Ubermodel Kristy Hinze and husband Jim Clark hit the Hamo high-life . . .

photographer Andrea Francolini

About as far north I travelled this week was Brisbane to be part of the Mercedes Brisbane Fashion Festival, but for a crew of others, Hamilton Island was the hot spot.

A swag of fashion and boating types flocked to the fair isle for a week of style and sea water as what looks to be an event to bookmark on the circuit calender. (Memo to self: save money to go next year.)

The final fashion event was on Thursday night when Gail Elliott and Joe Coffey staged their Little Joe Resort 2009 Collection – aptly called Jet-Set – under the stars at the new Hamo Yacht Club.

Island spies, camoflagued as caftans, tell me the show hosted more than 200 guests and seated front row were qualia guests Kristy Hinze and husband Jim Clark, (qualia is the 5+ star resort on the island) with Mrs H-C dressed in a Bally dress and Jimmy Choos shoes. The still newly-weds were having a small holiday before Kristy comes back to Sydney to shoot a Sportscraft campaign, for which she is the brand ambassador.

I had caught up with Kristy in Brisbane earlier in the week, who was counting the days before her husband flew into Australia to join her on Hamo. Yep, after just five months of marriage they are still like lovestruck teens.

Also in the Little Joe throng were Bob and Val Oatley; Nicky Oatley and her boyfriend, Wild Oats crew member Troy Tindill; Terry Biviano; Livinia Nixon; CEO of ModelCo, Shelley Barrett (whose potions were the beauty sponsors for the evening); caftan queen Camilla Franks and her BF, the able seaman John Flannery and Skye Leckie.

Bronzed models made-up by ModelCo graced the Little Joe catwalk showing off the Jet-Set collection, which featured easy breezy looks topped off by sailor and boat hats.

Aussie models in the show included Queensland-born beauty Kendal Schuler, Brittany Bennett (the new face of ModelCo) and Demelza Reveley (the 2008 winner of Australia’s Next Top Model).

Orders for the sexy, short and flirty Little Joe designs (made from the soft signature fabrics Ms Elliott features in her collections) were made immediately after the show. The pieces, which are designed for ‘resort wear’ received a standing ovation as guests sang along to ‘April Sun in Cuba’.

All sounds like an incredibly nice way to see in Spring, really.