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Harris Brings A Fresh Face To Seafolly

Harris Brings A Fresh Face To Seafolly

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Samantha Harris for Seafolly

Samantha Harris will follow the path of many Australia supermodels and join forces with iconic swimwear and lifestyle brand, Seafolly. After appearing on the cover of Vogue Australia, Harris will join top model Jessica Hart, to help launch the Seafolly Summer 2010 campaign.

Seafolly has launched many successful Australian models including Miranda Kerr, Catherine McNeil, Kristy Hinze and Alyssa Sutherland. The campaign was shot on Queensland’s Brampton Island in June by photographer, Max Doyle.

Seafolly is available at major department stores, Seafolly Concept stores and selected boutiques around the world. For further information or to find your nearest Seafolly stockist, phone 1300130 715 or visit www.seafolly.com.au

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Campari Calendar 2010: Olga Kurylenko Meets Milan

Campari Calendar 2010: Olga Kurylenko Meets Milan

A muse is traditionally thought of as a seductive heroine, a fierce persona of inimitable passion, grace and allure. Notable muses include Catherine Deneuve, who ignited the creative fervour of Yves Saint Laurent and the late Princess Grace Kelly, the inspiration for Hermès’s coveted creation, the 1935 ‘Kelly bag’. In the eleventh edition of the annual Campari Calendar for 2010 – the city of Milan plays muse to photographer Simone Nervi, who depicts with sharp visual acuity the dynamic pulse of this cultural melting pot through the enigma that is Olga Kurylenko.

Since its international launch in 2000, the Campari Calendar has rapidly become an icon of international prestige. The calendar is distributed in international limited editions of only 9,999 copies and represents a small collectible luxury. The 2010 edition of the Campari Calendar is not so much an advertisement for the iconic brand, as it is a storyboard of a city, its people and the fiery passion that ignites their opulent lifestyle.

Milan’s most absorbing ritual – the apéritif – an essential accompaniment to hors d’oeuvres, is a primer at restaurants, artistic exhibits and lavish celebrations. It is a crucial ingredient that incites the tastebuds for the meal that is to come. For Olga Kurylenko, the apéritif marks just the beginning of her journey – her appetite however, is largely insatiable. The Campari woman thirsts for adventure, for challenge. She craves the raw feeling of exhilaration, the distinct sensation that she is an integral part of the city’s landscape – framing its cultural makeup, reinventing the city and her role in it.

The story begins with Kurylenko on a train. She clings tantalisingly to a handle aboard the historic tram 609.Her stance is languid, unnerving. Yet, as she stands, with casual elegance, curious passengers gape through the tinted windows, mesmerised. And so the story unfolds.

The month of February depicts Olga in a bar, as ravenous eyes gaze upon her. The Campari woman is transformed from ingénue to an enigmatic creature. She is just beginning her evening and there is a subtle motif to the visual that implies a raging spirit is just about to be unleashed. As we follow the subject through the storyboard, we are represented with a woman at once indulgent and receiving but also in control of her surroundings. She is always posited at centre stage – as if the tempo of the city moves along at a pace which she dictates.
The strong frame adopted for the September shoot pays homage to Greek mythology, as Kurylenko stands in a fountain of water, inviting her admirer to explore the depths of her world, whilst at the same time remaining detached and just sufficiently out of reach.

The Campari woman is unapologetic about her ardent beauty. The fervour that she injects in her life is at once liberating and confining. She is her own person but understands when it’s necessary to surrender to the confines of the city’s timeless conventions. Campari’s subject is effortlessly beautiful and bold but she understands that a return to refined femininity and understated elegance underpin the core of her mystique.

The city of Milan acts as a stunning historic backdrop to the twelve stories intertwined together through a single protagonist. Kurylenko is incarnate of the woman we all want to be. She is magnificently glamorous, hard to reign in and unnerving in her tenacity. Yet there is the underlying motif that Campari is just a drink. The rest is up to you.

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London Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2010

London Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2010

The home of London Fashion Week

The home of London Fashion Week

Somerset House was selected as the location to commemorate 25 years of Britsh fashion, replacing the equally impressive but rather exhausted Natural History Museum. Once a records building used by the British Government to store countless data, Somerset House is a magnificent, neo-classical structure sitting provocatively on Elizabeth Embankment facing southwards across the river amidst equally impressive and iconic architecture, both contemporary and modern, such as Big Ben and the unmismistakable, oversized, revolving London Eye. The strong columns supporting the commanding structure of Somerset House, not dissimilar to those on the Parthanon, echo the idea of Britain: the impenetrable fortress.

