Uniqlo 'U' Fall/Winter 2017 Launch - fashion news

UNIQLO has announced that it will launch the Fall/Winter 2017 Uniqlo U collection at stores around Australia and through the uniqlo.com/au online store from Thursday 12th October.

This is the third Uniqlo U collection from the design team at the UNIQLO Paris R&D Center, led by Artistic Director, Christophe Lemaire. The new range stems from a drive to make clothing an ideal expression of its wearer, taking LifeWear toward the future through design, pattern, fabric development, and stitching innovations as part of a commitment to reinventing wardrobe basics.

The full collection will be available at UNIQLO Emporium, UNIQLO Chadstone, UNIQLO MidCity and through the online store. The line will comprise 46 women’s and 27 men’s items in XS through XL sizes, as well as 7 accessories.

The new collection features items created with 3D U-Knit, a three-dimensional knitting technique that employs WHOLEGARMENT technology to enhance fit and comfort. 3D U-Knit is developed at Innovation Factory, a joint venture that UNIQLO’s parent company, Fast Retailing, established in 2016 with Shima Seiki Mfg., Ltd., a leading Japanese manufacturer of knitting machines.

WHOLEGARMENT uses special machines to produce knitwear three-dimensionally in one entire piece, eliminating seams. Another advantage of this technology is that it is so flexible, empowering designers to perfectly materialize their visions.

3D U-Knit is the first stage in the UNIQLO quest to redefine quality knitwear. While WHOLEGARMENT has primarily been the domain of knitwear from fashion houses, employing this technology will help UNIQLO to offer unprecedented refinement at prices that are affordable for all.

For this season, three dresses, one women’s sweater, and one skirt have  been created with this technique. A highlight of that range is a 3D Merino Ribbed Mock Neck Dress. The ribbing of this fit and flare piece accentuates natural femininity by following body contours. The skirt offers delightfully pleated drapes for a sophisticated and elegant look.

Noteworthy additions to the Uniqlo U lineup this season are a women’s BLOCKTECH trench coat, men’s BLOCKTECH coat, and a men’s BLOCKTECH mods coat. This stylish town wear combines a matte cotton surface with advanced BLOCKTECH technology that has become so popular with UNIQLO sportswear for outstanding wind proofing, waterproofing, and breathability.

Also debuting this season are men’s and women’s seamless down track jackets that incorporate new technology. developed with Toray. The outer fabric employs double-weave polyester, reducing the number of stitches for outstanding wind proofing. The lightness and streamlined fit of this outerwear enables it to double as innerwear. Women’s items can also serve as vests by unzipping the sleeves.

Source: Uniqlo

Melbourne Central throws a Millennial Pink Party for VAEFNO this Friday

This September, Melbourne Central is set to undergo a millennial pink make-over, hosting the cities firstever Pantone inspired party for Vogue American Express Fashion’s Night Out (VAEFNO) on Friday, 1 September.

Millennial pink, Pantone’s Colour of the Year in 2016, has taken the fashion, food and beauty worlds by storm, with Drake famously using the hue in his Hotline Bling music artwork and Alexander Wang requesting models wear millennial pink nail polish for New York Fashion Week.

The hue continued to gain momentum in 2017, with nearly all designers featuring it at Paris Fashion Week, Pinterest revealing “Millennial Pink” was the most searched back-to-work term, up 100% year-onyear, and a Nielson study finding that the rosé wine category grew by 70%.

The obsession has transferred into user-generated online content, with the trend being mentioned over 32,000 times in 2017 thus far – a statistic that is expected to rise significantly following Melbourne Central’s Millennial Pink Party, which has been designed as the most Instagram-worthy destination of the evening.

From 5pm to 10pm, Melbourne Central will activate as the ultimate pop of colour, partnering with a stable of iconic pink brands and vendors to create a journey of food, fashion and frivolity. Headlining the event will be Melbourne Central’s The Pink House – a fully immersive pink experience where visitors can get lost in the floor to ceiling pink space, try on millennial pink clothing and accessories available at Melbourne Central, and take selfies with retro pink props.

A $250 Melbourne Central gift card will be awarded to the best snap shared to #millennialpinkparty. Also on offer, will be 200 pairs of limited edition millennial pink Northside Southside earrings, available exclusively to Melbourne Central shoppers who spend $200 or more between 5pm-10pm on Friday, 1 September.

Also on the agenda, The Letterettes will be customising clothing and accessories for those who like to make their pink personal and Australian graphic artist and accessories designer, Georgia Perry, will be based at the KITKAT Chocolatory, creating bespoke KITKAT packages inspired by pop-culture.

Shoppers will have the chance to take a break and be tickled pink at The Pink Sips Bar, with free G&T’s by Pinkster Gin – a blushing cocktail mixed with refreshing pink grapefruit tonic by Fentimans and topped-off with a pink grapefruit garnish.

