Biggest names in fashion photography coming to Gold Coast

A major exhibition celebrating some of the most iconic images from the past century of fashion is coming to the Gold Coast later this year.

The Coming into Fashion: A Century of Photography at Condé Nast exhibition will host iconic images from the archives of publishers Vogue, Vanity Fair and Glamour by some of their greatest photographers – Cecil Beaton, Irving Penn, Helmut Newton and Mario Testino.

Curator Nathalie Herschdorfer says Gold Coasters will be able to see the sharp contrast in the first fashion photographs from the early 20th century compared to the modern day.

“Fashion photography is a way to understand how we represent the construction of female beauty and how it has changed over the years,” said Herschdorfer.

“While it’s about selling beauty, selling fashion, it’s also about selling dreams. It can show precisely how the clothes are done, but it can also reflect an idea, an atmosphere, a feeling,” she said.

With unprecedented access to the Condé Nast archives in New York, Paris, London and Milan, Herschdorfer navigated through millions of original prints and pages from the actual magazines to create a collection that showcases a taste of every era.

“I was not looking for specific photographers or icons,” she says. “I wanted to make a selection that represented the history of fashion photography but also included those iconic photos that stood well enough on their own, across any era,” Herschdorfer said.

“Some images made in the 1940s could still work today on a magazine cover. They belong to a specific period but are still visually strong today, without regard to the page it was on, the era it came from or the product it was selling,” she said.

Gallery Director Tracy Cooper-Lavery agrees, “Coming into Fashion allows us access to some of the most significant and stylish images in fashion history.”

“The exhibition brings together 100 years of the world’s greatest fashion photography; ranging from 1920s shots of Broadway actresses to some of the most recognisable photos of the supermodel era. It is such a thrill for Gold Coast City Gallery to be the only venue in Australia presenting the exhibition in its entirety.

The Gallery and The Arts Centre Gold Coast will be presenting an exciting array of public programs to accompany the exhibition including talks by international curators through to hands-on workshops and master classes,” Cooper-Lavery said.

In addition, the exhibition will also include a selection of vintage couture fashion from The Darnell Collection – Australia’s largest private collection of fashion from the late 1700s to the 20th century.

Coming into Fashion: A Century of Photography at Condé Nast will be on display at the Gold Coast City Gallery 25 November, 2017 until 18 February, 2018. Tickets for the exhibition go on sale Monday 31 July 2017, and will be able to be purchased at

Perfume Master Class

Create your own scent with The Bachelor’s perfume master on the GC

If you’ve ever wanted to create your own perfume scent, then this weekend all your sweet-smelling dreams will come true.

The Powder Room Perfume Master Class is heading to the Gold Coast, giving lovers of fashion and perfume a unique insight into the intriguing world of fragrance.

If you’re a fan of The Bachelor, then the class may sound a little familiar…

Director of the Powder Room Perfume Master Class, Samantha Taylor featured on the Channel 10 hit show with Bachelor Richie Strahan last year.

In the episode, Samantha helped Richie create an alluring scent as part of the “the 5 senses” date.

“In 2016 I guided Bachelor Richie and one of his contestants through the process of creating a perfume that best represented their relationship,” Ms Taylor said.

Guests at the exclusive Powder Room Perfume Master Class will enjoy a light morning tea and glass of champagne before learning how to write a perfume formula.

They’ll then create a custom fragrance using the ‘Olfactorium,’ a mini perfumers organ containing the finest raw materials from Europe.

“Our guests will learn about the enchanting history of perfume, the creation process and how to select their next perfume,” Samantha says.

“They will leave with a new appreciation for perfume and a bespoke fragrance to enjoy.”

Samantha Taylor Perfume Master Class

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If you’re interested in creating your very own scent with one of Australia’s foremost fragrance experts, tickets to the perfume masterclass at the QT Hotel on Saturday 6th May can be purchased here.

Anna Wintour

Met Gala 2017: See all the best red carpet looks

Fashion’s biggest night out is officially underway in New York City – The Met Gala 2017.

The fundraiser for the Metropolitan Museum of Art this year celebrates the opening of the exhibition, “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between.”

Celebrities and socialites have taken the avant-garde black tie theme to the extreme this year, with some big, bold, and bright looks making their way down the red carpet.

