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The Australian Five Present Their Collections in New York City

January 28th, 2012

Five of Australia’s most promising young designers showcased their collections on Thursday, at a private cocktail event held at the Crosby Street Hotel in New York. It was an opportunity for the five designers: Michael Lo Sordo, Kym Ellery, Magdalena Velevska, Christopher Esber and Kym Ellery to showcase their Fall/Winter collections to U.S. buyers and press.

New York’s top tier press and fashion industry executives viewed the presentation, which was the culmination of The Australian Five program – a joint effort of Woolmark and the Australians in New York Fashion Foundation (AINYFF). The program was part of G’Day USA – an annual initiative designed to promote Australian business in the USA.

“The Australian Five is focused on bringing the best of Australian design and putting them in front of New York‟s best fashion editors, stylists and buyers,” explains Woolmark CEO Stuart McCullough. “The people who have come together to support this project is a testament to the value of both Australian designers and the Merino fibre in the international market,” says Rob Langtry, Global Marketing Director of The Woolmark Company.

At the cocktail event were AINYFF’s Malcolm Carfrae, Richard Christianson and Julie Anne Quay; Victoria‟s Secret model Shanina Shaik, daughter of the former Australian Prime Minister Katherine Keating, Aussie actor Emma Lung, photographer Sante D‟Orazio, Argentinian model and “It girl‟ Tati Cotliar and Calvin Klein designer Kevin Carrigan.

Check out all of the photos below.

Adrian Erdedi

The Australian Five – G’Day USA 2012

January 12th, 2012

The Woolmark Company, in partnership with the Australians in New York Fashion Foundation, recently announced The Australian Five initiative in New York City.

Five of Australia’s most talented fashion designers – Christopher Esber, Fernando Frisoni, Kym Ellery, Magdalena Velveska and recent SOYA winner, Michael Lo Sordo are taking their incredible collections to New York City for a unique program at the Crosby Street Hotel on January 24th to 27th. The program is part of the G’Day USA initiative – an annual program designed to showcase Australian business capabilities in the USA – Australia’s largest trading and investment partner.

“The Australian Five is focused on bringing the best of Australian design and putting them in front of New York’s best fashion editors, stylists and buyers,” explains Woolmark CEO Stuart McCullough.

“The people who have come together to support this project is a testament to the value of both Australian designers and the Merino fibre in the international market, and to the important role expatriate Australians play is spreading the word to international markets of some of our unique talent and products”, says Rob Langtry, Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer of The Woolmark Company.

“This is a unique opportunity for New York opinion formers to view the work of five talented young Australian fashion designers in a very intimate and close-up setting, meet the designers and really see the fabric innovation and design skill” added Malcolm Carfrae, Co Founder of the Australians in New York Fashion Foundation.

The program will present a multitude of opportunities for the designers to forge relationships with key members of the American fashion industry. Beginning with an educational seminar hosted at the Australian Consulate, industry greats such as Harper’s Bazaar USA Editor-at-Large Brana Wolf and Features/Special Projects Director Laura Brown, Founder and Creative Director of Chandelier Creative Richard Christianson, V Magazine and AINYFF’s Julie Anne Quay and Malcolm Carfrae (also Executive Vice President of Global Communications at Calvin Klein). This incredibly influential people will be some of the many experts on hand to guide these designers towards their dream of cracking the lucrative US market. The program will culminate with an exclusive cocktail party and live model presentation on January 26 at the Crosby Street Hotel.

Nancy Pilcher (Editorial Director-At-Large, Conde Nast Asia Pacific) is taking on the role as mentor, assisting the designers to present their brands flawlessly to the US market.

G’day USA celebrations are managed and produced annually by the Department of Foreign Affairs, Australian Trade Commission, Tourism Australia, Qantas Airways and the State Governments of New South Wales, South Australia, and Victoria. DHL will support The Australian Five through preparing them with high quality, reliable export and import services.

www.merino.com // www.ainyff.org // www.australia-week.com // www.wool.com.au

MORE ABOUT THE DESIGNERS

Fernando Frisoni


Fernando Frisoni AW12/13 is based around ideas of strength, versatility and competitive instinct. The collection, titled Stadium, draws reference from the functionality and form seen in the sports arena.

