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  • Infinity Fashion Runway

    The Infinity Fashion Runway happened on November 25 this year, and guests were welcomed in from 7pm. Dazzled with Infiniti's luxury cars and tables filled with scrumptious cakes and desserts, it was an event I could not miss. Guests were entertained with a fabulous fashion show with different designers, ranging different styles such as from bridal, avant garde, ready to wear and to menswear as well. As guests entered the venue at Infiiniti, many photographers (runway and media wall) were readily able to capture the guests in their glamorous outfits. It was an overall fantastic night for everyone, and even guests were getting up on the runway to have their 'moment'. While some guests were entertained with a pop-up bar and delicious canapes, a pop-up photobooth was available and also a photoshoot area with a shimmering backdrop where guests can take photos of themselves at a unique backdrop. Here are some photos from the wonderful night:


    Above: Guests finding their seats


    Above: The shimmering beautiful backdrop for guests to use as a photoshoot



    Above: Details of a beautiful bridal dress

    Photography by Suzanne Dang

  • Why I'll Never Go To Sydney Fashion Week Again



    For someone who's been to too many fashion shows, I was still excited for my first fashion week in Sydney. Like, really excited that I won the supposingly VIP front row tickets given by the sponsors of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Australia - Quickstep and Sunglass Hut. I booked my flights down to Sydney even before the winner was announced for one of the sponsor's competition in hope that I would win, and I did, luckily. One was a photography (flatlay in particular) competition and the other one was "the most creative comment" competition.

    I won both competitions for two different runway shows. I was so happy. I would be astonished if I wasn't happy and surprised. 

    So this is only from my experience and I'm honestly reviewing the event from a one-day experience. I understand there will always be hiccups for the show and any trip you make in the world normally but honestly this was so un-called for and unfair I felt. I was fuming and furious (you could see it on my face at the time) that we were sat down not in front row even when the competition terms and conditions stated they were VIP Gold tickets. Apparently there was some "miscommunication in between IMG and the sponsors" and sponsors do not have front row seat tickets ever.

    Oh did I mention we weren't even given a proper seat, but a "standing" seat in the media riser which apparently "not many people would have the chance to see the show from this end". I thought it was a joke, in my honest opinion. 

    Anyway, with the VIP double passes, my friend and I ended up fighting and getting front row seats for one show. So that was OK, I guess. We couldn't be bothered fighting for the front row seats for the next show as apparently it was "sold out" amongst various other reasons too. I was tired, needed a soft drink, and just sick of arguing.

    The other rambling I want to say is, if you're reading this now to this part, do not go to next year's Blogger's High Tea...if there will be one. It was really unorganised, unprofessional and just wasn't good. I expected a much better event than what I experienced for a $125 ticket. The "top" guest blogger did not get a microphone and there were no speakers around and the blogger had to try (but failed) to speak on top of all the very loud surrounding noise in Carriageworks. I think they could have easily organised a small speaker and microphone or rather. So the "top" blogger had to talk to people in sections amongst the 25 people which wasted time and people had to go to runway shows soon. 

    As you can see, I wasn't happy with this year's fashion week. Maybe I'm judging it too hard as I only went one day. But oh well, my experience is experience I feel. I had high expectations, especially cause I flew down just for it and I am not particularly, I like to say, a financially well-off person. 

    I feel fashion week is, and will always be, very superficial and fake. Which of course I knew before I stepped into the fashion industry. And also with my outfit (I was going to wear something from my wardrobe and style it nicely together - I was quite content with that mind you) but I felt so pressured to go out and buy a new outfit from seeing the so many "stylish" people on Instagram photos during fashion week Sydney and it was all very intimidating.

    On the lighter note, I met many friendly people on the day I went for the fashion weekend. They were lovely and wanted to know what I do and stuff. Some were helpful, but some were not. Oh well. That is life for you. 