The London fashion week preceeds Milan and follows New York and is as highly an anticipated event worldwide as the Oscars. It offers the world a chance to witness the latest British designers trying to break into the evermore competitive field of fashion design and allows an alluring possibility of witnessing the latest collections of British fashion royalty such as Vivienne Westwood and Burberry. Britain’s adversaries to the likes of DKNY and Versace.

Matthew Williamson gave a great deal of credit to artist Jim Lambie for inspiring him to go for graphic abstract patterns on synthetic material. His collection for the spring/summer ’10 range retained his bohemian and hippy image which has won him many plaudits in the past. However, this time he was able to infuse a greater deal of elegance with heavier detail on body conscious sillohuettes. This was most notable in his navy blue/black trouser suit which was seen as a must have piece by legendary British model Twiggy.

Similar to Williamson, Vivienne Westwood took inspiration from art, though her motivation stemmed from religious art as opposed to the abstract creations of Lambie. Westwood is well known for her sympathy with the bohemian and punk era of 80s Britain. Her shows always display her boldness and provocative nature and this seasons Fashion Week was no exception. Westwood included a form of the trouser suit in her red label collection as well. The pink outfit was fitted tightly around the torso with a loose, boot cut fit for the trousers. A plain grey t-shirt advertising the designer’s name was worn under the suit to contrast with the formality.

Little hints of excentricity or a touch of the retro was a recurring theme throughout the Vivienne Westwood show. Another prime example of this was the pairing of a custom fit navy striped blazer accompanying a sarong style red polkadot skirt. Polkadot was exploited by the designer several more times, including a summery short blue dress modelled by Daisy Lowe,whose unconventional ‘stomping’ catwalk style, won that particular fashionista yet more headlines. However, the show’s focal point would have to be the the short, grunge style shiny dress sported by a gamin-like model smoking a cigarette. The rebellious decision to break the legislated smoking ban will become as acclaimed as her designs for the Sex Pistols or her constantly voiced decision to go knicker-less to events.

Away from the catwalk shows, Somerset House was seperated into blocks, each housing different exhibtions from designers. Here, it was possible to converse first hand with some of the smaller scale designers and question the meassages and meanings behind their collections. Due to them not being the centre of attention and having to compete for exposure with the rest, designers went to huge lengths to broadcast their label. Everything from free champagne to live DJ sets by artists such as Massive Attack.

Very popular amongst the press, Alexandra Soveral, an organic aromatherapy beautician, offered an opportunity for willing volunteers to create their own perfume from the large collection of essential oils on offer, with a chance of winning £1000 worth of perfume. Soveral was impressed by the hundreds of interested participants choosing to compete.

Gabrielle Mille designs for Oxfam

Gabrielle Mille designs for Oxfam

Oxfam’s exhibition was also deemed original and popular, with their imaginative scheme to design new outfits from the old clothing donated to the many stores worldwide. Such an inventive approach to fashion design should surely pay off due to the idea that fashion is cyclic and that out of date attire will get another chance somewhere down the line, albeit with a helpful modernising boost. In strong contrast to this, Liberty of London used the iconic status of Legendary musician Ronnie Wood, along with his creative artistry, to concoct a unique and stunning collection of clothing and accesories. The evocative signature line was brimming in vibrant colours and patterns set on plain, dark material. Again, another impressive exhibit.

It was clear to see from the many exhibtions exactly which trends were “in” at present. The use of foil and sequins on the scarfs and shawls designed by Jane Carr ( cotton for the more everday look, with satin representing a higher degree of formality), were partnered with cascading designs to form the “decay of decadence”. The use of sequins was continued in the collection of accesories designer, Angel Jackson. However, most attention was drawn by the electric and irredescent colours sprayed onto the feathers adorning the large collection of bags. A large sculpture of a black panther, the label’s distinctive logo, adorned with a feather bag atop its head like a fabulous headpiece was a clever prop and another successful attempt to draw attention. The feathers were locally collected and treated in Bali, where the accesories are fabricated, reassuringly, away from the sweatshops. These avian influenced bags have proved popular among British fashionistas from Alexa Chung to Pixie Geldof.

The feather was symbolically used by surfboard designers Swami’s. Their collection of boards, surfing paraphenalia and apparel delved deeply into hidden meanings from the designers personal experience. The delicate feathers inprinted on the boards typified the fragility of the surfer whilst riding a wave. The plumage used, had connotations of American Indian headress. Continuing their idea of otherworldliness, the designers incorporated delicate cloth under the fiberglass of the board which was linked to the image of buddist monks at the foothills of the himalayas.

Heading back to the catwalk, it would be Burberry who would finish off this year’s London Fashion Week. A recent resurgence has seen Burberry regain its place high up on the podium of definitive British fashion. A magnificent turn out for the event included a large proportion of celebrities both British and international. The new face of Burberry, Emma Watson, was joined by Liv Tyler, Victoria Beckham and Mary-Kate Olsen. Beckham, the singer turned devotee to high fashion declared that in her eyes “Burberry is the epytomy of British fashion”.

