BT Runway 2019

Welcome to BT Runway 2019

It is with great pleasure that we announce our 7th annual fashion event, BT Runway 2019.

Our exclusive, invitation-only event showcases 8 of Australia’s top designers who remain front-runners in the world of fashion. The BT Emerging Fashion Designer Award will once again pave the way for up and coming design talent within the industry.

The 2019 event will be held on Thursday 11 April at the Hordern Pavilion, Sydney. BT continues to partner with the Australian Fashion Council to bring you this exclusive event and our dedicated support for Dress for Success continues as, together, we empower disadvantaged women through employment opportunities, mentoring and coaching services.

BT is committed to working with all our clients to achieve their financial and life goals. Making the smart moves to prepare for the best is at the heart of what we do and we have been supporting Australian’s since 1969, bringing greater prosperity to our clients and their communities.

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Purchase any items from one or more of our BT Runway designers online at DAVID JONES between Friday 5 April and Friday 17 May and 10% of sales will be generously donated to Dress for Success Sydney.

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Congratulations to our BT Emerging Fashion Designer Award Winner

Blair Archibald

A contemporary label that investigates the relationship between soft tailoring, sports and workwear. The focus is on practicality, adaptability and maintaining a coherent narrative through the collections. The brand is best known for two key design components. The first is engineering garments with longevity and sustainability through a minimalist aesthetic, using local production partners and highly considered fabrics. The second is an approach to design that re-configures gender conventions by cutting silhouettes that are accessible to both men and women and softening the rigidity of commercial menswear silhouettes in Australia. This became the main precedent for starting the label after personally dealing with gender identity issues and as a result, the integration of soft tailoring mixed with linear pattern making is a reflection of blurring those gender parameters in the work place.

BT Emerging Fashion Designer Award

The 2019 winner of the BT Emerging Fashion Designer Award will join alumni that now includes Albus Lumen (2018), Kacey Devlin (2017), macgraw (2016), Emma Mullholland (2015), Michael Lo Sordo (2014) and Christopher Esber (2013).

The prestigious award provides the winner with a $100,000 prize that includes a cash grant, accounting and legal services, flights, a Vogue Australia designer look book with make up by Linda Jefferyes, hairdressing needs from TONI&GUY, mentoring and most importantly financial advice to establish a strong foundation for their future careers in the fashion industry.

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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.

Applicants will be judged on:

  • Design of the entrant's most recent collection
  • Entrant's styling and fit capabilities
  • Entrant's business acumen and potential for commercial success in the ready to wear market
  • Entrant's presentation
  • Entrant's marketing and media skills
  • Entrant's social media presence
  • Entrant's demonstration of sustainable and ethical practices
  • Entrant's planned use of the BT Emerging Fashion Designer Award prize
  • Applications are accepted during the specified award open period and in line with the terms and conditions of the award.

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 Australian Fashion Council to confirm their participation at BT Runway 2019 held by BT.

The head judge will be present at BT Runway 2019 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 BT Runway 2019.

Apply now for the BT Emerging Fashion Designer Award 2019.

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 $100,000.

  • A $10,000 (including GST) cash grant from BT
  • The services of a BT financial planner for two years
  • Accounting and business advisory services for two years provided by Bentleys NSW
  • Legal Advice provided by Gilbert + Tobin for two years
  • Vogue Australia to produce and style a designer look book
  • Emirates return Business Class flights for two to any one of Emirates' 41 destinations on their Europe network including the fashion capitals of London, Paris and Milan
  • label.m Australia in conjunction with TONI&GUY Australia will provide:
    • access to their National Artistic Team for two major fashion events
    • two look books or editorial shoots
    • a year's worth of hairdressing at TONI&GUY Australia HQ
    • a year's worth of label.m hairstyling products
  • Linda Jefferyes make up provided for the VOGUE look book
  • A one year subscription to Flaunter - a digital platform connecting brands & media
  • Two mentoring sessions with two fashion industry icons provided by the Australian Fashion Council
  • Photo production and video content of your collections shown on BT Runway
  • Media coverage of your brand during the winner announcement
  • A keepsake engraved trophy

Edwina McCann Vogue Australia Editor-in-Chief and Australian Fashion Council Co-Chair (Head Judge)
Bianca Spender Founder & Designer, Bianca Spender
Jaana Quaintance-James Head of Sustainability and Ethical Sourcing, THE ICONIC
Melissa Singer Fashion Editor, The Age and Sydney Morning Herald
Rebecca Lim Group Executive, Compliance, Legal & Secretariat, Westpac Group

Past judges

Amanda Shadforth Creative Director, Oracle Fox
Camilla Freeman-Topper Owner and Creative Director, CAMILLA AND MARC
Caterina Scardino Australian Stylist
Madeleine Allman Head of
Janice Breen Brooks Blogger, Voxfrock
Sarah-Jane Clarke Co-founder & Designer, Sass & Bide
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
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.

Past winners
BT Emerging Fashion Designer Award

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.

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 labelled 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.

Designers on the runway

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.

Carla Zampatti is Executive Chairman of Carla Zampatti Pty Ltd. Born in Italy, Carla settled with her family in Australia in 1950. In 1965, she produced her first small collection for Zampatti Pty Limited, followed two years later by a national launch and, in 1970, by the establishment of Carla Zampatti Pty Ltd. The Carla Zampatti label is now renowned for beautiful clothes that combine Australian creativity with Italian style.

In a unique partnership with Ford Australia, Carla was asked to redesign a car especially for the women’s market.

Carla was awarded the inaugural Bulletin/Qantas Businesswoman of the Year, and in 1994 the fashion industry of Australia named her Designer of the Year.

In 2004, the Italian government appointed Carla Commendatore (Commander) in the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic.

In January 2005, Carla was honoured by Australia Post and named a ‘2005 Australia Post Australian Legend’.

The Australian Fashion Laureate was awarded to Carla in August 2008.

Already a Member of the Order of Australia (AM), Carla was appointed Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) in June 2009 for her contributions to fashion and business.

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 80 of the world’s most exclusive retailers including Net-A-Porter, Farfetch, Bergdorf Goodman, Selfridges, Lane Crawford, Joyce Boutique and David Jones.

Australia is home to seven flagship stores, each designed to reflect the constructed nature of the product, in an environment that is both industrial and luxurious.

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, their united industry knowledge covers every possibility for a successful and exciting fashion venture.

GINGER & SMART combines captivating design with the finest quality materials and first rate manufacturers. The brand product mix includes ready to wear fashion, an accessories line, swim, and a sister collection called AKIN by GINGER & SMART.

GINGER & SMART has 9 dynamic stores that showcase the essence of the brand to their discerning customers. The label is placed with carefully selected stores throughout the world and is available in over 40 boutiques in Australia.

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 women's 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.

Founded in 2007 by Australian designer Rachel Gilbert, the brand offers intricate hand embellished designs for event wear and bridal as well as a selection of modern separates.

Worn by some of the most accomplished and iconic women of our time and celebrated across the globe, Rachel Gilbert is sold throughout the world's premier luxury department stores and high end boutiques including Harrods, Neiman Marcus, Saks 5th Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman and David Jones.

Luxury infiltrates every element of the brand, from the design of the garments, which are produced to the finest quality, to the store presentation and customer service experience of the flagship boutiques located in Paddington, Sydney and Armadale, Melbourne.

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.

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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.

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