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Rosemount Australian Fashion Week 2011 – Fernando Frisoni

May 13th, 2011


Fernando Frisoni showed his Summer 2011 womenswear collection entitled ʻZoraʻ offsite at the point of the Sydney Opera House during Rosemount Australian Fashion Week. The clouds disappeared and the sun shined over the beautiful harbour. Everyone has the opportunity to sit front row, with the maze-like catwalk running up and down the length of the marquee.

The Brazilian born designerʼs fourth womenswear collection sees Frisoni go back to his roots and truly realize his brand DNA. Inspired by the 1920ʼs, a decade of a modern era in fashion, a decade in which women first liberated themselves from constricting fashions and began to wear more relaxed shapes and embrace androgyny. Also drawn in by the minimalism of 1960′s op art sees Frisoniʼs summer collection take on a palate of mainly black and white.

The luxury silk-blend mesh and textured linens in modern blends took to the stage, impressing the audience. Silhouettes are loose and to be worn with ease and confidence. A boyish pair of board shorts made in the finest luxury silk crepe, crisp white cotton shirting complete with capes and tails, and beautiful textured silk low crutch pants. The silk fringes transport the 1920ʼs into a todayʼs ultramodern shapes.

The collection reflects two sides; the black and the white; the naughty (the flapper) and the well behaved (the aristocrat). Androgynous, sexy, timeless and chic. ʻZoraʼ is the perfect balance of the 60ʼs and 20ʼs, showcasing shapes which reflect a futurist existence, the Fernando Frisoni woman is sophisticated but simple, sheʼs modern, original and powerful.

His Summer 11 collection brings with it personality, attitude and glamour where nothing is compulsory and individuality is everything ʻZoraʼ. A simple collection. A divine location. A fabulous affair. Well done Fernando.

The Stunning and Talented Countess Of Pop – Countess Emilia de Poret

March 16th, 2011

When I first met Countess Emilia de Poret, I was in awe of her elegance, style and absolute graciousness. She stood with me, Jennifer Hawkins and other stunning personalities, but it was Emilia that stood tall, and stood out the most. She towers over everyone, and her über high-fashion was the envy of everyone there.

Approachable, socialable and easy to talk to, Emilia and I engaged in conversation that night, and continued to do so each time we’ve seen eachother after that night.

More inclined to call her the Queen of Couture, Emilia has a wardrobe that is like nothing in this world! It’s like she has the wardrobe of Sex and the City, but better!

The beautiful Swedish born blonde has a super successful singing career all over the World, particularly in Europe. She has just released her great, funky and catchy new song called “This Ain’t A Lovesong” from her album Pick Me Up. This comes after her amazingly successful Worldwide dance track, “Pick Me Up”.

I’ve attached Emilia’s utterly astounding video clip for “This Ain’t A Love Song” featuring Verbal from M-Flo, which is one of the best video’s I’ve seen in a long time! The fashions throughout the clip are just divine! Shot in Japan, Emilia visits all the hottest locations in Japan, wearing the most amazing outfits and literally towering over the locals in sexy heels. She treads on dangerous grounds in the Shinjuku neighbourhood where the Japanese Mafia could have taken their cameras at any time.

It brings me great pleasure to introduce you to the fabulous Countess Emilia de Poret…

What projects are you currently working on or have in the near future?

I am currently promoting my music in Australia, USA, Japan and Spain. I got a good start this year in the US with Pick Me Up climbing the Billboard Dance Chart to # 25. This will be followed up with a new single release in the US in the fall, promotion and touring.

I was chosen by Liberty of London www.liberty.co.uk to design a print that will be part of their “Liberty Rocks” collection out 2011. I made a print of multiplying microphone heads. It was great to be part of such an amazing project combining music and fashion. It is also a real honour to know that my print will be in Liberty’s archive forever and maybe picked up by some great fashion house…stay tuned!

How did you get into doing what you do?

My grandmother used to look after me when I was a kid. She was a really good singer and a pianist and used to practise with me on her lap. According to her I could sing before I could talk. Music has always been the most natural thing to me. I could never live without it! Growing up I went to music schools and took every chance to sing and perform.

What is your greatest extravagance?

I own far too many pair of shoes!

Signature dish?

Meatballs! I am Swedish after all…

When was the last time you cried?

When I friend of mine played me a really beautiful song in the studio the other day.

Is there a charity/cause that is close to you and if so, why?

I support Comité pela Vida, a Brazilian charity based in Rio which is helping kids and teenagers to get an education.

You visit Sydney a fair bit, so where is your favourite place to relax when you are here?

A day on Bondi beach followed by dinner at North Bondi Italian is my ideal way of relaxing in Sydney.

The one thing I can’t leave home without is…

My phone, my music, my notebook, my Ksubi sunglasses, my rings (one on each finger), make up, my special tea, my computer, Swedish Läkerol etc etc…. I thank God every day for my oversized Chanel handbag!

Where would be your ultimate holiday destination?

Brazil.

What is one success you are proud of and one failure you try to forget (or learnt from)?

I am so happy that I kept fighting when things didn’t go the way I wanted to. Every failure made me work harder and every success made me want to achieve even more.

Greatest lesson learnt?

Never, ever give up!

What is your favourite piece of clothing and accessory?

It is really impossible to choose only one but if I have to I would say a dress by Martin Margiela Artisanal, covered in recycled vinyls. It is my favourite stage piece.

My favourite accessory is a ring by Garrard given to me by my husband. It is an Angel wing covered in black diamonds.

Who or what influences you most in Fashion and home décor?

I am very impressed by Phoebe Philo. I love what she has done so far for Céline!

In home décor I pick up a lot of influences from travelling, my home is a mix of Marie Antoinette and Tokyo madness!

Which celebrity wardrobe would you love to raid and why?

Karl Lagerfeld for his many rings and Daphne Guinness for her wardrobe full of couture (although it would never fit me).

What frustrates you most about Sydney when you are here?

That I never want to leave!

What is one quality you have, that you hope your children will get and carry through life?

I would love for my future children to be artistic in one way or another and devote their life to something they really are passionate about…saying that, I might get a child who’s dream is to become an accountant…well, that would be ok too.

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