What was evident from the collection for Burberry Prorsum was that designer Christopher Bailey had been looking to offer the audience a true interpretation of the brand, but with subtle twists. The heritage was certainly maintained. The iconic cheque pattern was present in the show along with the trench coats. However, the compilation of clothing was also caressed with gentle touches of modernity, youthfulness and elements of sexiness as well, to update and continue the renaissance. Fine examples of this included an all-in-one short and fitted beige trench coat fused with a frilly dress, offering a greater proportion of exposure to the limbs and accentuating the figure. This followed a similarly styled trench, this time less summery and more formal in shape. The texture appears soft and satin like with a shiny pastel fusia for colour. The outfit has a longer finish than the other, closer to the knee and is structured with a broader definition on the shoulder, due to exaggerated padding – a popular trend at present.

The London fashion Week gives a taster of what’s to be expected in all high street stores for next year’s spring and summer. It also helps to offer assurance and belief that the added layers forced on by cooler days will not last forever and that all too soon, the festival season will be upon us again. The fashion week portrays an a creative combination of culture and sophistication balanced out with youthful modernity.It exposes a fusion of class and protention with retro bohemianism. However, the underlining duty of the prestigious event is to assure all that British fashion is here to stay.

BLK1 Article: JULIAN CHAUNDY

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Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2010 Highlights

Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2010 Highlights

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The scene was set , and the theme of travel was established for Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week the catwalks began doling out slices of fashion splendour.

BCBGMAXAZRIA was the first key highlight on day one at Mercedez-Benz New York Fashion Week. Flowing fabrics and summery colours were seen to be the mode of this collection. Celbrities who showed-up to see this catwalk display included: Alicia Sacramone, Amanda Bynes, Amanda Hearst, Amerie, Carly Chiakin, Derek Blasberg, Fabiola Beracasa, Gal Gadot, Genevieve Jones, Joanna Garcia, Solange Knowles, Theodora Richards and Tiffany Thorton.

Duckie Brown showed the crowd his unique range of menswear. The pastel colours were cute and the suit jackets were finely cut; when the two were combined they created a look that will be donned by all fashionable young gents this summer.

After the sun went down on day one of Mercedez-Benz New York Fashion week, the temperater hotted up with a sizzling swimwear display from Rosa Cha. In the collection, white polkadot high-waists and yellow one pieces were seen prancing down the catwalk. The looks stayed-true to the popular swimwear trends for 2009: flattering shapes, high-cut bottoms and shapely tops. The coloured fabric was the star of the Rosa Cha catwalk show, the way red and yellow sat together to clash across a one-piece made for a stunning look.

Friday September 11th was day-two of Mercedez-Benz New York Fashion Week. Ever since the tragedy of 2001, the words “September 11” have solemn connotations. Mercedez-Benz New York Fashion Week paid respects to this day by teaming up with My Good Deed, a prominent nonprofit group created by 9/11 family members and friends of 9/11 victims for the first-ever online auction to support this cause. The online charity auction featured Spring 2010 collection items donated from many top designers including Donna Karan, Tracy Reese, Carmen Marc Valvo, Max Azria, Phillip Lim, James Coviello, Milly, Vivenne Tam, and Tommy Hilfiger.

On the catwalks of day two, Charlotte Ronson delivered soft and flowing fabrics with a whimsical Spring vibe. Ronsons collection would be perfect picnic wear, as it is just the right mix of feminine softness and playsuit practicality.

Nicole Miller was the hit of the day on day two, attracting celebrities like: Lady Gaga, Kara DioGuardi, Amber Rose & Kayne West, Ciara, Amerie, Damon Dash, Katrina Bowden, Beth Ostrosky and Sarah Wynter. As usual, Nicole Miller delivered sexy designs with an out-there edge. Metalics flooded the catwalk and sequins shone. The vibe of the show, like the designs was short, sharp and sassy.

On Saturday September 12th it was day three of Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week.

With Katy Perry seated in the front row, Georges Chakra delivered his to-die-for ball gowns down the catwalk. Fiery reds and mystical blues were the star colours, giving every model on the catwalk a look of feminine fierceness.

Chado Ralph Rucci was also all about being bold with fashion. The dresses that were on parade were splendid in colour and up-lifing in their flappy cuts.

On Sunday September 13th, Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week had already been through its first half. Day four, like all the other days so far, managed to keep up the frantic and exciting fashion-week vibe.

DKNY hosted a highly-exclusive off-site launch of the collection for Spring/Summer 2010. Keeping it classic and feminine with cinched waists and bold colours, this already iconic label kept every audience member impressed.

