BT RUNWAY FOR SUCCESS - Thursday 7 April 2016, Royal Hall of Industries
BT Private Wealth is focused on helping wealthy individuals and families within Australia by providing dynamic solutions to protect and grow their wealth. The business comprises Westpac Private Bank, St.George Private and Bank of Melbourne Private.
BT is proud to support Dress for Success, a non-for-profit that promotes the independence of women in need by providing professional attire, a network of support and career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.
BT is proudly investing in Australia's young and exceptionally gifted emerging fashion designers, encouraging them to reach their full portential by rewarding a nominated winner with a prize package valued at $55,000.
DESIGNERS ON THE RUNWAY
Akira Isogawa is one of Australia's most celebrated designers and has achieved worldwide recognition for his exquisite contemporary designs. Born in Kyoto, Japan, Akira moved to Sydney in 1986 and has since become an icon of the Australian fashion industry. Akira's garments echo Japanese influences with richly embellished fabrics, vintage textiles and traditional prints. The craftsmanship and romanticism of his designs has become legendary.
Since 1998, Akira has shown collections in Paris and presents Spring/Summer and Autumn/Winter collections to international buyers each year. His work has also been embraced by the Australian arts sector and has designed costumes for the Sydney Dance Company and Australian Ballet.
Akira has won numerous awards and in 2005 was featured on a commemorative postage stamp. He has also been exhibited at the National Gallery of Victoria, Object Gallery, The Museum of Contemporary Art and the Powerhouse Museum.
Bianca Spender is forging a reputation for intriguing modern clothes with a fiercely independent attitude. Her designs are known to mix structure with fluidity, resulting in looks which are sophisticated and spirited.
Of paramount importance to Bianca in the design process is finding a sense of balance. With references ranging from art, nature and music to fashion through the ages, Bianca seeks a new modernity. Clothes that combine both intelligent constructions yet have ease and movement have become her signature. With a fresh approach, Bianca Spender's eye for detail and strong focus on shape, form and tailoring has given her a distinct style that is gaining a discerning and loyal following. Bianca Spender is the daughter of iconic designer Carla Zampatti.
Since its launch in 2003, CAMILLA AND MARC has become the local star in luxury womenswear. Brother-sister duo Camilla Freeman Topper and Marc Freeman identified and established a sophisticated tone that reflects the ease of the Australian lifestyle, allowing them to build a brand ethos that is at once contemporary and effortlessly elegant.
The evolution of the CAMILLA AND MARC brand has been a carefully considered process. Important foundations were put in place early on, by nurturing the key message of the brand – luxurious, high-end fashion for discerning consumers – and by establishing what would be the signature product offerings: luxe party wear, classic tailoring and separates. Whilst perfecting the process, CAMILLA AND MARC garnered an enviable fan base of stylish young women - such as Kristen Stewart, Kate Bosworth, Kirsten Dunst and Rose Byrne.
Carl Kapp graduated in Clothing Design from the Natal Technikon in Durban, South Africa in 1990. His first job as a patternmaker created an invaluable understanding of the importance of excellence in cut, innovative garment construction and finish, all vital elements of the CARL KAPP brand. Worldwide experience included projects for Kenzo (Paris), Donna Karan (New York) and Designroom (Milan).
An obsession with luxurious fabrics is apparent in each new collection – every garment is soft and tactile, seducing the customer into trying it on only to notice the perfect cut and detailing. Each collection is a juxtaposition of colour, texture and clever technical detail; soft draping vs structured tailoring is a play on masculine vs feminine. Cate Blanchett, Nicole Kidman, Rose Byrne, Rachael Taylor and Miranda Otto are some of the talented beautiful women with CARL KAPP pieces in their wardrobes.
Carla Zampatti is Executive Chairman of Carla Zampatti and is a board member of the Australian Multicultural Foundation, the European Australian Business Council, Sydney Dance Company and Scalabrini Village. She is also former Chairman of the SBS Corporation, a former trustee of the Sydney Theatre Company Foundation Trust and a former director of several boards including Westfield Holdings and McDonalds Australia.
Born in Italy, Carla settled with her family in Australia in 1950. The Carla Zampatti label is now renowned for beautiful clothes that combine Australian creativity with Italian style. Her retail network comprises 34 boutiques and concept stores across Australia.
