2018 sees BT Runway enter its sixth year. This exclusive, invitation-only event will feature eight of Australia’s top designers and showcases leading design talent through our BT Emerging Fashion Designer Award.
The event will be held on Wednesday 28 March 2018 at the Royal Hall of Industries, Moore Park, Sydney. BT continues to partner with Vogue Australia and the Australian Fashion Council and we are proud to be able to support young talent in this leading Australian industry.
We are delighted this year to support Dress for Success, the organisation that helps disadvantaged women to find employment through providing professional work attire, coaching and mentoring services.
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Tending towards a more classic aesthetic, Marina Afonina's label Albus Lumen (meaning 'white light' in Latin) was a reaction to a gap in the Australian market for luxury resort wear with a premium placed on effortlessness. Simple shapes and classic modernity create subtle yet striking contrasts.The label uses only natural, quality fabrics such as silk and cotton linen blends and is realised in artful drapery and deconstructed utility.
With influences that include Slim Aarons book Poolside and vintage photographs of Brigitte Bardot in St- Tropez and Romy Shneider in "The Swimming Pool" movie set, Afonina explained the label’s mood as a minimalist traveller heavily inspired by European Summer. Albus Lumen aesthetic is uncomplicated luxury and effortless style. The label was launched in mid-2015 and celebrity wearers include Elle MacPherson, Lara Worthington, Tessa James, Elsa Pataki and many more.
Double Rainbouu was founded by Mikey Nolan and Toby Jones (formerly creative directors of Ksubi) in January 2016. Boasting resort wear for beach babes and pool punks, the label began with the idea of being relatively simple – focusing on classic shapes and simple fabrics but ramping up the volume on the prints.
Starting with five different styles of Hawaiian-inspired printed shirts, it has now expanded to include knitwear, slouchy trousers, board shorts, and bathing suits, bridging the gap between beachwear and playful contemporary fashion.
Celebrity wearers of the brand include Kendal Jenner, Justin Bieber, Wiz Khalifa, Jarred Letto, Anderson Paak, Migos, Baz Luhrmann, Peter Garrett, Super Duper Kyle.
Sydney based designer Anna Hoang is an emerging Australian designer who believes everyday clothes should be special. Anna Quan is derived from the designer’s first and middle names. The label is responsible for reinventing the classic white shirt and pushing tailoring boundaries. It has been making the now top-selling Anne shirt since 2014.
Specialising in tailoring and using the finest fabrications, Anna Quan focuses on subtle details that ultimately makes the garment unique, whether it be well executed fit, perfectly placed pockets, faultless lining or exaggerated sleeves.
Celebrity fans include Kendall Jenner and Karlie Kloss and the designer’s work is regularly featured by street style bloggers such as Camille Charrière and Yoyo Cao.
Dress for Success’s mission is to promote the economic independence of women in need by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and life.
Dress for Success Sydney believes that helping women secure and retain employment is central to improving the quality of life for themselves, their families and the community.
They help to provide interview outfits, career support services, one on one coaching and a week’s worth of professional clothing once clients find a job.
Visit sydney.dressforsuccess.org to discover how you can help increase the employability of women in need by donating clothing, supporting the organisation, volunteering or helping in other ways.
Bianca Spender is forging a reputation for intriguing modern clothes with a fiercely independent attitude. Her designs are known to mix structure with fluidity, resulting in looks which are sophisticated and spirited.
Of paramount importance to Bianca in the design process is finding a sense of balance. With references ranging from art, nature and music to fashion through the ages, Bianca seeks a new modernity. Clothes that combine both intelligent constructions yet have ease and movement have become her signature. With a fresh approach, Bianca Spender's eye for detail and strong focus on shape, form and tailoring has given her a distinct style that is gaining a discerning and loyal following. Bianca Spender is the daughter of iconic designer Carla Zampatti.
Since its launch in 2003, CAMILLA AND MARC has become the local star in luxury womenswear. Brother-sister duo Camilla Freeman Topper and Marc Freeman identified and established a sophisticated tone that reflects the ease of the Australian lifestyle, allowing them to build a brand ethos that is at once contemporary and effortlessly elegant.
The evolution of the CAMILLA AND MARC brand has been a carefully considered process. Important foundations were put in place early on, by nurturing the key message of the brand – luxurious, high-end fashion for discerning consumers– and by establishing what would be the signature product offerings: luxe party wear, classic tailoring and separates. Whilst perfecting the process, CAMILLA AND MARC garnered an enviable fan base of stylish young women – such as Kristen Stewart, Kate Bosworth, Kirsten Dunst and Rose Byrne.
Born and raised in South Africa, Carl commenced his career as a tailor apprentice in Cape Town. This invaluable experience laid the foundation for the excellence in cut and construction that the Carl Kapp brand is renowned for amongst its loyal clientele.
The Carl Kapp studio is based in Sydney and has recently celebrated its 10 year anniversary. All garments are made by an expert team of tailors and seamstresses in Australia. Carl's true obsession lies in fabrics, which are sourced from Italy, France and Switzerland. Many fabrics are especially hand-woven for Carl in unusual textures and colours. All of the fabrics selected have a luxurious handle, with a preference for natural fibres. Carl is an accomplished colourist, developing and combining the best tones of each colour to striking effect.
The Carl Kapp woman loves the luxurious aesthetic, unique fabrics and superior cut and finish. The brand has a loyal following for sharp tailored suiting, structured dresses, relaxed silk separates, as well as strikingly simple evening wear.
Carla Zampatti is Executive Chairman of Carla Zampatti and is a board member of the Australian Multicultural Foundation, the European Australian Business Council, Sydney Dance Company and Scalabrini Village. She is also former Chairman of the SBS Corporation, a former trustee of the Sydney Theatre Company Foundation Trust and a former director of several boards including Westfield Holdings and McDonalds Australia.
Born in Italy, Carla settled with her family in Australia in 1950. The Carla Zampatti label is now renowned for beautiful clothes that combine Australian creativity with Italian style. Her retail network comprises 34 boutiques and concept stores across Australia.
The Australian Fashion Laureate was awarded to Carla in August 2008. This award recognises outstanding achievement and is the highest award honoured in the Australian fashion industry.
Dion Lee is a designer brand hailing from Sydney, Australia, established in 2009 by its eponymous Creative Director. Renowned for experimental construction combined with traditional tailoring, the brand has pioneered a modern identity for Australian fashion. The Dion Lee aesthetic is technical with an intelligent sensuality.
Each collection marries innovative construction, with a consciousness of the female form. Textiles are engineered to form sculptural embellishments. Architectural silhouettes are dissected to enhance movement and the flow of air and light.
After debuting at Australia Fashion Week, Dion Lee presented collections in London before relocating to New York, where the brand has become a permanent fixture on the seasonal schedule. Dion Lee is sold globally in over 60 of the world’s most exclusive retailers including Net-A-Porter, Bergdorf Goodman, Selfridges and David Jones.
Ginger & Smart designs for spirited women whose distinctive style is an expression of their individuality. A sense of cool confidence and discovery underpins the luxury contemporary design aesthetic of the brand, which seeks to combine the polished and the playful aspects of a woman. Founded in 2002 by Sydney-based sisters Alexandra and Genevieve Smart, the inspiration to establish the business came from the desire to combine family talent to build a strong fashion-lifestyle brand with Alexandra's creative business background as an editor and publisher for high-quality lifestyle magazines, combined with Genevieve's years spent at the design helm of some of Australia's most successful fashion businesses.
Ginger & Smart combines captivating design with the finest quality materials and first rate manufacturers. Accredited with Ethical Clothing Australia, the brand product mix includes designer fashion, a leather accessories line, a spa collection and a newly launched diffusion collection called Akin by Ginger & Smart. Ginger & Smart has four dynamic stores and is available in over 60 boutiques in Australia, including David Jones.
The collective vision of three sisters, Manning Cartell is a celebration of femininity, strength and beauty.
