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August 28 2014

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2 posts tagged "Australians in New York Fashion Foundation"

Oz Ascending: Five Australian Designers To Know Now

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It’s a long way between Australia and New York—23 hours by air—and accordingly, Aussie designers have had less of a presence in the city than they might. But this week, the Australians in New York Fashion Foundation and the Woolmark Company have brought five star down-under designers to the city to give them a chance to shine. The Australian Five, as they are called, get their official American coming-out party tonight at the Crosby Street Hotel. Before they present their collections in New York this week, Style.com introduces the fab five: Kym Ellery, Magdalena Velevska, Fernando Frisoni, Christopher Esber, and Michael Lo Sordo.

Kym Ellery
Ellery, a Perth native, has long been a standout at Australian fashion week since she first presented her collection in 2007. After a stint at Russh magazine, she noticed a gap in the market and launched Ellery. “My goal: to create garments that women really want to wear,” she tells Style.com. “A seamless urban uniform for women with style.” Her uniforms mix comfort with aesthetics, focusing on architectural shapes with luxurious fabrics, and have been picked up by everyone from Courtney Love to Abbey Lee Kershaw. She’s also got a scented candle coming out this year and, in keeping with her zine roots, she’s working on the latest issue of her annual “book-zine,” the Ellery Gazette.

Magdalena Velevska
Unlike a few of her Australian Five compatriots, Veleska studied and worked in the fashion industry for over ten years before launching her own line. “This was something I wanted right from the start,” the Macedonian designer says. Her collections are “textile-driven,” she explains, with couturelike embroidery techniques and lace-worked knitwear. “These are juxtaposed with pieces that have a minimal and future-forward aesthetic.” As she continues to develop her label, she’s ready to start pushing the envelope, developing new textiles and exploring new knitting and felting techniques.
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Aussies Do It Better

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“I’m an honorary Aussie,” Jason Wu told Style.com last night at the annual Australians in New York Fashion Foundation cocktail party. “I have worked with so many Australian models, have lots of friends from there, and Mardi Gras there is so insane.” Last night’s soirée in the penthouse of the High Line’s new HL23 building didn’t quite reach that level, but as one Australian grabbing a drink from the bartender sporting an “Aussies Do It Better” shirt reminded us, “Watch out—when you get a bunch of Australians together, you never know what’s going to happen.”

Burgers, musical serenades, and an auction are what happened. Both honorary and native Australians, including Italo Zucchelli (center, with Lorenzo Martone and Quin Aluni), Karlie Kloss, Ajak Deng, and Julie Anne Quay, enjoyed the surrounding views of the city before a short performance by the divas from Broadway’s Priscilla Queen of the Desert performed “I Say a Little Prayer.” Aspiring designer Laura Wade and fashion journalist Mitchell Oakley Smith had their prayers answered this past year, when the foundation announced them as grant winner (Wade) and runner-up (Smith). To raise money to support these young antipodean talents, the foundation auctioned off images by Australian photographers, such as Daniela Federici and Jason Kibbler.

“I like photos, but I don’t ever take them. It’s weird,” said Zucchelli, as he looked on at an image of Anna Nicole Smith by Federici. “It’s better to live in the moment, you know?”

Photo: A SCOTT / BFAnyc.com