Aussies in the Spotlight at AINYFF's Annual Summer Party
It was the kind of mild, sunny evening you get in Sydney, a fitting night for the annual Australians in New York Fashion Foundation cocktail party, held this year at the Crosby Street Hotel. "I don't know what I got myself into!" Calvin Klein's Malcolm Carfrae said with a laugh. The native Aussie turned New Yorker had spent all week preparing the event's silent auction lots and corralled a bunch of beautiful people—including his countrywomen Julia Nobis, Nicole Trunfio, and Ajak Deng—to do the bidding. "It's about exposure," Carfrae said of the motivation behind the event. "Australia is such a hotbed of talent, but there's just so much distance in between."
Katherine Keating, daughter of former Australia prime minister Paul Keating, has racked up a few frequent-flier miles since moving to the Big Apple 18 months ago. "There's so much excitement here," the brunette said, representing Oz in a Camilla and Marc frock. "But I'm patriotic. I love Australian designers like Josh Goot, Willow, and Ellery. And because none of the brands are big enough for people to be asking and judging what label you're wearing, it's really about the clothes."