For one night only Brisbane had its very own enchanted garden
This week Fashion Weekly was invited to attend The Enchanted Garden dinner hosted by Cuisine on Cue. Partnering with QUT Precincts and The Styled Group together they charmed guests with an enthralling one-off event. QUT’s Gardens Theatre was transformed into an enchanted garden, unveiling wonder and intrigue to an intimate group of Brisbane’s finest ifluencers, event coordinators, and media and events personnel.
Cuisine on Cue’s owner, Anna Morrow, said, “The Enchanted Garden event allowed the team and I to showcase our tailored menus that can be created to suit all function themes and challenged us to be creative in the kitchen.”
Cuisine on Cue’s talent for crafting specialty menus was first exhibited to its 48 guests with a pop-up food station, specialising in canapes of chermoula marinated prawns and pan fried cauliflower with grated turmeric, chilli, flaked almonds and basil.
As the night advanced, catering staff plated up meals that captured the magical essence of the space, with dishes of yellowtail kingfish on a soba noodle salad, sarsaparilla beef cheek with grilled fennel and roasted beets, and warm confit duck terrine with spiced rum raisins. Guests were sent home with giftpacks of dark chocolate marquise with a choc chip base and pistachio crust as a final memory of the exclusive event.
The Styled Group transformed Gardens Theatre into a magical setting as guests dined underneath a hanging tree at the table’s centre, with glass lanterns and chandeliers adding a fairytale twinkle to the table below. Meanwhile, tablecloths were garbed in forest greenery and personalised terrariums at every place setting. With the use of dry ice, a mystical fog drifted across the dining room floor, crafting a room of intrigue and fantasy.
The RUSH Group provided the musical talents of Paris Nikki and Matt Made in a combined concert of entrancing vocals and keyboard music throughout the evening.
Cuisine on Cue’s renown has been previously established through contributions to events such as Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries Costume Exhibition and Lend Lease’s Annual Leaders Dinner.
James St Marie Claire Up Late 2016 style highlights
April 19, 2016
Were you one of the stylish faces to be snapped in our street style, wrap up video from James St Marie Claire's Up Late 2016 event?
James Street shopping precinct was transformed into the ultimate fashion destination in April to welcome fashion lovers to the fifth annual James St Marie Claire Up Late event.
Shoppers enjoyed a night of exclusive offers and special designer appearances by names such as Toni Maticevski, Pamela Easton and Lydia Pearson of Easton Pearson and Gail Sorronda alongside the Marie Claire Editors who hosted the night. Live entertainment filled the street along with many well-dressed trendsetters.
Watch our video above to see who was there and what they wore.
Everything you need to know about Brisbane's Polo in the City
December 02, 2015
When the polo comes to town, the town goes to the Polo! Not even the sweltering 36 degree heat could keep the who’s who of Brisbane from donning their heels and boat shoes and getting involved in the divot stomp. From fitness powerhouse couple Lorna Jane and Bill Clarkson, to Fashion blogger extraordinaire Kate Waterhouse, Brisbane turned it on for the Land Rover Polo in the City, and the fashion didn’t fail to impress. Travelling around the country side, the Polo is one of the highlights of the Brisbane summer event season, and finding myself in the Air New Zealand VIP tent gave me the very best platform to admire the day’s style.
White on white was a clear crowd favourite for the attendees, with white dresses, matching ensembles and lace in every direction the eye could wander. Whereas Camilla’s famous bohemian luxe style pieces were able to cut through the sea of neutral. In terms of comparing with Sydney’s and Melbourne’s events, the white and monochromatic fashion seemed to be a consistent theme. Elyse Knowles, Erin Holland, Rebecca Judd and Anna Heinrich all opted for head to toe white, with Sally Fitzgibbons keeping to her relaxed style in a printed monochrome jump suit. Neutral tones for summer are here to stay.
Monochromatic styles have become more and more popular as the search for minimalism is embraced with open arms. Broken up by textures and crisp lines, the all-white look was a clear crowd favourite for polo-ensembles, paired with oversized sunglasses, wedge heels, a pop of colour on the lips and floppy felt hats; the day was very Hampton’s pool party-esk.