Designs brought to life by a rich wool textures, effortlessly and a sexy and considerate take on the luxury sport aesthetic resulting in garments which are both chic and highly wearable.  The collection stays true to the Fernando Frisoni philosophy which encapsulates casual sophistication whilst celebrating minimalism and uncomplicated silhouettes.

Magdalena Velevska


Magdalena Velevska’s AW12/13 collection has been designed and driven through the use of innovative textiles, and applying these in contemporary yet wearable ways.

Sequin wool felting is a feature of this collection. A felting technique is used to connect a fine Merino wool jersey with silk georgette which swiftly provides a unique sequin shine. The fabric is than further embellished to add spark and take the development out of an androgynous feel into a luxurious territory.

Five pieces of extraordinary knitwear made from 100% merino wool yet look like intricate lace are a feature of Velevska’s AW12/13 collection.

The knitwear is three dimensional in texture and uses a blend of two different yarns to achieve the unique effect – one flat and smooth, the other more textured and bulky.

Michael Lo Sordo


Michael Lo Sordo’s AW12/13 collection, ‘Gold Rush,’ is comprised of a sophisticated colour palette - black, midnight blue, olive, cognac and of course gold.

The finest of merino wool’s is set alongside boiled wool and felts, waxed silks and viscose, soft nappa leather – all creating dynamic changes in appearance and feel.

Lo Sordo has also developed by hand a state-of-the-art foiling technique – using wool’s inherent property to absorb heat, gold is manipulated into the wool fabric with heat, creating an imperfect but yet perfect design finish. Rare manual finishing techniques and creative uses of multiple textiles is a signature of Lo Sordo’s that shows the utmost innovation, and understanding of modern style.

Christopher Esber


AW12/13 for Christopher Esber is all about examining the essence of couture shapes, about looking at the points on the body where volume sits then contouring other areas to give a sense of dynamic, sports inspired, panelling and a rapid sense of urgency.

AW12/13 see’s Esber play with a woven wool and mohair fabric that brings texture and drama into the pieces and also features bonding of wool felts onto leathers for reversible classic pieces from outerwear to the staple dress.

Kym Ellery

Ellery AW12/13 is filled with a multitude if aesthetic wonders.

As the seasons have ticked by, so have the challenges that Ellery has adopted to give the range a touch of something thoughtful and intriguing. Time after time Ellery has mastered many different techniques which cross the boundaries of conventional garment design.

AW12/13 brings a new masterpiece to the fore with an exciting relationship forged between fine Australian Merino wool and lurex to create knits which enchant and devour the body. This intricate knitted fabric is then put through a fusing process to bond it to the inside of leather so that the garments are fabric lined and feel luxurious next to the skin.

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Noble Wine Of The Week – Zema Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

December 14th, 2010

Reviewed by Stewart Noble from WineWithoutBS.com.au for AdrianErdedi.com

While the longer days and warmer weather has many wine lovers reaching for the fridge for their plonk over summer there are still plenty of die hard red wine lovers that don’t buy into the concept that hearty reds are the domain of the colder months. You certainly don’t have to be a die hard red drinker, though, to enjoy the new release Cabernet Sauvignon from well known Coonawarra producer, Zema Estate. Some great reviews of other wineries releases of Coonawarra Cabernet from 2008 certainly suggest 2008 was a better year than 2007 and Zema Estate themselves also suggest their example is an improvement over the past vintage.

In the glass the wine has a nice crimson red colour and an aroma of dark fruits and spice. Noticeably soft on the palate for a young wine the flavour carries over many of the subtleties of the aroma showing more dark fruits and spice. I  really enjoy this wine now and would love to try it in another five years time.

