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.
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Spotted last night at the @erdem x @hm launch event: Kate Bosworth, Rashida Jones, Kirsten Dunst and Selma Blair. The party, which took place in LA, also marked the opening of their pop-up shop. “I was interested in creating a collection that wasn’t in any way disposable. It was about pieces you’d create and keep forever, things that have a permanence to it,” designer Erdem Moralioglu said. #wwdeye (📷: Katie Jones)
Renee Zellweger in yellow in 2001 and again in 2017. Chosen as one of the 12 @pantone Leading Spring Colors (and dubbed “Meadowlark”), it only makes sense that the bright hue stands the test of time and is making a resurgence this season, seen already on stars like @blakelively and @gigihadid. (📷: Donato Sardello & @rexfeatures) #wwdfashion #tbt
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As one of the most recognizable models in the world, Christy Turlington Burns has an insider’s view of the fashion industry and the allegations of sexual harassment swirling around it. “I can say that harassment and mistreatment have always been widely known and tolerated in the industry. The industry is surrounded by predators who thrive on the constant rejection and loneliness so many of us have experiences at some point in our careers,” Turlington told WWD, along with her suggestions for how the modeling world should protect younger women and men. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: Tony Palmieri) #wwdnews
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24-year-old Jean Prounis is redefining the rules of jewelry. Formerly a studio assistant to Jemima Kirke and a design apprentice at Ghuran, she focuses on handcrafted subtleties and ancient goldsmithing techniques. “There was a really sterile feel in the environment and I wanted to have jewelry with character that shapes how you wear it everyday,” Prounis said. Each piece is hand made in New York, either by Prounis or three other jewelers in the district. #wwdfashion
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews