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GC Fashion Week

Get front row tickets to local and international fashion shows over three days.

Fashion is one of our favourite things. That and food, which don’t really go together, but that’s why we’re the ones behind the screen isn’t it. Seems the rest of the Coast is quite fond of fashion too and excitingly, we get our very own festival to celebrate it.

GC Fashion Week is happening from November 1st (good day) to 4th and it’s going to be the very best one in the history of GC Fashion Weeks.

The program was released just now and it is jam-packed with eight showcases, highlighting the exceptional talent of Aussie fashion labels.

Under the expert guidance of Creative and Technical Director Andrew Claridge, the event is set to be unlike anything the Gold Coast has seen before with an elaborate production, models of an international caliber and a bevy of top Australian designers on show.

What a time.

On Friday November 2nd, the Retail Showcase will see popular boutiques such as Dissh, Substance and Janine Edwards show current trends by Asilio, Avery, Ixiah, Misha, We Are Kindred, Shona Joy and Thurley (to name a few).

Plus, the Swim Showcase will give you a sneak peek into brands like Mely Swimwear, Pink Punk, Wild Barra, Summer Addiction & Kynobi, Burnt Wolf, Salty Soul and Journe.

Saturday the 3rd of November will see the Emerging Designer Showcase, giving us a look at unique collections and designs from the best up and coming Australian talent.

Collections from Kortni Portia, Koda in Crimson, diploma students from AICD, Rare Muse, Platinum Plus and Catalina Dolls will take the stage.

There’s a charity and lingerie breakfast and exclusive runway show featuring international brands and some tasty treats. That’s on Sunday November 4th, as is the Community Showcase, which will show looks from previous events.

The entire festival is a celebration of both Queensland and Australian fashion and we think it’s going to be a pretty magical time.

Importantly, you can also expect great music, food and bevies, the Luxe Lounge, sponsor activations, interactive beauty stations and more. Yes please.

All profits from this event go to the Gold Coast Hospital Foundation to assist with cancer transport. Which is huge, and really great.

You can get yourself everything from reserved seating tickets to luxe front row with the added extra of a cruise aboard a luxury super yacht. How good.

We’re moving on up in the fashion world friends. See you at GC Fashion Week.

DATES: November 1st to 4th
LOCATION: Broadwater Parklands, Southport

Words by Kirra Smith

Coming into Fashion

A fashion photography exhibition is coming to The Arts Centre showcasing 100 years of stunning images from the likes of famed photographers Mario Testino and Helmut Newton.

The photography and vintage couture exhibition showcases all the glorious aspects of fashion photography you know and love – bold colours, creative combinations and perfectly placed models – and is, in our humble opinion, one of the most exciting things to grace our golden shores.

The exhibition also includes a selection of vintage couture fashion from The Darnell Collection – Australia’s largest private collection of fashion from the late 1700s to the 20th century. The collection’s custodian, author and fashion historian Charlotte Smith, has selected the finest and most iconic pieces.

Throughout the three months it’s showing at The Arts Centre, Coming into Fashion will screen a collection of fashion films and documentaries and host workshops and casual chats with people who know things.

One such chat will take place with fashion blogger royalty Amanda Shadforth, who you may or may not know as Oracle Fox. She’s the chicest of chic and she can be sitting in front of you on November 25th to share her (Ghandi-like) thoughts on the future of fashion.

In January, Fashion Forum will see international industry leaders come together to exchange ideas and experiences of the fashion variety, the likes of which us mere mortals can never imagine.

Oh, FYI Condé Nast is the media company responsible for publications like Vogue, Vanity Fair, Glamour, Brides, Self, GQ, GQ Style, The New Yorker and probably your sky-high credit card debt.

Style may never go out of fashion, but this show is for a limited time only so get it while it’s hot at The Arts Centre from November 25th to February 18th.

LOCATION: The Arts Centre, 135 Bundall Rd, Bundall
HOURS: Open daily from 10am to 5pm

Words by Kirra Smith.

The Undercurrent

9 local brands with Afterpay you can support from home

Olas Supply Co.

The world is in quite the state of flux at the moment, we’re being encouraged to stay home so as not to spread the risk of infection which of course means, local businesses may start to struggle. Where possible though, we should still be supporting them wherever possible and a good way to do that is by using online layby service Afterpay.

If you’re not familiar, Afterpay allows you to pay off your purchases over several weeks but get your goods straight away and we’re a little bit obsessed to be honest. In the interest of supporting the many clever, local makers around these parts and because of the world we currently find ourselves in, here are 10 Gold Coast brands offering Afterpay and may the self-control be with you. Happy shopping.

Duke The Label
Activewear for women of all shapes and sizes is our kind of activewear! With a mantra of ‘accept yourself, love yourself, keep moving forward’ the business is all about empowering and encouraging women and in beautiful, comfortable clothing no less. Best of all you can stock up because, Afterpay. Plus we could all use some time out in nature at the moment.

The Undercurrent
Living local and proud of it. The Undercurrent are in the business of tee shirts representing 10 local suburbs from Surfers to Cooly. Each tee is printed with a sweet graphic representing historical aspects of the area and designed by a local artist. It’s the perfect gift for anyone passionate about being a Coastie and visitors who might need a little nudge #palmyforlife.

Moss Living
If we have to stay home, we may as well be surrounded by beautiful, comfortable things right? Moss Living offers exactly that in the form of luxuriously, cosy clothing, beautiful linen sheets and quilt covers and pillow slips and all the things and it’s all absolutely stunning. If you’re in the market for some goodies, look no further than this stunning brand.

Drift Candle. Co
Okay so again if we’re staying home, home can at least smell good right? Drift Candle Co. has us covered for that with their collection of absolutely DIVINE candles including flavours like The Hinterland (pure magic and perfect for stay at home days) and Coconut and Tahitian Lime for a bit of uplifting goodness. We’re in love with all of them.

The Undercurrent, Gold Coast Singlet (image supplied)
The Undercurrent, Gold Coast Singlet (image supplied)

Cort Jewellery
Husband and wife team Ash and Dean Butt know what’s up when it comes to silver jewels. They hand make chunky rings of the signet and gemstone variety and pendants with cute little designs like cactuses, palm trees and peace signs. Some of us around these parts may have hands stacked with their pieces. Get some for the coolest cat in your life.

Valley Eyewear
Well haven’t Valley developed a cult following over the last few years. Another husband and wife team absolutely killing it, Michael and Tenielle Crawley have created an iconic brand with the coolest of eyewear. Their shades can be seen covering the eyeballs of your boy Chris Hemsworth and many other noteworthy celebs. Buy these fellas for someone who ain’t afraid to be noticed.

Mahiya Leather
Bohemian luxe fashion has taken over the world, fact. There are a couple of Aussie brands leading the charge and one such brand is our very own Mahiya Leather. Either online or instore you can nab yourself leather handbags and wallets as well as an array of floaty floral frocks and the like.  Because you deserve pretty things now more than ever.

Cedar & Stone Botanical
Plant based skincare has become quite the thing amongst the growing number of people passionate about both the planet and the products they put into their bodies. The Cedar & Stone gals are firm believers in ditching the chemicals and their range of skincare, teas and mists both smell delightful and work wonders. Choose these if you care about healthy living.

Olas Supply Co.
Born from a love of travel and adventure, Olas Supply Co. offer mens, womens and kids shirts, tees and overalls in casual, comfortable and cool-as-a-cucumber styles. Established in the last couple of years, Olas quickly became a fave amongst locals in search of the good life. Grab some threads for when you’re stuck at home but still want to look fab.

Words by Kirra Smith.

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