For over a decade Manning Cartell has been recognised as one of Australia's most sought-after womens ready to wear brands. Sisters Cheryl, Vanessa and Gabrielle Manning combine their shared love of innovation, sustainability and strong, yet feminine design to develop collections of exceptional quality, sourcing luxurious fabrics globally to be ethically produced at their headquarters in Sydney, Australia.
Manning Cartell has been proudly accredited by Ethical Clothing Australia since 2012 and grown to include seven stand-alone domestic boutiques and select retailers, along with an exclusive partnership with esteemed United States department store Barneys New York, all while garnering an enviable fan base of stylish women amongst the likes of Margot Robbie, Amal Clooney, Jessica Biel, Bella and Gigi Hadid.
Exquisite dresses and versatile separates set the perfect canvas for rich detailing. Innovative fabrics, bold colour and print are expressed in a fusion of modern technology with traditional craft.
With values of integrity, authenticity and honesty close to the brand’s heart, Manning Cartell designs for fearless, modern women everywhere, which continues to drive expansion for the brand in Australia and internationally.
Since launching his label in 1999, Toni Maticevski has retained a strong hands-on approach to his work, draping and sampling his designs himself. He balances the design and creation of a successful ready-to-wear label alongside his bespoke practice catering to one off commissions. His particular mix of high glamour and exacting technical know-how, coupled with a restrained and sleek tailoring have earned him local and international recognition. Driven by his desire to continually experiment, Maticevski’s work exhibits considerable diversity from one season to the next. Choosing to eschew mainstream trends, he acknowledges that rather than trying to make his collections commercial, he prefers to work on ideas that are creatively challenging and likely to push his designs further.
The 2018 winner of the BT Emerging Fashion Designer Award will join alumni that now includes Kacey Devlin (2017), macgraw (2016), Emma Mullholland (2015), Michael Lo Sordo (2014) and Christopher Esber (2013).
The prestigious award provides the winner with a $70,000 prize that includes cash, airline tickets, and most importantly, financial advice to establish a strong foundation for their future careers in the fashion industry.
Applications are now closed. The winner will be announced on Wednesday 28 March 2018.
The BT Emerging Fashion Designer Award was established in 2013 with the goal of identifying emerging designers and providing support in the form of financial support, advice and mentoring.
BT is proud to foster and encourage new design talent with the BT Emerging Fashion Designer Award to help one of fashion's rising stars prepare for their best future in an industry that helps others to prepare for their best. BT has been helping Australians and their fashion icons establish and grow their businesses since 1969. It has supported its fashion clients by helping them become better investors, showing them how to grow and protect their wealth and to prepare for the best.
Applicants will be judged on:
The applications received will be vetted by an appointed fashion industry body (the Australian Fashion Council). This will include confirming all applicants meet the terms and conditions of entry. Using professional industry experience it will select a list of five semi-finalists based upon the applicants' experience, design style, business vision, manufacturing quality and marketing/ presentation.
A judging panel of two to five fashion industry professionals (media, designers, retailers, and beyond) will be brought together annually as the judging panel for the BT Emerging Fashion Designer Award. One of the members will be appointed as head judge. The semi-finalists applications will be provided to the judging panel, which will score the applications. Based on the scores received the semi-finalists will be placed 1st to 5th.
The top three will be contacted by the appointed fashion industry body to confirm their participation at the BT Runway event held by BT.
The head judge will be present at the BT Runway event to validate the first place decision by the judging panel; the head judge reserves the right to change the decision on the first place position based on the catwalk presentation.
First place will be announced at the BT Runway event. BT will liaise directly with the winner to award the prize.
BT is proudly investing in Australia's young and exceptionally gifted emerging fashion designers, encouraging them to reach their full potential by rewarding a nominated winner with a prize package valued at $70,000.
