Tag Results

The 32nd Australian Wool Fashion Awards Wrap Video – Armidale

April 1st, 2013

The 32nd Australian Wool Fashion Awards – Armidale

March 26th, 2013

20130326-160045.jpg

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.

20130326-160059.jpg

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.

20130326-160111.jpg

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.

20130326-160126.jpg

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.

20130326-160141.jpg

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.

20130326-160221.jpg

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.

20130326-160238.jpg

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

20130326-160209.jpg

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!

20130326-160251.jpg

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

20130326-160302.jpg

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

20130326-160314.jpg

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

20130326-160325.jpg

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

20130326-160335.jpg

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

20130326-160347.jpg

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

20130326-160356.jpg

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

20130326-160153.jpg

Emeli Sande – Our Version Of Events Album Review

June 18th, 2012

The first song that Emeli Sande released was Heaven, which to me is one of the most special songs, as it was my amazing and talented friend Faye De Lanty that told me to listen to it. After driving around Spain with Faye in 2011, she knew exactly what my taste in music was. She observed well.

Since Heaven, Emeli released her super dynamic album called Our Version Of Events. And what a treat it is.

To me, every song on this album is incredibly celebratory. Each of these songs is an event, celebrating something either positive or negative – or however you interpret the words.

There are many artists that will release an album with one or two stand out tracks which are powerful – but Emeli has cleverly managed to make each one of her tracks a personal, sincere and memorable one.

Starting off is Heaven, a heavenly start to a heavenly journey. It’s true pop, produced perfectly for radio and the ears of anyone who loves music. Catchy lines with a sense of heart and soul make this the stand out track on the album. It’s also the track which I have on my fitness playlist.

My Kind Of Love, a song that is spookily deep, with the most exquisite vocals that penetrate your brain so delicately. This song is absolutely stunning and her latest release.

Mountains is the fourth track on the album, but again puts you in a reflective trance, words perfectly chosen to spark and engage your mind – for me it was a smile, then a tear. I’m in love with this track, along with Heaven, I can hear it over and over again. It’s something you’d expect from Des’ree on the Romeo and Juliet soundtrack.

The thing I love about Emeli Sande is her versatility. She can speak, sing, hit high notes, low notes, she can make anything that comes out of her mouth sounds angelic.

For instance, Next To Me is a fun and perfect pop. It is almost an Adele sounding track, but layered quite differently. Plenty of big band participation, finger clicking and foot tapping stuff here.

To finish off the precious production is Read All About It (Part III), which is really a WOW track. “I wanna sing, I wanna shout, I wanna scream till the words dry out…” is the first line of the chorus, which is one memorable chorus. You will be singing it in your head, long after you’ve finished this album. This song is the perfect ending from the perfect start.

Emeli is a classy, pure and intricate artist, she presents herself immaculately, with an edgy style. She really is a forceful artist with magnetic melodies.

I look forward to many more albums by this gorgeous woman.

I dedicate this post to my super-friend, Faye De Lanty. Love you xox