Is teal the new black at Fashion Week for Allegra Spender?
All eyes on the FROW, not the track
Interest in attending Fashion Week‘s legendary frow at Carriageworks won’t be limited to Allegra Spender.
Designers, editors, celebrities, influencers and aspirants from around the world are flying in to check out the latest offerings from local designers who decide what comes in and goes out for the following seasons. As always, the frown hierarchy is as much talked about as clothing as a very public display of where you stand in the social hierarchy of Australian fashion.
Monday will see a return to the catwalks after a six-year hiatus for the eponymous label Gary Bigeni. The highly anticipated Resort 22 show titled Redivivus would showcase a gender-neutral, diverse and sustainable collection of 30 pieces. The show is also a celebration for Bigeni after being diagnosed with stage four non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2017.
The Dyspea label, known for its glitz and sparkle, is rumored to be pushing the boundaries of its showcase. Emerald City is told that the body and gender positive brand will celebrate both able and invalid bodies on the catwalk.
Of course, fashion week wouldn’t be complete without the gatecrashers and nothing more than the most exclusive runway shows on the list.
After a stellar opening show in 2021, Romance Was Born returns to the catwalk with their highly anticipated Done Zone collection – a collaboration with an inimitable and iconic Australian artist Ken does. Around 30 carefully selected guests were invited to view the Done Gallery collection at The Rocks.
Michael Lo Sordo will showcase its latest collection 88 stories above the Sydney skyline at the world-class Villa 88 located at Crown Residences – One Barangaroo. Styled by the fashion giant Caroline Tranthe celebrity-favorite brand will see the likes of Lou O’Neil (née Hay), Rozalia Russian and Sarah Ellen at the show.
Always pushing the boundaries, AJE would work with internationally acclaimed creative agency Studio Boum to create an immersive space aligned with the brand’s ties to art, body and nature to perfectly encapsulate and showcase the collection. Resort 23 at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Emerald City is told that the brand’s guest list includes both international faces and local celebrities.
Other headliners include Indigenous Fashion Projects, Bondi Born and other returning favorites St. Agni, bassike and Woolmark Prize finalist Jordan Dalah.
The fashion giant expands its activities
Back in Australia for the first time in three years, it’s undeniable Desiree Deravifounder and designer of S/W/F Boutique has been keeping busy during the pandemic.
The former Melbourne designer who has spent the last decade living between Bali and Los Angeles hosted a select group of influencers and media for lunch at Sean’s Panorama in North Bondi to showcase her latest brand collection and announce her next move career in bridal as well as home interiors.
Olympian’s girlfriend ex-girlfriend Michael Klim clearly has an eye for detail, showing images of Emerald City from his posh Umalas home in Bali.
Guests including artist Dina Broadhurstinfluencer Nathalie Roser and model and reality TV star Simone Holtznagel were treated to outfits from the collection. Model Madeleine Holtznagelhotel tycoon girlfriend Justin Hemmes, appeared in her chic trouser, bralette and cardigan ensemble paired with the latest Fendi arm-candy. But don’t expect to see the social butterfly at Fashion Week next week, revealing instead that she and her billionaire boyfriend will be vacationing in Noumea. Emerald City spied on an unlikely guest, influencer Jade Tuncdoruk (aka Jade Tunchy)who has kept a very low profile in recent months.
Tuncdoruk found herself in hot water in January after she accused a small business owner of ‘theft’ and threatened to take her to Fair Trading when he refused to offer her a full refund for her honeymoon stay . At the time, she was publicly challenged by the Celeb influencer’s anonymous monitoring account Spellcheck. Days later, things went from bad to worse when racist comments she made about UberEats drivers resurfaced on Instagram. She quickly apologized for her “hurtful comments”, in which she complained about UberEats’ “annoying non-English speaking delivery drivers”.
Meanwhile, Deravi is not the only designer to expand his business prospects, the famous diamond Zena and Tarik K’Dor of House Of K’Dor in Double Bay are also expanding their business into real estate. Wednesday night aaw the opening night of their official home launch in Dover Heights which was hosted by Ray White Double Bay’s Alain Fette and Elliott Placksunveiling a sprawling mansion that is expected to sell for over $9 million.
Bondi hotspot gets a makeover
Celebrity hotspot Icebergs Dining Room and Bar is on hiatus as it marks its 20th year in business. Last week, the hospitality guru Maurice Terzini closed the doors of its iconic Italian restaurant until September.
“As we look forward to the next 20 years, this will be our last week of service before closing the doors to modernize our beloved dining room and bar with Roman architect Lazzarini Pickering,” he said. shared on Instagram.
Terzini currently lives between Byron Bay and Sydney where he opened Italian trattoria Belongil Beach last December.