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.
@pantone announced their Color of the Year 2018: Ultra Violet. Nearly 20 months after the musician Prince’s death, fashion is having a purple moment. Varying shades of purple appeared on spring or fall runways, from @christopherkane to @calvinklein. @gucci’s Alessandro Michele bathed his fall runway in ultra violet-colored light at one point. Pantone 18-3838 is meant to “push the boundaries of what inspires us to look upward and outward to the future.” #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)
@badgalriri’s @fentybeauty launch in September was a massive success on social media, powering $72.9 million of earned media value, according to Tribe Dynamics. The brand’s foundation offering sparked conversations about diversity in beauty, launching the growth of emerging influencers and propelling the brand’s support on social media. Today, #fentybeauty won Launch of the Year at the WWD #BeautyIncAwards. (📷: Chema Moya/EPE-EFE)
@marianna_hewitt has become one of the most influential content creators in the beauty space, with almost 800,000 Instagram followers and a newly launched skin care line called @SummerFridays. Today, she was awarded Influencer of the Year at the WWD #BeautyIncAwards. (📸: @sophiachabbott )
As shopping behaviors evolve, the retail experience must follow. Head over to retail experts @colliersinternational’s Knowledge Leader series to read more about the shift in our shopping era. #colliersretail #lovecolliers
@prada opened a pop-up club, called Prada Double Club, in collaboration with German artist Cartsen Höller at @artbasel Miami. Last night, guests – including @youngparis, @ritaora and even Miuccia Prada herself – gathered in a former ice factory where the pop-up is housed for a performance from @wyclefjean. Go to WWD.com for full coverage on all the exhibits, parties and more at #ArtBaselMiami. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
@louboutinworld and @disney are making magic once again, creating a set of shoe designs for the release of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” Louboutin designed a pair of shoes for each of the film’s four female leads: Rey (@daisyridrey), Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo (@lauradern), Captain Phasma (Gwendoline Christie) and Rose Tico (@kellymarietran). The shoes will debut on Saturday at the L.A. premiere of the latest episode. #wwdfashion
Today at the #BeautyIncAwards 2017, WWD will be joined by beauty leaders from around the world as we honor this year's most innovative people, products, brands and places. Follow along here and on Twitter for live coverage from the exclusive event. #wwdsummits (📷: @elizaflorendo)
Exclusive: Beauty superinfluencer @marianna_hewitt is launching her first-ever skin care brand with her business partner @laurengores. Their new line Summer Fridays, which will be sold exclusively at summerfridays.com starting in January, is launching with just one product – a hydrating cream Jet Lag Mask. “We wanted to focus on one product that was amazing,” said Hewitt. Read the full interview on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews
Michelin star-rated chef PJ Calapa marks his first solo endeavor with today’s opening of @scampinyc –– the new Southern Italian restaurant located in Manhattans’ Flatiron District. The upscale yet welcoming environment matches the menu, which includes two types of scampi: traditional Italian langoustines in butter and the Americanized version with shrimp over pasta 🍤 - pictured here. #wwdeye (📷: George Chinsee)