his collection featured ethically sourced fabrics in soft and flowing pieces that really could be worn by many ages, shapes and sizes.

Slip dresses, flowing coats, simple oversized black pants, white shirts and tube skirts gave the whole collection a relatable and wearable edge.

Also showing today was Alice McCall, who kicked off an early Monday morning with a rock- chick kind of show featuring combinations that could be put together if we’d all raided grandma’s wardrobes and funked her pieces up with the addition of cool-school granny pants.

As well, Bianca Spender delivered an extraordinarily streamlined show in loose and layered pastel hued pieces — she really has inherited the understated and all-class gene from her fashion designer mum, Carla Zampatti.

Bianca accessorised her pieces with some killer Dinosaur Designs jewellery and buckles.

The incredibly cool new label from Mikey Nolan, Double Rainbouu and Karla Spetic will show today while Aussie model, 20-year-old Byron Bay-born Jordan Barrett is, allegedly, being paid $100,000 to ‘walk’ in a show from designer Justin Cassin today.

Red carpet favourite Steven Khalil is scheduled to show his exquisitely made extravaganzas on Monday afternoon while Zhivago and Sass & Bide will also wrap up day one of the annual fashion fiesta which runs until Thursday night, when Romance was Born wraps up the fashion week that was.

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Celebs, Style Stars and Ubiquitous Fashion Bloggers Turn Out for ‘Resort’ Fashion Week Show With Dion Lee the Opening Act

A SOGGY Sydney Sunday didn’t deter the fashion pack from popping on their heels, pulling out their iPhones and swathing themselves in (often borrowed) front-row clothes for the first day of Mercedes Australian Fashion Week.

And what better location to kick off the next week of frock watching than with the dynamic backdrop of the Sydney Opera House as the canvas?

Dion Lee showed his resort 2018 collection, underneath the sails of the Sydney Opera House, paying tribute to a personal involvement the designer shares with the iconic landmark.

In 2010, Dion Lee was the first designer to stage a runway presentation at the famous venue, returning to the site to show again in 2011 and 2014.

This year marks a deepening of Dion’s association with the Sydney Opera House, with the announcement that Lee will design the House’s new uniforms.

Dion, at just 32 years of age, will design a range of uniforms for more than 600 employees, including front-of-house, box office and tour guide staff.

Sydney Opera House CEO Louise Herron AM said: “Renewal is transforming the Opera House for future generations of artists, audiences, visitors and, most immediately, for the hundreds of staff who make the magic happen on-and-off stage, 363 days a year.

“Dion is one of Australia’s brightest fashion stars whose work draws so beautifully on the sculptural elegance of Utzon’s masterpiece. It will be wonderful to work with him to create a new uniform collection for the people who bring the place to life.”

Within the collection Lee unveiled today, the designer took references from his Australian heritage, layered with the building’s sculptural architecture.

Amazing shades of red, cobalt blue, gold and black stood out against the opera house sail ‘tiles’ with draped, folded, embellished, knotted and tailored pieces along with ear cuffs and natural looking ‘messy’ hair vibe on the models.

Alongside womenswear, Mr Lee also showed his first menswear collection with 10 menswear looks that included constructed tailoring, utility shirting, knitwear and ‘laminated’ outerwear.

The collection also marked the first time all Dion Lee categories appeared together including swimwear and sunglasses alongside collaborations with Akubra for millinery, Sarah & Sebastian for jewellery and RM Williams for boots.

Lee kicked off the most high-profile week on Australia’s fashion calendar with other designers showcasing their resort collections this week, including Bec & Bridge, Alice McCall, Sass & Bide, Steven Khalil, Romance Was Born, Bianca Spender, Kitx, We Are Kindred, Akira, Ten Pieces, Macgraw, Michael Lo Sordo, Christopher Esber and Kym Ellery.

The recent shift in making resort clothes a focus of the week has brought interest from international buyers, including Net-A-Porter, Selfridges and Browns in London.

A handful of international designers will be showing too: Katama by Garrett Neff from the US, V Major out of China and Zambesi from New Zealand.

While Dion used the Opera House as his dramatic backdrop most of the shows will be held at Carriageworks in Redfern, Sydney with the iconic Icebergs at Bondi and the Andrew Boy Charlton Pool in the Domain also gearing up as fashion week venues.

As usual, a sea of fashion bloggers posed around the place, but the really important and influential people are the buyers and bigger picture media companies who have the power to give a designer a serious adrenalin shot in the retail arm.

After today’s first show, the opening night part hosted by Mercedes in the Botanic Gardens, kicked off the apres-show part of fashion week – which for many, is the only reason they attend.

* Mercedes Australian Fashion Week will go from May 14-19 with open-to-the-public shows happening next weekend.

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Swarovski Launch Urban Fantasy Collection

Swarovski unveiled the highly-anticipated Urban Fantasy Collection with an exclusive breakfast in Sydney.

VIP media and celebrities enjoyed a decadent sit down breakfast before viewing the collection on display.

Swarovski’s Creative Director Nathalie Colin says of the new collection: “I love life in the city! The urban surroundings breathe and vibrate 24/7, and bring to life a creative energy that I then translate into our jewellery designs.

This season we journey to new cities.

Contemporary architecture combines with organic forms.

Urban gaming and virtual emoji-inspired symbols meet versatile, “interactive” designs that can be worn to create personalised jewellery pieces.

We complete our journey in an enchanting Crystal Wonderland complete with spectacular festive reworks, extraordinary and glamorous jewellery and glittering gifts.

This collection is a brilliant example of what Swarovski stands for: modernity, joy and glamour.”

Swarovski’s campaign featuring Australia’s very own Ruby Rose was also revealed.

Guests enjoyed live music from up and coming band The Lastlings.

Source: Swarovski