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:: Spotlight :: Fashion Rocks

By: Carmine Pascuzzi

Fashion Rocks has been a successful event in England and America. It came to Melbourne's Crown Showroom on Saturday, March 13 and a great line-up of young Australian music talent joined forces with Australia's leading designers to present Fashion Rocks in Melbourne.

Proceeds of this event went towards the Kids Help Line and video highlights of the work that the charity does was shown to the crowd. The Kids Help Line Chairman Tony Smith spoke about the great work and the night ahead.
The event was hosted by Dylan Lewis and a catwalk was set out in a triangular shape to complement the musical stage. The first musical act was Mandy Kane and his music was played to the catwalk show that featured Nicola Finetti designs. The music-fashion partnerships on the night contimued with the following pairings:
Resin Dogs - Paablo Nevada and AG
Candice Alley (acoustic) - Lisa Barron
J Wess - Phillips
Cannon - Roy
The Morning After Girls - Jenny Bannister and Third Millennium
Katie Underwood - Ty & Melita and Princess Highway
Rogue Traders - Calibre

Then it was international music guest Lisa Marie Presley who rounded out proceedings with three songs to the designs of Wayne Cooper.

Unfortunately, the show's finale lacked the spark and oomph to properly showcase the designs and the event as a whole. The crowd failed to acknowledge the final walk by the models and the night ended without the required bang. Because this was the first event of its kind in Melbourne, organisers will no doubt learn from faults in choreography and set design, plus needing to attract a big rock act to finish the show as it should because the clothes on show were terrific.

PICTURES: (top to bottom)

J Wess with model during the Phillips parade
Wayne Cooper
Wayne Cooper
Singer Candice Alley enjoying the after-party with her manager and friends.
Katie Underwood - backstage fun (pictures by Ben Durrant)