Image: Getty images – 2013’s CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Finalists
The CFDA and Vogue announced the latest crop of designers to participate in the 11th installment of the Fashion Fund competition. As always, out of the 10 labels chosen, there will be three winners — one overall and two runners-up — who will receive $300,000 (grand prize) or $100,000 (runner-ups).
So, who is this esteemed group poised to represent the future of fashion? Finalists include Brett Heyman from Edie Parker, Gigi Burris from Gigi Burris Millinery, Wes Gordon, Paul Andrew, Simon Miller‘s Daniel Corrigan and Jake Sargent, Tanya Taylor, Grey Ant‘s Natalie Levy and Grant Krajecki, Eva Fehren‘s Eva Zuckerman, Matt Orley, Alex Orley and Samantha Florence of Orley and Ryan Roche.
As part of the competition, designers will participate in a challenge sponsored by Maybelline and put on a fashion show at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles. The judging panel includes Anna Wintour, Jenna Lyons, Reed Krakoff, Diane von Furstenberg, Steven Kolb, Andrew Rosen, Marcus Wainwright, Mark Holgate, David Neville, Ken Downing and Jeffrey Kalinsky.
The winners will be announced November 3, but you’ll be able to catch the action on The Fashion Fund, which will air on Ovation come November.
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You wanna be on top? You’re in luck. The Australia’s Next Top Model crew, including Jennifer Hawkins, Alex Perry and Didier Cohen, are coming to town. We’re up to the reality show’s ninth cycle already, with a national audition tour set to kick off the upcoming season’s production.
Beginning on Thursday, July 31 in host Jennifer’s hometown of Newcastle, New South Wales, the tour will then touch down in Sydney, the Gold Coast, Adelaide, Perth and Melbourne, dedicating just under a month to hunt down the next big thing in Australian modelling.
If you think you’ve got what it takes to be the next Montana Cox, you’ll have to register over at FOX8’s site. But before you do, make sure you’re an Australian citizen or permanent resident over the age of 16 and 172cm or taller. Be prepared to walk the walk, talk the talk and do your thing for the camera.
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“Elegant” and “Iggy Azalea” are two terms rarely used in the same sentence. The Australian small-town girl turned rapper is usually parading some kind of over-the-top colourful ensemble topped off with bling that is anything but graceful, tasteful and refined. But for the 2014 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on Wednesday night, we saw the 24-year-old “Fancy” singer in a different light.
Stepping onto the red carpet in a black one-shoulder gown from Elie Saab, Iggy embodied Hollywood glamour that we could have never imagined would suit her. But we’re biting our tongues over here, because the blonde musician looked every bit the part for her basketballer boyfriend Nick Young’s big night.
Once the long black number was teamed with nude pointed heels, Jennifer Fisher jewels, a swept back quiff hairdo and minimal makeup, the elegant and sophisticated look was well and truly underway. Her beau Nick helped set the tone by donning a monochromatic suit and sparkly footwear, making us think the high-profile pair planned ahead for this one.
This week, Schwarzkopf announced the winner of its annual Australia’s Most Beautiful Hair Competition, and one contestant in particular caught our eye. Although he didn’t take out the major title, Phil Novakovic is the first man ever to get the most votes in the entire competition and somehow even win the competition’s curly hair category.
The mix of goofy photos showcasing Phil’s curly-borderline-dreaded locks garnered an impressive 7,070 votes by the time voting closed, taking out every other young and beautiful woman donning beautiful waves. But when it came to announcement time on Wednesday, the short hair category winner Subha N.A was crowned Australia’s Most Beautiful Hair, with just over 200 votes to her name.
The curly-haired hopeful had over six thousand more votes than Subha, and took to the haircare brand’s Facebook page to express his pain. “And just like that a boy’s dreams are shattered,” he wrote. “Thanks for the opportunity Schwarzkopf it sure has been one hell of roller-coaster ride.”