Along The Promenade Hervé Léger by Max Azria marched his models down the catwalk to show his bold Spring/Summer 2010 collection. Hervé Léger by Max Azria is famed for accessories, and while there was some fantastic feature pieces paraded the sleek dresses stole the show.

Diane Von Furstenberg also held a catwalk parade in the Tent, with collections so beautiful they could almost be described as balletic. Every model was adorned with a dress that moved with her body so gracefully, it appeared that she was floating down the catwalk rather than walking.

Monday 14th September was day five of Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week.

Jill Stuart filled the stone halls of the New York Public Library with her soft flowing designs that were deliciously feminine.

Donna Karen also hosted another off-site unveiling today, again keeping true to her conservative yet boldly-coloured designs.

Back at the Tent, Gottex demonstrated how new excitement can be found in swimwear. Bright blue flames danced up the bodice of one-shouldered one piece swimwear. Following the blue, red sizzled with streaks of colourful detail along more well-fitted one pieces. There was always the addition of ever-popular black and white, only these swimwear pieces were an exciting hybrid of the traditional, conservative one-piece and the daring mono-kini.

Day six, which was Tuesday 15th September saw celebrities such as Paula Abdul, Kim Kardashian, Shenae Grimes, Kelly Rowland and Bethenny Frankel flood into the tent to see the Spring/Summer 2010 offerings from Badgley Mischka. White was the dominant colour with streaks of tribal detail feathered along the collars and hems of the dresses.

Dennis Basso also brought out some old Hollywood scensters. The golds, rainbows and red poppies were the perfect prints to show off the clear mode that was set through the show: the puffy skirt. Joan Rivers, Lorraine Bracco, Beverly Johnson, Fran Drescher, Carole Alt, Tinsley Mortimer, Kelly Bensimone and Alina Cho were all delighted with what they saw.

Narciso Rodriguez, the star designer of Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week also showed his wares on day six. Square defined shoulders and colours to flatter the natural female features seemed to be the motif of what Narciso Rodriguez had to show the catwalk crowd.

The second last day of Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week came to be on Wednesday September 16th.

Michelle Smith delighted tired crowds with her chic combinations of complimentary colours dotted on skirt and top combos.

Alexandre Herchcovitch graced the catwalks with delicate simplicity. Showing delicate white pieces aside more bolder cuts and metallic features.

Anna Sui’s Spring/Summer 2010 collection was, if not the most exciting, the most eclectic display seen at Merecedes-Benz New York Fashion Week so far. With massive shoulder pieces, panels of sequins and peacock patturned skirts the designs were all amazingly quirky and daring.

The final day of Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week was farewelled on Thursday September 17th.

Ralph Lauren had fashion crowds up bright and early for a 9am off site show. The designs seen here remained faithful to the sporty style and classic colours that this designer is famed for.

At the end of the final day, the final show was presented by Tommy Hilfiger. The figure hugging evening dresses appeared to be investment pieces that will never date. The colours were plain, elegant and would look perfect on a summer afternnon.

After Hilfiger’s 8pm show, the crowds demininshed and moved on the after-party celebrations all feeling inspired by what they had seen from the Spring/Summer 2010 catwalks at Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week.

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BLK1 Weekly Swim Summary

BLK1 Weekly Swim Summary

The big news in swimming this week was sparked by the dwindling numbers of professional swimming coaches. On the back of a string of high profile retirements, the number of elite coaches in Brisbane has dropped from 13 to nine. Scott Volkers, the coach responsible for the swimming legends like Susie O’Neill and current head coach at the Queensland Academy of sport believes it all boils down to the leasing of public pools to large leisure companies. The poor funding and lack of resources available to coaches is resulting in fewer new faces emerging and aging coaches are either retiring or being snapped up by international programs. Previously, councils would lease pools to coaches who would earn revenue from swimming lessons, gate takings and the kiosk while devoting large amounts of time to the less-profitable art of coaching. Now companies like leisure operator Belgravia, which runs 11 aquatic centres in Queensland’s south east, are taking up the rights to pools. Volkers says high-performance coaching, which reaps rewards on an international scale but does little for the bottom line of pool operators, is often the first activity tobe pared back. As a result, professional swimming could become a sport of yester year, because without the high quality coaches, there will be no swimmers.

Actor Steve McFadden has credited swimming as his secret weapon in his war against weight. Steve, 50, will don a wetsuit to take part in the British Gas Great North Swim on Sunday, September 13. The challenge will see him making waves in Lake Windermere, Britain’s largest natural lake, with depths of up to 220ft. He is doing all this to raise money charity.