Melbourne Central believe it wouldn’t be a party without cult Melbourne food vendors popping up to sell pretty-in-pink sweet treats, so the likes of JY Cake Designs and Bistro Morgan will all be in attendance. Each will be found on level two of the centre.

Supporting the next generation of Melbourne designers is a cause Melbourne Central passionately supports. In recognition of this, Melbourne Central is collaborating with RMIT to bring shoppers the RMIT Fashion School Co-Lab during VAEFNO, and continuing through Melbourne Fashion Week – a fashion photography exhibition where visitors can play with FujiFilm instant photo printing, vote in the “People’s Choice” competition and go into the draw to win prizes.

Even Melbourne Central’s iconic cone will be lit up in millennial pink for one night only.
For more information, please visit www.melbournecentral.com.au

Source: Melbourne Central

*Melissa Hoyer will be Host and MC of the Melbourne and Sydney openings of VAEFNO

The world's ugliest summer rashie? Even the Cancer Council thinks so

Australia’s much-loved answer to the Ugly Xmas Sweater is back for 2017 – with a new, true-blue cockatoo design!

Cancer Council’s 2017 limited edition Ugly Xmas Rashie, manufactured by Scody Australia and featuring a cockatoo, is set to be an, well, a noticeable addition to the beach this summer.

The Ugly Xmas Rashie first launched in 2015 and sold out within 48 hours – and has been an Aussie tradition ever since. Cancer Council Queensland CEO Ms Chris McMillan said the charity was proud to launch another new design of the Ugly Xmas Rashie – Australia’s answer to a global Christmas trend.

“It’s too hot for us to don Ugly Xmas Sweaters in summer in Australia – but the Ugly Xmas Rashie ensures Aussies can stay on trend and sun safe while supporting a great cause,” Ms McMillan said.

“What better way to incorporate sun safety into your Christmas get-up and stay festive all summer long?

“With two in three Australians diagnosed with skin cancer in their lifetime – we are always looking for ways to make sure Australians can safely have fun in the sun – and this product does just that.

“The rashie is rated UPF50+, keeping trendsetters safe while at the beach, with the added bonus of supporting our work in cancer research, patient support and prevention programs.”

Ms McMillan said pre-orders were now available for the new cockatoo design, and the original Ugly Xmas Rashie kangaroo design, in a range of unisex adults and kids’ sizes.

“Get your orders in today to get your hands on a limited addition rashie or cycling jersey before they sell out,” Ms McMillan said. “They’re the perfect gift for the whole family and play a key role in keeping you SunSmart.

“When you head outdoors, pair the rashie with a pair of sunnies, a hat and some sunscreen, and seek shade to help protect your skin from the sun and reduce your risk of skin cancer later in life.”

Scody Australia Bernard Schreiber said the Ugly Xmas Rashie was an Australian tradition, crafted to the highest quality. “We’re thrilled to partner with Cancer Council this year in the promotion of the Ugly Xmas Rashie and give Australians the opportunity to get festive for a good cause,” Bernard said.

Scody has also released an Ugly Xmas Cycling Jersey which will be available in the original kangaroo design to help keep cyclists festive while out on the road.

The Ugly Xmas Rashie is now available for pre-order online at www.uglyxmasrashie.com.au and will be in some Cancer Council stores across Australia from October 2017.

Aussies can share their pics wearing their Ugly Xmas Rashie with the hashtag #uglyxmasrashie and visit @uglyxmasrashie on Instagram or Facebook to raise awareness.

Skin Cancer stats

  • Skin cancers account for around 80 per cent of all newly diagnosed cancers
  • Between 95 and 99 per cent of skin cancers are caused by exposure to the sun
  • GPs have over 1 million patient consultations per year for skin cancer
  • The incidence of skin cancer in Australia is one of the highest in the world, two to three times the rates in Canada, the US and the UK.

Cancer Council provides vital research, support services and cancer prevention programs for those affected by cancer. For more information, visit www.cancer.org.au or phone 13 11 20.

Source: Cancer Council 

The House of Dior opened this weekend at the NGV

In celebration of the seventieth anniversary of The House of Dior’s debut spring-summer 1947 collection, the National Gallery of Victoria presents the never-before-seen exhibition The House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Couture at NGV International from 27 August to 7 November 2017.

Exclusive to Melbourne, the exhibition is a collaboration between the NGV and the House of Dior, Paris, and features a sumptuous display of over 140 garments from Christian Dior Couture designed between 1947 and 2017.

Installation view of The House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Couture at NGV International, 27 August – 7 November 2017 – Photo: Sean Fennessy

The NGV has announced that two Dior haute couture works, especially commissioned for and acquired by the gallery, will be on display in the exhibition. They are Essence d’Herbier from the spring–summer 2017 collection, designed by Maria Grazia Chiuri and Look 10, Bar coat from the autumn-winter 2012–13 collection, designed by Raf Simons.

