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David Giles-Kaye to Step Down as AFC CEO

David Giles-Kaye to Step Down as AFC CEO

David Giles-Kaye is to step down as CEO of the Australian Fashion Council at the end of 2019 after 4 years in the role. A new CEO has been appointed by the board and will be announced shortly…

AFC AT NYFW SS20

AFC AT NYFW SS20

New York Fashion Week will see a host of AFC Members showcasing in runways and trade events this September. The AFC will also be holding a series of exclusive industry events during the week to celebrate our local designers and facilitate networking opportunities. With special thanks to Bluestone Lane, The Woolmark Company, the Australian Consulate-General in NYC, jac + bean, Handpicked Wines and Four Pillars Gin…

AFC | Indigenous Fashion Update

AFC | Indigenous Fashion Update

The recent Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair (DAAF) and From Country to Couture runway held in August this year has once again highlighted the incredible talent of our Indigenous designers and artists, along with the broader impact that opportunities in the Fashion industry can have for Indigenous communities. The event also saw the announcement of an exciting Industry initiative moving ahead in this space; The Inaugural National Aboriginal Fashion Awards to be launched in Darwin next year.

Can Artificial Intelligence Take Over Buying?

Can Artificial Intelligence Take Over Buying?

As an industry notoriously driven by intuition, luxury retailers are beginning to turn to artificial intelligence (AI) for demand-planning and inventory management. By mining social media, a host of AI start-ups are using user-generated content to track the rise and fall of fashion trends.

From Country to Couture | Meet the Designers

From Country to Couture | Meet the Designers

"From Country to Couture" celebrates the marriage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander contemporary fine art and high-end fashion. The success of the textile design movement in remote Indigenous communities has led to exciting collaborations with well known Australian designers. This year, DAAF are proud to present two spectacular shows on August 7th…

STRATEAS CARLUCCI | AFC Flagship

STRATEAS CARLUCCI | AFC Flagship

We were thrilled to announce earlier this year, that we’d be undertaking a new project; AFC Flagship, and that we’d be kicking things off with local Melbourne label Strateas Carlucci! AFC Flagship connects our renowned designers with temporary retail spaces to call their own, and tell their brand story. Thanks to support from the prestigious shopping destination St. Collins Lane, AFC Flagship came to life this March 2019…

The Melbourne Fashion Showcase | HK BoDW 2018

The Melbourne Fashion Showcase | HK BoDW 2018

The largest-ever international presentation of Victorian fashion is set to showcase in Hong Kong this December as part of Hong Kong Business of Design Week (HK BoDW), Asia’s premier design event! Running from the 1st-9th, the ‘Melbourne Fashion Showcase’ will see over 50 Victorian designers across three exhibitions and two showcases.

Think – Collaborate – Create | Melbourne’s BoDW HK Program Revealed 

Think – Collaborate – Create | Melbourne’s BoDW HK Program Revealed 

The largest-ever international presentation of Victorian design will be showcased at Asia’s premier design event, Hong Kong Business of Design Week (BODW) this December 2018 and we, the Australian Fashion Council, are thrilled to be a part of it!

AFC Curated | Back at MFW this September!

AFC Curated | Back at MFW this September!

18 AUSTRALIAN DESIGNERS. 8 DAYS. Thanks to Melbourne Fashion Week (MFW), you can shop 18 Australian fashion labels from across the country, under the one roof for 8 days this September, marking the biggest AFC Curated event yet!

Lane Crawford | Winners Announced!

Lane Crawford | Winners Announced!

Lane Crawford, Asia’s iconic luxury department store, have proudly announced Tom Fereday Design as the winner of their Creative Call Out, alongside 12 other runner-ups, hand selected by a panel of judges in Sydney earlier this May.

Meet | Flaunter

Meet | Flaunter

This week we caught up with AFC Member Gaby Howard, CEO and Founder of Flaunter, the Sydney based dial PR platform connecting brands with some of the best storytellers around the world...

The State of Fashion 2018 | Australia

The State of Fashion 2018 | Australia

In collaboration with McKinsey & Company, we were delighted to last week host an industry leaders’ reception to launch The State of Fashion 2018 report in Australia. Joined by MC Clare Press, Sustainability Editor-at-Large at Vogue Australia, and guest speaker Jack Calhoun, Senior Adviser at McKinsey & Company, the evening saw Jack share key insights on the trends shaping the global fashion industry in 2018, as well as how the Australian industry stacks up. 

Meet | Leila Naja Hibri from Helen Kaminski

Meet | Leila Naja Hibri from Helen Kaminski

We're thrilled to have Leila Naja Hibri, General Manager Sales & Marketing at Helen Kaminski, joining us alongside Dean World Cargo for next week's AFC Afternoon Session on Fashion Export in Melbourne!

