It was a very different kind of fashion tribe – the slinky cocktail set left by a fueled martini Valance Olympia – who took the elevators (much to the chagrin of some well-heeled neighbours) to the Crown Sydney’s brand new 88th-floor penthouse for Michael Lo Sordo’s show.
As fashion crickets slurped up Moet and caviar before settling into the plush $30,000 velvet couches for the elegant living room, not even a giant vase crashing onto the marble floor moments before the parade was not enough to derail the debates.
A team of butlers frantically cleaned up just in time for celestial production to begin, with models descending the staircase like Greek goddesses. Adorned with sparkling crystals and satins, they made their way through rooms as the setting sun dissolved over the harbour.
SPENDER TEAL’S THE CASE
Back at Carriageworks, the matrons of Sydney’s sewn society looked at their next holiday sets for their inevitable return to Amalfi during the popular Oroton show. Things were decidedly more complicated at the Nicol & Ford show, before becoming positively “ghetto” at the Eric Yvon parade of muscular men in mini jocks by the self-proclaimed “queer boy from Mauritius”.
Yvon borrowed heavily from the underground “ballroom” scene to stage his “sissy” extravaganza which, despite being one of the most popular shows, would have blown away conservative press commentators Murdoch already fuming on the toilet “all genders”.
Holding court in the front row of Yvon’s show was a statuesque beauty wearing what appeared to be an homage to the Tweety bird: a bright yellow bodysuit and matching skullcap. She turned out to be a performer from Melbourne Hayley Tanzer, a self-proclaimed Eurovision tragedy that was pushed back by Australia three years in a row. She ended up auditioning for the small European nation of San Marino, but was unfortunately unlucky.
Outside Carriageworks, the Uninvited Midshipmen showed up dressed as Christmas trees to hide with intent, endlessly parading up and down in hopes of being “discovered”.
Not that inside it was much better. The media center was teeming with social media influencers as former reality TV stars jostled to claim their front row seats, some barely clinging to the benches half a cheek given the The iron Throne-like antics to get a better place.
No such dramas to At Bianca Spender’s Refined launch show on Monday, however. PS spent the post-show celebrations interviewing his sister and aspiring independent ‘teal’ politician allegra on her next tilt as an independent in the Wentworth seat, once considered the bluest of the Blue Ribbon Liberal seats.
What would her late mother, the creative and devout liberal Carla Zampattinot to mention his father John Spendor late grandfather, Percy Spenderall faithful liberals, make of his ambitions?
“Mom always wanted women to stand up, for women to lead…to be politicians. She strongly believed that we needed more gender balance in parliament and in leadership. I know she would be 100% behind me,” Spender assumed confidently.
“Dad lost his seat to an independent. He said the Liberal Party has changed, moved to the right and does not represent the small l liberal values that I certainly grew up with.
And what will she be wearing on election day? “Well, it will be something from Bianca, but we haven’t discussed it yet…but it’s safe to say it will be teal!”
THE STARS DON’T SHINE
Unfortunately, in terms of “star power”, 2022 will not go down as a vintage. Previously we have seen jerry room, Bianca Jagger, Cate Blanchett, Linda Evangelist and Elle MacPherson for Fashion Week, although things have gotten thin in recent years, especially now with old regulars Jodi Gordon in rehabilitation. However, on Friday, the shy Melbourne socialite Nadia Bartel made something of a public comeback after her dramatic fall from grace last September over this footage showing the mother-of-two sniffing suspicious white powder.
Instead, it was left to the tastes of the former foreign minister Julie Bishop, Married at first sight been Nasser Sultan and by Kyle Sandilands ex girlfriend Imogene Anthony to soak up the limelight in the front row throughout the week.
Sultan was then seen seat-hopping, momentarily rushing for a spot next to Phoebe Burgesswho was clearly more interested in capturing smiley selfies.
It was a delicious moment to savor as the team from the all-new Harper’s Bazaar Australiadirected by the ex-Voguette and now editor-in-chief Jillian Davisonpositioned themselves just in front of their rivals at vogue australia and his boss Edwina McCannwho had just returned from his boss Anna Wintour‘s Met Gala in New York, where she shared a table with Miranda Kerr and Katy Perry. Talk about 10-pitch poker faces.
Clearly, it’s a tough life for Australia’s fashion magazine queens, who are also the fledgling industry’s biggest cheerleaders and have a huge influence on the prospects of young designers: McCann lamented the “terrible moment” of her premature departure from Fashion Week after just two days.
McCann, with Marie Claire’s Nicky Briger and Harper’s Davison, found themselves settled in business class on Wednesday morning as they left Sydney for California on an ultra-glamorous trip with Louis Vuitton, leaving their minions to cover the rest of Fashion Week. Apparently the bosses of LV – big magazine advertisers – “insisted” that they attend. Another champ, Pats?
THE INVESTIGATION CONTINUES
NSW Police investigations continue into assault complaint against aspiring political candidate and former special forces commando Heston Russell. PS revealed the investigation five months ago, but no charges have been laid.
A man claims Russell punched him during an argument at a private pool party in Sydney in January, after which the man and two bystanders provided witness statements to police. Russell denies hitting the man.
Friends of the alleged victim, who asked to remain anonymous citing fears for his safety due to Russell’s aggressive supporters, told the PS he was frustrated with how long it took.
Russell, who sparked a wave of controversy after selling nude images of himself on Onlyfans, has campaigned fiercely for his brand new Australian Values Party Federal Senate ticket, waging an exhausting social media attack and mainstream and appearing on radio, as well as writing opinion pieces in Murdoch’s accommodating press.
It was left to PS to provide additional coverage on Russell, such as the time he inadvertently crashed a $150,000 luxury BMW into an old friend’s Woollahra car stacker.
Well-connected Sydney political lobbyist Michael Kauter and her physician husband David Gracewere hosting Russell, along with a group of other friends, for a long lunch at their home in September 2020 when the car crash happened.
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