Midi dresses in lace and floral varieties with bare shoulders were the epitome of the day’s glamour, and anything but a stiletto being the shoe of choice. There were only a few faux pars, with some missing the “absolutely no fascinators” style code, but overall, the calibre of ladies wear at the event was very high. The complimentary makeup and hair touch ups thanks to Hit 105 kept the women looking glamourous and garden-crisp.
The coveted ‘Fashions on the Field’ was taken out by racing fashion blogger Lindsay Ridings, in a two piece Capri pant ensemble, completed with rockabilly head band and nude block heels.
The men were dapper as ever with collared checked shirts, loafers and chinos, putting the stallions on the field to shame. Ralph Lauren would have been in his element on the day, and it was clear many men took their styling advice straight from his ‘sports-chic’ manual. A little ankle, a little 5 o’clock shadow, and a whole lot of class had the men of Brisbane looking fresh. Again, there were the odd plain t-shirt and denim shorts, but to say that the men didn’t meet the mark would be rude.
With the champagne popping, brie canapés floating past and Weis Sorbet samples keeping us cool, the heat didn’t stop the day from being a glamourous success for Polo Enterprises Brand Manager, Natalie Decorte. I don’t know that the game itself was of much focus, but at the end of the day, we all care about the fashion a lot more anyway.
Last night on Wall Street in New York, the Balmain x H&M collection made its global runway debut in front of a celebrity-packed audience. Kylie Jenner, Diane Kruger, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Alexa Chung were among the guests to get an exclusive look at the glamourous, powerful and rich detailed collection designed by Olivier Rousteing. The collection will be available in around 250 stores worldwide starting November 5, 2015.
The night was as bold and powerful as Rousteing’s designs, bringing together fashion and music to celebrate the collection in a venue themed like a futuristic subway station. After an exclusive preview of the campaign music video starring Kendall Jenner dance crews hyped the crowd for a runway show featuring models such as Gigi and Bella Hadid, Jourdan Dunn, Alessandra Ambrosio, Karlie Kloss and Joan Smalls.
After the fashion show Backstreet Boys surprised the crowd with an exclusive live performance hyping the 90´s vibe. The audience, packed with celebrities and fashion industry, embraced the energy and celebrated the momentum for #HMBalmaination into the late night. All fans around the world were invited to follow the event through the live streaming app Periscope, while on social media the event could be followed with the hashtag #HMBalmaination.
“Tonight is a dream come true for me. The energy and vibe is unbelievable, and to have the Backstreet Boys perform for Balmain x H&M is incredible. It is an honour for me to collaborate with H&M, and tonight’s launch is something that I will never forget,” says Olivier Rousteing, creative director of Balmain.
“The launch was a true reflection of the Balmain x H&M collection, full of energy, positivity and glamour. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and we can’t wait to share this feeling with our customers around the world when the collection finally hits stores,” says Ann-Sofie Johansson, creative advisor at H&M.
Watch the highlight recap from Tyson & Peppa boutique launch
September 15, 2015
Personal stylist and Australian fashion blogger, Joshua Kilroy, has fused his passion of Australian luxury brands and the James Street locale by opening a beautiful fashion boutique called Tyson & Peppa on Roberston Street, Fortitude Valley.
Hosting an elaborate, glamorous and entertaining launch in true 'Joshua Kilroy style', fashion royalty Samantha Harris and Pip Edwards joined the celebration to toast the opening of the new space.
Distinguished stylist, editor, designer and Icon of Style, Rachel Zoe appeared at an exclusive breakfast and meet and greet with her fans at her book signing at The Fashion Capital last week.
The entrepreneur and mother-of-two talked through Spring/Summer trends, fashion tips and her stylish life, with breakfast host, Jackie Frank - marie claire Publisher.
Australian designer Camilla Franks joined them as Chastone - The Fashion Capital celebrated the opening of the first Camilla boutique in-centre, the largest of her 12 retail stores in Australia.
Rachel also had a guided shopping tour of The Fashion Capital, whilst visiting some of her favourite Australian and International labels before appearing at her Living in Style book signing with her fans.
Unearth your treasure with Stone and Metal's first eponymous collection, 'Sticks and Stones' designed by Brisbane jewellery designer and metalsmith Samantha Anderson.
Set amongst the James Street fashion cluster, King Arthur Café set the tone last Friday afternoon for the official unveiling of Samantha's new and stunning collection.