Erin McNaught takes the catwalk during the Miss Universe 2006 Preliminary Competition in Los Angeles

Erin McNaught takes the catwalk during the Miss Universe 2006 Preliminary Competition in Los Angeles

On a more social note, Erin McNaught isn’t letting her recent break-up with Braith Anasta cramp her style. Last weekend she was spotted with yet another sportsman – Eamon Sullivan. Confidential spies said the good looking pair were dominating the dance floor at Kings Cross nightclub Kit and Kaboodle on Friday night.

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Introducing Miss Australia 2009

Introducing Miss Australia 2009

UNI09_1234After beating 7,000 other entrants and being crowned Miss Australia in Sydney on April 22nd 2009, Rachel Finch impressed the world and took the prize of third runner up for the Miss Universe 2009 competition.

At the ripe age of 18, the Sydney born Townsville star set out to explore the world. She made her international debut in 2006 for a three month modelling contract in New Zealand. She continued the journey and throughout 2007-2008 she lived and worked in Singapore, Germany and London. She maintains that travelling alone was her biggest accomplishment.

Before stepping into those heels which carried her all the way to the Bahamas, Rachael, the prospective Business and Events Management university student, had a passion for touch- football, water skiing and going on camping trips with her family.
Undoubtedly Ms Finch was the perfect Miss Universe 2009 candidate. She beamed with enthusiasm, intelligence, passion, ambition and undeniable beauty with her ultimate dream being one day to produce and present her own lifestyle show. UNI09_4493

In 2004 Rachael entered and won ‘Model of the Year’ at the annual ‘Fashion Bash’. She volunteered at the event and by 2008 was working as the media representative as well as being appointed the role of the sponsorship manager.

UNI09_3422She then began presenting a television documentary for the ‘Fashion Bash’. In November 2008 Rachael completed a television presenting course at the Sydney Academy of Film and Television and has presented various segments on Foxtel’s EWTV and covered Sydney’s Earth Festival.
This year she has been involved with ‘Max & Co’, ‘Jet Swimwear’, ‘Coca-Cola’, ‘Louis Vuitton’ and ‘Chanel’. She has also appeared in prestigious magazines including ‘Grazia’, ‘Cleo’ and ‘Seventeen’. Amongst her list of awards and achievements are ‘Miss Teen Australia’ runner-up and the ‘Winner of Miss Boarder’ and ‘Miss Beach’ in 2007.

Since 2004 she worked closely with mentor, Henry Petersen who was absolutely delighted all her hard work had paid off. The third runner up was so proud to represent Australia and was ecstatic that her national costume was created by Perth-based fashion designer Ruth Tarvydas.

Rachael felt honoured to be alongside the other top four Miss Universe delegates from the Dominican Republic, Kosovo, Puerto Rico and Venezuela. Feeling that wearing a swimsuit as part of a beauty pageant was a “beautiful thing” as it gave “women the chance to show off their figures to the rest of the world”, Finch won the swimsuit competition scoring an impressive 9.264.

Miss Australia answered Valeria Mazza’s final question in a stunning white evening gown designed by Sonia Cappellazzo complete with a jewel encrusted heart-shaped bodice. Undoubtedly Finch was spot-on when she declared the gorgeous dress had “great stage presence” and that it was “glamorous and elegant” – much like herself!

BLK1 Article: BIANCA VILLAROSA

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Stefania Fernandez, Miss Venezuela is the 2009 Miss Universe Winner

Stefania Fernandez, Miss Venezuela is the 2009 Miss Universe Winner

Reacting to the cheering Bahamian crowd, 18 year old Stefania Fernandez, Miss Venezuela 2009, of Mérida, is crowned Miss UNIVERSE 2009

Reacting to the cheering Bahamian crowd, 18 year old Stefania Fernandez, Miss Venezuela 2009, of Mérida, is crowned Miss UNIVERSE 2009

Venezuelan Stefania Fernandez was crowned the new Miss Universe here late Sunday after she was selected from among young women from 83 countries.

The official decision was made at the Atlantis Resort by a 12-person judging panel that included Andre Leon Talley, the editor-at-large for American Vogue, actor Dean Cain and supermodel Valeria Mazza.

It was Venezuela’s sixth Miss Universe crown in the 59-year history of the pageant.

The main event Sunday was hosted by Celebrity Apprentice star Claudia Jordan and Access Hollywood co-anchor Billy Bush, and included performances by rapper Flo Rida, singers David Guetta and Kelly Rowland and reality star Heidi Montag.

Fernandez, 18, inherited the Miss Universe crown from another Venezuelan, Dayana Mendoza, who won the competition in 2008. During her reign, Mendoza traveled the globe as an advocate for HIV/AIDS education, research and legislation.