    Photos by: Ahmad Jamshidi Photography

  • Ipswich Fashion Festival Gala Evening 2015

    I attended the Ipswich Fashion Festival Gala Evening 2015 on Friday 25th September for the second year in a row. It just gets better and better each year. I loved the entertainment from Those Tap Guys in between fashion shows. It was all very entertaining. As outlined and promised in the program; there were delicious canapés, entertainment and glamorous fashion from student to emerging designers etc. There were many different types of fashion to see from recycled wear, evening wear and bridal. I loved everything to be honest. The event was well organized and people were ushered in at 7pm or so and finished a bit before 9pm. I also received a photo frame which I loved in the goodie bag! Here are some of my favourite snaps from the night though: 


    Above: Love the gypsy style look from Tengdahl

    Above: BORA does it again with amazing details


    Above: Extraordinary millinery 


    Above: One of the entries for the SESSION STYLE HAIR DESIGN AWARDS

    Above: Winner of the SESSION STYLE HAIR DESIGN AWARDS


    Above: One of the entries for the PFAFF STUDENT FASHION DESIGN AWARDS


    Above: An amazing millinery piece for the ASPIRE FASHION DESIGN AWARDS


    Above: The 400 Co – an amazing corporate look!


    Above: When Freddie Met Lily! Look at that pop of blue! Photography by Lyle Radford Photography


    Above: Love When Freddie Met Lily clothing - Photography by Lyle Radford


    Above: Love viewing bridal dresses. Look at the lace!


    Above: Amazing win from Alexandra Bell from Xandra Bell The Label for the PFAFF STUDENT FASHION DESIGN AWARDS 

    Photography by Suzanne Dang unless otherwise stated

  • The 400 Co. Opening Flagship Store Launch

    It's important to support your fellow designers and fashionistas in the fashion industry. But there's nothing even more important to give them continued support with their work in my opinion. I think that's what I'm lacking in the fashion industry. I go to these once-off events but I don't really follow up with the designers and models etcetera as much as I would like and do collaborations with them. Anyway, I went to the The 400 Co. Opening Store Launch on Thursday night 24th September and it is such a beautiful store. Everyone has to check it out. It's located next to Gucci on Edward St (how amazing is that!). There was a sweet station and champagne/sparkling water on arrival which I loved. Here's a glimpse of the my evening at The 400 Co:



    Above: The 400 Co has come from a long way, I'm remember attending one of their first fashion event! Congratulations Laura Chong!


    Above: Sweet Station 


    Above: Lucy Mae- Model at the Sweet Station


    Above: One of my favourite outfits on the wall!


    Above: Suzi from The Armored Club, Sandra from Sandra Carvalho Blog, Caitlin Bennett from Sundholm Style

    Photography by Suzanne Dang

    Network/Contact with The 400 Co.:

    Facebook
    Instagram
    Website
    Phone Number: 0412 916 804
    Address: 188 Edward St, Brisbane

  • The 400 Co. "No Wall Flower" Spring/Summer Collection Fashion Show

    The 400 Co. promised in the facebook event that it will be an extremely well-coordinated event tonight, and I must say I don't disagree with that statement. It was simply amazing. Here I am sharing my experiences with you with this fantastic event that took place in the fancy Soleil Pool Bar even though I should be resting from my flu but this blogpost is too good to share. There were delicious canapés, welcome cocktail drinks (well - I don't drink so I got a mocktail instead), live entertainment and "one hell of a fashion show". I loved the setup. It was a runway shaped out with flower pots, it was just so beautiful...so beautiful I ended up asking Laura if I could take the flowers home for grandma! I enjoyed this lovely evening seeing familiar faces again. Laura Chong's fashion events never disappoints me, and I look forward to seeing her outfits again on the runway at the Ubermen launch tomorrow night too:


    Above: The signature 400 cocktails on arrival


    Above: But nothing beats my mocktails (mwaha)


    Above: The beautiful runway setup! Amazing real flowers, aren't they?


    Above: VIP seating


    Above: Up close of the flower pots


    Above: Amazing media wall!


    Above: Guests start arriving to this exclusive fashion show


    Above: That cut-out <3 - Austen Dress


    Above: Rachel Fulton models in the Elanor Dress


    Above: Lucy Mae looking gorgeous


    Above: That print <3


    Above: Rosie Luik wears this stunning The O Dress looks great on her


    Above: Lucy Mae wears the Mayer Shirt


    Above: Rachel Fulton models the Chancellor Suit and Ita Cami Blouse


    Above: Rachel again models the Mia Crop Blouse


    Above: Showstopper

    Photography by Suzanne Dang

  • Fashion Weekend Sydney 2015

    Fashion Weekend Sydney 2015 did it again! With designer runway shows and many designer stalls with clothing up to 70% or more discount throughout the four full days, I only managed to catch one day (a little bummed I missed out on meeting Margaret Zhang on the opening night though), and it was quite enjoyable. The runway show featured 15 beautiful models from Chic Management who burned the runway! (did I say that right?) 

