Francisco Costa’s Trip Down Under

Francisco Costa got a warm Aussie welcome during his visit to Melbourne on Sunday.

View Slideshow

Francisco Costa got a warm Aussie welcome during his visit to Melbourne on Sunday. “Skull! Skull! Skull! Skull!” chanted the crowd gathered at chic new eatery Cutler & Co., urging the designer to down vodka shots. Costa obliged, only to ask later, “What does skull mean, actually?” (Basically, “chug!”)

In town for Friday’s L’Oréal Melbourne Fashion Festival Business Seminar, Costa hosted a dinner for guests including New York-based Australian designer Michael Angel, Sydney “It” girls Kate Waterhouse and Laura Dundovic, and model Louise van de Vorst. He’ll host another fete in Sydney tonight to mark the Australian launch of Calvin Klein Home furniture.

This story first appeared in the March 16, 2010 issue of WWD.  Subscribe Today.

Just before the party, Costa and crew were the VIP guests at the festival’s official launch in the Victorian Italianate ballroom of Melbourne’s Government House. The proceedings included a performance by the Sydney-based Australian Ballet, a fashion parade of eight Sydney designers and, inexplicably, an Elvis Presley impersonator.

“I figured Liza Minnelli was going to come out next,” said Calvin Klein Home design director Amy Mellon. “Everyone’s got so much less of an attitude here. They’re really friendly. You can tell by the way they’re dressed. It’s not so serious and severe — like in New York.”

View Slideshow
load comments


Sign in using your Facebook or Twitter account, or simply type your comment below as a guest by entering your email and name. Your email address will not be shared. Please note that WWD reserves the right to remove profane, distasteful or otherwise inappropriate language.
blog comments powered by Disqus