Archive | February, 2013

Western Australian Fashion Awards 2013

22 Feb

 

The 17th annual WA Fashion Awards took place last night at Perth's new style hub, Brookfield Place.

More than 400 guests were invited to walk the red carpet and what a high-profile red carpet it was!

Stunning West Australian fashions were shown off as guests made their way into the terrace courtyard. The Black tie event saw the courtyard a filled by a sea of Costarella, Ae'lkemi and Tarvydas gowns as well as jewels by Sewelley, Bianc and Lust Pearls to mention a few!

With a balmy Perth night and a crowd mingling in marvellous creations, it was certainly a fantastic night to celebrate the amazing creative talent we have here in Western Australia.

 

After an hour or so of pre-Award festivities and fashion admiration, we moved into the cool foyer of Brookfield Place where we found our seats and enjoyed an acoustic by Little Ebony before the all important presentations

The ceremony was presented by Channel 10 weather presenter, Magdalena Rose and Director of the University of Western Australia's Cultural Precinct, Professor Ted Snell.

Mariella Harvey- Hanrahan (Festival Director, alongside Tony Sage) and Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi also gave address, which created not only a sense of pride for our our creative community but also an appreciation for all the hard work that goes into Western Australian fashion, throughout all sectors.

So the presentations began!

First of all, Gabrielle Sullivan (Chadwick) was announced Runway Model of the Year and Grady Wulff (Chadwick), Hot New Model of the Year. Nicole Harrison (Chadwick) picked up the Photographic Model of the Year.

Half way through the presentations guests were treated to a display by Fliptease Aerialist, Scott Craig who hung from the ceiling of the foyer.

Models also walked among guests showing off fashions by Ae'lkemi , Flannel, Garth Cook, Kim Barton, Martini & Coz, Sewellery, Steph Audino, Tindale, Wild Horses and Zsadar.

Then the presentations continued…

STM best dressed boutique – Hatch

Best blogger – It's Now Cool

Fitness First Platinum Fine Details Award – Sewellery

Total Digital Creative Edge – Pippa McManus

CBA Designer for Tomorrow – Shane Newton Zsadar

City of Perth Most Innovative Designer of the Year – Ae'lkemi

And the winner…..
Gorgeous Models at presentations
Tiffany Spencer (House of Zaccaria) & Shane Newton, ZSDAR (Winner of Designer for Tomorrow)
With the lovely Magdalena Rose – both heavenly Ae'lkemi gown
Designer Stephanie Audino with Kymm (Designed by WA) – stunning in Steph Audino Gowns
With designer & winner of Most Innovative Designer, Alvin Fernandez (Ae'lkemi)… Gorgeous dress by Ae'lkemi!!!

What a fantastic ceremony highlighting the achievements of the WA Fashion Industry – Congratulations to all!!


 

Get set for Northern Style explosion

15 Feb

 

What do you know about The Urban Couture Festival in Joondalup?

You are forgiven if the answer is “Not much!”

But with Urban Couture now in its 3rd year, this super Stylish Festival is one worth getting to know!

Urban Couture is a key feature of the Joondalup Festival and is a month long program of events that transform unconventional spaces into popular fashion happenings.

Fashion designers, hair and makeup stylists, textile artists, runway models and fashion photographers will come together to put on some fantastic shows which are free to the public.

You don't have to be a lover of art or fashion to enjoy all that this Festival has to offer so do make a point of heading North where you'll find some innovative expressions of from our local creatives!

Principal Events Officer, Kelly Price has had a busy lead up to this exciting event and here she shares with some key points about Urban Couture!

STYLEWA – Now in its third year, how did Urban Couture become an addition to the Joondalup Festival and how successful has it been?