    It was mainly ready-to-wear clothing and my favourite was most likely Ixiah, whose every season blow me away with their designs. I managed to sit in front row in the media pit, which I thought was unusual cause I don't know normally sit near the media pit. So I took these photos from the media pit. Let me know down in the comments what you think of them! 

    Thank you Fashion Weekend Sydney for media passes again this year!

    Oh did I tell you I recently got snapchat? My snapchat is @suzannedang

    Add me on there if you can!

    Photography by Suzanne Dang

    Models: Bridget Hollitt, Charlotte Morton, Yaya Deng, Roberta Pecoraco, Inez Cislak, Hannah Chapman, Remy Lloyd, Jade Burton, Hannah Mcdougall, Amy Finlayson, Madi Blampied, Noam Frost, Ivana Martin, Sarah Pauley, Jess Koops

    Ashkar:

    "JAMIE ASHKAR is conceptual and minimal, with strong functionality and attention to detail.
    The label pushes minimalism through line, geometry and bold prints that incorporates new and
    traditional tailoring techniques; emulating what the modern woman wants to wear. Jamie Ashkar designs for the strong and confident women who likes to stand out and always be forward with fashion." ~ Jamie Ashkar



    Bec & Bridge:

    "Bec & Bridge strike a fine balance between aspirational and achievable fashion, a niche its creators have worked hard to perfect since the label’s origins in 2003.The pair have a meticulous eye for detail alongside a ‘finger-on-the-pulse’ ability to create commercially savvy designs. True originals, their collections truly connect with ‘go get it’ girls all over. Their unique approach sets them firmly apart from their peers." ~ Bec & Bridge




    By Johnny:

    "The by johnny girl has no boundaries, she exists both locally and internationally. Whether here or there, they connect with each other, accessing the same information at the same time.
    She is in a constant state of progression and her wardrobe captures the allure of the ever changing modern woman.
    by johnny designs speak of unique concepts, inspired by the world as Johnny sees it The collections focus on reworking traditional silhouettes with classic styling however differentiating the wearer with the use of bold self-designed textiles and high intensity graphics."~ By Johnny






    Rebecca Vallance:

    "Australianā€born Rebecca Vallance infuses her eponymous line with a whimsical sprit and strong global aesthetic, creating timeless pieces that are both classically constructed and innovative in design. Through an unexpected mix of structured tailoring and fluid draping, the collection brings complimentary contrast to its unique prints and textures. The result is a distinctly edgy yet sophisticated offering that eschews trends in favor of embracing its own path." ~ Rebecca Vallance


    Ixiah:

    "IXIAH { pronounced ex’ sy’ ah’ } is a Sydney-based fashion label whose best known for their textural collections and strong silhouettes with handmade eclectic design aspects."~ Ixiah




    Talulah:

    "Born in 2005, TALULAH has quickly blossomed to become one of Australia’s most loved fashion and lifestyle brands. Founded by designer Kelli Wharton each TALULAH collection seduces the customer into a world of clever colour combinations, beautiful craftsmanship and a palette of one off worldly prints. 

    TALULAH offers a range of classic silhouettes, sculptural tailoring and unique detailing to fit with the modern woman’s ever changing lifestyle and fashion needs. Each TALULAH garment nurtures the key messages of the brand inner confidence, creative expression and keepsake collections."~ Talulah




    White Suede:

    "White Suede's design philosophy conceptualises contradictions between modern, sculptured designs and draping techniques to create their silhouettes."~ White Suede




    Winston Wolfe:

    "WW epitomizes that chic blasé and inconspicuous appeal. Merging the stylish Parisian woman with the rawness of New York and backing it up with that laid back Aussie style, the WW woman signifies the spirit of NOW. Confident and metallic, the WW consumer sees the world as a playground and wears leather while running around it. Infusing her laid back effect to dresses into each piece, Kristie Kahler draws from her travels and inspiration to create an affordable and wearing piece for every girl. Kristie has soaked up that vibe and thrown it into her collections, season after season." ~ Winston Wolfe



  • FASHFEST 2015: Bronwen Stead

    It was my first and only night of Fashfest I could attend. What an amazing event it was! So very well organised and lots of things to do during the night. There was a VIP lounge with a chocolate fondue fountain, champagne (but I don't drink) and lots of mingling with like-minded people. I really enjoyed my first time in Canberra and my first ever blog coverage of this wonderful event. The first designer I will be introducing to you is Bronwen Stead:

    "Bronwen Stead has been involved in the fitness community for years, starting as a dancer and, in May 2013, competing as a bikini model in her first natural bodybuilding competition.

