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The Fashion Institute Secures Exclusive Partnership with NYFW 2014

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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.


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Mrs Australia Kate Johnson’s Bid to Redefine Beauty

Kate Johnson Beautiful You Australia

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.”

Kate Johnson Mrs Australia

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.


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Strateas.Carlucci Announced as Woolmark Prize’s Australia Regional Winner

It’s a double win for Melbourne-based label Strateas.Carlucci, taking out both the menswear and womenswear categories of the International Woolmark Prize Australia Regional Final. By winning not just one, but two categories, design duo Peter Strateas and Mario-Luca Carlucci will be the only locals to represent Australia at the international competition.

A $50,000 cash sponsorship was awarded to the winner of each category, so now the boys have a total of $100,000 to grow the label’s business and work toward its upcoming collection. “@strateascarlucci have done exceptionally well. They now have two collections to prepare for the final. A busy time ahead!” The Woolmark Company wrote to its Instagram.

If the creative pair go on to win the international prize against regional competitors from Europe, America, China and India, they will receive another $100,000 with the added bonus of having their designs stocked in prestigious fashion stores globally. Nothing like upper-class potential stockists, including Harvey Nichols, Saks Fifth Avenue and David Jones, to motivate Strateas.Carlucci to bring its A-game.

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Link Buzz: Blake Lively’s Lifestyle Site Gets a Name, Kate Spade Releases Swimwear


  • Blake Lively has come up with a name for her lifestyle site launching next week. Internet, be prepared to meet your next destination for overpriced, artisanal goods — Preserve. [E! News]
  • 18 people are being charged for last year’s Rana Plaza disaster. [WWD]
  • This “Brooklyn Girls” music video is the visual embodiment of why everyone thinks Brooklyn girls (or in this case, out-of-state transplants now calling themselves “Brooklyn Girls”) are annoying. [Brooklyn Magazine]
  • Why are designers leaving their lines behind? i-D counts the reasons. [i-D]
  • Kate Spade is launching swimwear, for those looking for a cute ‘kini to wear once resort season hits. [WWD]
  • Marvel Comics is giving Thor a gender makeover. They’re creating a new strip for the character, now cast as (gasp!) a woman. [RTE Ten]
  • AnOther magazine adds Chanel x Monster headphones to 19th Century cabinet cards. [AnOther]
  • One writer discusses how Instagram is ruining the fashion world. [i-D]
  • These images of a photoshoot done with ultraviolet body paint are seriously stunning. [PetaPixel]
  • The Platform’s Amy Pham dishes on how she went from black hair to platinum blonde. [The Platform YouTube]


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Why We Need to Stop Judging Other Women’s Sexy Profile Pictures

A study done by Oregon State University, published in the Psychology of Popular Media Culture, says that women who have sexy profile photos connected to their social media accounts are judged more harshly by their female peers. To reach their findings, researchers tapped a pool of 118 women; 58 teenagers and 60 young adults up to age 25. They created fake profiles for the imaginary “Amanda Johnson,” using different main photos for each. A volunteer provided two images: one, a high school senior portrait and the other, a racy prom picture.

For the class photo, the girl is dressed in a modest outfit, but for prom, the young lady’s showing a lot more skin. Thigh-high slit, garter belt, plunging neckline — the works. Researchers asked participants if they found each girl pretty, if she looked competent and if they would hang out with her. The image with the more modestly dressed girl was better received. The woman in the sexier picture scored lower with women, particularly on the competency front.

Of course, the long-standing patriarchal structures that conceived the Madonna/whore binary are certainly at play here. In our society, “proper” women are discouraged from overtly expressing their sexuality in a public arena. It makes sense that women brought up in this sort of climate might have negative feelings about those who post racy pictures. Women who do are deemed loose, and sometimes their humanity is overlooked completely. (more…)

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Chiara Ferragni’s Spring 2015 Collection to Make US Debut at MAGIC

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Image: @chiaraferragni

We’ve been stalking Chiara Ferragni‘s shoe line for quite a while now. Can you blame us? Who doesn’t have a weakness for sparkly slippers and chain-laden booties (the latter of which I need like, right now)? The Blonde Salad blogger is bringing her shoe range to the FN Platform at the MAGIC trade show in Las Vegas next month to make its American debut. According to a press release, Chiara will be showing her offerings for the Spring 2015 season, which she says is inspired by American culture.

“As of now I live in the U.S. and I find myself totally lost in the American pop culture. I usually send inspirations to my design team while I’m traveling and then when I’m back I work closely with them, in every step of the creative work.”

What should you expect from the Italian blogger’s stateside debut? Chiara says the range is “composed by some of [her] iconic pieces and elements,” and that she will be dishing out an offering with lots of color and plenty of sparkle. Also on the menu are pointed-toe heels, sneakers and “food embroidery styles,” because nothing’s better than a great pair of shoes decorated with a rendering of your favorite snack. Each piece is named after a pop culture reference, so it will be interesting to see exactly which aspects of American culture she latched onto.

The MAGIC show will take place from August 18 to August 20 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. There, you can preview Chiara’s range along with the upcoming collections for several other brands and designers. We can’t wait to see what Chiara has in store for next season!

Watch: Fashion Blogger and Shoe Designer Chiara Ferragni (from the Blonde Salad) Talks Casual Dressing and Magical Fashion Moments


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