KP: URBAN COUTURE BEGAN AS AN INITIATIVE TO PROVIDE LOCAL STUDENT DESIGNERS WITH A PUBLIC PLATFORM TO SHOWCASE THEIR WORK. URBAN COUTURE HAS BOOMED TO BECOME A MONTH LONG PROGRAM SUPPORTING FASHION CREATIVES IN THE FIELDS OF FASHION DESIGN, CONTEMPORARY ART, FASHION PHOTOGRAPHY, STYLING AND MODELLING. THE 2012 PROGRAM WAS AN OVERWHELMING SUCCESS, SUPPORTING OVER 200 INDIVIDUAL FASHION CREATIVES AND ATTRACTING MORE THAN 50,000 VISITORS. THE 2013 PROGRAM IS SET TO BE THE BIGGEST YET WITH A REPERTOIRE OF NATIONAL DESIGNERS AND FASHION CREATIVES IN FOUR WEEKS OF POP UP EVENTS.

STYLEWA – The programme for Urban Couture 2013 is yet to be announced, but can you share any details about the designers we can hope to find?

KP: THE 2013 PROGRAM IS FILLED TO THE BRIM WITH EMERGING AUSTRALIAN DESIGNERS WHO HAVE ALREADY MADE BIG IMPRESSIONS IN THE INDUSTRY. WE CAN LET YOU KNOW THAT SWIMWEAR QUEEN LOUISE BOND OF BIKINI ATOLL AND SYDNEY MENSWEAR DESIGNER TEAMM8 JOIN THE URBAN COUTURE PROGRAM WITH MORE DESIGNERS TO BE ANNOUNCED VERY SOON!

STYLEWA –The ambassador for this years event is the lovely Renae Ayris who was named Miss Universe Australia in June 2012. How will Renae be representing Urbane Couture during the festival (ie will she be modelling or hosting any events?)
KP: AS A CITY OF JOONDALUP LOCAL, RENAE AYRIS IS THRILLED TO REPRESENT HER HOME TOWN AS THE URBAN COUTURE AMBASSADOR. RENAE WILL MAKE APPEARANCES THROUGHOUT THE URBAN COUTURE PROGRAM INCLUDING HOSTING THE VIP LAUNCH AND GUEST MODELLING IN THE URBAN COUTURE FINALE RUNWAY AT THE JOONDALUP FESTIVAL ON SUNDAY 24 MARCH.

STYLEWA – When can we expect to see the full program for 2013 so visitors can plan their attendance at Urban Couture?
KP: WE WILL BE ANNOUNCING THE FULL PROGRAM IN THE NEXT COUPLE OF WEEKS – SO STAY TUNED!

STYLEWA- What do you believe will be a highlight for the event in 2013?
KP: WITH ALL URBAN COUTURE EVENTS FREE-TO-THE-PUBLIC, THERE IS NO EXCUSE TO MISS A SECOND OF THE PROGRAM! THE 2013 JOONDALUP FESTIVAL ON 23 – 24 MARCHWILL CERTAINLY BE A HIGHLIGHT AT THE NEW LOCATION OF CENTRAL PARK AND FEATURING FOUR POP UP RUNWAY SHOWS, ART NOW PROJECT WITH PERTH'S FAVOURITE FASHION PHOTOGRAPHER AARON MCPOLIN, DESIGNER MARKETPLACE AND FINAL DAYS OF THE APERTURE & LACE EXHIBITION AT BLEND(ER) GALLERY.


A month of exciting times! See you there to check out the talent!!



 

Rubies and diamonds at Rosendorff

10 Feb

Today marks the beginning of the Chinese New Year – The Year of the Snake.

Whilst I am not a fan of slithering reptiles, I will happily join in a celebration of cultural festivities and am intrigued by the Chinese traditions and significant symbols.

A friend with knowledge of Chinese culture, shared with me the significance Feng Shui and how the colour Red represents the fire element which is believed to attract richness and luxury. The colour red also is good for passion, prosperity and love.

When I think of the colour red, I think of rubies and when I think of richness and luxury, I think of diamonds (what female doesn't!!!).

So when Rosendorff the jeweller bought out a limited edition pendant especially for the Chinese New Year and the Year of the Snake, I could see why it was designed using a combination of rubies and diamonds!

Rosendorff has been in WA since 1963 when founder and owner Craig Rosendorff began his career.