The Australian Fashion Laureate was awarded to Carla in August 2008. This award recognises outstanding achievement and is the highest award honoured in the Australian fashion industry. Already a Member of the Order of Australia (AM), Carla was appointed Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) as part of the Queen's Birthday Honours in June 2009. This honour recognises Carla's contributions to fashion and business as well as being a role model for women.
Ginger & Smart designs for spirited women whose distinctive style is an expression of their individuality. A sense of cool confidence and discovery underpins the luxury contemporary design aesthetic of the brand, which seeks to combine the polished and the playful aspects of a woman. Founded in 2002 by Sydney-based sisters Alexandra and Genevieve Smart, the inspiration to establish the business came from the desire to combine family talent to build a strong fashion-lifestyle brand with Alexandra's creative business background as an editor and publisher for high-quality lifestyle magazines, combined with Genevieve's years spent at the design helm of some of Australia's most successful fashion businesses.
Ginger & Smart combines captivating design with the finest quality materials and first rate manufacturers. Accredited with Ethical Clothing Australia, the brand product mix includes designer fashion, a leather accessories line, a spa collection and a newly launched diffusion collection called Akin by Ginger & Smart. Ginger & Smart has four dynamic stores and is available in over 60 boutiques in Australia, including David Jones.
Manning Cartell embodies a contradiction of elements, strong, tough but still beautiful with a balance of luxury and utility. Founded in 2005, Manning Cartell is a Sydney-based women's wear brand created by sisters Cheryl, Vanessa and Gabrielle Manning.
Having a shared vision for the brand contributed to the name Manning Cartell, a pairing of the sibling's family name and 'Cartell' referencing a collective, group or family. Innovative fabrics of texture, colour and print are fundamental; whilst the imagery drives and defines the tenor of each collection giving Manning Cartell its distinctive imprint...visual richness framed by disciplined cutting.
Quality, respect and an ethical approach to creating beautifully Australian made collections is an integral part of the brand's DNA and in 2012 Manning Cartell was accredited by Ethical Clothing Australia. Today Manning Cartell is found in selected Australian and international boutiques with flagship stores in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth.
Lo Sordo's classic signature designs are carefully crafted to ensure the longevity of the label creating both staple and statement pieces that can be innovated season after season. He takes great care in ensuring that each aspect of the Michael Lo Sordo label is in keeping with its sophisticated and luxurious designs.
In 2015 Lo Sordo showcased his acclaimed Resort Collection for 2015 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia, securing Net-A-Porter, Louisa via Roma and Harvey Nichols as exclusive international stockists as a result.
Accolades include winning the 2013 Qantas Spirit of Youth Awards 365 Fashion Award, the 2014 BT Emerging Fashion Designer of the Year Award, 2014 DHL Young Designer of the Year Award and being named a finalist in the 2013/2014 International Woolmark Award in the Asia Pacific rounds. He has also showed in New York for the Australian Wool Innovators presentation and in Milan as part of the Milan Unica 2013 On Stage event.
Devotees of the label include Jessica Mauboy, Lara Bingle, Montana Cox, Kylie Minogue and most notably Kendall Jenner and Kim Kardashian.
Established as a label in 2003, Gary Bigeni is a fashion anomaly with a reputation for masterful drape, intelligent silhouettes and a sophisticated use of colour. It's easy to be seduced by the quiet confidence exuded by the clothes he creates as each piece is carefully considered to become a wardrobe staple for the modern woman. The beauty in the simplicity offers the wearer the ultimate in restrained chic; a gentle sophistication.
Gary Bigeni's signature is preserved with modern silhouettes and understated complexities that cleverly translate into a versatile everyday wardrobe for woman. Refined lines, controlled drape and effortless elegance define the Gary Bigeni aesthetic and collections always maintain a focus on luxury fabrications such as silk, wool and fine Italian cottons. Gary punctuates his seasonal collections with regular artist collaborations for prints which have included Matthew Johnson, Eduardo Santos and Marie Hagerty.
Gary Bigeni is now stocked in over 25 boutiques nationally in Australia including Bloodorange, Ricarda, Periscope, McClean & Page, The Annex, Department and Adrenalin, and is also available online.
Welcome to our 4th annual BT Runway for Success, an exclusive charity fashion showcase of Australia's leading fashion designers and emerging new design talent highlighted in the BT Emerging Fashion Designer Award and BT Illustrator Design competitions.Find out more
We're thrilled to welcome Melissa Doyle as our host.
