We came to the venue a bt early as usual to capture the BTS photos and rehearsals. It was hard not to notice that the whole team worked behind the stage hard and the crew was very friendly. I also noticed that so many friends assisted Lilian in her work to prepare the best event. There were lots of of relatives as well as very devoted friends who organised so many things for Lillian before her arrival to the venue. It is a pleasure I believe to support the woman in business who is positive and shares her love and knowledge with so many people.
Lilian fashion garments are made to order and include bridal gowns, bridesmaids war, flower girls and communion dresses as well as traditional Philippine costumes for both men and women. Her range also includes Filipiniana and Mestiza famous dresses together with any other dressmaking of your choice.
The rehearsals were rushed while the guests started to arrive at the gorgeous velue of the Golf Club with its spectacular landscapes and golfers challenging the grass covered and immaculately mowed curved lawns with their ball techniques. The event started while the delicious entre was served. The run show started and the media clicked their cameras endlessly. The guests were given choices of the meals which were amazingly tasty and cooked with love. There was not one unhappy face in the ball room.
The event's main purpose was to showcase Lillian Bermudez designs and the diversity of the style. Lilian showed her achievements in the last 20 years in fashion industry. It was an very warm anniversary. What really touched me that Lilian has so much support from her friends and family. Lilian had all her relatives on stage wearing her dresses and it was so moving for me personally my eyes were all in tears.
The event progressed to ts culmination when Lilian last collection was presented. It was a blast in my opinion as the beauyt of these gowns was beyond any possible expectations. The guests were standing up and applauding to each dress appearing one by one on stage. It was spectacular array of colors and designs with fabrics any woman would love to have in her dresses. The models were stunning to say the least. The models surrounded the stage closer to the end of the show and Lilian herself dressed in bright red color with super-sensational sleeves walked up the stage with her husband and kids. She thanked everyone who was the part of the show and came to support Lilian. Only at that time we realised that the number of guests was close to 200 probably or even more.
There were also competitions and raffles to win amazing prizes donated by companies and friends to Lilian's prize pool.
We were very happy and proud to be part of this show and sharing it with Lilian's friends and family.
Congratulations to Lilian personally for her success and what was the main thing: the loving company that surrounded her.
photos: Robert Wiliams
BTS photos : Natasha Marchev:
video: Hakam Soufan
NGV: COLLECTING COMME website review and photos: Susan Reynolds
Collecting Comme NGV Japanese creative designer Rei Kawakubo began Commes Des Garçon in 1969
The label is based in Tokyo and is also in the Place Vendome in Paris. Sought after by fashion conscious this label is worn today by top celebrities, particularly pop music glitterati just a few amongst them Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Drake and the list goes on. The high fashion flagship store is in Aoyama. There are concept stores Trading Museum Comme des Garçons and 10 Corso Como Comme des Garçons in Tokyo, and stores in Kyoto, Osaka and Fukuoka. Worldwide there are Comme des Garçons stores to visit ...there’s one in Melbourne!
The National Gallery of Victoria has been very fortunate by the generosity of collector Takamasa Takahashi to receive many examples of Rei Kawakubo’s work. Takamasa has also brought along his wealth of understanding and appreciation of the label he loves.
He discovered the unconventional work of Comme des Garçons in the mid 1970s. In the 1980s, he was wearing Kawakubo’s unisex and unstructured styles on the streets of Tokyo. In the course of the media opening Takamasa shared his favourite key pieces with distinct fondness. They reminded him where he was at the time in his life when they debuted in the 80’s. Mr. Takahashi has also contributed to educating others about the label with an “Insights into Commes” ebook.
The NGV successfully created a reconstructed space with raw materials and the appearance of a work in progress effect. The 65 outfits in this exhibition span over 40 collections. Included are examples of the work of two of the designers protégés. (The NGV presently has in its collection the largest body of work created by this label 100 examples and 30 key pieces 1981-2014.)
