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:: Spotlight :: Rosemount Australian Fashion Week 2009

By: Carmine Pascuzzi

Rosemount Australian Fashion Week (RAFW) Spring Summer 2009/10 will take place from April 27 to May 1, 2009 against the spectacular backdrop of Circular Quay. A selection of Australia and the Asia Pacific’s best designers will present their collections to some of the world’s most significant members of the fashion industry. RAFW is an exclusive industry-only event, made accessible to registered buyers, agents, media, stylists and other fashion industry representatives.

Located at the Overseas Passenger Terminal (OPT) in Sydney, the official five-day schedule will feature designers in on-site and off-site Collection Shows, RAFW Agent Designer Suites at The Westin Hotel, Emerge and The Boutique Showrooms. The Overseas Passenger Terminal (OPT) – at Sydney’s Circular Quay, the gateway to one of the most beautiful harbours in the world, will host this year's event. The precinct boasts history, arts and entertainment, fine dining and shopping, and can be accessed via ferry, taxi, bus or train. By train or ferry – just head to Sydney’s Circular Quay station and take a short five minute walk to the venue or by bus you can come down George Street and be dropped off a minute away. Taxis can drop you off at the door or if you want to drive simply park at near by parking stations.

The OPT will host a number of RAFW elements including on-site Registration, Media Centre, Collection Shows, Emerge and The Boutique Showrooms. The Westin Sydney is the official five-star hotel located minutes from the OPT and will host the RAFW Agent Designer suites. The Westin Sydney also offers discount VIP accommodation.


April 27
8:00AM - Registration Opens
10:00AM - Emerge, Boutique Showroom and Agent Designer suites OPEN
10:00AM - Camilla and Marc The Opt
11:00AM - Bec & Bridge The Cargo Theatre
12.30AM - Ginger & Smart The OPT
2:30PM - Women's Ready to Wear # 1: The OPT
Annah Stretton
Su Design
3.30PM - Arnsdorf The Cargo Theatre
5:00PM - Wayne Cooper The OPT
6:00PM - Therese Rawsthorne The Cargo Theatre
7:30pm - Nicola Finetti The OPT
7:30PM - Emerge, Boutique Showrooms and Agent/Designer suites CLOSE
8:30PM - MAC Special Event (Invitation only)

April 28
9:00AM - Dion Lee Off Site
10:00AM - Emerge, Boutique Showroom and Agent/Designer suites OPEN
10:00AM - Zimmermann The OPT
11:00AM - Manning Cartell The Cargo Theatre
12:30PM - Zambesi The OPT
2:30PM - Men's and Women's Ready to Wear: The OPT
St Augustine Academy
3:30PM - Illionaire The Cargo Theatre
5:00PM - Ant!podium The OPT
6:00PM - Alpha 60 The Cargo Theatre
7:30PM - Diet Coca-Cola Little Black Dress Show The OPT
7:30PM - Emerge, Boutique Showrooms and Agent/Designer suites CLOSE
8:30PM - Ellery Off Site

April 29
9:00AM - Konstantina Mittas The Cargo Theatre
10:00AM - Emerge, Boutique Showrooms and Agent/Designer suites OPEN
10:00AM - Kate Sylvester The OPT
11:00AM - Aurelio Costarella The Cargo Theatre
12:30PM - Dhini | Gail Sorronda The OPT
2:30PM - Swim Group Collection Show: The OPT
White Sands
Kini Bikini
April Marie Swimwear
3:30PM - Marnie Skillings The Cargo Theatre
5:00PM - TV The OPT
6:00PM - Jayson Brunsdon The Cargo Theatre
7:30PM - Kirrily Johnston The OPT
7:30PM - Emerge, Boutique Showrooms and Designer/Agent suite CLOSE
8:30PM - Willow (invitation only) Off Site
9:30PM - Grand Social Presents “The Escape” (Invitation only)

April 30
9:00AM - Romance Was Born Off Site
10:00AM - Emerge, Boutique Showrooms and Agent/Designer suite OPEN
10:00AM - Lisa Ho The OPT
11:00AM - Beat Poet The Cargo Theatre
12:30PM - The Innovators, Fashion Design Studio, TAFE NSW S.I: The OPT
Christian Lines
PUN by Seema Pun
Rachel Sherwood
Soeli Pedrozo
2:30PM - Ready to Wear # 2: The OPT
Leigh Schubert
Gina Kim
Eduardo Calucag
white kitten by Pia Gladys Perey
3:30PM - Sara Phillips The Cargo Theatre
5:00PM - Gary Bigeni The OPT
6:00PM - Juli Grbac The Cargo Theatre
7:30PM - Karla Spetic The OPT
7:30PM - Emerge, Boutique Showrooms and Agent/Designer suites CLOSE
8:30PM - sass & bide Special Event (Invitation only) Off Site

May 1
9:00AM - Christopher Esber Off Site
10:00AM - Emerge, Boutique showrooms and agent/designer suites OPEN
10:00AM - Anna & Boy Rosemount Wine Bar
11:00AM - Magdalena Velevska The Cargo Theatre
12:30AM - Michael Lo Sordo The OPT
2:30PM - New Generation: The OPT
By Weave
Emma Milikins
LAB | Local Art Base
Miss Unkon
Nana Judy
3:30PM - The Cassette Society The Cargo Theatre
5:00PM - Fernando Frisoni The OPT
5:00PM - Emerge, Boutique Showrooms and Agent/Designer suites CLOSE


**Pictures from the week**

Miss Universe Australia Rachael Finch at the Jayson Brunsdon parade
Jennifer Hawkins gets attention at the Jayson Brunsdon parade
Kristy Hinze was also a popular figure at the Jayson Brusndon parade
Talenti made its presence felt at Emerge


**Grand Social party at theclub**

Theclub at Kings Cross hosted a party for the Grand Social, a network of young fashion designers. The Grand Social presented “The Escape” and brought a touch of Milan to RAFW as the creator of the Punks Wear Prada fashion party in Milan, Natasha Slater, flew in for the week to hit the decks for one of the most talked about events on the RAFW schedule.

The Grand Social provided an escape from the usual cocktail parties and fashion parades and encouraged the fashionistas to let their hair down with a unique transformation of the venue.
More about the Grand Social can be seen here

Pictures from the night.

the setting inside theclub
JC Abouchar, DJ Natasha Slater & Nick Gower
Jacqui Alexander, Zac, Tali Roth
Damien Walshe-Howling Charlotte and Bridgette Holmes a Court
Amanda Howie & Sarah Mainprize Lisa Nguyen
JC Abouchar, Pip Edwards & Trent
Violent Poison & Epic Rose Tom Bunting & Nathan Sullivan
Kara and Ellen
Christina Hallett (left) and friend model Monique


**Zaicek after party**

designer Brent Zaicek with Margaret & Solomon Haumono
Kate Muir and Ben Rawling
Sophie Haig and Aaron O'Brien
Jason Rhee and Oliver Bowler play Wii boxing
Natalie Schembri and King Kapisi
John Shaw and Kate Muir


**Miss Unkon parade**


**Dizingof parade**