Fashion Week: Announcing MBFWA’s headline event and designer shows

IMG has announced the evening lineup of designers who will showcase collections during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia(MBFWA), taking place from 11-15 May 2020 at Carriageworks in Sydney. Australia’s only international fashion event, MBFWA will welcome more than 25,000 global visitors to Sydney over five days for designers’ Resort 2021 collections.

The Mercedes-Benz Presents: 25 Years of Australian Fashion show will be held on Monday, 11 May, at Carriageworks, and for the first time, an encore presentation will provide consumers an opportunity to purchase tickets to the week’s premier headline event. Creative Director Tony Assness has been engaged to oversee the show produced by FOCUS, IMG’s full-service creative and event production company.

“We are excited to commemorate this monumental occasion with a spectacular tribute to the Australian fashion industry at MBFWA’s marquee event, Mercedes-Benz Presents, with a show that will celebrate the past, present and future of Australian fashion,” commented Natalie Xenita, Executive Director of IMG’s fashion events group, Asia-Pacific region.

Tony Assness commented, “I am super excited to be directing this landmark show – it is a moment to celebrate what has been and what is emerging – to present a deeper understanding of what Australian fashion is – Mercedes-Benz Presents: 25 Years of Australian Fashion will take the essence of Australian fashion design and amplify it in the most powerful way, thrilling everyone who sees it. Our designers, models, artisans, manufacturers and the thousands of others who work in this industry deserve nothing less.”

Horst von Sanden, CEO and Managing Director of Mercedes-Benz Australia/Pacific, said, “The opportunities provided by Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia have launched many talented individuals and brands onto the world stage. We’re all looking forward to an exciting show in 2020 that will star some of the great names of the past 25 years and remind everyone what an accomplished fashion industry we have here in Australia.”

MBFWA: The Experience will integrate consumers at each evening’s show and provide access to select designer shows, seminars and special events during the week-long event. Tigerlily and Ginger & Smart will present their collections on Tuesday and Wednesday evening respectively, and Steven Khalil will stage the closing show on Friday, 15 May. Thursday’s show will be announced closer to the event. MBFWA: The Experience is powered by Endeavor’s experience business, the VIP experience arm of entertainment conglomerate Endeavor.

“Proudly celebrating our 20-year milestone this year, we’re excited to announce Tigerlily’s showcase at MBFWA. Designer, Lesleigh Jermanus, will debut her Resort ‘21 collection and our new approach to sustainable ready-to-wear. Lesleigh has a remarkable ability to simplify complex design into effortless ready-to-wear pieces, and promises an eclectic yet fresh take to design for the season,” commented Chris Buchanan, CEO of Tigerlily.

Alexandra and Genevieve Smart, co-founders of Ginger & Smart commented, “We are proud to be back on the schedule at MBFWA to celebrate 25 years, and also to be part of the innovative new strategy to open the doors to our valued customers. As fashion innovators and sustainability advocates, this new fashion model feels relevant and exciting.”

Designer Steven Khalil said, “To be returning to MBFWA at such a time is exciting and will provide a new experience for consumers and media alike. With the celebration of 25 years for both MBFWA and my own design history I feel there is an appropriate synergy for the event this year. I am very much looking forward to being the closing night designer, and also to share a new chapter for my brand with both existing and new clients.”

Designer show experiences range from $119 to $349, while seminars are priced at $59. MBFWA: The Experience packages are now available online at

Designer expressions of interest for the official MBFWA schedule are now open online via:

Press and industry registration for MBFWA 2020 is now open online via:

Source: MBFWA

Furla launches SS20 campaign with Irina Shayk

Furla taps supermodel Irina Shayk and established Argentinian model Nicolas Ripoll for their Spring Summer 2020 ADV campaign, shot by the internationally renowned photographer Giampaolo Sgura.

This season connects the Italian house with the creative duo Magnus Berger and Tenzin Wild for the creative direction of the campaign, styling by George Cortina and casting by Piergiorgio Del Moro.


The result is timeless – a smooth evolution of Furla’s black and white interpretation for Fall Winter 2019, it features a background of soft, almost pale hues and essential styling, giving the centre stage to the products, which are elegant yet colourful and joyful.

The shots examine and translate the codes of Furla with its over 90 years of history and its unmistakably Italian DNA. The models’ effortless and fun attitude ensures a refreshingly unpretentious and naturally beautiful campaign.

In the video Irina and Nicolas playfully explore brand keywords such as ‘Amore’, ‘Modernità’, ‘Eleganza’, ‘Design’, ‘Colore’ and of course ‘Italiana’, further accentuating Furla’s values and deeply Italian essence.

Source: FURLA

Robbie Williams: Grand Prix appearance confirmed with his ‘World Tour’ in Melbourne

International superstar Robbie Williams, one of the world’s most magnetic and celebrated live performers will play the inaugural World Tour, headlining on Saturday 14 March – his only Australian public performance of 2020. World Tour Melbourne takes place on Saturday 14 March 2020 at Lakeside Stadium, in the iconic Albert Park.

World Tour Melbourne is running alongside the Formula 1 ® Rolex Australian Grand Prix 2020. As well as being the FIA Formula 1 ChampionshipTM season opener, 2020 will mark a major milestone for the Formula 1® Australian Grand Prix, as it is the 25th race held in Melbourne making this the perfect year to stage the launch of a massive new music event-series.

