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The 32nd Australian Wool Fashion Awards Wrap Video – Armidale

April 1st, 2013

The 32nd Australian Wool Fashion Awards – Armidale

March 26th, 2013

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I had the absolute honor of being selected as a fashion judge for 32nd Australian Wool Fashion Awards in Armidale, NSW.

A role which needed to be taken seriously, I was one of five talented professionals, Bonnie Lythgoe (So You Think You Can Dance), Peter Everett (TV Presenter), Faye De Lanty (Fashion Writer) and Jo Nathan (Designer at Woolli Woolli) who had to critique 90 garments from many categories submitted by designers all over Australia and New Zealand.

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With many categories including evening wear, race wear, bridal, recycled wool and the very fun Alice In Wonderland theme, things were very competitive and the designers had to make sure there was a minimum of 60% Merino wool used in their designs.

Choosing the ‘best of’ in each category was quite a task, it’s so hard to not make every designer a winner when the build and design quality was so great.

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We all had so much fun and worked so collaboratively to make sure the best of each category was selected because this is the future of our young (and some old!) designers who deserve every opportunity to win scholarships or grants at the countries leading fashion colleges.

The Australia Wool Fashion Awards strives to find and award the best designers. It also creates an incredible platform for these designers to enter and submit their work.

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On the big night of nights, the finalists we had selected were sent down the runway in the gardens of the Historic Saumarez Homestead in Armidale where a colourful array of outfits were paraded. The very professional, funny and gorgeous Deborah Hutton hosted the night, keeping everyone entertained.

Laura Davis from All Saints Anglican School Merrimac on Queensland’s Gold Coast took out first prize in the School section before taking out the three-year, half-fee degree Scholarship to study at North Sydney’s Raffles College of Design.

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Laurel Judd from Napier, New Zealand won both the Racewear and Knitwear sections as well as the Supreme Award, winning a gold and diamond pendant and earrings worth $10,000 donated by Margot Edwina Rees Antiques, Tenterfield.

Workwear winner was QUT student Shea Cameron of Biggera Waters, Queensland while Larissa Murdock from Werribee in Victoria took out the recycled wool category with an outfit made from knitted jumpers sourced from Op Shops. Long time entrant Judy Bond from Buronga, NSW crocheted her way to two second prizes and a first in wearable art.

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Jane Frazer from Deniliquin won the evening wear category with a stunning cream and gunmetal pleated gown made from Wool Charné fabric. Libby Spring and Celia Fraser from Fullarton South Australia won the bridal wear with a gown trimmed with Nanna’s lace curtains.

Whitehouse Institute of Design Drawing Scholarships went to Jessica McClatchy from PLC Pymble, NSW and Bianca Scott and Sarah Scott from All Saints Anglican School, Queensland.

Academy of Design Scholarships went to Armidale students Nichola Eliott from New England Girls’ School, Miriam Lott and Edith Rose from Armidale High School.

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THE 2013 AUSTRALIAN WOOL FASHION AWARDS

Section One – Secondary School Award – Alice in Wonderland
Highly Commended: Danielle Rawle, All Saints Anglican School, Merrimac QLD
Highly Commended: Evie Weir, Duval High School Armidale
2nd Prize: Miriam Lott, Armidale High School
1st Prize: Laura Davis, All Saints Anglican School, Merrimac QLD

Section Two – Young Designer Award
2nd Prize: Tara Barker, Academy of Design, Robina QLD
1st Prize: Nichola Eliott, New England Girls’ School, Armidale

Section Three – Knitwear
Highly Commended: Janice Ward, Young NSW
Highly Commended: Stephanie McGuigan, South Hurstville, Raffles College of Design, North Sydney
2nd Prize: Judy Bond, Buronga NSW
1st Prize: Laurel Judd, Napier New Zealand

Section Four – Workwear
2nd Prize: Taree Birse, Academy of Design, Robina QLD
1st Prize: Shea Cameron, Biggera Waters QLD, QUT

Section Five – Racewear
Highy Commended: Rycki Symons, Robina Academy of Design, QLD
2nd Prize: Sam Stolhand, Young NSW
1st Prize: Laurel Judd, Napier New Zealand

Section Seven – Recycled
2nd Prize: Lucy Virgona, Strathfield, UTS
1st Prize: Larissa Murdock, Werribee VIC

Section Eight- Wearable Art
2nd Prize: Julie Thornton, North Rockhampton QLD
1st Prize: Judy Bond Buronga NSW

Section Nine – Evening Wear
Highly Commended: Taree Birse, Southport QLD, Academy of Design
Highly Commended: Azulant Akora, East Victoria Park WA, Edith Cowan University
2nd Prize: Judy Bond, Buronga NSW
1st Prize: Jane Frazer, Deniliquin NSW

