FASHION+AID held their first ever FASHION+AID Sydney event at the exclusive Hyatt Regency last Saturday 14th October, hosted by renowned media icon James Mathison and Real Housewives of Sydney star Melissa Tkautz. 

The night was an infusion of incredible live music and entertainment, alongside show stopping fashion creations making their statement on the runway.

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Guests dined on a luxurious three-course meal, paired with some of the finest wines available, with the Leukaemia Foundation being this year’s charity beneficiary.

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After dinner guests were invited to the official ‘after party’ to continue celebrating fashion’s ‘night of nights’.

FASHION+AID’s first year on Sydney’s shores proved to be an historically unforgettable occasion.

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Nena and Pasadena Launch Party…

Words by Keti Kezunovic

Images Courtesy of ZS Design- additonal images Keti Kezunovic & Sam Tabone

Nena & Pasadena launched their Flagship Melbourne store last week in the fine company of flowing champagne, pacy tunes and of course their labelled NXP streetwear, a nod to their philosophy of freedom and chasing life adventures.

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The launch of the Melbourne store featured their new collection, along with their famous flight pant, which has gained cult-like status amongst its wearers.


This innovative fashion label, created by a group of best friends in 2010, is now appreciated by a range of iconic retailers both in Australia and around the globe. 

Nena and Pasadena.  Streetwear ‘created for freedom’.



There were a number of high profile guests soaking up the launch party vibes, including:

Campbell Brown (AFL)

Kurt Coleman (model)

Kylie Gulliver (model)

Leigh Montagna  (AFL)

Kieran Collins (AFL Western Bulldogs) & Cara Gates (Model)

Koby Stevens  (AFL St Kilda/Model)

Tahan Lew (BB / Model)

Stephanie Dixon  (The Bachelor & Model)

Sarah Maree-Cameron  (Fox FM)

Sarah Czarnuch (Model)

Sam Ludeman (The Voice)

Montana Farrah Seaton (model)



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Words by Sumaiya Rizvi

At the recent red carpet Media Launch, FASHION+AID announced they are partnering with Australia’s luxury boutique department store, Harrolds, who are set to showcase the world’s finest designers at this highly anticipated event to be held on 9th of September at the Crown Palladium.

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FASHION+AID 2017 celebrates it’s milestone 10th year anniversary, and is a benchmark event on the social calendar.

Harrolds is set to unveil some of latest designer master pieces and collections from Victoria Beckham, Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen, Balmain, Tom Ford, Comme des Garçons, Givenchy, Balenciaga, Valentino and Kenzo, to name a few.

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This year FASHION+AID will be hosted by Dave Hughes, with the Leukaemia Foundation the charity beneficiary for the live pledge. The event will continue with it’s groundbreaking tradition to forge the fashion, music and entertainment industries in support of a worthy cause. This will be a night to remember and is expected to be an exclusive sell out event.

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Tickets start from $350 per ticket, with general tables of 10 starting from $3,500 and premium tables of 10 starting from $4,500. But for the best seats in the house, you can opt for the VIP experience and take a front row table at $5,500.

The event offers a luxurious three-course meal, sipping on the finest wines, whilst witnessing one of the best fashion events of the year. And if you are up for more…there’s an exclusive ‘after party’ to be held at Bond Melbourne (@bondmelb).

**over 250 guests attended the launch at Bond Melbourne, hosted by Dave Hughes. Harrolds are the major sponsors for Fashion Aid 2017, along with Mercedes Benz and Pommery.

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Sumaiya Rizvi  (@melbourne_blog) is a Melbourne Events writer for The Australia Times Gourmet News and was a guest of Helen Reizer HRPR 

Her last article:  (July 4) – Interview with Acclaimed Chef Tobie PuttockTruffle & Charcuterie Celebration Prahran Market

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Herald the End of Winter with a Celebration of Light & Play

QV Melbourne’s Laneway Series launches with Light / Play

First Australian work from Danish artist Tine Bech

25th August to 10th September

QV Melbourne is thrilled to announce the QV Laneway Series: a seasonal program of ongoing interactive outdoor events, festivals and activations in the QV Square and surrounding laneways.

To launch the series, QV has commissioned globally acclaimed Danish artist Tine Bech to complete her first Australian work, which will be the centrepiece of a new interactive program of events called Light / Play. The celebration of light and play will herald the end of winter from Friday 25 August – Sunday 10 September.


With a PhD in ‘Play’, Tine Bech is a multidisciplinary artist who creates innovative interactive art that encourages participation and most of all, play.

Tine’s new work, entitled Colour Me Beautiful, will create a playful new environment for social interaction, experienced for the very first time at QV Melbourne. Tine Bech will visit Melbourne to premiere the new artwork, and will engage with Melbourne audiences as they interact and respond to her work.

Featuring five colourful runways leading to a vivid landscape of images, Colour Me Beautiful invites the public to play and perform. The interactive installation will capture images of audience members on each runway; live posting them onto a 5.8 metre by 3.2 metre multicolour screen. The work invites Melburnians and visitors alike to walk the coloured grass runway, strike a pose and be captured in a bright maze of colour. Participants in the work will each receive a link to their images to share their experience with others. Tine’s intention for Colour Me Beautiful is to exemplify and extend the play inherent in human connection through social sharing.

Transforming both the environment and human behaviour through the creative possibilities of play making, Colour Me Beautiful will transform the open air QV Square into an interactive digital art playground.

What: Light Play: an end of winter program of interactive events at QV Melbourne. Escape the last cold days of winter with an innovative and playful celebration of light and play – where colour, art, performance, music and food come together. FREE.

Where: QV Square, Level 2, QV Melbourne, corner Swanston and Lonsdale Streets, Melbourne

When: 25 August to 10 September, 2017
Colour Me Beautiful is available for participation 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with other activities and event times varying.


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