A sophomore edition of Australian Indigenous Fashion Week looks unlikely. Australia’s first indigenous fashion showcase debuted at the Sydney Town Hall on April 11; however the event’s Sydney-based organizer All The Perks is in liquidation with 400,000 Australian dollars or $343,000 at current exchange, in debts, 285,000 Australian dollars ($244,000) of which is owed to unsecured creditors, according to liquidator Frank Lo Pilato. The latter include model agency Chic Management, which represents indigenous Australian model Samantha Harris, who was the face of the event. With mentoring from Australian fashion industry figures such as Brana Wolf and Akira Isogawa, the event showcased 20 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses working across fashion, accessories, textiles, furniture and crafts. In April, All The Perks directorKrystal Perkins told WWD that she hoped to produce some form of group indigenous show for the 20th anniversary edition of IMG’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia, which is due to run from April 12-16, 2015 at Sydney’s Carriageworks. An IMG Fashion representative said the company has no plans at this stage to include any special indigenous content in 2015, beyond shows by the occasional indigenous brand to take in the part in the event, such as Desert Designs and Kooey Swimwear. It is the second business disaster in a year for Perkins, a former director of Arrulka Business Aboriginal Corporation, which produced the Mbantua Festival in Alice Springs in October 2013 and owes creditors $495,618 Australian, according to an investigation by the Office of the Registrar of Aboriginal Corporations. Perkins was unreachable at press time.

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