WATCH: Giaan Rooney launches activewear range

She’s an Olympic champion, television presenter, mum of two, and now Giaan Rooney is a fashion designer too!

The Gold Coaster has teamed up with Harris Scarfe to launch an exclusive activewear and loungewear collection for women.

Giaan told myGC the range has been designed for the everyday woman, with a strong focus on comfort and style, along with the ability to mix and match key pieces for added versatility.

“I live most of my life in activewear, like so many us of these day,” Giaan told myGC.

“My belief is as women, if we put something on and we feel supported and we look good, that’s half the confidence battle. If you’ve got your activewear on from the second you get out of bed, you are actually more likely to be active the whole way through your day.”

Featuring a range of earthy green and black tones, Giaan said she wanted to create a collection that incorporated functionality and femininity.

“All of our tights are high-waisted to support us in that area. It’s practical, there’s phone pockets in all of my tights. The tops are designed to mix and match and wear how you want to wear them.”

Many of the pieces in the range are also made from recycled fabrics.

“We have an amazing fabric called reprieve which is made from recycled bottles. As the technology improves, we are looking to incorporate that in every item in the range heading down the track. It’s a wonderful way to make sure that we are sustainable as well,” she said.

The GR by Giaan Rooney collection ranges in price from $39.99 to $89.99 and is available online at harrisscarfe.com.au.

WATCH: Pacific Fair launch Spring Summer season

It was a fashionable affair at The Tropic on Wednesday, with Pacific Fair launching their Spring Summer season with a glamorous lunch attended by around 40 local fashionistas.

Pacific Fair’s Senior Marketing Manager Kate Halpin said they were thrilled to celebrate the arrival of the new season.

“We are so happy to be launching Spring Summer. It’s been a little bit of a tough year so we really wanted to celebrate the change of season,” she told myGC.

Discover this season’s key trends, and get a sneak peek at the lunch in the video below:

Some of the key trends include pops of colour, and breathable, natural fabrics like linens and cotton.

“It is so joyful this season and everyone can get involved,” Kate said.

“There is a lot of sorbet going on – so if you walk into a store right now you will see mint green, sorbet yellows and beautiful pinks.

“And can you believe – terry towelling is making a come back!”

The event was also a chance for the shopping centre to announce its new fashion ambassador, Kayla Boyd.

Shock as Westfield closes more than 100 fashion stores

The virus pandemic is continuing to cause chaos on the retail sector, with more than 100 Australian fashion stores forced to cease trading over a rental dispute.

Westfield shopping centre landlord Scentre Group has temporarily closed stores in their centres which are owned by Mosaic Brands.

It comes after the company, which owns labels including Rivers, Noni B, Katies, Millers and Crossroads, reportedly refused to pay rent during the COVID lockdowns or were paying below the normal rate.

Mosaic currently operates 129 stores in Westfield Shopping Centres across the county.

It’s understood up to 400 employees have been affected by the sudden closure.

In a statement to 7NEWS, Mosaic Chairman Richard Facioni said the actions were “extremely disappointing, given the current environment, and difficult to comprehend in the context of a relationship that spans close to 40 years”.

“Mosaic continues to conduct rental negotiations in good faith with all landlords, including Scentre Group, in the spirit of sharing the burden of the impact of the COVID-19 crisis, consistent with Government recommendations,” he said.

Fears for several fashion stores after PAS Group enters voluntary administration

PAS Group, which owns a number of big name fashion brands including Review and Jets Swimwear, has entered voluntary administration.

The company announced the news in a release to the ASX on Friday, citing the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

“While the Board is of the view that the company is solvent, given the issues as a result of unfavourable financial market conditions, the COVID-19 crisis and the challenges of restructuring in that environment, it felt that Administration was the best way to affect change while protecting all stakeholders,” the statement reads.

PwC partners Stephen Longley, David McEvoy, and Martin Ford have been appointed as voluntary administrators.

They will now undertake a preliminary review and assessment of the Group’s operations that have been impacted by trading conditions, including COVID-19.

“PAS Group enters voluntary administration with the strong desire to restructure the Group and allow it to continue operating strongly and sustainably into the future,” the company said.

PAS Group owns 225 stores across both Australia and New Zealand with around 1300 employees.

Some of the stores include Review, Jets Swimwear, Black Pepper, Yarra Trail, Designworks and more.

The stores will continue to trade as normal, in-line with current local restrictions across Australia and New Zealand.

The company says all store credits and vouchers will continue to be honoured.

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Frockarama fashion sale back at Carrara Markets this Sunday

Calling all bargain hunters – Carrara Markets is bringing the Frockarama Fashion Sale back this Sunday!

Thousands of thrifty fashion lovers are expected to turn out to the sale to rummage through the racks and pick up some new pieces for their wardrobe.

Shoppers will have plenty of choice, with plenty of preloved up-market brands, quirky vintage and designer labels that have only been worn once, brand-new excess stock from local brands, once worn shoes and handbags and so much more.

Frockarama Event Organiser Mia Lee said they were overwhelmed with the success of the first Frockarama event last year.

“It’s a brilliant way of making a little cash as well as ensuring your clothes don’t end up as landfill,” she said.

“Our shopping practices have changed considerably with less pressure to always buy new. Buying from a thrift shop or doing wardrobe swaps with friends is now common practice. It creates less of an impact on the environment, is inexpensive and so much more fun!”

Frockarama is on this Sunday 23 February from 9am to 2pm inside the Events Arena at Carrara Markets. Entry is Free. Find out more here: facebook.com/frockarama/