Friday, 14 March 2014


Spice Market, Melbourne - March 26th
Celebrating all things Fashion and the fight against HIV/AIDS

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If you're looking into attending a huge fashion week show, Fashion Connect 2024 is definitely the one you can't miss. Fashion Connect are celebrating all things Fashion and to fight against HIV/ AIDS. What better way to dress up and help raise money for charity!

An extravagant cocktail soiree that combines fashion and art whilst promoting and celebrating a new generation of talented Melbourne fashion designers, photographers, stylists, writers and of course bloggers like myself :) also little extra treats through out the night.

OC Communications and Events are proud to present Fashion Connect 2014, held at the lavish Spice Market, and part of the Virgin Melbourne Fashion Festival (VAMFF). Their Celebrity guest and MC is the beautiful Amber Renae (below) dressed by Aurelio Costarella.

The highlight of the night will be an intimate runway show featuring Australia’s top designers including: Craig Braybrook, Divya R, Et Al, Matcho Suba, Oscar Calvo, TSEN and top Melbourne retailer Hawkeye Vintage.

Craig has established himself as one of the most accomplished couture designers in Australia. A career spanning almost 30 years, has spent most of his working life perfecting his skills as a talented designer of bridal, racewear and evening gowns. Through the years Craig has won numerous design awards, including: Fashions on the Field Design Award at the 2009 and 2012 Melbourne Cup and bridal gown of the year, making him a sought after designer for Australia’s elite.  In recent times, Mr Braybrook has extended his design know-how to the television set where he was a finalist on Foxtel’s Project Runway Australian Season 3 series.

Inspired by her home country, Indian born designer Divya Rao’s contemporary pieces deliver effortless cool-girl appeal. Establishing her sartorial roots at India’s National Institute of Fashion Design, Rao gained invaluable experience as a dressmaker before furthering her formal training at RMIT. Her label Divya R was launched in 2012. The label focuses on quality and attention to detail embracing the journey of an individual encompassing ethnic style and contemporary glamour. Within two years, the collection is now expanding into seasonal ready to wear, from Australia to Singapore gaining international recognition.

Founded in 1987 by Christine and Les Doughty, Et Al has since cultivated a reputation for their unique signature aesthetic of relaxed tailoring worked back with the fluidity of soft drapery. Et Al manages to find the balance of cutting-edge designs with extremely wearable garments with a focus on refined workmanship and quality fabrication. In 2008, Et Al introduced designer Anthony Capon to the label. Capon was the Winner of television phenomenon Project Runway Australia Season 2 and the prestigious Emirates Melbourne Cup Design Award in 2010. His innovative androgynous designs and bespoke creations have built a cult following by enthusiasts globally. The success of Doughty and Capon’s collaboration is evident as Et Al continues to push their creativity by producing statement pieces with construction challenges, subtle yet well-considered detailing and garment wash treatments.

Matcho Suba, who was a Project Runway Australia Season 3 contestant, will fascinate and thrill you with his edgy designs. Creativity and all things beautiful are, and always have been, Matcho Suba’s passion. Matcho Suba spent years living in the UK and studying Art and Design, where he discovered a passion for fabric design and manipulation, and specialised in surface textiles and embroidery. Now based in Melbourne, Australia, Matcho Suba creates beauty from items that are unconventionally seen as beautiful. Mixing controversial materials to create unexpected garments and adding a little shock value to each collection along the way.

Oscar Calvo is a Melbourne based contemporary lifestyle fashion label founded in 2004. The design philosophy emphasizes customized, comfortable and precise fit combining luxurious premium fabrics and detailed construction across all offerings. Calvo’s designs allow the fashion-savvy man to distinguish himself from the pack as a trendsetter. The label offers pieces that allow the OC man to imprint his style and signature in any type of setting always looking his best. Oscar Calvo has become a frontrunner in the fashion industry in the last decade, receiving multiple prestigious awards including: Winner of the Myer Fashions on the Field Design Award at the 2013 Melbourne Cup, the top prize in the fashion category at the Melbourne Design Awards 2010, Victorian finalist at the Mercedes-Benz Start Up Program 2005, and Designer of the year at the Fed Square End of Year Designer Showcase 2005.

Designer Adam Tsen’s expressive style and passion for unique design shone through in his first collection of ready to wear. “In designing my first collection of garments I wanted to bring unique, well fitted shapes that capture the female and male form and make them accessible to the public”. Smooth, flattering, form fitting lines and sumptuous materials are the signatures of Adam’s collections of ready to wear fashion. He has also developed a new range of limited edition garments which are released periodically, they also have an ever growing cult following. This design philosophy has been acknowledged by many others and has resulted in both national and international awards. This combined with the numerous international awards he has won for his unique designs has resulted in a real buzz amongst Melbourne’s fashion set.

A new vintage fashion destination has arrived in Melbourne. Hawkeye Vintage and its curator Danielle Goodwin have set up a boutique in Greville St. Prahran. This well-heeled boutique reels in inner-city aesthetes and fashion purists with a blend of avant-garde styling and timeless vintage appeal. It plays host to some of the most renowned European designers in modern history, such as Gianni Versace, Tai Missoni and André Courrèges. It is comprised of clothing, hats, bags, sunglasses, jewellery and more with garments ranging from classic casual wear, including swimwear to corporate attire, cocktail dresses and elegant evening gowns. A must see for anyone with an appreciation for vintage designer clothing.

All designers will showcase their latest designs on the runway, but that's not everything. Fashion Connect will also feature a Burlesque Bombshell Miss Skopalova and Eccentric Dance Performances By Patrick Studios Australia! Now that's going to be a night to remember! 

On the night the dress code is EXTRAVAGANT! So pull out your feathers, prints, colours, glitz, glitters and sequins and everything else that will make you stand outta the crowd and help raise a great cause and also get extra spoilt with over $5000 of giveaways on the night! But get in early as the first 200 guests will be taking home a luxury VIP gift bag stacked full of high end goodies valued at over $250 - Can you say extremely spoilt! 

All Details:


Spice Market

Beaney Lane off Russell St.

(Adjacent Grand Hyatt Melbourne)

Melbourne VIC 3000


Wednesday, 26 March, 2014


7PM till late


Fashion Extravagant


Burlesque Bombshell Miss Skopalova

Melbourne’s hottest dance troupe by PSA
Runway Show: Anthony Capon, Craig Braybrook, Matcho Suba, Oscar Calvo, TSEN and top Melbourne retailer Hawkeye Vintage.



Includes: A selection of delicious Beverages & Canapés on arrival.

VIP Private Shanghai Lounge $60

(6 guests/$60 each) $360 Package

Includes: Premium Lounge for 6 guests, Canapés, 2 complimentary beverage& luxury VIP bag for each guest on arrival.
VIP Private Persian Room $70

(10 guests/$70 each) $700 Package

Includes: Premium Lounge for 10 guests, 1 personal attendant for the night (bar service), Canapés, 2 complimentary beverages & luxury VIP bag for each guest on arrival.

Proceeds go directly to the AIDS Trust of Australia.