Fashion Palette, Laissez-faire behind the scenes

Date Posted: 5/03/2013 2:56:00 PM
Posted By: Ian-Michael Farkas
Tags: fashion


Sydney’s style scene flocks to The Darling Pool to celebrate Fashion Palette’s fifth birthday at the VIP Launch

There may have been a cool breeze, but the atmosphere was sizzling as Fashion Palette kicked off their fifth anniversary with a suave affair last night. Since 2009, Fashion Palette has been celebrating and nurturing Australian designers and The Darling Pool offered the perfect cityscape and harbour combination to recognise last year’s expansion into New York. 

The 250 strong fashion-savvy crowd included DJ Havana Brown, Miss Universe Australia Renae Ayris, Magdalena Roze, Zoe Marshall and Airlie Walsh as well as Lauryn Eagle, Kate Peck, Carmen Smith, Brittany Cairns and Amali Ward wearing garments from some of the 16 designers showing at the Fashion Palette Runway on Thursday evening. 

Celebrating their participation in this year’s exciting program were designers including Niki Teljega, Chiquita Searle, Sharnee Lamb and Catherine Vasilas from Galanni

Guests were transported to New York City and were treated to a dazzling display of entertainment with fire breathers, trumpet players, bundles of yellow balloons and floating umbrellas in the pool. Live mannequins captured the guests’ attention, dressed in incredible yellow ribbon dresses made by designer Stephanie Cunningham.

Up and coming artist Carla Wehbe set the scene with an enchanting live performance of Empire State of Mind by Alicia Keys before singing Happy Birthday as Fashion Palette Founder Sonya Mefaddi cut the 30inch ‘Big Apple’ cake made by the renowned bakers Planet Cake. Mefaddi, with a passion to support Australian designers, wore a chic white Alex Perry gown and toasted to the success of the launch of the 2013 program and a fabulous evening.

Thursday marks the fifth annual Fashion Palette Runway Showcase where these talented 16 Australian designers will showcase the first preview for their SS13/14 collections. Final tickets are on sale at

Guests flocked to a photobooth station from Flashback Photobooths whilst enjoying canapés & Twisted Frozen yoghurt as well as beverages from Two Italian Boys wine, Vodka O, Vodka Cruisers, 28 Black energy drinks, iced coffee from Illy Issimo, Societe Perrier water, Appletiser and Hahn Super Dry. Each guest received a gift bag as they left the event, which included a Fashiontrend magazine.

Zoe Marshall, Magdalena Roze, Kate Peck and Lauryn Eagle as well as models from Priscillas Models were styled by Schwarzkopf and Bodyography, with the models featuring Minx Nails and lashes by Glam Manicure and wore Peeptoe shoes.

The NYC theme was made possible by the incredible work of the team at Ace Props & Events.

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