Upon arrival guests were welcomed with a crafted coffee and selection of baked patisseries alongside a relaxed presentation by Samantha on her designs and the inspiration behind 'Sticks and Stones'.
The beautiful loft at the cafe was the perfect setting to what was decorated fittingly reflecting the brands rustic and raw aesthetic.
"I believe every design has a story behind it, and that is what makes it special. The paired black and clean lines of this range allows the individual elements to sing because sometimes the simple things shine the brightest. I hope my customers will build their own story as they build their collection. My focus is on the pieces being of great value to my customers not necessarily expensive. It's about finding their own treasure," said Samantha.
With the concept of 'mix and match', the array of jewels include gemstones such as Lapis Lazuli, Amethyst, Smokey Quartz, Carnelian, Howlite and Quartz all crafted together with sterling silver.
Find yourself wearing metal cuffs, rings and earrings featuring raw cut gems in jewel tones, all designed with a clean and modern aesthetic.
Samantha’s passion as a designer is evident throughout the collection and we're sure you will love it just as much as we do!
'Sticks and Stones' is available in both the James Street and Carindale Galleries.
The red carpet awards ceremony for the inaugural Australian Fashion Film Awards (AFFA) was held on Wednesday May 20, at the spectacular Westfield Sky Lounge. The invite-only event saw amazing talent in the Fashion Film industry recognised and celebrated by an impressive line-up of celebrities from both the Fashion and Film industries.
11 Awards were presented in total with Chanel taking out three awards with the incredible Fashion Film "The One That I Want". Baz Luhrmann was awarded Best Director and Country Road won the Best Australian Fashion Film for "Summer Wonder" (Full list of winners below).
Anastasia Fai, the Founder of AFFA, was overwhelmed by the response from the Fashion and Film industries and the support from corporates:
"Six months ago, the concept to recognise the amazing talent in the Australian Fashion Film industry was just a dream. Today it was a reality. Celebrating the achievements of everyone involved in creating Australian Fashion Films was long overdue. The support tonight's event received is a sure sign that AFFA will be celebrating Aussie talent for many years to come." she said.
Australian Fashion Film Award Winners (in order of: Award - Individual/Brand - Film)
Best Independent Fashion Film - Justin Griffiths - 'Wild West'
Best Fashion Styling - Catherine Martin (Chanel) - 'The One That I Want'
Best Sound Design or Music - Lo-Fang (Chanel) - 'The One That I Want'
Best Visual Effects - The Woolmark Company - 'Lost & Found'
People's Choice - Phoenix Rising, Russh Magazine
Best International Fashion Film - Hogan Rebel - 'We Are All Mad Here'
Best Concept - The Woolmark Company - 'Lost & Found'
Best Director - Baz Luhrmann (Chanel) - 'The One That I Want'
Best Australian Fashion Film - Country Road - 'Summer Wonder'
MC Rebecca Caratti of Buro 24/7 opened the awards ceremony. Guests who attended the event included iconic fashion designers from We Are Handsome and Alice McCall, the multi-talented director/actress Gracie Otto, actress Emma Lung, models Didier Cohen, Sarah Ellen and the Stenmark Twins and the internet sensations SketchShe.
Women's Property Panel hosted their third annual International Women's Day luncheon at Moda Portside on Friday March 13 with guest speaker Robin Bailey.
Women's Property Panel Co-Directors, Emma Herbert and Bridget Headland, were excited to return to Moda for their Women's Day event and create a fun and empowering environment to celebrate women.
"The Women's Property Panel International Women's Day luncheon [was] a chance for everyone to take half the day off, enjoy good food and wine, meet like-minded people and be entertained," said Mrs Herbert.
Brisbane 97.3 radio and Channel 9 presenter, Robin Bailey, was the guest speaker on the day offering her view on this year's theme 'Make It Happen'.
"Robyn Bailey is a household name in Brisbane and such a delight, she was an easy choice to be guest speaker at this years International Women's Day luncheon," said Mrs Herbert.
The ladies were treated to a three course lunch and beverage package, giveaways and lucky door prizes including Xennox Diamonds diamond earrings which were valued at $2,500.