The two finalists Ada Aimee De la Cruz, Miss Dominican Republic 2009, and Stefania Fernandez, Miss Venezuela 2009, anxiously await announcement of who will take the title of Miss Universe 2009 from the stage at Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas

The two finalists Ada Aimee De la Cruz, Miss Dominican Republic 2009, and Stefania Fernandez, Miss Venezuela 2009, anxiously await announcement of who will take the title of Miss Universe 2009 from the stage at Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas

The newly crowned Miss Universe is expected to do the same.

“We Venezuelans never tire. We made history today,” Mendoza said in a telephone interview with Venezuelan media after the event. “It was almost impossible, but Stefania did an excellent job.”

She admitted that at the moment of transferring the crown she whispered in the ear of Fernandez, “You made it, witch!” and gave her an affectionate pat on the backside.

Two other young women from Latin America made it into the top five: 23-year-old Ada de la Cruz of the Dominican Republic and Mayra Matos, 20, of Puerto Rico.

The top group also included young women from Australia and Kosovo.

Representatives of the Czech Republic, Switzerland, France, South Africa and the United States made it to the top 10.

Donald J. Trump and Stefania Fernandez, Miss Venezuela 2009, of Mérida, address  the celebration party in Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas.

Donald J. Trump and Stefania Fernandez, Miss Venezuela 2009, of Mérida, address the celebration party in Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas.

As the new Miss Universe, Fernandez will receive a monetary prize, the size of which has been kept confidential.

The top award also includes a 100,000-dollar scholarship to study acting at an academy in New York, a five-day vacation package in the Bahamas for two, a set of jewelry and a complete wardrobe.

But the main attraction for contestants is an opportunity to break into and establish themselves in the lucrative world of show business, organizers said.

“Women who seek the title of Miss Universe are driven by their desires to open for themselves new opportunities in the world of acting and entertainment,” Acirema Alayeto, president of Miss Latin America Organization, told AFP.

Each contestant was judged in three categories: swimsuit, evening gown and interview as they vied for the coveted title.

For the past two weeks, the women have been touring the various islands and participating in preliminary legs of the competition including the swimsuit presentation in Grand Bahama, a costume presentation, a fashion showcase featuring local designs and fabrics and a state auction dinner in New Providence.

The contestants have also toured other Bahamian islands, including Grand Bahama, Bimini, Exuma, Eleuthera and Abaco, visiting landmarks and posing for photographs.

As Hurricane Bill neared last week, several contestants expressed worries about their safety and the prospects for the competition, but the storm’s path passed far away from the islands.

The pageant, broadcast by the NBC network, was viewed by an estimated worldwide audience of approximately one billion people.

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Seafolly At Rosemount Sydney Fashion Festival 2009

Seafolly At Rosemount Sydney Fashion Festival 2009

Rosemount Sydney Fashion Festival 2009 - Sea Folly Swimwear-0801The beautiful weather outside the large marquee set a perfect scene for Seafolly to parade the catwalks at Rosemount Sydney Fashion Festival.
Being only the second show, the seats and the aisles around the catwalk were crammed with spectators keen to see the new trends in Summer swimwear.

Seafolly has always been a brand that is immensely popular with consumers and famed for it’s simple cuts and straight colours. It was no surprise to see that the very first foot to step on to the catwalk was Elyse Taylor, wearing a white bikini. Crisp, white swimwear of this type is a classic look which has come to be owned by the Seafolly label. Rosemount Sydney Fashion Festival 2009 - Sea Folly Swimwear-0914

Autumn and Winter saw everything from boots to bags adorned with fringing, this was also attached to this season’s Seafolly look.

After beginning with the classics, Seafolly marched all the cliques down the catwalk: floral prints, polka-dots, palm leaves and fluorescent frills. While these looks had all be seen before in one form or another, a jolt of excitement raged when a vintage-inspired boy-leg one-piece was seen.

Until this point, it seemed like Seafolly was staying true to swimwear conventions and catering to the wants of shopping-centre consumers.

Rosemount Sydney Fashion Festival 2009 - Sea Folly Swimwear-1048Now that all the expected designs and same Summer patterns had been shown, the Seafolly collection let loose with its prints: tessellated fluoro pinks and oranges were splashed across the catwalk. This exciting use of colour was labelled in the look-book as “Cyber”. The appropriateness of this name was observed when the mono-kini took the stage, the way the fabric was spread over the model with the pattern flowing down the body made this design look like something from the future.

While the Cyber series was a new direction for the typically white styled Seafolly to take, it held tight to the Seafolly rule that swimwear should be made to flatter the figure.

This rule was also seen in the introduction of swim-skirts to this year’s collection. The adorable ruffles circulating boyleg shorts brought back a high level of modesty to the bikini.

Resort-wear also featured in the Seafolly collection and continued to bring a sense of modesty to swimwear with a Rosemount Sydney Fashion Festival 2009 - Sea Folly Swimwear-0901black maxi-dress and several light-weight kaftan designs.