Mr Takahashi was present to talk about his favourite pieces in his collection and his fondness for the designer. Rei Kawakubo was influential in creating a business with 40 years of design imbued with revolutionary ideas about fashion as art and the intention for it to be worn creatively. Commes Des Garçon broke all boundaries of conventional fashion in the 80’s with holed materials unfinished hems, boiled shrunken fabrics, asymmetrical hems and shapes (the predominance of black debuted then as an essential look amongst creatives in the arts). The concepts revealed were principally about how fashion felt on the wearer and expressive of ideas out of the realms of conventional fashion. This designer is a true artistic force who questioned conventions and revolutionised how we clothe the human form in terms of thinking about clothing in a unique way.
LITTLE AND TEEN GLAM PAGEANT AUSTRALIA: GRAND CORONATION FINALS NIGHT 2019 website review and photos: Hakam Soufan
Hakam Soufan was lucky enough to be invited to the event. please browse his photos he shares today with all our readers. There is also a short review of the acts that took place at the event:
After welcoming the guests there was an introduction of candidate’s presentation. The Australian National Anthem was the reason for everyone to stand up and pay their respects to the Australian Government and Australian values. The candidates were all wearing their Australian and National Costumes
The master of ceremony was announced who kindly introduced the Panel of Judges. The MC also introduced Special Production with Zaebriel who sang "Fight" song with Glam Models 2019 as part of the fashion show. The event sponsors were also kindly acknowledged.
The main part of the event started with the candidates to show their NATIONAL COSTUMES and to do a self introduction.
The Minor Awards were announced: ⦁Netizens Choice Awards for Little Mr and Miss ⦁Best in Talent 1st, 2nd , 3rd Runner Ups for Little Mr and Miss
The MC also acknowledged the parents, the guests and the media partners.
There was a special performance shown by 3 of Harts (Chloe, Naomi and Ashley)
Part two of the event opened with the candidates showing in their casual wear: JEANS and SHIRT WEAR (Candidates to remain on stage for awards)
The Major Awards were announced and Little Mr and Miss Photogenic was awarded by Sam of Elegant Tography. The awards were for Best in National Costume after which the Special Performance was done by Little MİSS Junior Glam Australia 2018 (Yareli Montarde)
All the candidates changed and showed up in their SPORTS WEAR after which the MC announced the event VIP GUESTS
SPECIAL AWARDS were given to Little Mr and Miss Friendship and Little Mr and Miss Congeniality while the next Performer Marika, entertained the guests with the song and dance performance.
The candidates appeared on stage in their RAVE FASHION wear after which the awards were announced: . GIVING THE MINOR AND SPECIAL AWARDS ⦁Best in Sportswear ⦁Best in Catwalk
The event continued... with a special performance by Sophie Dalisay
all the candidates walked on stage in their LONG GOWN & FORMAL WEAR
The song was performed by Jared Lesaca to serenade the candidates
The Q & A portion part of the event started after that and then the dance was performed by Myles Crescini
The winners were all announced right after: ⦁AWARDING Minor and Major Awards ⦁Best in Rave costume ⦁Best in Evening Gown/Formal Wear ⦁Darling of the press by Dave Choo ⦁Darling of the crowd ⦁People’s Choice Awards ⦁Little Mr and Miss Glamorous
After this part of the event there was a special performance taking place and a Farewell walk of previous winners – Isabella & Dylan
The MC announced the Prizes and Awards and terms and conditions after which the Thank you Message from the producers was voiced
⦁Announcement of winners: ⦁Little Miss Glam Ambassadress 2019 ⦁Little Miss Glam Epitome of Beauty 2019 ⦁Little Miss Glam Achievement Award 2019 ⦁Little Miss Glam Image Mode Award 2019 ⦁Little Mr Glam Charity King ⦁Little Miss Glam Charity Queen 2019 ⦁Little Mr and Miss Glam Australia 2019 2nd Runner Up ⦁Little Mr and Miss Glam Australia 2019 1st Runner Up ⦁Little Mr and Miss Glam Australia 2019 Grand Winner ⦁Photo shoots with all the winners on their own, then with other candidates, then with the models/producers/committee, as a whole group, then family and friends
Candidate #1: Charlotte Tran Merrylands NSW Award: Charity Queen
