Sixteen Brisbane beauties have been selected to move on to compete in the Miss World Australia 2017 State Finals.
There are some brilliant beauty pageants to be apart of in this country. And then there's Miss World Australia. One that associates good looks with intellect, compassion and giving back.
On the last Sunday of April, over 30 gorgeous and compassionate young women representing Queensland came together in hopes to make it through to the highly sought after State Finals.
The competition was tough with only 16 names chosen to propel through to the next stage. An impressive lineup of judges had the difficult task of deciphering which Brisbane beauties would be chosen. The panel included Jake Ellis from the Bachelorette 2016, Gareth Cochran from My Kitchen Rules 2016, Tess Alexander who was Miss World Australia in 2015 and Miss World Australia Director, Deborah Miller.
The day was emceed by Brisbane socialite, former Miss World 2014 and Spring 2016 Fashion Weekly cover girl, Courtney Thorpe. With her previous experience, she passed on her words of encouragement to help calm nerves particularly through the famous question and answering section.
The Runway Presence Round saw the array of talent dress up in floor length frocks that dazzled with bold embellishments and sequins. Bright colours, loose curls and gleaming smiles were the signature looks with plunging necklines and statement chandelier earrings.
Taylor Curry, Charlotte Cushing, La’Ace De Vries, Holly James, Jaimee Searle, Reilli Portygys, Mary Devg Crisp, Holly Fowler, Emma Hollingsworth, Georgie Cook, Emily Jackson, Erin O’Rourke, Simona Varga, Hanna Berkesi, Phoebe Phillips and Hillary Van Herwarden were the 16 finalists to be chosen. These lucky ladies will now move on to the Final Preliminary Round which will be held on Friday June 16, 2017.
The National Final Crowning Ceremony where one smart and stunning winner will be crowned Miss World Australia 2017 will be on Friday July 14. The covetable prize will include an all-expenses paid luxury holiday to a tropical paradise thanks to Tourism Authority of Thailand along with a jaw-dropping Crown from Phuket Pearls valued at $40,000.
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.
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.
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.