Thrilled to be headlining the World Tour Melbourne event on Saturday 14 March Robbie said “I am looking forward to getting down to Australia, it’s a place that is in my heart, I feel like an Aussie when I am there and if there’s an opportunity to get down there I grab it with both hands.”

Apollo World Touring, Westbrook Inc. and TEG Dainty have partnered with the Australian Grand Prix Corporation to bring the global launch of World Tour to Melbourne. The launch of World Tour, during the Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix 2020, reinforces Melbourne’s reputation as Australia’s home of global major events.

Tickets for World Tour can be purchased from from 10am (AEDT) on Monday 20 January. Fans can purchase General Admission tickets with standing and seated options available. There are also a limited number of tickets for The World Tour Residence, an exclusive area, offering the best access and unrivalled experiences in close proximity to the action on stage.

Robbie Williams recently scored a No.1 album in Australia with his Christmas album ‘The Christmas Present’ marking his fifth overall chart-topping album in Australia. The record was Robbie’s 13th UK Number 1 album and saw him equal Elvis Presley’s chart record as the solo artist with the most Number 1 albums in British chart history.

Robbie is one of the most decorated music artists in the world with 80 million album sales worldwide, six of the Top 100 best-selling albums in British history, 14 UK Number 1 singles and a record 18 BRIT Awards – more than any other artist. He is one of the most in-demand live performers in music. His most recent stadium production, The Heavy Entertainment Show tour, saw him perform to a total of over 1.5 million people across the world, and he gave a conquering performance in front of a huge global audience at the opening ceremony of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Moscow.

Chairman and Co-Founder of Apollo World Touring, Paul Morrison said: “We are so proud and excited to be launching World Tour with Robbie Williams in Melbourne – to do this alongside the 25th Formula 1 race to be held in Melbourne, makes the occasion ever more special. World Tour will feed global audiences hungry for great content – bringing the best in entertainment to provide a unique platform which will celebrate the best that Melbourne and all future World Tour cities has to offer”.

At this time of the devastating Bushfire emergency across Australia, World Tour is committed to providing a platform for artists to talk about and act on the climate emergency. World Tour will be supporting the people who are working to build a better future in Melbourne and every other city visited.

Speaking about the Bushfires, Robbie Williams said, “This is beyond a tragedy, it’s unfathomable what has happened, and what is happening, in Australia. You see photographs of what’s actually happening, it can’t sink in, you can’t understand that, it’s beyond any reality that we’ve experienced before. I think it would be trite of me to send my love or condolences, I think it needs more”

World Tour will be supporting the fundraising efforts towards the Bushfire relief. More details to be announced.

Source: Teg Dainty

Bras N Things launch new Body Bliss campaign with Jennifer Atilemile, Jessica Quinn and Steph Claire Smith

Embrace comfort, style and confidence in 2020 with Bras N Things’ best-selling Body Bliss range – updated to be better than ever.

Jennifer Atilemile, Jessica Quinn and Steph Claire Smith star in the new campaign which celebrates confidence, strength and the feeling you only get when you find a comfy, perfectly fitting bra – simply bliss.

Body Bliss has always been the ultimate everyday bra offering maximum comfort, fit and support but with a fresh new update, your favourite Bras N Things’ bra just got even better. It even comes with a love note from Bras N Things.

Bras N Things’ National Marketing Manager Natalie Chalmers said: “This campaign captures the essence of the Body Bliss range. It’s all about feeling comfortable, it’s simply bliss. Steph, Jessica and Jennifer embody this and are all women who feel comfortable in their skin. While they all have different stories to tell and have overcome different challenges in their lives, it’s their strength, resilience and confidence that has been the driving force behind their achievements.”

“At Bras N Things we think that behind every successful woman is herself. This is true for the women in this campaign and women everywhere – which is something to celebrate. We know this is a campaign woman will love and embrace.”

Made from the same super soft fabric with marshmallow foam cups, the Body Bliss range now has padded hook and eye fasteners, softer shoulder straps and flexible underwire for extra comfort.

Available in three colours including new ‘berry’ option, the Body Bliss collection features a range of styles including full cup, push, strapless and convertible strap options.

Choose from the contour up to a size 16E, push to a size 14D, double push to a size 14DD, full cup to a size 18E and the new curvy style available in a size 20 D and E and a 22 D and E. Strapless styles are available in contour to a size 18D, push up to a size 16D and full cup to a size 18DD.

Francesca Anderson, General Manager of Product, Bras N Things said: “We are always looking for ways to improve our designs to give our customers even more comfort and better fit. I am excited to launch these updates to our customers’ favourite range – Body Bliss. It’s the same super soft fabric and styles our customers love, but we have introduced a padded hook and eye feature which feels soft against the body, flexible underwire and softer straps for maximum comfort all day. We know our customers will love the updates and new berry colour – a fun addition to the everyday range.”

Available at Bras N Things stores Australia-wide and online at

Source: Bras N Things

Christmas Day: Thousands expected at Sydney’s biggest free Christmas lunch

Rev. Bill Crews AM will once again host Sydney’s biggest free Christmas Day lunch for the poor and homeless.

Thousands of needy Sydneysiders will attend, including families and children. In fact, up to 3,000 hot Christmas lunches will be served to the needy under the big festive marquee at The Exodus Foundation in Ashfield.

Santa will also be there with presents for them all! The event is a Sydney Christmas tradition and now in its 34th year.

Date: Wednesday, 25 December 2018
Time: From 11:30am
Venue: The Exodus Foundation, 180 Liverpool Road Ashfield

Source: Exodus Foundation