All eyes on the FROW, not the runway
The interest in who will be in Fashion Week’s fabled frow at Carriageworks won’t be limited to Allegra Spender.
Designers, editors, celebrities, influencers and wannabes from across the globe fly in to experience the latest offering from local designers who decide what’s in and out for the following seasons. As always, the hierachy of the frow is talked about as much as the clothes as a very public display of where you stand in Australian fashion’s social pecking order.
Monday will see a return to the catwalk after a six-year hiatus for eponymous label Gary Bigeni. The highly anticipated Resort 22 show entitled Redivivus is said to present a gender-neutral, diverse and sustainable 30-piece collection. The show is also a celebration for Bigeni after being diagnosed with stage four non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2017.
Dyspea label, known for sequins and sparkles, is rumoured to push boundaries for their showcase. Emerald City is told the body and gender positive brand will celebrate able and non-able bodies on the catwalk.
Of course, fashion week wouldn’t be complete without gatecrashers and none more so than the most exclusive shows on the roster.
Following a stellar opening show in 2021, Romance Was Born returns to the runway with their highly anticipated collection Done Zone – a collaboration with inimitable, iconic Australian artist Ken Done. A tightly curated guest list of thirty have been invited to view the collection at Done’s gallery in The Rocks.
Michael Lo Sordo will showcase his latest collection 88 floors above Sydney’s skyline at the world-class Villa 88 located at Crown Residences – One Barangaroo. Styled by fashion powerhouse Caroline Tran, the celebrity favoured brand will see the likes of Lou O’Neil (nee Hay), Rozalia Russian and Sarah Ellen at the show.
Forever pushing boundaries, AJE is rumoured to be working with internationally renowned creative agency Studio Boum to create an immersive space aligned to the brand’s connections with art, the body and nature to perfectly encapsulate and showcase the Resort 23 collection at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Emerald City is told the brand’s guest list includes both international faces and local celebrities.
Other headliner runways include Indigenous Fashion Projects, Bondi Born, and additional returning favourites St. Agni, bassike, and Woolmark Prize finalist Jordan Dalah.
Fashion powerhouse expands business
Returning to Australia for the first time in three years, there’s no denying Desiree Deravi, founder and designer of S/W/F Boutique has kept herself busy during the pandemic.
The former Melbourne designer who has spent the last decade living between Bali and Los Angeles welcomed a select group of influencers and media to lunch at Sean’s Panorama in North Bondi to showcase her brand latest collection and announce her next career move expanding into bridal as well as home interiors.
The petite ex-girlfriend of Olympian Michael Klim clearly has an eye for detail, showing Emerald City images of her chic Umalas home in Bali.
Guests including artist Dina Broadhurst, influencer Natalie Roser and model and reality star Simone Holtznagel were treated to outfit from the collection. Model Madeleine Holtznagel, girlfriend to hospitality mogul Justin Hemmes, turned up in her chic trouser, bralette and vest set paired with the latest Fendi arm-candy. But, don’t expect to see the social butterfly at Fashion Week next week, revealing instead she and her billionaire boyfriend will be holidaying in Noumea. Emerald City spied one unlikely guest, influencer Jade Tuncdoruk (aka Jadé Tunchy), who has kept an extra low profile in recent months.
Tuncdoruk found herself in hot water in January after she accused a small-business owner of “theft” and threatened to take him to Fair Trading when he refused to offer her a full refund on her honeymoon stay. At the time she was publicly called out by anonymous influencer watchdog account Celeb Spellcheck. Only days later things went from bad to worse when racist comments she had made about UberEats drivers resurfaced on Instagram. She soon apologised for her “hurtful comments”, in which she complained about UberEats’ “annoying non-English speaking delivery drivers”.
Meanwhile, Deravi isn’t the only designer to be extending their business prospects, celebrity Diamond dealer’s Zena and Tarik K’Dor of House Of K’Dor in Double Bay are also now extending their business ventures into property. On Wednesday night, aaw the opening night of their official house launch in Dover Heights which was held by Ray White Double Bay’s Alan Fettes and Elliott Placks, unveiling a sprawling mansion expected to sell for upwards of 9 million dollars.
Bondi hotspot undergoes facelift
Celebrity hotspot Icebergs Dining Room and Bar is in hiatus as it marks its 20th year in business. Last week, hospitality guru Maurice Terzini closed the doors to his iconic Italian eatery until September.
“As we look forward to the next 20 years, this will be our final week of service before we close the doors to upgrade our beloved dining room and bar with Roman-based architect Lazzarini Pickering,” he shared on Instagram.
Terzini is currently living between Byron Bay and Sydney where he opened Belongil Beach Italian trattoria last December.