This year Fashion Palette sent 13 Australian designer collections down the runway to reveal the new season trends for Spring Summer 2015/16.
Never an event to disappoint, over 600 industry guests, fashion identities and consumers watched the stunning showcase unveil right before them. Next season we can expect to see trends leaning towards tailoring, bold prints and neutrals with structured pieces.
Guests such as Kate Waterhouse, Imogen Anthony and The Bachelor's Sam Frost sat front row with designers including Nicola Finetti and Arthur Galan along with fashion blogger moguls Antoinette Marie (Sydney Fashion Blogger), They All Hate Us and Sarah Ellen watching with a keen eye as next seasons designs were revealed.
The looks were sophisticated and sharp, marrying fun, bold prints with neutrals. Nicola Finetti, the king of chic opened the show with tailored pieces showcasing bold pops of colour in a mostly cool colour palette.
Milliner to the stars, Viktoria Novak unveiled her new collection, which saw her experimenting with a range of metals and intricate beading. Fit for a queen, every female in the room wanted to own one of her designs. Aqua Blu and Wild Pony presented their fun, bold and bright swimwear ranges, which will no doubt be a popular favourite on the beach once summer kicks in. Wild Pony designs had a native influence with designs brazen with skulls, fringing and embellishments whilst Aqua Blu was heavily inspired with the bright lights of Rio.
Never ones to disappoint, Arthur Galan AG and Leona Edminsten led the way with what's trending for SS15/16 with Arthur presenting classic structured designs layered over flowing flirty pieces giving us the more is more approach to dressing. The spotlight was on primary colours in an array of luxurious fabrics, tailoring never looked so good. Leona gave us bold playful prints that could take you to work to cocktail hour seamlessly.
Thomas Lazar and Melbourne's very own Alin Le' Kal proved they were the ones to watch with Thomas's outlandish, intricate one of a kind pieces dominating the runway. Alin Le' Kal closed the show with his highly anticipated collection featuring a palette of neutrals, metallic and hand beaded pieces including cut out evening dresses that left little to the imagination. Both Lazar and Le' Kal left the industry in a buzz.
The next wave of talented emerging designers did not disappoint with eveningwear designers Roxcii and Elle Zeitoune showcasing beautiful pieces with a high focus on pastels and bold prints. LAB HOMME presented smart, tailored pieces with elements of street wear, taking men's fashion to new heights. Antonella Ianni played with androgyny with her tailored ready to wear collection in a classic colour palette of black and white whilst contemporary label Nadz and Sabs showcased exquisite beading on raw silk and excellent craftsmanship.
Like what you see? Visit Fashion Pallette HERE to stay in the loop.
Thursday the 5th March saw Brisbane's fashion media, bloggers, influencers and VIP's join Pierre Winter Fine Jewels and Fashion Weekly at French Rendez-Vous for the official unveiling of a never-before-seen collection.
The event welcomed jeweller extraordinaire Pierre Winter to an intimate soiree in Brisbane's own little piece of Paris, French Rendez-Vous. The stylish invitees were treated to a unique and rare experience as the boutique was transformed into a treasure hunt of jewel treats.
On arrival guests previewed the intricate displays from designers such as Ben Amun, Zac Posen, Rachel Zoe, Goossens Paris and Oscar de la Renta just to name a few. The mood was set by Sax Soloist Rod Christenson as he played upbeat jazz and melodic tunes.
The bustling attendees were served delicious canapes by Bucci on James Street, along with gourmet chocolate and cheese platters while sipping on Italian Prosecco by Calabria Family Wines.
Mid-way through the celebration Editor-in-Chief from Fashion Weekly Stacey O'Keeffe introduced the crowd to the man of the hour Pierre Winter, along with the official unveiling of Pierre Winter Fine Jewels' Bespoke Brisbane Collection.
"Three years ago during Fashion Week, I stumbled across Pierre's boutique in Sydney and immediately fell in love. In my opinion, he is one of Sydney's best kept secrets. That's why when he said that wanted to share his exclusive pieces with Brisbane, I knew Fashion Weekly had to be involved," she said.
Guests left with an exclusive gift bag of treats including Dior & I movie tickets, a $100 Skywatch Voucher, a Model Co. sample pack and more while UBER offered guests the option to leave or arrive in style with an exclusive event voucher.
