SYDNEY — Adelaide couturier Paul Vasileff has been named 2017 Young Australian of the Year.The award was presented by Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull in the Great Hall at Parliament House, Canberra on Wednesday night, on the eve of Australia Day. Australia’s national day marks the anniversary of the Jan. 26, 1788, arrival of the British First Fleet at Port Jackson, New South Wales.Vasileff is only the second Australian fashion/beauty industry identity to be recognized by the Australian of the Year Awards, which were founded in 1960 and honor achievement across four categories: Australian of the Year, Young Australian of the Year, Senior Australian of the Year and Australia’s Local Hero.The 26 year-old couturier, who designs under the brand name Paolo Sebastian, launched his label in 2007 while still in high school.Vasileff today employs 15 people in his Adelaide salon, with 50 percent of his business now international, selling through six international boutiques and to private clients in the U.S., the Middle East and Asia.Last July, Vasileff took his fall 2016 couture collection to Paris, to show privately during the fall 2016 couture season.“It’s such an honor” said Vasileff of his award — out of a field of 31 Young Australian of the Year finalists. “I started in Adelaide in my parents' lounge room and I had these really big dreams about starting a global brand and was told from the get-go, just by people in general, ‘You’re not going to be able to do this, it’s an impossible task.’"There’s obviously still a very long way to go for myself and for Paolo Sebastian, but I think it shows a lot of young people who if you work hard and you persevere, really anything is possible for you. I really hope that more young Australians choose to follow their dreams, because I think that’s the future of the country.”Previous Young Australian of the Year alumni include beauty entrepreneur Poppy King (1995), Olympic gold medalists Cathy Freeman (1990) and Ian Thorpe (2000) and tennis star Lleyton Hewitt (2003).Biomolecular scientist Emeritus Professor Alan Mackay-Simwas named 2017 Australian of the Year; indigenous community worker Sister Anne Gardiner was named 2017 Senior Australian of the Year, and cancer fund-raiser Vicki Jellie was named the 2017 Australia’s Local Hero.
EXCLUSIVE: Two and half months after John Targon, cofounder and codesigner of Baja East, was hired as creative director of the contemporary division at Marc Jacobs, he has left the company, WWD has learned. Marc Jacobs International, which is owned by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, confirmed Targon’s departure in a statement: “John Targon is a talented designer and we appreciate the work he has done here. Ultimately working together did not make sense for the brand and we wish him the best.” Read the story by @jessiredale, link in bio. #wwdnews
@theluxurycollection is officially launching a collection, tapping Sofia Sanchez de Betak for the capsule. Over 30 styles will be featured in the Chufy x The Luxury Collection, debuting next month at Bergdorf Goodman, The Webster, FiveStory and more. De Betak, known as “@chufy,” drew inspiration for the collection from her trips to Japan in the past year #wwdfashion
@lhd, founder and CEO of @thewebster, has teamed up with @lebonmarcherivegauche for the European launch of her ready-to-wear line, LHD. The launch will come with an exclusive pop-up opening today that’s set to run through May 20. Located on the second floor, it carries her debut Miami-themed resort collection, launched in November as see-now-buy-now. #wwdfashion
@longchamp, which marks its 70th anniversary this year, just opened its biggest U.S. store on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue. On the lower level there’s a floor-to-ceiling display of the brand’s iconic Le Pliage bag – in all of its different colors, shapes and sizes. Customers can also have their product personalized in-store by imprinting names, initials or emblems. #wwdfashion (📷: @ericmtownsend)
“Whenever I’m in that place of sound and music, I don’t have fear or nervousness…This album has a lot of themes of courage and boldness and I want to be the soundtrack for people’s lives. I’ll be so happy if [my songs] evoke strength in people, which I know music has done for me,” says @kimbramusic of her newest album “Primal Heart.” The New Zealand-born singer sat down with WWD to talk about her music, newest tour and connecting with hear fans — read more on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
Luxury handbag resale company @rebagofficial is planning to sell a rare collectible for $70,000: the @hermes White Crocodile Himalayan Birkin. The exclusive Birkin sold for about $100,000 in 2008, when @davidbeckham bought one for his wife @victoriabeckham to add to her collection. Read more about the rare Birkin on WWD.com #wwdaccessories
With her costume pearl necklace and what-you-see-is-what-you-get style, Barbara Bush, who died Tuesday at age 92, was a straight-shooter from start to finish.
Born Barbara Pierce in New York City, Bush served as the 37th first lady, as well as the country’s second lady from 1981 to 1989. In addition to being part of the longest presidential marriage — 73 years — Bush also had the unlikely distinction of having one son, George W., become the 43rd president and another son, Jeb, run unsuccessfully in 2016. Having served as second lady during the Reagan administration’s two terms and lived all over the world during her own husband’s ascending political career, Barbara Bush made it clear that literacy — not fashion — was her priority. Read more from Rosemary Feitelberg’s obituary on the late First Lady in WWD.com, link in bio. #barbarabush #wwdnews
Western and ’90s trends have influenced denim for fall 2018. Think raw, dark and coated jeans mixed with bold prints and tough leather. #trendtuesdays #wwdfashion (Styled by @thealexbadia;📷: @ryanplett)