It's important to us that BT Runway for Success is more than just about showcasing fashion. For us, it is an opportunity to support our community through Dress for Success, a not-for-profit organisation that promotes the independence of women in need by providing professional attire, a network of support and career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Our purpose at BT is to help people prepare for the best, and working with Dress for Success is a tangible example of this.
BT is committed to working with all our clients to achieve their financial and life goals. Preparing for the best is at the heart of what we do and we have been supporting Australians since 1969, bringing greater prosperity to both our clients and their communities.
Chief Executive Officer
BT Financial Group
General Manager, Private Wealth
BT Financial Group
Australia's exciting emerging fashion talent, aspiring to raise their businesses to the next level, will have the opportunity to compete for one of fashion's newest accolades – the prestigious BT Emerging Fashion Designer Award.Read more
The BT Emerging Fashion Designer Award was established in 2013 with the goal of identifying emerging designers and providing support in the form of financial support, advice and mentoring.
BT is proud to foster and encourage new design talent with the BT Emerging Fashion Designer Award to help one of fashion's rising stars prepare for their best future in an industry that helps others to prepare for their best. BT has been helping Australians and their fashion icons establish and grow their businesses since 1969. It has supported its fashion clients by helping them become better investors, showing them how to grow and protect their wealth and to prepare for the best.
Judges will score based on industry skill and experience, knowledge and dealings (if any) with the designer(s). They will judge following the score card below:
|Fashionability of the entrant's most recent collection||20|
|Entrant's styling and fit capabilities||15|
|Entrant's business acumen and potential for commercial
success in the ready to wear market
|Entrant's marketing and media skills||10|
|Entrant's social media presence||10|
|Entrant's visual merchandising presentation||10|
|Entrant's planned use of the BT Emerging Fashion
Designer Award prize
Applications are accepted during the specified award open period and in line with the terms and conditions of the award.
The applications received will be vetted by an appointed fashion industry body (the Australian Fashion Chamber). This will include confirming all applicants meet the terms and conditions of entry. Using professional industry experience it will select a list of five semi-finalists based upon the applicants' experience, design style, business vision, manufacturing quality and marketing/ presentation.
A judging panel of two to five fashion industry professionals (media, designers, retailers, and beyond) will be brought together annually as the judging panel for the BT Emerging Fashion Designer Award. One of the members will be appointed as head judge.
2016 Judging Panel
|Edwina McCann||Editor in Chief, Vogue Australia & Chairwoman, Australian Fashion Chamber (Head Judge)|
|Sarah-Jane Clarke||Co-founder & Designer, Sass & Bide|
|Lee Mathews||Founder & Designer, Lee Mathews|
|Lindy Klim||Fashion Commentator, Co-founder & Creative Director, Milk & Co|
|Rebecca Lim||Chief Compliance Officer & Group General Counsel, The Westpac Group|
Past Judging Panel Members
|Camilla Freeman||Owner and Creative Director, Camilla and Marc|
|Carla Zampatti||Owner and Creative Director, Zampatti|
|Edwina McCann||Editor in Chief, Vogue Australia & Chairman, Australian Fashion Chamber|
|Elle Perrson||Director Strategy and Brand Development, IMG Fashion|
|Glynis Traill-Nash||Fashion Editor, The Australian|
|Janice Breen Brooks||Blogger, Voxfrock|
|Jo-Ann kellock||CEO, Council of Textile & Fashion Industries of Australia|
|kellie Robertson||Relationship Director, Westpac Private Bank|
|Madeleine Allman||Head of mywardrobe.com|
|Margaret Zhang||Blogger, Shinebythree, model, presenter, stylist, photographer|
|Megan Quinn||Speciality Fashion Group and Fitted For Work|
|Nicky Zimmerman||Co-founder, Zimmerman|
|Nicole Warne||Blogger, Gary Pepper Girl|
The semi-finalists applications will be provided to the judging panel, which will score the applications.
Based on the scores received the semi-finalists will be placed 1st to 5th.
The top three will be contacted by the appointed fashion industry body to confirm their participation at the BT Runway for Success event held by BT.
The head judge will be present at the BT Runway for Success event to validate the first place decision by the judging panel; the head judge reserves the right to change the decision on the first place position based on the catwalk presentation.
First place will be announced at the BT Runway for Success event.
BT will liaise directly with the winner to award the prize.