Fashion Weekly's official photographer, Warren Jopson snapped up photos of the chic guests and John Faunt from Express New Media was the official videographer for the evening.
Ferrari Brisbane and Brisbane BMW added pizzazz to the jewel encrusted affair by parking their stylish vehicles in front of the boutique for guests to admire whilst creating the perfect backdrop for a wow-photo moment.
Editor-in-Chief of Fashion Weekly, Stacey O'Keeffe said, "On behalf of Pierre Winter Fine Jewels, French Rendez-Vous and Fashion Weekly, we'd like to thank our guests for attending and supporting a Brisbane first. We hope to do something this exciting and rare again soon!"
Undress Runways Returned to Brisbane for their 4th Annual Show
Undress Runways, the organisation behind Australia's largest sustainable fashion show, returned to their home town of Brisbane for their 4th annual event, after taking on Melbourne and the Gold Coast earlier this year.
Taking place at Factory One on Saturday the 11th of October in Brisbane's West End, the Undress Runways team sent thirty sustainable and ethical designer's collections from all over the country down the runway.
Guests at Undress Runways Brisbane enjoyed three runway shows, organic cocktails, live DJ's and were able to shop in-between the shows at the local designer pop up stands.
View our gallery below to see the runway images and social snaps.
The Brisbane Powerhouse was the fashion destination for Materialised, a celebration of style and fashion from 18 graduates of the International School of Colour and Design.
Paying Homage to their design aesthetics and showcasing Brisbane's 2015 fashion trends, The designers assembled strong ranges of pastels with monochromatic touches and looked as if they were inspired from Paris fashion week mixed with Melbourne street style.
It was clear that the designers had taken inspiration from music, art, history and architecture and how that comes to play when interpreting a lifestyle within a garment.
Fashion Weekly Magazine was front and centre to see the stand out labels like Anessa Jai, who received a strong reviews from the Teneriffe Fashion Festival and fellow Graduate Amy Wittleton from A|Lea both presenting affordable ready-to-wear ranges.
Earthy colours and bold prints set the tone for the professional daydreamer. The soft silhouette produced by Bobbie Joyce [Bobbie J] exuded comfort and easy care.
A contrast to this was Kristy Power from the label Harpi who unveiled a strong Alexander McQueen-like Goth range with an intense use of feathers, leather, claws, fine corsetry and skull accessories.
The voice of the designers as a collective was loud: determined to offer innovative garments to the Australian and International women's and menswear market.
Fashion Weekly Magazine would like to wish all graduates good luck; we look forward to seeing subsequent ranges in the future.
Brisbane's mother's of the brides, recently engaged, fashion media supporters of the acclaimed couturier were set for an extravagant birthday celebration for Wendy Makin Bridal Designs.
Moda at Portside Wharf set a stylish scene for the 21st Birthday celebration, where 21 stunning gowns were modeled down the runway.
Award winning gowns from the 90's to present floated gracefully, evoking a genuine sense of nostalgia for some of Wendy's first customers, where as much of the crowd sat in awe, then gasping at the workmanship and fantasy bought before them, others sat silently fighting back tears. Each gown was applauded enthusiastically.
Super fine European lace, soft silks and lustrous satin detailed the sophisticated silhouettes of contemporary and modern brides. The Bohemian Road Trip range evoked a more free and playful style, which can be easily personalised through the stunning crystal accessories or even a floral wreath headband.
The commendation to Wendy Makin by the audience fueled the heart felt speech from Geoff and Wendy, so many faces in the crowd felt an affiliation with the brand. It was clear that friendships were formed through the gowns and it was apparent that it was the heart and soul that really made these gowns sparkle.
To see these gowns up close and to really see where the workmanship and fine fabrics was invested, let alone the time, its no wonder that Wendy Makin was awarded the 2014 ABIA Queensland Bridal Retailer of the Year. Over 21 years in a competitive bridal industry is a testament that this brand is going from strength to strength.
Fashion Weekly Magazine would like to thank Wendy Makin Bridal Boutique for the birthday invitation. We look forward to the 30th, 40th and beyond!
In the meantime, if you have that special day to plan, start by visiting Wendy Makin Bridal Designs at 179 Wellington Rd, East Brisbane.