See our favourite looks from the event below:

Singer @badgalriri lights up on the #MetGala red carpet. #TheMet #MetKawakubo #Rihanna

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@Zendaya looks stunning on the red carpet in @DolceGabbana #MetGala #MetKawakubo #Zendaya #DolceGabbana

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Model @GigiHadid arrives in a chic, avant garde look on the carpet. #MetKawakubo #GigiHadid #TheMet

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@CelineDion steps onto the #MetGala red carpet paying tribute to #MetKawakubo. #TheMet #CelineDion

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Mud Jeans

Popular retailer selling jeans covered in mud for $595 – no joke

If you thought holes and rips in jeans were bad, think again.

There’s now a new jean trend in town and it’s a rather expensive one to say the least.

Thanks to luxury fashion retailer Nordstrom, you can now buy jeans covered in fake mud for a mere $595 AUD.

The company describes the jeans in question as “heavily distressed medium-blue denim jeans in a comfortable straight-leg fit.”

They then go on to say that the jeans “embody rugged, Americana workwear that’s seen some hard-working action with a crackled, caked-on muddy coating that shows you’re not afraid to get down and dirty.”

While some are not so keen on the product, others have praised it – claiming they can buy the jeans to make it look like they have a dirty job.

“These are great! Now that I’m unemployed I can still look employed with minimal effort,” one person wrote.

Just a little FYI, you can also buy the matching fake mud jacket for another $595…

Or you can get in contact with this guy, who claims he’ll throw in the mud for free.

Pacific Fair

Pacific Fair launches Autumn/Winter 17 in style

The Gold Coast’s most fashionable ladies were treated to a luxurious lunch at Pacific Fair yesterday for the launch of the centre’s Autumn/Winter season.

Joining local bloggers and tv and radio personalities was Australia’s PR queen and ex-Celebrity Apprentice star Roxy Jacenko.

As a fashion evangelist, Roxy Jacenko said she was thrilled to be celebrating the new fashion season on the Gold Coast. “I always love coming to the Gold Coast with my family, especially in the colder months because the Gold Coast does winter a little differently and it’s a beautiful time of year to visit,” Ms Jacenko said.

“With Pacific Fair’s enviable selections of luxury boutiques such as Hermes and Louis Vuitton, and your everyday essentials like Zara and H&M, I can do all my shopping in one place and I don’t have to run around Sydney in the freezing cold.”

As for what trends she’ll be coveting this season, Ms Jacenko she will be channelling the 80s. “Gone but not forgotten, this season we’re seeing an 80s resurgence with the best the decade had to offer like shoulder definition, bold hues and some serious attitude. I’m keen to invest in some new pieces like a statement leather jacket or a wide leg pant.”

Pacific Fair’s Marketing Manager, Kate Dixon said Roxy represents what winter fashion at Pacific Fair is all about. “Ms Jacenko is a working mother of two who loves to pair international designer items with affordable Australian icons such as Country Road and Witchery,” Ms Dixon said.

@pacificfair thanks for a lovely lunch with @roxyjacenko and fellow fashionistas ☺️ t’was fabulous! #PacificFair

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“For Gold Coast locals, the cooler months allow us to play with prints, textures and varying degrees of layers. It’s not always about ‘rugging up’; we have the flexibility of coupling traditional summer pieces with fun winter accessories like scarves and boots.

Lunching with @sweatybettypr @pacificfair @spinandco 😘 Amazing Thursday❤️🎶🐒🎉

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“This season, we really wanted to show our Gold Coast customers how to style traditional winter pieces like a trench coat or boots for our slightly warmer winter than experienced by our southern counterparts in Sydney and Melbourne. Just because the mercury doesn’t dip as low doesn’t mean we get to miss out on the season’s lust-have pieces,” she said.

Pacific Fair’s Autumn/Winter campaign runs from Thursday 20 April – Wednesday 17 April and celebrates all the luxuries of winter including fashion, food and beauty. As part of their ‘Pacific Weather Patterns’ campaign, Pacific Fair have installed interactive change rooms outside David Jones where locals can try on new season fashion and receive insider beauty secrets curated by some of the country’s top industry experts.

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