MBFF Emerging Designer Group Show Impresses

MBFF Brisbane's Second Show Tuesday Night

Fresh faces and fresh talent is what the fashion industry is all about; and didn't Brisbane deliver! The 2013 Mercedes Benz Fashion Festival Emerging Designer Group Show was nothing short of impressive as eight up and coming labels put their best PeepToe –clad foot forward.

Long time fashion festival favourites, Molly and Polly Swimwear joined forces with Peony Swimwear and Playsuit to deliver a healthy installment of swimwear. Complete with cute props in the form of fishing rods, surfboards, snorkels and fluro floaties, the crowd was left dreaming of summer.

Erin Hassall Designs, A Jacksonian Era and Stokes Thompson Design provided a fresh and unique take on day wear combined with a touch of formality. Sinead James was all about power dressing with cheeky, modern and innovative basics.

Begitta returned to the stage following great success at the 2012 event with a slightly more sophisticated take on the iconic dream-like fairytale pieces. There's something to love about a floor length red number alongside the odd birdcage!

Also at the show were the best of Brisbane and Gold Coast student designers presenting their take on the relationship between fashion and media. Some were abstract and some were genius (QR code material included), but all were distinctive to say the least!

We're excited to see theses fresh faces making their mark on the industry in the near future! Stay tuned...

Photography by Warren Jopson.


Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival Brisbane Wow's the Crowd

MBFF Brisbane's First Show on Tuesday Night

Words: Carly Flemming

What an amazing Bridal show it was at MBFF Brisbane. The event was held at City Hall on Tuesday night, with the venue already setting the tone for a romantic evening.

The designers wowed the crowd, and from the gowns, music, choreography and lighting there was a whimsical sensation, which sweeped the crowd away to a dreamy moment in time.

Designers included the likes of Wendy Sullivan, Regalia Bridal Designs, Bertossi Brides, Paul Hunt, Jack Sullivan, George Wu and Elizabeth de Varga.

Highlights included designs from Paul Hunt; his designs were timeless and stunning. Jack Sullivan also needs to be mentioned, his gowns were filled with an old romantic elegance but also had modern day flair. The stand out model goes to the gorgeous flower girl who walked for Elizabeth de Varga. Her innocence and beauty stole the smiles from the crowd as she graced down the runway nervously with a bouquet.

Tight waists, French lace and flowing skirts were a recurring trend. 1950's silhouettes were a stand out. Expectedly, 1920's Great Gatsby glamour was also popular and this was complimented by a strikingly similar sound track to the movie echoing around City Hall as the models graced the stage. The designers brilliantly interpreted these times with on-trend and modern gowns reminding us that we were at Mercedes Benz Fashion Festival Brisbane 2013.


Around the World

Around the World



Stockholm has four popular shopping neighborhoods; city centre with its big department stores and major clothing chains, specialty design and fashion shops in Östermalm, Gamla Stan with its authentic handicraft shops and the bohemian Södermalm with vintage fashion stores. All with their own special character and within easy access by foot or public transport from your hotel.

One Dress A Day

One Dress A Day


A concept of world-wide exclusivity, one that has never been seen before, it is completely fresh and more than welcomed by the fashion industry, the time is now! Stay tuned ladies for we have the inside scoop and all your future parties sorted!

From Los Angeles to the world, One Dress a Day, will introduce a new and entirely unique concept to the world and culture of e-commerce shopping. One Dress A Day will be the first ever e-commerce site to add a completely new limited-edition dress style every single day, offering an exciting shopping experience for the modern woman 365 days a year.

Made using high quality Italian and French fabrics, the collection will average at a price of $169 per dress and feature intricate beading, classic cuts and feminine styles.

Interview with Ashley Hart: the new face of Mix

Interview with Ashley Hart: the new face of Mix


Move over Jennifer Hawkins and Jessica Gomes because a new fresh face is in town.

Blonde beauty and Aussie model, Ashley Hart (the sister of Victoria's Secret model, Jessica Hart) has been named the inaugural face of Coles' Mix Apparel.