    Bronwen wore a beautiful emerald green competition bikini and crystallised shoes from Dana Carmont Bikinis.

    Bronwen’s unwavering passion for, and dedication to, the sport led her to put her creative skills and background in millinery to work, building her own set of competition Angel Wings.

    She had numerous inquiries from women across the country about her wings and ultimately established a creative business producing them.

    Her central target market is fitness competitors, although the wings are increasingly popular with dancers and entertainers.

    All wings are made exclusively in Bronwen’s studio in Canberra and the collection she will launch on the runway at FASHFEST are one-off.

    In a unique collaboration, Bronwen’s wings will be shown on the catwalk with Australian-made competition and swimwear made by Dana Carmont. This is Bronwen Stead’s first appearance at FASHFEST."~ FashFest 2015

    It was an amazing runway show! 








  • What A Blogger Should Bring To A Fashion Event


    Photography: Suzanne Dang

    If it's your first time to attend a fashion event as a blogger, this article is for you. As someone who has attended many fashion events and fashion shows in the past, I find it difficult to not pack too much in all honesty. You find that not many people come to fashion events and shows with big bags, especally if it's a fashion show - it'll most likely be at a bar or a club too. If it's a fashion show we're talking, you'll find the girls and ladies will wear small clutches or small handbags. If it's at a fashion high tea for example, you might find yourself dressing with the similar type bags like talked in the previous part of this paragraph. It can be easy to overpack (like me!) but I have broken down the vital and essential things you need as a blogger:

    1. A SLR Camera

    I highly recommend bringing a camera, especially a SLR cause you would want to blog about the fashion event with high quality and high res photos if possible. Sometimes an Iphone or other smart phones with high megapixels can cut it out as well. I mainly bring my Iphone 6 to fashion events these past months as my SLR lens are broken (still saving up for a new one - wish me luck!)

    2. Business Cards

    You will most likely meet like-minded and/or passionate people at the fashion event. Why not do some shameless self promoting? I always bring a stack of business cards in my bag (maybe too many!) and ended up giving them most or all away on the day or night of the fashion event. The business card helps you show professionalism and a bit of seriousness towards your brand/business.

    3. A Portable Charger

    In terms of fashion shows, I find that some or most of the shows I have been to makes you wait a while until the show starts. As a blogger, I find myself on the phone more than paying attention to my surroundings to the fashion show (shows how social I am!) - so why not bring a portable charger to charge some power into that phone? You don't want your phone to die while you taking photos of the runway show, if you're specifically using the phone for that.

    4. A Positive Attitude

    Not all fashion events will meet your expectations - I tell you that. I find I can be quick to judge with specifically for fashion shows and some events. Like how the setup is like, how the models makeup and hair is done, and if there' s EFTPOS available if there's a bar at the event. So don't be like me and quick to judge, but stay positive too. Have a positive personality towards those new people you meet in the fashion industry as well cause like I said in my previous post; you never know if you end up collaborating with them! 


  • How I Stay Happy And Inspired In The Fashion Industry


    "Smile, like it's your last day on Earth." ~ Suzanne Dang

    Model: Suzanne DangPhotographer: Vee Photography; Florist: PetalCoreHMUA: Sarah Vreeling

    The fashion industry can be daunting at times. With its trends always booming, and the topics of conflicts about sustainability and what is eco and what is not can be overwhelming for a person to take. Or how about the news about the Bangladesh fashion factory that killed over a thousand people or so. This sort of news always give me goosebumps and stings up my spine. We live in a world where it is easy to become negative and find ourselves in a wormhole when we read news similar to what is above. It is hard for myself to not become disheartened and to not easily blame "Fashion" for the lives of people. So what makes me stay happy and inspired? I study fashion design and coming to the end of my first year at the school, I am start to rethink of the ways to keep me inspired and simply to say, "how to survive" in this course. Here are three simple answers for staying and inspired in the fashion industry: 

    1. Take Care Of Yourself 

    It may sound simple, but alas, it's harder than you think. The fashion industry doesn't involve just wearing clothes, you may think. It involves going to events, blogging, marketing, social media and so so much more. So take care of yourself. Read a book on the bus, take a coffee or tea before you start the morning. Exercise.  