Christian Dior, Paris (fashion house) Raf Simons (designer)
Look 10, Bar coat 2012, autumn−winter 2012–13

Christian Dior, Paris (fashion house) Maria Grazia Chiuri (designer)
Essence d’Herbier spring–summer 2017

To celebrate the opening, the NGV is also delighted to welcome artisans from the Christian Dior Couture atelier in Paris, who will be working on couture garments in the exhibition space during the first and last weeks of the exhibition, demonstrating the extraordinary technical skills of Christian Dior Couture.

Christian Dior, Paris (fashion house) John Galliano (designer)
Models wearing spring−summer 1997

Other highlights include examples from Christian Dior’s iconic Spring 1947 ‘New Look’ collection, which is considered a groundbreaking moment in the history of fashion, magnificent displays of Dior’s signature ballgowns and evening dresses, as well as recent designs from the House’s first female Creative Director, Maria Grazia Chiuri.

Christian Dior, Paris (fashion house) John Galliano (designer)
Théodora, evening ensemble 1997

Christian Dior, Paris (fashion house) John Galliano (designer)
Kamata, ballgown 1997

Drawing primarily on material from the House of Dior archive and the NGV Collection, the exhibition also features accessories, sketches, photographs, haute couture toiles (prototypes) and multimedia.

Christian Bérard Illustration of the Bar, afternoon ensemble 1947

Christian Dior draping fabric over fashion mannequin Sylvie c. 1948

The exhibition narrates the rich history of the fashion house, including Christian Dior’s early influences, the design codes synonymous with Dior, and the milestones of its six successive designers following Christian Dior’s sudden death in 1957. These comprise of Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferré, John Galliano, Raf Simons and Maria Grazia Chiuri.

Christian Dior mannequins in the salon of House of Dior’s headquarters, 30 Avenue Montaigne, Paris 1957

The exhibition will also explore Dior’s unique affinity with Australia, including the historic spring 1948 fashion parade at David Jones, Sydney, which featured 50 original creations by Christian Dior. This was the first representative Dior collection to be shown outside of Paris.

Presentation of the Adélaïde ensemble from the spring−summer 1948, haute couture collection, during the Christian Dior parade at David Jones, Sydney, July−August 1948

Dior boxes arriving in Sydney for the Christian Dior parade to be shown at David Jones, July–August 1948

There will also be a section dedicated to fabulous accessories, particularly shoes and millinery. This room will highlight the work of Stephen Jones, who has created elaborate headpieces for John Galliano, Raf Simons and Maria Grazia Chiuri. For this exhibition, Jones has also designed over 50 bespoke headpieces, which can be seen throughout the display.

Installation view of The House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Couture at NGV International, 27 August – 7 November 2017  – Photo: Sean Fennessy

Installation view of The House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Couture at NGV International, 27 August – 7 November 2017  – Photo: Sean Fennessy

Featuring one of the NGV’s most ambitious exhibition designs to date, the display features a grand, sweeping staircase leading to a mezzanine level from which visitors can enjoy a birds-eye view of the vast array of garments on show. This feature is inspired by the iconic staircase from the Paris couture house that has featured in countless photoshoots and fashion parades over the House’s seventy-year history.

Installation view of The House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Couture at NGV International, 27 August – 7 November 2017  – Photo: Sean Fennessy

The exhibition opening will be celebrated with the inaugural NGV Gala, a ticketed, black-tie ball on Saturday 26 August 2017. The proceeds from this event will go toward supporting the NGV Fashion and Textiles Collection.

Source: National Gallery of Victoria

Audi Hamilton Island Race Week: when sailors and socialising collide

Considering it was just a matter of months ago that the island was decimated by Cyclone Debbie, Hamilton Island has risen like a Phoenix from the ashes.

In an extraordinary tribute to the Oatley family – who own the glorious island – the atoll has shown amazing resilience, managing to hold what really is regarded as the premier sailing and on-shore social regatta of the year.

As the country’s most coveted lifestyle event, Audi Hamilton Island Race Week, hit the sandy shores all week with competitive sailing and an exceptional line-up of social events set against the picturesque backdrop of the Great Barrier Reef. Pretty much close to heaven, I reckon.

Fine stripes, white sandshoes, breezy hair, lots of white and cashmere knits was the style du jour while the perfect black dresses made their way into glamorous race week evenings.

Hamilton Island’s CEO, Olympic and world champion sailor, Glenn Bourke, said that the support for this year’s event will be seen as a huge ‘thank you’ to the island’s 1200 staff.

