Alinka launches Alter Ego
To celebrate a new campaign, Alter Ego, from fine jewellery brand Alinka, the brand hosted an intimate cocktail hour at Little Felix Bistro in Sydney. Guests were treated to canapés and martinis, as well as one on one experiences with magician John Messina and numerologist Jacquie M, in an invitation to embrace both the unexpected and the personal. With glittering diamonds, personalised cards and a sense of defiant indulgence, each were welcomed into the world of ALINKA to view the new campaign and film, which was offered as a reimagining of brand DNA classics and new releases through the lens of the founder’s alter ego. Interpreted through a refined artistic approach while boasting an unapologetically hard edge, the sensuality of night and unabashed personas are explored in tandem with decadent still lives – recalling a mood of hedonistic living.
Dior celebrates the savoir-faire of 62.22 shoes
For the Dior autumn-winter 2022-2023 ready-to-wear collection, Maria Grazia Chiuri has reinvented the iconic pumps – the fruit of the collaboration between Roger Vivier and Christian Dior. Named Dior 62-22, in reference to 1962, the year of their creation, they are adorned with elaborate embroidery, combined with technical elements inspired by research from D-Air lab. A link between the past and future, they offer the final touch to a timeless silhouette.
Mimosa flowers are meticulously applied to the models, one by one, as if they were blooming on a stem that extends to the heel. Pearls with a coral motif extend in a fringe on the toe, bursting with light, while fine turquoise stones bloom on a transparent fishnet base, revealing a poetic movement and revealing the virtuoso skills of the Dior ateliers.
These dreamy ornaments are combined with a high-tech strap that fits perfectly around the ankle, like an adjustable strap. Made of ultralight neoprene, this fastening system, with its fluorescent yellow stitching, comes from the world of motorcycling and places the Dior 62-22 shoes on a timeline that combines heritage and innovation.
NET-A-PORTER announces winners of the inaugural Vanguard Education Fund
NET-A-PORTER has announced the winners of its inaugural Vanguard Education Fund for final-year university students, in partnership with the British Fashion Council (BFC), furthering its long-term commitment to nurturing emerging talent. An extension of The Vanguard, NET-A-PORTER’s renowned mentorship and business-support program for womenswear designers, the new Education Fund provides both financial support and dedicated mentoring to final-year students as they embark on their careers.
The Vanguard Education Fund 2022 is awarded to Ben Davis, BA Fashion Design with Industry Placement, Kingston School of Art; Renato Bras, BA Fashion Design with Marketing, Central Saint Martins;
Finlay Roberts, BA Fashion Design, Falmouth University; Maissane Zinai, BA Fashion Design Womenswear, Central Saint Martins.
Winners will benefit from 3D garment-design training to create technically advanced, digitised products using true-to-life garment visualisations, thereby reducing waste and improving time efficiency when creating samples. NET-A-PORTER has invested in the specialised training and access to the cutting-edge 3D software CLO, covering all associated costs for the designers for one year, equipping them with skills to design for the metaverse. The students will also be paired with two industry-leading mentors for 12 months, selected to complement the students’ individual ambitions.
Sarah & Sebastian Presents Xanthe
In celebration of its 10 Year Anniversary, Sydney-based Australian jewellery brand Sarah & Sebastian presents Xanthe, a collection inspired by an enamour of coral and its world underwater. Launching in September, Xanthe is a play between oceanic motifs and exquisite craftsmanship, pillars which have underpinned the design ethos of founders Sarah Munro and Robert Sebastian Grynofki for the past decade. Xanthe’s maximalist designs are reminiscent of the intricate coral of the Great Barrier Reef. Pieces are rhythmic and playful, while remaining emblematic of Sarah & Sebastian’s devotion to marine conservation. “For our 10 year anniversary collection, we reflect on how the ocean has defined our design and brand philosophy, whilst looking ahead to the next decade, the most crucial for ocean conservation” states Munro, who used this season’s offering to echo the concerns around the fragility of all marine life.