And even though the brand has a great reputation and the competition is so well-known, Schwarzkopf gave Phil a virtual pat on the back by announcing the man’s efforts publicly to over one million of its Facebook fans. “And finally a BIG congratulations to Phil! The Australia’s Most Beautiful Man with curly hair — them curls definitely get the girls. What a total spunk,” Schwarzkopf wrote.
Thankfully, for all his supporters and the Schwarzkopf judging panel who seems to have overlooked Phil’s luscious curls this time around, this is not the last we’ll see of the dreadlocked clown. “I’ll definitely be back next year to hopefully take on a new category challenge kopf on.” Look out potential 2015 competitors, we think it could be Phil’s year.
Leading Australian business college The Fashion Institute (TFI) has announced an exclusive partnership with Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week for 2014, meaning pretty exciting stuff for its existing students. Although these future game-changers and style-makers are just taking their first baby steps into the big, bad world of fashion, this year they’ll have the chance to work with and among fashion industry leaders at the highly-acclaimed NYFW event.
For the very first time, Sydney’s TFI will take six of its top students with experience in production, styling, PR and marketing as well as event management over to New York City this September to be amidst the fun, adrenaline and hustle and bustle of Fashion Week. Well-known for its industry connections and workplace training program, the college has secured to-die-for opportunities with Australian brands showcasing across the busy couple of weeks.
Working with these labels on an international stage, the students will have the chance to see what being part of this world truly entails — wardrobe malfunctions and Kelly Cutrone personalities included. TFI has confirmed that the students will partner with IMG International, Australian designer Tome NYC, emerging talent showcase Fashion Palette, New York PR firm Mode PR and event agency Miro House, with the opportunity for more organisations to be part of the action.
It’s sure to be an unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime experience for the lucky students, with a pretty high chance of getting their “foot in the door,” as the industry insiders like to term it.
Image: Natalie Roser/ Beautiful You Australia
Even the most beautiful women in the world have beauty complexes, including pageant queen and winner of Mrs Australia, Kate Johnson. This inspirational model is always using her beauty for the greater good, and was even discovered during the 2007 Pink Ribbon Campaign to promote breast cancer awareness. Now in 2014, she wears the crown as Mrs Australia and as an ambassador of Beautiful You Australia, she hopes to redefine beauty.
Kate admits she has been a victim of the media’s portrayal of what beauty should be in her teenage years, thinking that glossy magazines and TV showcased the most beautiful people this world has to offer. “It killed me inside that I looked nothing like them,” she tells theFashionSpot. “Thankfully, my own life experiences have knocked some sense into me.”
Today, Kate sees beauty in the little quirks that separate us from the pack, making reference to model Jess Hart’s gap-toothed smile. But at the same time, this charitable model wants to unlink beauty and the exterior.
“Physical beauty is admirable, though definitely not what turns my head the most,” she explains. “How you feel and how you make someone else feel is the most beautiful thing in the world. I am a big believer in beauty coming from the heart.”
Image: Natalie Roser/ Beautiful You Australia
But as a model, she’s hoping that the media can clean up its act to help stop the diminishing of self-esteem in society.
“Models play a huge role in mass media, influencing what society views as the ideal body type,” she says. “In the years I’ve been modelling, I’ve not personally worked with or come across any models with an eating disorder. Though the fact it happens elsewhere means we’re all tarnished with the same brush.”
On September 13 and 14, Kate will step up to the plate as celebrity ambassador for Beautiful You Australia alongside Jules Sebastian and Carmelo Pizzino, and she couldn’t be happier about being able to pass her message on to others. “It’s important for young girls to know that models, and pageant queens for that matter, aren’t perfect, so there’s no need for them to be,” she explains.
If you’re also wanting to put an end to the endless battle of defining beauty, looking for a little bit of positive reinforcement or would like to meet Kate in the flesh, you can buy tickets to the event here.