    2. Connect With Family and Friends 

    Another simple answer. It can be hard not to run in this rat race we call life. We know that the fashion industry can be very competitive so sometimes you find you have to stay up late/early day and nights to finish/start what you're doing. Connecting with family and friends is a good way to inspire you (or it does to me) for the fashion industry. People inspire me. You find your family and friends might ask for some fashion help (whether that's with styling or fixing a zip - I find with myself) if you study fashion design. 

    3. Go To Fashion Events 

    Fashion events is something I truly love doing. I love networking and connecting with like-minded people. Especially fashion shows, where you get to meet the designers and models and talk to them about their lives and how they started in the industry. You never know, you might end up collaborating with the person/brand/business one day! I highly recommend going to fashion events cause there's a high chance you'll meet people passionate about being successful in the fashion industry like you.  

    So there are three tips of advice for you. I hope you find this valuable and learnt something new. If you think there are other tips you would like to share on my blog, don't hesistate to comment below as well. Thanks for reading!  

     

  • Kirstie Clements Fashion Luncheon @ Westfield Garden City

    The fashion luncheon at Westfield Garden City held at The Palms Bar and Grill was a HOT event! (pun intended :P)...the event started around 12pm with guests starting to arrive, from store managers to bloggers. I recognised a few people and didn't hesistate to say HI to them. It was a fashion luncheon to know/learn/mingle more with Kirstie Clements, former editor-in-chief of Vogue. I had the pleasure to ask some serious question about the fashion industry to her and she happily answered them. The luncheon had a runway featuring some Autumn/Winter trends...I felt really sorry for the models who were most likely boiling in the fur coats and galore! The food was beautiful as well at The Palms Bar and Grill- it started with an entree with beetroot and a main which I had grilled salmon and some other various things on it. One word: Delish. 


    Above: Kirstie Clements, former editor-in-chief of Vogue


    Above: Thanks to the Westfield Garden City Marketing and Events team: Kristina, Harley, Alice, Rachel


    Above: Entree


    Above: Main


    Above: Kirstie Clements and Sara Hatten-Masterson


    Above: Model Samantha Cardone models in an Autumn/Winter outfit


    Above: Model Samantha Cardone models in an Autumn/Winter outfit


    Above: Model Nat Ford in my dream jacket!


    Above: Some guests of the luncheon including blogger Katie Eve in the photo!


    Above: Guests at the fashion luncheon

  • The Fox Hotel Presents Soho Sundays Feat. AJE BOUTIQUE

    Credits:

    Photographer: Suzanne Dang
    Designer: Aje
     
    Models: Montana Lower, Rosemary Shearman, Deanna Hall, Rachel Kelliher
    Hair and Makeup: Molly Dunkle @ Dunkle Authentic
    MC: Sarah Sanelli 

     

  • Brisbane's Designer Fashion Show Presented By Niki Teljega

    What a fantastic night at the Brisbane's Designer Fashion Show which I had the pleasure to attend this successful event. Shall we now continue with the series of photos I photographed on the night? 

    Credits:

    Photography: Suzanne Dang
    Hair: Stefan Hair
    Makeup: JB Just Beautiful
     Clothing Designers: La'Or, Lipoa Threads, Kaftan Queen, Howard Showers, Jk Couture, Erin Hassall, Charlie Brown, Niki Teljega
    MCs: Abigail Jayne and Phil
    SIngers: Melissa and Giuliana Russo
    Dancers: Mary Hecker, Jesseka Lingenbery, Jade Morris, Giuliana Russo

     

    Hope you all enjoy.

    xx Suzanne 

  • Zuri Presents My Designer Wardrobe Spring Fashion Shows

    I had the pleasure to attend two free events on this lovely day. The first was to see Dami Im live at Westfield Chermside in front row seats. And the other is My Designer Wardrobe's Spring Fashion Shows founded by the lovely Stacey Peake. The venue is a beautiful bar and dining place with vintage-like lounges everywhere with dim lighting making it almost like it has a romantic feel to it. It was my first time to attend this bar and dining place. 

    There were two segments to the fashion shows.  

    Accessories and jewellery.

    Zaria, my friend, and beautiful model.

    Models waiting patiently for their next runway show.

     

    Overall it has been an enjoyable night for me.

    xx Suzanne