BUILDING GLOBAL PRESENCE FOR AUSTRALIAN DESIGNERS

The Australian Fashion Chamber Chair, Edwina McCann signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) alongside the Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Julie Bishop MP, at a joint announcement, held at the University of Technology, Sydney. The MoU between the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and the Australian Fashion Chamber (AFC) demonstrates the Government is committed to working closely with the industry to ensure that it continues to drive economic growth and to reinforce Australia as being a world-class innovative and creative nation, which will, in turn, open doors to further trade and investment.

Australia has world-class fashion expertise, creative talent and high quality primary resources. The Australian fashion industry makes a significant contribution to Australia’s economy—around $12 billion annually—and employs approximately 220,000 people.

Through this MoU, DFAT and the Australian Fashion Chamber will work together to further strengthen, promote and develop Australian fashion and design. Together we will enhance global recognition of the Australian fashion industry, leverage business development, trade and investment opportunities, and achieve effective and sustainable development outcomes in the Indo-Pacific Region.

The AFC is the peak body for fashion designers and works to strengthen, protect and nurture the originality, influence and success of Australian fashion, both domestically and globally. The MoU signing marks the start of the official relationship between the Australian Government and the AFC, which will promote the Australian fashion industry in line with Australia’s economic diplomacy agenda.

“The agreement will help to enhancing global recognition of Australian fashion and further the AFC’s ambition to strengthen, promote and develop Australian fashion and design,” said AFC Chair Edwina McCann.

Through the MoU, DFAT and the Australian Fashion Chamber will work together to maximise the economic, cultural and development potential of Australian fashion.

AFC General Manager, Courtney Miller said “We are privileged to have the strong support of the Australian Government and to be able to nurture our future fashion leaders while leveraging business development, trade and investment opportunities.”

Members of the Australian fashion industry, along with AFC members, attended the MoU signing. Australian designers were showcased by four dancers from the Sydney Dance Company, costumed by Toni Maticevski, Dion Lee, Akira and Josh Goot, as well as models wearing macgraw, Aje, Bianca Spender and By Johnny. The AFC is possible thanks to the ongoing support provided by AMP Capital Shopping Centres, The Woolmark Company, Toni & Guy, MAC Cosmetics, Australian Reliance and Qantas, all companies recognising the importance of Australian fashion and the strong potential of Australian designers. We were also lucky to have Cape Grim as an event sponsor serving up the purest water in the world.

INDUSTRY REFLECTIONS ON ORGANIC COTTON

Influential fashion industry guests gathered on Wednesday 11th of June to hear Jill Dumain, Environmental Director at Patagonia share their story of major transition from conventional cotton to organic cotton at an industry symposium series, the Bsessions.
With guests from TOMS, David Jones, Pacific Brands, Aje, Spell Design, Kit X, General Pants, ByJohnny, Apparel Group, FBI Fashion College, Haryono Setiadi and TopShop to name a few, the evening challenged the use of conventional cotton within the paradigm of the local apparel industry by sharing Patagonia’s story of transition.
The event was presented by Patagonia, supported by The Australian Fashion Chamber and developed to inspire inter-industry collaboration and act as a catalyst for change. 
This is what they had to say.

 

More info on organic cotton

Textile Exchange-definitive expert organization around organic cotton

www.textileexchange.org

Global Organic Textile Standard-processing standards and traceability standards for organic cotton

http://www.global-standard.org/

Fair Trade USA-access to organic cotton growers, mills and sewing factories

http://fairtradeusa.org/

Texas Organic Cotton Marketing Coop-distributor of organic cotton bales to spinners

www.texasorganic.com

Sustainable Apparel Coalition-more general sustainability issues in the apparel industry

www.apparelcoalition.org 

Organic Cotton Dinner with Patagonia

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Last Thursday evening, 11 June 2015, Patagonia presented an insightful talk on their story of transition from conventional cotton to organic cotton in an intimate industry event. The talk, supported by The Australian Fashion Chamber, was presented by Jill Dumain, Director of Environmental Strategy at Patagonia and opened by Edwina McCann who stressed the importance of an open conversation about organic cotton within Australian fashion.

As part of an industry symposium series titled the Newromantic Bsessions, the talk aimed to develop inter-industry collaboration and increase knowledge of utilising organic cotton within the industry, in order to inspire positive change within Australian fashion.

The talk informed industry leaders about the positive impacts of using organic cotton, which currently only represents 1% of the world’s cotton supply. Conventional cotton, on the other hand, accounts for 47% of the world’s textile needs despite its heavy reliance on environmentally damaging pesticides. Patagonia, who are at the forefront of the innovative organic cotton movement, urged guests to help make the future of cotton cleaner and greener.

