SYDNEY — “Brana Wolf can help get an internship at any fashion label in the world.” So noted Malcolm Carfrae, Calvin Klein Inc.’s executive vice president of global communications and a co-founder of the 18-month-old Australians in New York Fashion Foundation mentoring initiative. He also was the emcee at a party last week in his hometown of Sydney to unveil the foundation’s second annual grant. Taking over a James Bond-style penthouse suite at The Ivy bar and restaurant complex on George Street, Carfrae and his fellow fashion expats, including stylist Wolf, Colac Pictures president Julie Anne Quay and Elite Model Management director of development Doll Wright, awarded $25,000 plus round-trip airfare to New York and six months worth of industry introductions to RMIT fashion graduate Laura Wade. Journalist and author Mitchell Oakley-Smith was the runner-up. Also on hand were guests including Vogue Australia editor Kirstie Clements; vogue.com.au editor Damien Woolnough; Harper’s Bazaar Australia fashion director Jill Davison and fashion editor Christine Centenera; L’Oréal Melbourne Fashion Festival creative director Grant Pearce; designers Gary Bigeni, Bridget McCall, Nicholas van Messner and Kit Willow Podgornik, and models Jessica Gomes and Bambi Northwood-Blyth. The Australians in New York Fashion Foundation was set up last year by several successful New York-based Australians who work in the fashion business to help young Australians gain industry experience. While the inaugural AINYFF grant winner, RMIT fashion graduate Georgia Lazzaro, has just wrapped up internships with Calvin Klein Collection women’s wear creative director Francisco Costa and Narciso Rodriguez, three of her fellow 2010 finalists have scored full-time jobs with Greg Kadel Studios, V Magazine and Yves Saint Laurent in Paris, said Carfrae. “I’d like to see it as almost an expat training program — ideally we’d love to partner with one of the academic institutions in Australia,” said Quay, former studio manager for Steven Meisel and executive editor of V Magazine who, on Jan. 11, will reveal the name of the director of her new film, “Fabulous Nobodies.” Hint: His name was recently linked with a high-profile fashion documentary.
To celebrate Pride 2018, @themarcjacobs released the #GratefulNotHateful campaign, a social media initiative aimed at extending Pride beyond the parade. Inspired by Jacobs’ everyday outlook, the campaign features Jacobs along with a group of models and social media stars who are members and supporters of the LGBT community, all seen wearing @marcbeauty’s Highliner Gel Eye Crayons in colors of the rainbow. Head to our Instagram stories to see close-ups of the liner. #wwdbeauty
Virgil Abloh’s dad Nee and Don Crawley, cofounder of RSVP Gallery, were some of the hometown crew at the Chicago-born designer’s debut show for Louis Vuitton. (📸: @jdiderich ) #wwdmens #louisvuitton #virgilabloh
About last night: @marycharteris and @adwoaaboah hit up Hyde Park for the Serpentine Galleries’ annual summer party held in partnership with @chanelofficial. Head to WWD.com to see more photos. #wwdfashion
“This is Paris, my first show. I’m all about democracy. If some kid shows up, flew from New Jersey to just be around, let’s get him a seat.” — @virgilabloh tells WWD’s @jdiderich ahead of his first show for @louisvuitton men’s. (📸: @alfredo_piola ) #wwdmens #virgilabloh #louisvuitton
“Kate Spade was a true fashion icon who brought joy to the lives of women around the world, and inspired women to live life to the fullest. We are dedicated to carrying on her legacy,” said Anna Bakst, brand president and chief executive officer of @katespadeny. The Kate Spade Foundation announced that it will be donating $1 million to suicide prevention and mental health awareness in tribute to the recent death of Kate Spade. Read more on WWD.com. #wwdnews (📷: @chinseephoto)
A first look at @virgilabloh’s sneakers for @louisvuitton. Abloh spoke to WWD about his debut collection for Louis Vuitton, creating @kendalljenner’s #metgala outfit and redefining the heritage brand. Read the full story on WWD.com. #wwdfashion 📷: @alfredo_piola)
The world’s largest producer of denim @iskodenim is sharing the strategy behind its product development process. Read our full interview with ISKO’s product development manager Baris Ozden on the company’s extensive research practices, upcoming denim trends and the latest material innovations on WWD.com. #iskodenim