Section Ten – Bridal Wear
2nd Prize: Rycki Symons, Robina QLD, Academy of Design
1st Prize: Celia Fraser & Libby Spring, Fullarton SA TAFE

SPECIAL AWARDS

Whitehouse Institute of Design Drawing Scholarship
Jessica McClatchy, PLC Pymble

Whitehouse Institute of Design Drawing Scholarship
Bianca Scott All Saints Anglican School Merrimac QLD

Whitehouse Institute of Design Drawing Scholarship –
Sarah Scott – All Saints Anglican School Merrimac QLD

Academy of Design Scholarships
Nichola Elliot – New England Girls’ School, Armidale
Miriam Lott – Armidale High School
Edith Rose – Armidale High School

Raffles College of Design Half fee 3 year Degree Scholarship
Laura Davis – All Saints Anglican School, Merrimac QLD

SUPREME AWARD
Laurel Judd – Napier New Zealand

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It’s incredible how emotional I was on the night. Watching these amazingly gorgeous girls and boys develop and give life to each of the garments they paraded. They kindly donated their time, also with the organiser Liz Foster – who has been running the awards from day 1! Amazing efforts!

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The amount of work and time that goes into every one of these garments is truly outstanding.

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This gorgeous red dress was a clear favourite the moment it appeared on stage.

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Detail, detail, detail. Like nothing I’ve ever seen! Impressive!

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All the fun after the show – such an amazing evening!

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Post awards fun outside. Here we are getting interviewed by Kate Lillian Muir of Australian Wool Innovation.

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The impressive Saumarez Homestead, Peter Everett, Bonnie Lythgoe, myself and Bonnie laughing away.

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Here are the judges, such a privilege to announce the winners with Deborah Hutton.

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HOT HOFF THE PRESS: DAVID HASSELHOFF AUSTRALIAN TOUR ANNOUNCED

August 21st, 2012

Don’t Hassle the Hoff!

What the hell am I on about?

Well… I hate to break it to you, but DAVID HASSELHOFF has announced his AUSTRALIAN TOUR! Yep. You read that correctly.

Today, tickets will go on sale for the much loved (and much love to hate) David Hasselhoff today for the tour in February 2013! It’s still so far away, but I guarantee it will be a sell-out, it’s going to go hoff!

The Baltimore born 60 year old is so much more than a mere television personality; he is worldwide phenomenon ‘The Hoff’.

Not many stars have embraced their nickname as wholeheartedly, he is absolutely a one-hoff.

The Hoff has enjoyed a range of successful careers as a pop artist (two No 1 singles), a star of musicals (Chicago, The Producers) and, of course, as part of some of the most popular television shows ever made.

He has popped up on telly more recently; as a judge on Britain’s Got Talent and on the American version of Strictly Come Dancing, Dancing with the Stars, in Australia on Celebrity Apprentice but it is for Knight Rider (one of my fav shows… seriously!!) and Baywatch that he remains best known.

Fresh hoff the back of headlining the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Hoff is bringing his live show to Australia, described as an intimate, hilarious evening of song, dance and audience interaction. Knight Rider to Baywatch, Broadway and the Berlin Wall. Hoff-crazy? You bet it is! Come party, Hoffstyle! He will give you everything he has to hoffer.

An Evening with the Hoff

Australian Tour February 2013

Thursday 14th February - The Corner Hotel, Melbourne

Tickets available from the Corner Hotel Box Office or bigtix.com.au

Friday 15th February – The Hi-Fi, Sydney

Tickets available from moshtix.com.au or bigtix.com.au

Saturday 16th February – The Hi-Fi, Brisbane

Tickets available from moshtix.com.au or bigtix.com.au

Sunday 17th February - Capitol, Perth

Tickets available from oztix.com.au or bigtix.com.au

Tickets go on-sale Monday the 27th of August at 9:00am

CARTOON PIECE OF WORK HOTTIE – Joan Rivers

December 13th, 2010

CARTOON PIECE OF WORK HOTTIE

Hilariously loud & brash award winning American comedian, television personality, author & actress with a STAR on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, famous for her numerous cosmetic surgeries, winning Donald Trump’s Celebrity Apprentice season 2 and her fabulous award show red carpet interviews and one woman stand up comedy shows … JOAN RIVERS!

FUN FACTS: The Best-Selling Author of Men Are Stupid . . . And They Like Big Boobs: A Woman’s Guide to Beauty Through Plastic Surgery (2008) and Murder at the Academy Awards: A Red Carpet Murder Mystery (2009) Rivers stars in the documentary film about herself Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work launched at the SanFrancisco International Film festival at the Castro Theatre in 2010!

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