Dinnigan’s designs do some island dwelling on Hamo . . .

Pics by Andrea Francolini

Fashion designer, Collette Dinnigan, previewed her new Cruise Collection 2009 to guests at sunset on the secluded Pebble Beach at the luxury qualia resort, nestled on the revamped Hamilton Island.

The opening ‘walk’ was taken by one model du jour and here from New York, Elyse Taylor.

The collection was designed exclusively for the Audi Hamilton Island Race Week with many guests giving their nod to Collette by wearing one of the designer’s pieces to the show.

Nicky Oatley (whose family own the fair isle and is pictured here with the designer) wore a black and skin-hued lace new season party frock.

Recognisable faces included Master of Ceremonies Todd Woodbridge, TV’s Dr Chris Brown and his GF, ‘Rafters’ actress Zoe Ventoura, the vivacious raconteur Darren Jahn, ‘celebrity’ chef Peter Evans and ModelCo CEO Shelley Barrett, along with the Oatley family and friends, and the various board members from of Audi Germany, who were in Australia for the mega glam Audi Lighthouse car-yard event last week.

Today, the ‘ladies’ on the island frocked up for the Wild Oats Wines Ladies Lunch, hosted by Pete Evans, Todd Woodbridge and Dr Chris Brown.

Prior to the lunch, Pete joined fellow celeb chef Shannon Bennett (of Vue de Monde fame) out on the water for a spot of fishing with Shannon hosting a Chef’s Table dinner. Shannon was joined on the isle by his actress wife, Madeleine West, of the Showcase channel’s Satisfaction series fame.

The boat week has a huge frock feel to it, with both Gail Elliot and Camilla Franks hosting events to showcase their spring/summer collections.

In fact, there’s lots of action in Queensland this week with the Mercedes Brisbane Fashion Festival in full swing and I’m heading there to a host a forum breakfast on Tuesday where I’ll be interviewing the likes of Kristy Hinze, Vogue’s Kirstie Clements and Napoleon Perdis.