Sydney’s style scene flocks to The Darling Pool to celebrate Fashion
Palette’s fifth birthday at the VIP Launch
There may have been a cool breeze, but the atmosphere was sizzling as
Fashion Palette kicked off their fifth anniversary with a suave affair last
night. Since 2009, Fashion Palette has been celebrating and nurturing
Australian designers and The Darling Pool offered the perfect cityscape and
harbour combination to recognise last year’s expansion into New York.
The 250 strong fashion-savvy crowd included DJ Havana Brown, Miss Universe
Australia Renae Ayris, Magdalena Roze, Zoe Marshall and Airlie Walsh as well
as Lauryn Eagle, Kate Peck, Carmen Smith, Brittany Cairns and Amali Ward
wearing garments from some of the 16 designers showing at the Fashion
Palette Runway on Thursday evening.
Celebrating their participation in this year’s exciting program were
designers including Niki Teljega, Chiquita Searle, Sharnee Lamb and
Catherine Vasilas from Galanni.
Guests were transported to New York City and were treated to a dazzling
display of entertainment with fire breathers, trumpet players, bundles of
yellow balloons and floating umbrellas in the pool. Live mannequins captured
the guests’ attention, dressed in incredible yellow ribbon dresses made by
designer Stephanie Cunningham.
Up and coming artist Carla Wehbe set the scene with an enchanting live
performance of Empire State of Mind by Alicia Keys before singing Happy
Birthday as Fashion Palette Founder Sonya Mefaddi cut the 30inch ‘Big Apple’
cake made by the renowned bakers Planet Cake. Mefaddi, with a passion to
support Australian designers, wore a chic white Alex Perry gown and toasted
to the success of the launch of the 2013 program and a fabulous evening.
Thursday marks the fifth annual Fashion Palette Runway Showcase where these
talented 16 Australian designers will showcase the first preview for their
SS13/14 collections. Final tickets are on sale at http://www.ticketek.com.au
Guests flocked to a photobooth station from Flashback Photobooths whilst
enjoying canapés & Twisted Frozen yoghurt as well as beverages from Two
Italian Boys wine, Vodka O, Vodka Cruisers, 28 Black energy drinks, iced
coffee from Illy Issimo, Societe Perrier water, Appletiser and Hahn Super
Dry. Each guest received a gift bag as they left the event, which included a
Zoe Marshall, Magdalena Roze, Kate Peck and Lauryn Eagle as well as models
from Priscillas Models were styled by Schwarzkopf and Bodyography, with the
models featuring Minx Nails and lashes by Glam Manicure and wore Peeptoe
The NYC theme was made possible by the incredible work of the team at Ace
Props & Events.