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:: Spotlight :: Fashion Exposed & preview 2006

By: Carmine Pascuzzi

FASHION EXPOSED and preview, Australasia’s most successful Fashion Trade Fair will return to the Melbourne Exhibition Centre from September 3-5, 2006.

Presenting the latest collections for Autumn Winter 2007, over 650 exhibitors will take part in FASHION EXPOSED whilst the co-located designer fair preview, created to meet the needs of boutique and department store buyers, will offer some of Australasia’s most sought after new and established designer labels.

Held in conjunction with FASHION EXPOSED and preview, a series of fashion and interior, colour forecasting seminars will be re-introduced to the trade fair over two key dates of the fair. Aimed at industry professionals, the seminars have been re-introduced adding value to those buyers and exhibitors attending the trade fair.

Four not-to-be-missed trend seminars are scheduled to take place over two days during the fair. Held within an auditorium at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre, each seminar will accommodate up to 300 people and will run for one hour.

Seminar 1
Monday, September 4: 9.30am – 10.30am
Jo Anne Jenkins of Jenkins UK will give an exclusive international insight into the four key umbrella trends driving the direction of Autumn/Winter 2007/2008.

Seminar 2
Monday, September 4: 11.30am – 12.30pm
Fashion Group International Trend Forecast
Hear from a panel of industry experts interpreting the FGI forecast of seasonal trends and their relevance to the Australian market.

Seminar 3
Home Fashion Exposed Trends
Tuesday, September 5, 9.30am – 10.30am
Mr Chris Stone, Chris Stone Designs
A look at the best of new Australian ideas and trends for the future home, as well as a review of the important palettes for winter 2007/8.

Seminar 4
Global Colour Styles
Tuesday, September 5, 11.30am – 12.30pm
Mr Tony Bannister, Scout
SCOUT presents a series of seasonal Colour and Trend Forecast Reports on Women’s Wear, Men’s Wear and Accessories, showcasing the hot new looks of the season.

Pre-booking is essential and tickets are $44 each (Incl GST). Registration forms are available through the official website and must be accompanied with payment.


Growing rapidly over the past two years, Childrenswear will continue to be an important area for visiting buyers at Fashion Exposed. From both a national and international perspective, visitors can expect to see some of the finest childrenswear labels available today.

Many successful international brands are now creating miniature versions of their best selling designs, in particular cult denim labels 7 for all Mankind, True Religion, Frankie B and C&C California who will all be showcasing their childrenswear ranges for the first time.

Italian label Monnalisa Spa will present a striking collection featuring stunning Italian styling for children aged 0 - 12. Monnalisa has a long and successful heritage in Europe with the company starting way back in 1968.

Closer to Australia, whimsical label Littlehorn was established by mother of three Anita Horn-Cosgrove. This collection skilfully combines delicious coloured printed textiles with sweetly eccentric and unusual graphics. The range includes clothes for boys, girls and infants.

A fashion icon in both Australia and her homeland of New Zealand, Trelise Cooper’s new range for girls will launch at Fashion Exposed. The collection captures the age of innocence in a magical collection for girls between 2 and 8 years.

Additional childrenswear labels taking part in FASHION EXPOSED will include Alphabet, Ducklane, Penny Scallan, Western Chief, Snugglebum, Petunia Pickle Bottom, Eggheads, Moppit, Soon Melbourne, Nesting, Fish Lily and Elodie & Elvis amongst others.


A Russian princess and the glories of the Moghul Empire. The romance of 17th century Venice fused with futuristic Japanese drama. Ultra-feminine party girls and cool, arty sophisticates. Rustic Spanish charm and
Parisian elegance.

The themes will come to spectacular life when one of the premier attractions at Fashion Exposed + preview is presented at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre on Monday, September 4.

Seven hand-picked talents from Melbourne, Sydney and Perth, will unveil their Autumn-Winter 2007 collections in the prestigious Preview Designer Show.

Two will be launching new labels. Quoc Luu, who has designed for Alannah Hill for the past decade, is set to blitz with his own luxury label, Zenzero. And award-winning young talent Lyndel Yeo will formally launch Miss Lyndel Yeo.

Joining them will be fellow Melburnians Akshay Shah (Panache), Sprinkle and Naomi Tettmann (Ente), plus Sydney's Justine Davis (Davis Eyes) and Perth's Amanda McKenna (Mandi Mac).

They add up to a group of multi-talented designers whose expertise extends to the visual and performing arts. The gifted seven also reflect Australia's vibrant multi-culturalism, with several drawing for inspiration from rich ethnic backgrounds, and overseas travel and experience.

Their collections will provide a stunning preview of Autumn-Winter 2007, with new season trends ranging from Ente's edgy classicism to Panache's exotic delights hand-crafted at India's leading embroidery workshops.

Some 8,000 delegates, including a sizeable contingent of international buyers, have registered for the three-day event which ranks as Australasia's largest and most comprehensive fashion fair.

The Preview Designer Show will be presented at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre, Southgate, on Monday September 4 at 11am sharp. Trade and media only. Free entry, but registration is essential.