David Jones: the verdict, the frocks and the buzz

We’re all a bit over the ‘Store Wars’ moniker (gawd, it was coined way back in my old newspaper days) but it always raises its head around this time.
David Jones and then Myer unleash their latest designer collections with mega runway shows for the new season and it all turns into one mega fashion fiesta.

Why one fashion show, with 350 invite-only guests makes SO much news on the TV, in newspapers, on radio and online is about one thing only. Well three things, actually.

1/DJs have a big ad spend so the media love them and 2/outlets love a pic of a pretty frock to counterbalance other shit that happens and 3/retail has to fight, more than ever, for every bit of cash register business it can get...

Last nights show was a return to the glam, old school party days of the retailer, even though most were out the door before 9pm and home in time to watch for Packed to the Rafters.
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Much ado about Ugg

The humble ‘ugg’-style boot, the sheep-skin bootie which is a fave of many of us (especially during the cooler months) always seems to be embroiled in some kind of legal stoush.

This time it’s with two companies, Emu Australia and Decker Outdoor Corporation (owners and producers of ‘Ugg Australia’), both of whom are fighting over the use of the word ‘ugg’.

Decker says it is theirs and more recently, Emu Australia counter-sued Decker, saying the battle isn’t over...
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Kristy Hinze, Sportscraft and a peek at the mega boat Athena, what a sexy mix indeed

Ms Kristy Hinze-Clark wearing all-new Sportscraft

A very elegant afternoon indeed, on ‘Athena’ the mega boat owned by entrepreneur Jim Clark and his wife, the model and tv host, Kristy Hinze-Clark and currently moored at Campbell Cove in Sydney Harbour.

With a presence that rivals the Opera House and Harbour Bridge (both of which are currently looking down on Athena in Circular Quay) Kristy used the mammoth vessel as the backdrop for a chic shoot for the enduring Aussie fashion label, Sportscraft. As a fashion stayer, Sportscraft has a brand loyalty like no other and is testament to the owners, John Marshall and Andrew Michael of The Apparel Group, sticking to a saleable and streamlined aesethetic.
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A purely pleasant picture: Top Model's Kelsey and Amanda in Alex Perry

Runner-up Kelsey and Australia’s Next Top Model winner, Amanda at right from a shoot featuring the Alex Perry 2010-2011 collection. Pic by Jez Smith

Top Model double act Amanda and Kelsey head to NYC

Caught up with the two Top Model girls, a day before they jetted off to New York as part of their finales prizes and with those winner announcement dramas well out of the way...

It was the verdict that stopped the (fashion) nation and in Australian reality television history, probably the biggest ‘oops’ of all time. That now infamous 30 seconds on Foxtel’s Australia’s Next Top Model has been cemented as a grand finale TV classic.

With the carnival of verdict confusion well and truly over, and the fat lady (or in this case, the tall, slim one) having well and truly sung, both winner and runner-up have hit the ground running.

Eventual champ Amanda Ware, 18 and ‘first runner-up’, Kelsey Martinovich, 19, landed in New York on the weekend to meet with the Elite agency, just days after shooting a Bonds campaign and a sharp new winter collection shot by Jez Smith and designed by their ANTM judge, Alex Perry.
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