Candidate #2: Stellah Roach Tamworth Awards: Miss Congeniality
Candidate #3 Rosarius Marks Melbourne VIC Awards: Darling of the Press
Candidate #4: Venice Lidden Arncliffe NSW Awards: Best in Rave Costume
Candidate #5 Jerlyn Rama Gubat Lalor park NSW Awards: Little Miss Glam Australia 2019
Best in talent Miss friendship Best in sports wear
Candidate #6 Alisha Hockings Merrylands NSW Awards: Best catwalk Little Miss Glamorous Best in evening gown People’s choice award Darling of the crowd
Candidate #7 Ajooni saini Ingleburn NSW Award: Epitome of beauty award
Candidate #8 Princess Janaiah Hular Condell park NSW Awards: Little Miss Glam Australia 1st runner up Ambassadress Best in talent 1st runner up Netizen award Best in national costume
Candidate #9 Jaime Rose Monterey NSW Awards: Little Miss Glam Australia 2nd runner up Miss photogenic Image model award Best in Talent 2nd runner up
Candidate #10: Bani Saini Ingleburn NSW Award: Achievement award
Little Mr Glam candidates:
Candidate #1: Seeyan Ricardo Concord West NSW Awards: - Little Mr Glam Australia 2019 Winner - Best in Talent winner - Best in Runway - Mr Friendship - Mr Congeniality - Netizens’ Choice Award - People’s Choice Award - Darling of the Press winner - Best in National Costume - Little Glam Charity King
Candidate #2 Ariyan Rezaei Carlingford NSW Awards: Little Mr Glam Australia 2019 1st runner up Best in Formal wear Best in Sports Best I Rave Costume Best in talent 1st runner up Mr Photogenic
Judges & their profiles:
Analieze Bella Newton is Miss Diamond Lifetime Ambassador for Miss Diamond International, Miss Classic Diamond 2018, Miss Social Media Queen 2019 and Miss Humanitarian 2019. Analieze resides in West Ryde, New South Wale and is a proud mother to her son Sean. Analieze does homeless feeding on weekends as her way of giving back to her community . Analieze works as a Senior Legal Secretary for a global firm.
Melinda Bernardo – proprietor and Education Consultant of Tagumpay Consulting & Services Pty Ltd
Chantelle Torres - 23 years old, Singer/Dancer, runway/fashion model and JDM car model. Performes at various charity events and concerts here in Australia and in the Philippines Miss Philippines Australia charity princess 2016 Former Miss Glamour Look and Miss Charity Queen Australia 2018
Mr Jordon King – reigning Mr Diamond Australia 2019 and Australia’s Best Pageant King – AGSA All the way from Tasmania, Jordon has raised over $20,000 for his charity The royal Hobart Chilre’s Ward and Also was featured on Australia’s Biggest News Show Channel 10’s – The Project
Kristine Papasin - Mrs Glamour Look International 2019, preschool Educator, yoga and tennis instructor for young people
Sue Turner - international beauty Queen of the year. Last year mrs Global international world. World Humanitarian ambassador. International social work ambassador. Multi media Awards International Ambassador
Josie Tan @ Megaworld - is a licensed realtor/licensed Mortgage Broker. Owner of Foremost Financial Services. Currently Senior Country Manager of Sales - Megaworld International Division Australia and New Zealand. Megaworld Corporation is the Philippines largest Integrated Urban Township Developer and Business processin`g office landlord. With close to 700 completed projects across the Philippines.
Tabulator: Kenneth Revadulla – just finished his double degree in Psychology and English Literature at UNSW, graduate with honors and tutors students during his spare time.
LITTLE MR & MISS GLAM PAGEANT AUSTRALIA 2019
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ART FASHION PROJECT CONVERGENCE - AN EXPLORATION OF ARTISTIC UNITY website review by Antonia Naarstig - Artist
“Convergence - An Exploration of Artistic Unity” 200 St Georges Terrace Thursday 24th October 2019
Caroline Christie-Coxon Keiko Uno Melissa Giroud Cook
The inner city Cloisters was an ideal venue for Convergence, reflecting the title and concept of the show; seemingly incongruous materials, themes, and styles can marry in harmony. The meticulously detailed crenelated red brick turrets and neo-gothic archways sat with quiet confidence amongst their overgrown, sky seeking, glass/concrete/steel children surrounding. Glamourous ladies festooned the light drenched venue, and just enough dapper gents to offer anchorage. A variety of nourishing wholefoods and refreshing beverages were served, not only from Howard Park Wines, but also from the Boatshed (Cottesloe Barbie would approve).
