Spectacular Paco Rabanne Red Carpet Gown

A truly stunning and extraordinary dress is by Spanish born, Paris based designer, 
Paco Rabanne

The gown was gifted to the collection by an Australian collector who has an undeniably good eye for buying important garments that showcase he designer, the decade and celebrate the art of dressmaking and glorious fashion styles. 

This dress was from Rabanne's 1988 collection and was originally bought by a dealer from Antwerp at auction in Paris, Hotel Druout, when Paco Rabanne's archives were officially sold. (This wouldn't happen today!)

I am waiting for a very special occasion to exhibit this dress. 
It will be THE show stopping centre piece, without doubt.

Photographs by Brigitte Grant Photography

Gerber Technology and The Darnell Collection inspire the next generation of Fashion Designers: IDEATION MIAMI

Here are the 2016 winning fashion students' inspired designs, alongside the original vintage garment from The Darnell Collection
The Darnell Collection showcases cutting edge and 21st century technology (and companies), such as Gerber Technology's AccuMark and YuniquePLM systems, by bringing to life their 
extraordinary products in a unique, visual and narrated catwalk experience. 
Congratulations Lin, Ashley, Ye, MariaVictoria and Natalia
I'm looking forward to the Ideation 2016 Miami catwalk presentation 
on September 30th at the Ritz Carlton Miami!

'100 Years of Power Dressing' in aid of Dress for Success Sydney

Under the majestic gilt metal chandeliers in the magnificent ballroom at David Jones on the seventh floor, our second annual catwalk gala took place infront of 350 guests. 
'100 Years of Power Dressing: Innovation' brought out one hundred years of fashion from The Darnell Collection as well as the best modelling I've seen in years by well-known Australian television, stage, radio, sports, music and literary celebrities. 
As curator, stylist and storyteller, I planned and created the catwalk extravaganza from top to toe! (catwalk set up, music, outfits, hair and beauty mood board, models, fittings, speech research, back stage dressing and presentation of the actual parade.)
The evening literally rocked to music played by 'DJ to the stars', Lady Tre, which added to the incredible atmosphere and brought to life each decade. 
Over $70,000 was raised to help two hundred NSW women in need
As an Ambassador at Dress for Success Sydney, 
I am honoured to support a charity whose aim is to empower women back into the workforce so that they may be financially independent and self-sufficient.
Please contact me if you would enjoy your company's history, service, product or brand brought to life through the power of storytelling through fashion history.

Claudia Chan Shaw (TV personality and fashion designer) and
Stewart White (Food and wine judge and critic)

Layne Benchley (7 times World Champion surfer) and Kirk Penally (member of INXS)

Ricardo Goncalves (SBS Business News Presenter)

Juanita Phillips (ABC Evening News Presenter)
Catriona Rowntree (Presenter on 'Getaway', Channel Nine Network)
Stephanie MacFarlane (Style Consultant at Myer)
Natarsha Belling (Weekend and 9AM Bulletin News Presenter, Channel Ten)
Damien Beaumont (Presenter at ABC Classic FM radio)

Jacinta Tynan (SkyNews Australia Presenter) and
Mathew Lynn (Award winning Portrait Painter)

Chelsea Stutchbury (Singer, latest release 'Vinchristine')
Donny Galella (Fashion Stylist on The Morning Show, Channel 7)
Alexia Gnecchi Ruscone (Fashion Designer at Good Day Girl)

Helen Thomson (Stage Actress at Sydney Theatre Company)

Janice Peterson (Co-Host SBS World News)
Tara Moss (Author, UNICEF Ambassador, Human Rights Activist)

Nadia Neuman (Director at Mondial Jewellers) and Neil Grigg (Celebrity Milliner)
Olivia de Govrik (Model and student) and Jeremy Fernandez (Presenter ABC Evening News)

Eleni Vergotis (Model and student)
Tim Ball (Sydney Mr. Leather and Owner, My Little Cupcake)

Finale line-up


More guests

And... photographer extraordinaire - Brigitte Grant (Photography)

Ballarat Heritage Weekend: "Ignite Your Fashion Curiosity"

Two days of parades brought to life the more curious fashion moments during the past 100 years and allowed me to use outfits from the Darnell Collection I haven't seen on the catwalk before. The most fun aspect of developing parades is the opportunity to choose from stunning models who all have their own look and bring out the best of their outfit in a most personal and unique way. 
We had Pucci, Vivienne Westwood, JP Gaultier, a bride's country wedding dress from 1905, as well as wool, silk, cotton and polyester. 
There was so much going on onstage at Ballarat!
Thank you to my fab models, Eva Baker, Missie Villamor, and 
the Ballarat Heritage Festival Weekend committee

Photos credited to:
@runoir_homme; @tessparker; @coffeebreakwithbelinda; @chip_shots; @findingfemme

What a fabulous visual fashion timeline!!
Catriona wears 1950s (and a Dior hat!)
A feminine and charming 1905 country cotton wedding dress

Pucci with attitude!

Only a 1960s hostess could rock a wool, tartan long skirt!
Jean Paul Gaultier

Got the 80s hair spot on Eva Baker (www.evabaker.com.au)
1980s, 1920s, 1930s!
(and perfect makeup @missievillamor)