The piece was designed by the Rosendorff design and production manager, Jens Kirsch who has re-joined the Rosendorff team recently after working for 10 years in some of Germany and the United Kingdom's most prestigious jewellery houses.


Mr Kirsch shared with STYLEWA what his motivation behind producing a piece in celebration of the Chinese New Year was…..

The ancient Chinese culture has many hidden shapes, colour combinations and inspiring elements, which is a fascinating area to explore. Particularly with the Snake Pendant, we wanted to showcase our highly skilled Rosendorff workshop together with an exciting, yet unique piece.What a magnificent combination!”



The Year if the Snake Pendant is on display at the Rosendorff Perth CBD showroom and boutiques in Claremont Quarter and Garden City.

With Valentines day also coming up this Thursday… I think it will be a popular piece to mark two occasions in 2013!

(Happy New Year and welcome Valentines Day 2013! x)

 

Chinese New Year celebrated with style!

9 Feb

This Sunday is the first day of the lunar New Year, making it the Chinese New Year.

Festivities around the city are set to be a colourful celebration, welcoming the 'Year of the Snake'.

If you haven't joined in Chinese New Year celebrations before, then you might want to make 2013 your year to be amongst it!

The Chung Wah Association together with the support of The City of Perth have organised the Chinese New Year Fair which will kick off from 11am in Northbridge.

James Street is set to come alive with lion dance performances, cultural demonstrations, food and market stalls. Festivities will continue on throughout the evening and the Piazza will host the 2013 Perth Chinese New Year Multicultural Concert.

Sunday is set to sizzle in Perth, so a late venture to the city could be on my agenda with a casual bite to eat at one of the many great restaurants.

If fine dining is the way you choose to see in your Chinese New Year celebrations then check out the fabulous menu on offer at Yu restaurant, located within the Crown Complex.

Under the guidance of Chef de Cuisine Pat Cheong, Yú’s signature dishes feature traditional favourites with a contemporary twist!

Reservations are recommended so make your booking and head in for a taste of something special!

I have found much inspiration from around the city for the Chinese New Year and found some fabulous home wares and Chinese tea at Chapels in Maylands. This beautiful store imports some authentic as well as replica pieces from China and always have something unique for the home.

I also came across some floral arrangements at Flowers in the Garden in Booragoon which would be a beautiful gift for anyone to celebrate the New Year!

Rosendorff in Perth have also prepared a stunning piece of jewellery to signify the Year of the Snake….. If you love Ruby's and diamonds you will love this! Stay tuned to see this 'must have' pendant!

Happy New Year & enjoy your celebrations!

 

Bad Apples welcome in Applecross

6 Feb

 

Our city has come along way in recent years!

The addition of new attractions, bars and restaurants has bought a fresh new appeal to enjoying life in the West.

It is exciting to see the city grow and in my opinion, there has never been a better time to be out and about and explore what's on offer!

On Monday the 21st of January, a small wine bar opened its doors in Ardross and it seems to be a welcome newcomer to the street!

Bad Apples Bar is located on the corner of Riseley Street and Kearns Crescent and has already proven quite popular among locals.

I encountered Bad Apples when I met a friend for a quick Friday afternoon catch up and I was pleased to find a trendy mix match decor ,helpful staff and icy cold drinks being served.

Drinks and a modern tapas style bar menu are available to purchase table-side so it makes it easy to enjoy the humble wine bar without moving from your chair… Or crate (apple crate style seats are a cute furnishing!)

The bar seemed to attract local residence and workers in the area as well as those having a drink before heading for dinner at one of the nearby restaurants.

Whilst Ardross has long been a popular meeting spot for diners and shoppers alike, a shiny new wine bar seems to be just what the area was need of!

Upon leaving Bad Apples on its first Friday night trade, I passed a small queue outside that were lining up to experience a taste of Bad Apples… I am certain that a queue will be a regular occurrence as people serve their curiosity!

I am looking forward to visiting Bad Apples again and trialling some of the modern menu options as well as some of the rustic pizzas on offer which sound delicious…

 

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