“One of our first priorities after we emerged into the outside world and saw the carnage the cyclone had wreaked with its 260kph winds was to establish goals,” Bourke said, “and one of the highest on the list was for us to be ready for Audi Hamilton Island Race Week.”

There was much buzz about Mary, Crown Princess of Denmark, having made a sneaky entrance to the isle but Our Mary has more important homeland issues to attend – like getting her youngest children – twins Princess Josephine and Prince Vincent, 6, off to school. Instead the island had Crown Prince Frederik, who happily steered Wild Oats X to many great days of sailing while the real socialising went on back on terra firma.

Audi Hamilton Island Race Week really is the week that stops, well, it stops many sailors in their tracks and a has slew of socialites and media faces being made to feel very, very special.

There are dinners and lunches that are open to everyone with the likes of Piper-Heidsieck, Wild Oats and Paspaley hosting; there are sunset drinks at the Yacht Club and dinner after dinner finely curated by Australia’s best chefs including Shannon Bennett, Matt Moran, Matt Stone, Guillaume Brahimi, Kylie Kwong and Andrew McConnell.

Basically, it’s a week of fashion, culinary highs and that little thing called sailing happening in the middle of it all. And Vogue, of course, was there.

As soon as we arrived on the isle – Qantas has just signed on as a major sponsor of the week so they hosted an early morning in the QF lounge – we were whooshed to our Qualia villas. I mean, you just don’t want to leave your digs when you hit your slice of hotel paradise.

A quick unpack and it was to Paspaley Pearls, who hosted a chic soirée on a boat to see the latest pearl collection, ‘Rockpool’, designed under the extraordinary creative eye of Christine Salter. The pieces haven’t even been ‘officially’ unveiled yet – that’s not until October. Fortunately, anyone on the isle is able to visit a specially set up Paspaley suite. I mean, who wouldn’t want to pick up a pearl or three to take home with you after your race week sojourn?

Next up, it was back to my exquisite Qualia villa for a quick change for dinner. I got stuck (ha!) next to the simply delightful Richard Roxburgh (an Audi ambassador) as my dining companion who, refreshingly, has not one iota of interest in social media.

“I’m more a reading type of guy,” he told me as we munched into an African-inspired dinner created by Matt Moran.

Why an African theme? Well, designer Collette Dinnigan had been put in charge of the ‘feel’ and ‘design’ of the night and she decided on an Under the Crescent Moon vibe.

To brighten the night, Collette concocted a game of bingo. Yup. A room full of dinner guests as Lisa Wilkinson and Richard Roxburgh called out the numbers made for an interesting after-dinner game.

Richard also told me he is just about to spend seven weeks living in Tuscany with his family which includes his divine chef wife Silvia Colloca and three kids, and has just been working on writing the third season of his hit ABC series, Rake. Just a little bit busy.

Next day, we all had a great afternoon on the serious leisure boat, Quantum, so we could actually watch some sailing – hello Prince Fred! – then it was time to hit the main street of the island for a quiet wander.

This year, This Is Beard Season’s Jimmy Niggles had set up free skin cancer checks, for anyone on the island. It was a sensational initiative: I had one – and got the all-clear. Seriously, what a great idea considering skin cancer is the most common cancer in Australia. And you know how much we love our sun.

It was time to get back to our villa for a quick change and to a very chic dinner to unveil the latest Audi ambassador – the simply gorgeous Hacksaw Ridge actress Teresa Palmer – in the Long Pavilion of Qualia.

A seriously sensational dinner created by Andrew McConnell sent our taste buds into a frenzy while Audi ambassadors like Roxburgh, Collette and Matt Moran also joined in while we could view an exhibit of Audi nostalgia portraits.

Next morning it was up and at it as Qantas hosted an amazing breakfast – listen to this – on the helipad of Qualia before some guests got to take the latest Audi Q5 for a spin. I mean, you just couldn’t make this stuff up!

This year there seemed to be a tonne of TV journalists in the isle, including Lisa Wilkinson, Melissa Doyle and Sandra Sully, the trio putting network rivalry aside and hanging out to check out the on-water action.

Some of the chic and fashion-minded faces I caught up with included Zac and Jordan Stenmark, Nadia Fairfax and Nicole Warne (aka Gary Pepper Girl) while Francesca Packer, US model Jessica LaRusso, Lyssa Morris and the heavenly Nicky Oatley were all in for a week of chic, culinary and fashion fun.

And the week’s finale? (Okay, apart from all that sailing going on.) The week culminates with the annual White Luncheon on the sands of Pebble Beach at Qualia on Friday followed by dinner, designed by Shannon Bennett, in a jetty setting and under the Hammo Island stars.

Yes. Race Week is pretty much my idea of social heaven.

And we’ll be back . . . for as long as they keep having us!

Melissa Hoyer was a guest of Audi at Hamilton Island Race Week.

This article first appeared on vogue.com.au