More info on organic cotton

Textile Exchange-definitive expert organization around organic cotton

www.textileexchange.org

Global Organic Textile Standard-processing standards and traceability standards for organic cotton

http://www.global-standard.org/

Fair Trade USA-access to organic cotton growers, mills and sewing factories

http://fairtradeusa.org/

Texas Organic Cotton Marketing Coop-distributor of organic cotton bales to spinners

www.texasorganic.com

Sustainable Apparel Coalition-more general sustainability issues in the apparel industry

www.apparelcoalition.org 

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THE AUSTRALIAN FASHION CHAMBER CELEBRATES ITS FIRST YEAR

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THE AUSTRALIAN FASHION CHAMBER CELEBRATES ITS FIRST YEAR

The Australian Fashion Chamber hosted a celebration last night, Monday 25 May 2015, at the AMP Building in Sydney’s CBD to mark the first year of the organisation and celebrate a dynamic year for the Australian fashion industry.

Guests included the Australian Fashion Chamber board, including Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Australia Edwina McCann; Deputy Chair and Editor of Harper’s BAZAAR Australia Kellie Hush, as well as Australian Fashion Chamber members including Camilla Freeman-Topper and Marc Freeman of Camilla and Marc, Dion Lee, Bianca Spender, Michael Lo Sordo and Luke Sales and Anna Plunkett of Romance Was Born.

Highlights from the evening included a performance from Jessica Mauboy and a model presentation featuring the designs of Australian Fashion Chamber members Romance Was Born and RACHELALEX, complemented by TONI&GUY hair and MAC makeup.

The first twelve months of the Australian Fashion Chamber has reached several key milestones including its first Designers Abroad initiative, hosted at the Australian Embassy in Paris, during Paris Fashion Week in February; training seminars in Sydney and Melbourne featuring keynote speaker Jean Paul Gaultier in October 2014; and a series of educational seminars held in conjunction with tertiary institutions across New South Wales and Queensland.

“The support that the Australian Fashion Chamber has received over its first year has solidified how necessary a representative body is for our industry”, said Australian Fashion Chamber Chairman Edwina McCann. “We are continuing to work with our government bodies, with industry organisations and with designers themselves to ensure that Australian fashion receives the support it needs to thrive on a local and international level”.

The event was also an opportunity for the Australian Fashion Chamber to celebrate its partnerships with key sponsors AMP Capital Shopping Centres, The Woolmark Company , MAC Cosmetics, Toni & Guy, Australian Reliance and Qantas. “We are incredibly proud of our partnership with the Australian Fashion Chamber; it is a way for us to support Australian designers and the future of our local fashion industry” said Bryan Hynes Managing Director of AMP Capital Shopping Centres.

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More Information about the Australian Fashion Chamber

The Australian Fashion Chamber is a representative body for Australian designers and the Australian fashion industry. After its launch of membership in July 2014, the members of the AFC represent the brightest design talent within the industry. The AFC has been structured under a constitution in which the board of directors will be elected by members at three-year intervals. The current board of directors have come together to volunteer their time as part of their passionate support of the industry, bringing varied skills and experience.

The board of directors, led by Edwina McCann, Chair of the AFC and Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Australia, and Kellie Hush, Deputy Chair of the AFC and Editor of Harper’s BAZAAR Australia include:

Directors

Glen Schlehuber, Managing Director - Oceania, Tiffany & Co. Justin Cudmore, Partner, Marque Lawyers Leanne Whitehouse, Managing Director, Whitehouse Institute of Design Malcolm Carfrae, Global Head of Communications, Public Relations and Media, Ralph Lauren International. Melissa Grace, General Manager – Marketing and Communications, The Woolmark Company

Alicia Kemp, Fashion Category Executive, AMP Capital Shopping Centres Alison Veness, Editor and Publisher, 10 Magazine

Anthony Kendal, Global Communications Director, MyTheresa.com Carla Zampatti AC, Executive Chairman, Carla Zampatti Pty Ltd

Karen Webster, Deputy Head of Fashion and Textiles, RMIT University Roy Green PhD, Dean of UTS Business School, University of Technology Sydney Siobhan McKenna, Managing Partner, Illyria

General Manager

Courtney Miller

The AFC would not be possible without the integral support of AMP Capital Shopping Centres, The Woolmark Company, MAC Cosmetics, Toni & Guy, The Australian Reliance and Qantas.

http://www.australianfashionchamber.com

Instagram: @afashionchamber Hashtag: #AUSfacesFASHION