I did have a moment of initial panic when I observed a number of pairs of white sneakers being worn by aforementioned glamourous ladies and dapper gents. This was not on the invitation! One pair, as it turns out, by the very approachable abstract expressionist artist, Caroline Christie-Coxon. Had I not read the fine print? Fortunately, jewellery designer Keiko Uno’s opening address calmed my rising nerves as she explained the collaboration and true purpose of the event. All were adorned in wearable creations by fashion designer Melissa Giroud Cook; the penny began to drop.
Uno cited sun, sea, sky, sand, and general joie de vivre and gleeful engagement with nature to be driving three artists working in very different mediums to come together to create extended pieces. Now the colourful leggings made sense! I have to be very honest, from a young age I have shied away from any kind of activity that involves unpleasant exertion, particularly the wardrobe that accompanies said activities, a la Showing Off My Baby in my Active Wear (AKA smoking cigarettes in the bushes wearing school tracksuit while other girls actually ‘ran’ the cross country! Oh, how we laughed…) All this talk of dawn beach walks, scuba diving, and yoga made me tired and thirsty. Fortunately, rapidly, enter the African Queens and other assorted gorgeously naturally smiley models (my new French best friend in broderie angliase and I agreed the easy charm and elegance of all of the models was exemplary), strutting in stilettoes. Hallelujah! Wearing these bespoke items did not require (God forbid) ‘comfortable’ shoes or body contortions; enough hairspray and a leather jacket and I could see Debbie Harry owning these art fashion picks.
Christie-Coxon’s interior design background is evident in the bold and generous scale of her pieces. These images are at once overt statements and receptive invitations. Christie-Coxon has the skill to challenge the viewer and to put the viewer at ease, a skill I believe has likely taken years to polish. Her bright, colourful, abstracts hinge on process, and this energy is at the forefront- hitting between the eyes. Micro and macro space and land-scapes lie in the viewer’s eye, Christie-Coxon allows the observer to gently accept responsibility for what they see. I cannot help but think that there is an intangible philosophical thread here that extends from her Art Therapy study. She is not as calm as Rothko, not as lumpy as Rauschenberg, and not as rhythmic as Pollock, but one can see these influences rearing their heads in the epic wall pieces. I am reminded of Blake; “A world in a grain of sand”.
Impressing these designs on to fabrics that regulate body temperature throughout the life cycle of the garment, are ultra chlorine resistant, UV 50+, but best of all, locally made to order is Melissa Giroud Cook’s talent. Artistic, French maternal heritage interlaces through Giroud’s pieces; quirky embellishments of velvet, reflective panels, and a touch of racy mesh. I had a great chat with her seamstress, a lady of earthy tenacity and experience, and this warmed my heart to no end. The local facet, the almost cottage industry aspect, this is where the artists’ combined vision has a rock solid foundation. These ladies are not messing about when they state that they want to make a better world, starting from home. We are not outsourcing to China. I cannot find fault with the ideal, but moreover, I find it difficult to fault the execution. I quote Uno; “My conviction is that through recognising the unique talent that resides in each of us, to shine and share our light with the world, the world will become a better place.” I have said it before, it is easy for such platitudes to be declared, but to manifest is a triumph indeed. Keiko Uno’s award winning bespoke jewellery is the perfect accessory to stylishly compliment the fashion designs, as the mannequins flamboyantly displayed. From beach to boardroom, Uno’s pieces seamlessly cross the divide between day to night, corporate to carefree. This undertaking is lofty and an achievement indeed. Made to order or Prêt-à-Porter, Uno’s pieces are exquisitely crafted from only the finest metals, gems, and pearls, and her Japanese exactitude ensures that there is not a metaphorical hair out of place. She won’t put her name to anything less than perfection. These artists/designers are all so passionate, supportive, and driven to excel. I am grateful I get to turn up. To find out more; https://carolinechristiecoxon.com/ Home - Keiko Jewellery