In this Weekly Collection, discover the winner of the National Design Award and check out recent runways by FOMA and Chanel, plus catch up on the latest sales.
VAMFF Announces Winner of the National Design Award
The 23rd annual winner of the National Design Award is Christian Kimber. The British-born, Saville Row-trained, and Melbourne-based menswear designer took home the top prize for his “slow fashion approach to design, which enables him to create attainable luxury clothing, [and] embraces modern Australian dressing,” according to VAMFF CEO Graeme Lewsey. Chris Wilson, General Manager of Menswear for David Jones, says that the Christian Kimber brand is representative of the trend of experimentation and fashion-consciousness amongst men: “Christian Kimber has established a foundation of high-quality, easy-to-wear, enduring pieces complemented by bolder statement pieces – the perfect mix for the modern gentleman’s wardrobe”. The inaugural Honourable Mention for Sustainability award was awarded to womenswear brand Arnsdorf, who were lauded for their “local and vertical production process, high ethical standards, and use of responsibly sourced materials”.
FOMA Runway Takes Barangaroo
Last Friday, Fashions of Multicultural Australia (FOMA) held their 2019 fashion show on Australia’s largest runway, amid 3000 guests at The Cutaway, Barangaroo Reserve in the heart of Sydney. The 60-metre long runway was host to a showcase of international, Indigenous Australian, migrant and refugee designers; demonstrating the wealth of talent within the multicultural Australian fashion community. The event, which has been running for several years, aims to inspire cohesion and strengthen trade ties between participating nations through fashion and cultural diplomacy. The 2019 FOMA Symbol of Harmony Award winner Designer, Anjilla Seddegi of Afghanistan was in attendance, as well as the FOMA Designer of the Year Award Winner, House of Umer Iftikhar of Pakistan.
Chanel Bids Farewell To Karl At Paris Fashion Week
Karl Lagerfeld’s final collection for haute-couture fashion house Chanel hit the runway for Paris Fashion Week this week, in a bittersweet and breathtaking display at the Grand Palais. The Parisian palace was transformed into a winter wonderland of epic proportions, featuring cosy chalets nestled among a scenic backdrop of trees and mountains, all dusted with a healthy amount of fake snow. In a beautiful presentation featuring stripped-back makeup looks with wintery pink cheeks and snowy white fabrics, the late designer seemed omnipresent. According to Allure, hair stylist Sam McKnight paid tribute to the late Lagerfeld through his hair designs for the runway: “It was a celebration of Karl today at Chanel, in his last collection. I gave him all the things he loved: camellias, bows, brooches in the hair”. A minute’s silence was observed for Lagerfeld, and as the models flooded the runway for the finale, some wiped tears from their eyes, recognising this as the last time they would wear the great creative directors’ designs. It was a fittingly spectacular farewell for such a monumental figure in the fashion industry.
WHAT: Warehouse sale, up to 80 per cent off one off samples and seconds and past collections
WHEN: Friday, March 8 - Sunday, March 10
WHERE: 142 Johnston St, Fitzroy, VIC
SALES: Jac+ Jack Outlet Sale
WHAT: Outlet sale, up to 80 per cent off
WHEN: Wednesday, March 6 - Sunday, March 17
WHERE: 1/23 Mary St, Surry Hills, NSW
SALES: NAJO Jewellery
WHAT: Shop and save sale
WHEN: Monday, March 4 - Monday, March 18