Edwina McCann Editor in Chief, Vogue Australia and Australian Fashion Council Chairwoman
Camilla Freeman-Topper Owner and Creative Director, CAMILLA AND MARC
Amanda Shadforth Creative Director, Oracle Fox
Caterina Scardino Australian Stylist
Rebecca Lim Group Executive, Compliance, Legal & Secretariat, Westpac Group
Madeleine Allman Head of mywardrobe.com
Janice Breen Brooks Blogger, Voxfrock
Sarah-Jane Clarke Co-founder & Designer, Sass & Bide
Camilla Freeman Owner and Creative Director, Camilla and Marc
Jo-Ann Kellock CEO, Council of Textile & Fashion Industries of Australia
Lindy Klim Fashion Commentator, Co-founder & Creative Director, Milk & Co
Lee Mathews Founder & Designer, Lee Mathews
Edwina McCann Editor in Chief, Vogue Australia & Chairman, Australian Fashion Council
Mareile Osthus Chief Category Management Officer, THE ICONIC
Elle Perrson Director Strategy and Brand Development, IMG Fashion
Megan Quinn Speciality Fashion Group and Fitted For Work
Kellie Robertson Relationship Director, Westpac Private Bank
Glynis Traill-Nash Fashion Editor, The Australian
Nicole Warne Blogger, Gary Pepper Girl
Leanne Whitehouse Founder, Whitehouse Institute of Design, Australia and AFC Board Member
Carla Zampatti Owner and Creative Director, Zampatti
Margaret Zhang Blogger, Shinebythree, model, presenter, stylist, photographer
Nicky Zimmerman Co-founder, Zimmerman
Award entrants will be invited to attend a free financial workshop held jointly by BT, Bentleys NSW and the Australian Fashion Council to provide tips on how to manage and grow your emerging business. This non-technical workshop is an introduction to finance and financial terminology, developed for the new business owner. It will help you manage and understand your company finances and enable you to have better conversations with your financial advisers in the future.
Inspired by the unconscious decisions we make as women, KACEY DEVLIN looks to the duality of the female body as a starting point for each collection. Continually exploring the balance between strength and fragility.
Each collection remains the same, no matter the premise of creative, KACEY DEVLIN promotes the empowerment of women, through redefining the female form while exposing new ways of looking at the familiar.
With a soft deconstructed approach to tailoring, KACEY DEVLIN sees the emergence of a new modern classic, her own interpretation of the contemporary uniform of the modern women.
Sister duo Beth and Tessa MacGraw launched their eponymous label in April 2012 and have since carved their place in the Australian designer landscape. Fusing classic silhouettes with polished, modern lines, macgraw’s use of beautiful, textural fabrications and luxe yet wearable looks are fast becoming a signature for the label.
macgraw debuted at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia in April 2014 to critical acclaim. Elle Australia labeled them ‘designers you need to know’, the Sunday Telegraph named the brand ‘Best newcomer’ and ‘ones to watch’. The label now shows annually at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia and is available in luxury retailers in the UK, USA and Asia and stocked by global e-tailers Farfetch, Moda Operandi and Avenue 32.
Emma's vibrant Australian wildlife designs won her the BT Emerging Fashion Designer Award in 2015. "The award helped me put myself out there - it gave me credibility, kudos and validation," Emma says. "It helps with all the hard work to be recognised and awarded. I was up for a few awards last year so it was nice to win one."
Emma's career has moved up and up since she graduated from Ultimo TAFE in 2011 and was one of only four New Innovators chosen to show at Fashion Week that year. At the age of just 24 she took the plunge and started her own label. In 2015, she collaborated with Mambo with a range that came out in New York. She has also been at the G'Day USA initiative exhibiting her designs.
Michael has created a profitable business selling to a number of large international markets including the US and UK with Net-a-Porter, Harvey Nichols and Avenue 32. Like many designers, Michael says he didn't have a business plan at first.
"I'm a creative, a designer, and I haven't had the experience of implementing strategies and putting them into place. The financial help and assistance and contacts that I made through winning the BT Emerging Designer Award in 2014 – I can't sing their praises highly enough," Michael says. "The BT Group has changed my life."
Christopher Esber was the inaugural winner of the BT Emerging Fashion Designer Award in 2013, edging out fellow finalists Kahlo and Tome. Since graduating from the Fashion Design Studio in 2007 Christopher has showcased his collections at New York Fashion Week, Australian Fashion Week and was named the L'Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival National Designer Award Winner in 2012.
Once again THE ICONIC will donate 10% of all sales from our BT Runway designers to Dress for Success.
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