Zema Estate – 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon
Price - $25 from most good retailers and available shortly at
www.zema.com.au
Region - Coonawarra, South Australia
Final Sip - At this price it won’t be the type of wine everyone will use alongside a great Aussie BBQ this summer but if you did you certainly won’t be disappointed. For those sticking with their chilled wines for now, don’t despair, the 2008 vintage will still be the current release by the time winter 2011 rolls around!

www.WineWithoutBS.com.au

Noble Wine Of The Week – Golding Wines – 2010 ‘La Francesa’ Savagnin

September 20th, 2010

Reviewed by Stewart Noble from WineWithoutBS.com.au for AdrianErdedi.com

I laughed when I read an article the other day that suggested Savagnin should be called “The wine formerly known as Albariño”. For those of you not yet familiar with the story, in 2008, Australia become infamous in the wine world when it was discovered that all the vines we had planted throughout the country which we had thought to be the well known Spanish grape variety, Albariño, was indeed a French grape variety known as Savagnin.

From 2009 and onwards all wines from these vines had to be correctly labelled as Savagnin and with 2010 we see the second, correctly labelled, vintage of this wine starting to hit the market. Golding wines, based in the Adelaide Hills, is one of the Australian producers making Savagnin, and their 2010 release would make either the French or the Spanish proud. Even the name ‘La Francesa’ shows some humour from Golding Wines in this regard as it is a Spanish term meaning “The French Lady”.

Light in colour with the standard, pale straw-like tone, this wine has a lovely aroma of citrus fruit. The flavour includes a full range of tropical fruits with the citrus first picked up on the nose also evident on the palate. A more bizarre find for me when tasting this wine was when I exhaled through my nose onto the wine in the glass and found that the aroma that came back was completely different and included a definite note of cloves, which are actually referred to in the official tasting notes on this wine provided by the winery. I know that sounds like BS but give it a go yourself and feel free to leave your comments on whether or not you think I have totally lost the plot, or even worse… am talking BS!

A key point to note is that like many European style wines, Savagnin, is certainly a wine better accompanied with food than savoured on its own. Golding Wines suggest that the perfect paring would be  a traditional Paella with fresh seafood. I certainly won’t argue against that suggestion as it sounds pretty darn good to me and on that note I feel like heading off to the shops to get the necessary ingredients!

Golding Wines – 2010 ’La Francesa’ Savagnin
Price: $25 from www.goldingwines.com.au
Region: Adelaide Hills, South Australia
Recommended? Yes, if you are a fan of light, crisp white wines and haven’t had a Savagnin as yet then the Golding wines 2010 “La Francesa” is a great wine to start with. For those who have already tried and enjoyed the variety this example will not disappoint.

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Noble Wine Of The Week – Best’s Wines – 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon

September 13th, 2010

I was fortunate enough to have been sent the new range of Best’s Great Western release which includes their 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon from the Great Western region in Victoria. I actually cannot recall having had a Cabernet Sauvignon from Victoria so I was keen to see how it would fare up against those regions better known for their Cabernet Sauvignon, such as Coonawarra, South Australia, and Margaret River in Western Australia. Best’s are already producing some of the premier Shiraz in Australia, such as their ‘Thomson Family’ Shiraz. It quickly became apparent while drinking this wine that Best’s Cabernet Sauvignon may, one day, also be regarded as one of the best Cabernet’s in the country.

The Best’s Great Western 2009 Cabernet has a deep cherry red colour with a hint of purple. The aroma is pleasant and interesting in that it is neither fruity or savoury to me. The official tasting notes that came with my sample pack say it should smell like a cigar box but I am fresh out of cigar boxes at my place and would have little idea of what that would smell like for a proper comparison. The flavour is full of berry fruit, subtle oak and a hint of spice.

An easy drinking Cabernet that was enjoyable from start to finish!

Best’s Great Western – 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
Price - $25 from www.bestswines.com and selected retailers
Region - Great Western – Victoria
Recommended? Absolutely and while it is a lovely wine now it will be fascinating to enjoy in 5+ years alongside its Coonawarra and Margaret River comparables.

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Time to Wine – S.C. Pannell Pronto Bianco

March 17th, 2010

Clean and fresh is this pleasant bottle of S.C. Pannell Pronto Bianco, 2008 from the Adelaide Hills, South Australia.

It’s plump smelling, bringing a tropical feel of Sauvignon Blanc, a rich, crunchy texture of  a Pinot Gris combined with the zesty lime of Riesling – perfect for an afternoon with friends in Autumn on a sunny Sunday, savouring the last moments of Summer 09/10.

Well priced at $28 from most bottle shops, I really enjoyed this wine.