As the models made their way along the catwalk to an applauding crowd it was obvious that Seafolly had set a high standard of swimwear at Rosemount Sydney Fashion Festival. The Seafolly designers managed to showcase new ideas in swimwear and all the while stay close to the label’s tradition of inspiring confident and classy swimsuit wearers.

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Rosemount Sydney Fashion Festival: The Hottest Spot for Swimwear Fashion

Rosemount Sydney Fashion Festival: The Hottest Spot for Swimwear Fashion

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In a full length Jason Brunsdon dress composed of salmon pink, Stephanie Rice- Australian swimming legend- took a seat today in the front row of the opening event at Rosemount Sydney Fashion Festival. Brunsdon was not only the designer who adorned Rice’s athletic bodice; he is also the first designer on show at Rosemount Sydney Fashion Festival. The presence of Stephanie Rice at this event proved that Rosemount Sydney Fashion Festival, although more accessible to the public, is the premium place to observe the new season trends in swimwear. Alongside Jason Brunsdon, all the other designers who were on parade at Rosemount Australian Fashion Week will once again show off their collections. More excitingly, Seafolly, White Sands, Flamingo Sands, Jets by Jessika Allen and Lenny will be displaying their newest swimwear creations.


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BLK1 Weekly Swim Summary

BLK1 Weekly Swim Summary

There was plenty of drama in the world of swimming this week, resulting in a number of bans being imposed on various people and swim wear. First and foremost, Canadian swimming coach Cecil Russell has had his application for reinstatement rejected for a second time. Russell received a life time ban in 1997 for a doping infraction and initially was accepted. However under closer scrutiny by the CCES, it was found that Russell was convicted of conspiracy to possess ecstasy with intent to distribute and was sentenced to 4 years in prison in Arizona in March 2004, and as a result had the decision overturned. To the shock of many in the swimming world, some parents are still allowing Russell to coach their children.

The debate surrounding the new high tech performance enhancing swimsuits has finally been settled, well at the high school level anyway. The National Federation of State High Schools Association has officially banned the use of these super suits, effective immediately. They have also imposed tough restrictions on what swimmers can wear during competitions. Swimmers are now limited to one suit which must be permeable to both air and water and may not contain any zips or fasteners. For the boys they must not go above the waist or below the knee and for the girls it cannot go beyond the shoulders or below the knees, necks must remain bare. “The committee knew that in order to preserve the integrity, tradition and heritage of the sport, as well as protect and enhance the interscholastic swimming program, these new requirements were necessary to promote fair play and the educational values of high school and could not wait another year,” Becky Oakes, NFHS assistant director and liaison to the swimming and Diving rules committee, said in a statement.

ocean-swim-bondi-to-watsons-bay-2009-images-56On a far more personal note, Speedos or the beloved ‘budgie smugglers’, an Australian icon since their introduction in 1914, has recently been banned at popular European water park Alton Towers. In a statement from management, the reason behind this ban was to help avoid embarrassment among patrons and to promote a more family friendly environment with more aesthetically pleasing and less revealing swim wear on display.

On the topic of teensy weensy swim wear, ex bay watch star Pam Anderson will be in New Zealand strutting her stuff on the catwalk to promote her new line of enviro / animal friendly swimwear during New Zealand fashion week. But the question on everyone’s lips (including her publicist) is…. will the suits be too skimpy for the casually renowned kiwis?

But it’s not all bad news this week, at the Hobart veterans swim titles some fantastic and nail biting new commonwealth records were set. New South Welshman Adam Pine carried his good form into the final of the 100m butterfly, producing a powerful finish to win in a new Commonwealth record time of 49.71 seconds and taking nearly half a second
off his own record set last year. Earlier, 30-year-old Ashley Callus set an Australian record to finish the fastest qualifier in the 50m freestyle semis, clocking in at 21.06 seconds. Queenslander Emily Seebohm won the 100m backstroke with a time of 57.47 seconds, setting a new commonwealth record, and then moments later went on to set the fastest personal time in the 100m medley and was the only swimmer to break the minute mark. Victorian Sarah Katsoulis set a new commonwealth record of 29.61 seconds in the 50m breast stroke, beating club mate Leisel Jones. Thomas Fraser-Holmes put in a mammoth effort in the 400m individual medley, prevailing over fellow competitor Leith Brodie by 3 seconds. And finally Libbie Trickett qualified fastest for the final of the 100m freestyle.

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The Quest for Miss Universe 2009

The Quest for Miss Universe 2009

The Paradise Island Resort in the Bahamas

The Paradise Island Resort in the Bahamas

As one of the most publicised beauty contests in the world, attracting millions of viewers from all across the globe, the Miss Universe pageant will no doubt, be one of the highest anticipated events this year.