To expand its design support through the fashion industry, BT Financial Group also holds a BT Illustrator Design Competition each year to provide opportunities to budding fashion and design illustrators to expand their experience and credentials.
Current students from three prominent design schools – Whitehouse Institute of Design, Billy Blue College of Design and FBI Fashion College – are invited to submit a unique illustration to represent our annual fashion charity event, BT Runway for Success.
The winning illustrator receives a $1,000 cash prize from BT Financial Group and has their creation featured alongside some of Australia's iconic fashion designer labels on event collateral in print, online and mobile.
Pretty in Pink, The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, Clueless are all great 80s movies, and they're also the inspiration to the fashion aesthetic that is Emma Mulholland. Also taking inspiration from 80s girl bands, Hole, Bikini Kill and The Runaways, Emma's looks are bright, individual and retro while coolly modern.
Emma's vibrant Australian wildlife designs won her the BT Emerging Fashion Designer Award in 2015.
"The award helped me put myself out there - it gave me credibility, kudos and validation," Emma says. "It helps with all the hard work to be recognised and awarded. I was up for a few awards last year so it was nice to win one."
Emma's career has moved up and up since she graduated from Ultimo TAFE in 2011 and was one of only four New Innovators chosen to show at Fashion Week that year. Thinking she would then look for a job, she was surprised to take a few orders for that first collection and so at the age of just 24 she took the plunge and started her own label. She's been really busy since then. She travels regularly to Bali where her fabric production is done. This year she collaborated with Mambo with a range that came out in New York in March. She has also been at the G'Day USA initiative exhibiting her designs.
Designing for young creatives, Emma's fabrics and prints are all original and the embellishments are added onto a white base and that's where all the detail in her work lies. "I'm not as interested in intricate pattern making as embellishments and the hand embroidery detail and you need to do only one or the other," she says.
Since winning the award, Emma's travelling has meant she hasn't had much time to meet with her financial planning mentor. "Focusing on the financial side of the business with my mentor will be good. I need to work out ways to manage my money and the business because that's really tricky when I'm doing it myself. I'm a creative and the business side is tricky for me," Emma says.
Last year the business was at a crossroads. Today it is not just a business but a profitable business selling to a number of large international markets including the US and UK with Net-a-Porter, Harvey Nichols and Avenue 32.
Like many designers, Mr Lo Sordo says he didn't have a business plan. "I'm a creative, a designer, and I haven't had the experience of implementing strategies and putting them into place. The financial help and assistance and contacts that I made through winning the BT Emerging Designer Award in 2014 - I can't sing their praises highly enough," Mr Lo Sordo says. "The BT Group has changed my life."
Christopher Esber was the inaugural winner of the BT Emerging Fashion Designer Award in 2013, edging out fellow finalists Kahlo and Tome. Since graduating from the Fashion Design Studio in 2007 Esber has showcased his collections at New York Fashion Week, Australian Fashion Week and was named the L'Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival National Designer Award Winner in 2012.
BT Private Wealth is focused on helping wealthy individuals and families within Australia by providing dynamic solutions to protect and grow their wealth. The business comprises Westpac Private Bank, St.George Private and Bank of Melbourne Private.Find out more
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BT Financial Group
Every woman has the right to realise her full potential and achieve financial independence. Dress for Success Sydney believes that with the proper education, tools and action this is possible.
Dress for Success Sydney's mission is to promote the economic independence of women in need by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.
Clients referred to Dress for Success Sydney are varied and their stories are often heartbreaking yet they are motivated to make positive change in their lives. Poverty often affects women the most and its effects on them and their families can be long-lasting. Dress for Success Sydney believes that helping women secure and retain employment is central to improving the quality of life for themselves, their families and the community.
It costs Dress for Success Sydney $150 to dress, style and prepare one woman for a job interview.
These free services are designed to instil confidence, restore dignity and build resilience - increasing the employability of women in need, one woman at a time.
Since starting in 1997, Dress for Success has expanded to more than 140 cities in 19 countries and has helped more than 850,000 women on their journey towards self-sufficiency.
This year Dress for Success Sydney is on track to increasing the employability of 2,000 women, so visit sydney.dressforsuccess.org/ or contact Beverley Brock to discover how you can help Dress for Success Sydney to increase the employability of women in need by donating clothing, supporting the organisation financially, dedicating your time and skills to volunteer, referring clients to our services or helping in other ways.