The supermarket-exclusive collection, which has been developed by Canadian designer, Joseph Mimran, offers a wide range of on-trend basics for men, women and kids at affordable prices.

"The Mix range is really accessible for everybody," Ashley told Fashion Weekly. "It's not fussy and you can dress it up, down, any way you like."

Jessica Richmond from Mix Apparel said Ashley was a "natural fit for the Mix brand".

Nathan Paul Swimwear

Nathan Paul Swimwear


The calm before the storm, the sun after a cloudy day, and a beach holiday with a twist was the motivation behind Nathan Paul's newest and freshest Summer swimwear installment "Getaway."

The collection is accompanied by a short 'fashion film' testing the boundaries of imagination, creativity and the definition of fashion; creating the ultimate atmosphere to get away.

White Wash

White Wash


It's clean, crisp and simply refreshing. White is the new black and its time to embrace spring with a simplistic and sophisticated not-so-colourful colour pallette.

As seen on the runways from Singapore to Sydney the time is now to be bold, brave and a little bit daring. Be the breath of fresh air as cool white cleans your closet.

Sleep'n Round

Sleep'n Round


Brighten up your bedroom, or better your bedtime routine with Sleep'n Round's playful sleepwear and loungewear range; the perfect PJ pieces for that sneaky morning sleep--in, afternoon siesta or late night slumber.

Motivated to put sleep first, Melbourne--‐based pyjama label Sleep' Round encourages people to
embrace the benefits of sleep and look good whilst catching some zzz'!

Incorporating edgy prints, on-trend styles, unique graphics and a contemporary colour palette, Sleep'n Round delivers an assortment of onesies, tees, leggings, shorts and singles in a range inspired by the Australian beach and street culture.

Using quality materials, comfortable designs and priced to purchase, Sleep'n Round PJs are just what the doctor ordered for guys and girls who like to have a little fun in the bedroom.

Sinead James Debuts at MBFF Brisbane

Sinead James


Its fresh, shiny and new, contemporary and innovative - and making a debut on the runway of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Brisbane! Sinead James is fast becoming a strong competitor in the world of evolving designers and her label's Spring Summer 13/14 Collection 'Reflections' is reflecting all kinds of amazing!

James launched the first collection in 2011 and has since moved from strength to strength, with MBFF 'the biggest platform (she) has ever done'.

"It's definitely going to be a good place to showcase the new collection, especially because the festival coincides with the same week as the collection launch," she told Fashion Weekly.

'It's going to be a lot of hard work and preparation but it will be worth it. I'm looking forward to it."

D & G Fall From Grace

D & G Fall From Grace


With the sky-high heels, priceless jewels, endless flowing champagne and what seems like one massive party, one can be excused from thinking the fashion industry is separate from reality. In fact, it is most definitely not, a concept discovered the hard way by the faces behind Italian fashion label D&G, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana.

Making a Mark

Theresa Hall

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A love for fashion and an addiction to magazines is the reason talented photographer, Theresa Hall has stepped into her own photography business.

"I have been photographing for many years now but only in the last couple of years have I focused more on fashion photography," says Hall.

She is drawn to editorial fashion photography and is passionate about developing a story around the clothes and the styling.

It’s my Décolleté

It’s my Décolleté


Your décolleté, it sounds so beautiful, exotic, and a little erotic. Your décolleté is the bit between your collar bone and the start of your breast. Often forgotten by stylists, fashion bloggers and fashion journalists alike, the 'Décolleté' is one of those words you just want to say over and over, 'my décolleté'. It conjures up images of Keria Knightly in 'Anna Karenina', 'Pride and Prejudice' or 'The Duchess', that old world beauty almost defining what it is to be feminine and delicate.

Unfortunately the word 'décolleté' while derived from the sensual language of French, doesn't have anything to do with being beautiful, delicate or erotic. It means quite literally 'without collar'. How rude, just when I was starting to feel like such a lady!

Nevertheless your 'décolleté' is actually incredibly important when choosing the correct clothing styles to suit you.