Taking place on the shores of Nassau, the Bahamas on a little island so-fittingly called ‘Paradise,’ the prestigious pageants’ 58th year looks as though it will live up to its reputation as the most popular pageant in the world.

First founded in 1952 by Californian clothing company, Pacific Mills, the Miss Universe pageant went on to later become one of Donald Trump’s many acquisitions in 1996, and has since developed into a worldwide phenomenon.

It is this phenomenon which Mr Trump and his organisers remain steadfast in promoting as ‘not just a beauty contest,’ but a culture-rich event which strives to include intelligent, well-mannered and confident women from all across the globe.

Each of these women vying for the coveted title will be judged in three categories: swimwear, evening gown and a one-on-one interview with the judges. If successful, the winner will find themselves catapulted into a life devoted to overseas charity campaigns, intent on creating public awareness regarding the control and prevention of specific diseases, in particular, AIDS, and seeking to improve the lives of others through the promotion and general well-being of others.

Of course, the winner also gets to call the Trump Tower, New York, home, during her year-long reign and is exposed to a world filled with countless opportunities and career prospects.

Since touching down on the Caribbean nation’s picturesque shores of Paradise Island, each of the 84 contestants will spend their time leading up to the final date, visiting the island’s abundance of beautiful locations, and making various glamorous appearances before the first official round of judging commences on August 16th, in which 15 finalists will be selected for the lavish August 23 event.

With Venezuela, the United States and Puerto Rico possessing the highest number of wins in the pageants history, it will be expected that Stefanania Fernandes (Venezuela), Kristen Dalton (USA) and Mayra Matos (Puerto Rico), will all reach the finals and be strong contenders for the coveted Diamond Nexus Labs Crown.

Local Townsville beauty, Rachael Finch, who recently came close to being devoured by a five metre crocodile, whilst doing promotion work at Crocodylus Park in Darwin late last month, is also a pageant favourite for following in the footsteps of 2004 Aussie winner, Jennifer Hawkins.

Sadly, there are a handful of past participating countries, which will not be competing this year, including Antigua and Barbuda, Chile, Denmark, Kazakhstan, Northern Marianas and Trinidad and Tobago, due to various issues such as lack of funding, sponsorship and general lack of national interest.

As is true of every beauty pageant, further fuelling the budding excitement and anticipation in the lead up to the event, a string of controversial events, which have sparked considerable media attention, have occurred. Apart from Japanese entrant, Emiri Miyasaka being opening criticised for her daringly revealing leather-clad national costume, in which her hot pink underwear was clearly visible, insulting many people from her home country, a row has also broken out between Bolivia and Peru regarding the name of Miss Peru’s national costume, “la Diablada,” which the Bolivians are claiming is a stolen manifestation of folklore which belongs to them.

Alas, all publicity is good publicity, and as the beautiful Paradise Island finds itself inhabited by another 84 rare beauties, the hype continues to mount as to who will take over the reign of Venezuelan winner, Dayana Mendoza and who, with flowers in hand, and diamond tiara on head, will find her world inextricably filled with bright, new possibilities and the lasting memory of a night she will never forget.

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A New Fuse of Pop and Fashion In Sydney

A New Fuse of Pop and Fashion In Sydney

With is music forming the base-tracks for Rachel Taylor’s new film Cedar Boys, Ray Isaac is making a name for himself throughout Australian music and fashion.

No stranger to the music industry himself, his song I Don’t Give A Damn was released through Ministry of Sound in 2007.  His follow-up track Such a Fool (EXM Records) is an all-consuming lyrical narrative that morphs quickly into a raw disclosure of modest insight. Thanks to these releases, the producers of Cedar Boys were inspired and handpick Ray’s tunes straight away.

His signature style expresses pain, love and redemption that moves fiercely between fear and functional and has placed him in a position to dictate his own brand of pop-infused soul.

While he’s not busy in the recording studio or performing at an exclusive function, Ray is investing his love for DJing at Sydney’s top bars and clubs.  Thanks to a soulful Las Vegas bravado, a strong sense for fashion and an ear for everything danceable, Ray is a force to be reckoned with.

2009 is the year to cement Ray Isaac’s place in an ever-changing music and fashion scene in which he has an insatiable hunger for, yet still avoiding contained statements of boundaries.

Below,  Ray can be seen modelling the latest men’s fashions from Stand.

Stand is a clothing label born in Las Vegas. In 2003, when Paul Field, CEO and creator of Stand was surrounded by the bright lights of Sunset Strip he thought of only one, simple, thing “clothes”. And from there, the Stand label was born to bring Vegas-style-glitter back to the fashionable haunts of Sydney.

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