Friday, September 30, 2011

I ♥ Fashion Night

Written by Nhuy Nguyen

Monday night marked the launch of M-Squared’s and Gracious Magazine's very first I ♥ Fashion charity event.
M-Squared, a charity founded by Gracious Magazine creator Mayanthi Dharmabandu and fellow Adelaide University student Mary Liu is aimed at helping underprivileged children in their home countries of Sri Lanka and China.

MSquared – Mayanthi Dharmabandu and Mary Liu

Both fashion savvy with an attraction to unique personal style, it was only natural that they would incorporate these interests into their first fundraising event. Held at Adelaide University’s Rumours Café, I ♥ Fashion was a three hour shopping event, giving local and amateur businesses an opportunity to meet with vintage enthusiasts. For a small payment, each stallholder was assigned a table to lay out their goods while shoppers were charged a $2 admission fee.

Stall holders getting ready for the buyer’s rush

While the fundraiser started at 6pm, sellers came early to set up their stalls as curious onlookers lurked outside. Volunteers were also present to give them all a helping hand; not a big stretch for such a fun and original event.

Volunteers lending their support to I ♥ Fashion

Local businesses featured heavily amongst the eight stalls including chanya k. a Gilles Street Market regular and elin boo. who offered unique handmade clothing and jewellery.

Businesses on display

While the sellers were getting ready in the cafe, upstairs in the loft, designer Stacey Hendrickson was holding her own, organising models backstage for her casper&pearl catwalk show to be held later in the evening.

Backstage at casper&pearl

Stacey is a young designer featured prominently on Gracious. At only 19 years old, she has come far since launching her clothing and accessories label casper&pearl in March earlier this year. Slightly shy yet charmingly petite, she showed a calm and collected maturity that placed her beyond her age.

Stacey Hendrickson’s delightful designs

Stacey’s designs themselves reflect a calculated grasp of the modern fashionista. Her range of dresses, skirts and tops are a combination of the flirty and ingénue use of lace by Lover and the pastel palette often featured by Chloe. Yet, styled and accessorized with heavy jewelry, the collection was given an alternative edge that clearly stated that pretty can also be tough. The volunteer models were very excited to be featured in the show and showed full support for their designer friend.

Models getting catwalk ready

Rumours Hall

Back on the floor, I ♥ Fashion had opened its doors and attendees started filing in. One after the other, they came searching for a style steal and shopped while snacking on cupcakes and sandwiches provided by Mayanthi’s family. Raffle tickets were also being sold for a prize draw after the catwalk show. All proceeds going to M-Squared of course!

1.Themis and friends offering bargain finds
2.Donators were generous with used items

3. Gracious graphic designer Viray Thach
4. Chasing Grace – Holly(L) &Kim(R)
5. Stonyfell jewellery designer Melanie Steadman

At 8pm, the lights were dimmed to prepare for the casper&pearl catwalk show. In attendance were Adelaide Chinese News, Exclusive Flowers, The Urban Silhouette and jewellery designer Melanie Steadman who has been lending tremendous support to Gracious and M-Squared.

Mary and Mayanthi introduced the collection then, the lights turned off for the showcase. Set to a modern soundtrack, the models floated down the catwalk in whimsical designs while professional photographers frantically snapped pictures.

Stacey astounded everyone with her competitive work and it was refreshing to see that she had sourced a range of body types for her runway rather than the uniform coat-hanger-thin standard. Her choice in models also demonstrated the versatility of

M-Squared with Stacey Hendrickson & her models

Once the fashion show ended, it was time to announce the winners of the raffle prizes generously donated by the event sponsors: casper&pearl, Exclusive Flowers, Littlebluebird and Melanie Steadman.
M-Squared with casper&pearl designer Stacey Hendrickson

For a first time event, the night was deemed by most attendees as a definite success.
M-Squared pulled off the event without a glitch, the sellers offered pieces full of potential, guests were treated to an amazing catwalk show and most left with an exciting new addition to their wardrobes.

If you were unfortunate to have missed this year’s I ♥ Fashion, remember to mark your calendars for next year!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Gracious played host to I <3 Fashion Night (a charity fashion event) on the 19th of September, heres a sneak peak of the night.....

Stayed tuned for more...coming soon!!!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Street Style.....

Haneen Martin: Miss Gladys Bag, Malaysian tailor made top (from grandmas fabric), Topshop pants, New York shoes, Cartier necklace, Mums watch

Kmart shoes, Tempt skirt, Cotton On cardigan

Ashleigh Teo: Naked dress, Tony Bianco shoes

Dangerfield hat and glasses, thrifted jacket and dress, Doc martens shoes

Janet Wu- borrowed everything from friends.

Photography by Hiranya and Mayanthi

Saturday, September 3, 2011

‘A High Tea Affair'

Written By Viray Thach

On the night of August 10th, Gracious Magazine were invited to attend the ‘High Tea by Candlelight’ fashion parade held by emerging Adelaide jewellery artist Melanie Joy Steadman.

Held at Candles on Walkerville Restaurant , the free community event was part of this years SALA Festival making history as one of the first fashion parades to be showcased apart of this popular festival!

Mayanthi, Hiranya and I were given to opportunity to work backstage in preparation for the show. Read on as I give you an insight on the highlights of our experience.

SAFM’s Amanda Blair played host and opened the show with her charismatic and humourous antics, reminiscing back to her first encounter with Melanie and her dazzling jewellery. This was followed by a quip in typical Amanda fashion about how hanging out in the back with the models was ‘great’ for the self esteem.

After the laughter had subsided from Amanda’s side-splitting introduction, Melanie, the talented woman behind the night’s masterpieces, popped out to say a few words of thanks for the immense amount of support everyone had given, including the sponsors who freely offered their services for the show.

The theme of Melanie’s current collection is a combination of her own interpretation of ‘High Tea’ and the eccentricities and outrageous setting of the ‘Mad Hatter‘s Tea Party’. Men’s silk ties were pulled apart and reconstructed into sculptural neck pieces adorned with semi-precious stones, fresh water pearls vintage beads, buttons, broches and trinkets. Both an eco-friendly and clever way of creating fashionable jewellery.

Around 8:45 pm it was the start of what the audience had long anticipated for. The fashion parade had finally begun with its first segment showcasing Melanies’ more demure neck pieces. The room was filled with music orchestrated by accordions and old school trumpets playing, taking them right back to the 1950’s. Before the models began to strut their stuff on the catwalk, they introduced the show in the most unique and adorable way, with a tea party!

The models looked elegant in wedding-like gowns - generously supplied by Tiger Xiu and Little Fuchsia- which was an emphatic contrast against the elaborate and intricately detailed neck pieces. After a short break, the second installment showcased more colourful and playful pieces ending the show on an exuberant note.

However, the exhibition didn’t stop there as there was another ‘stationary’ exhibition on the side which displayed Melanie’s past works that were available to purchase. Gems, beads and trinkets were more dominant in these past creations, but still as beautiful as her current collection.

Melanie’s jewellery is not dictated by trends or what you will find in current retail stores. Her works are one of a kind collectible pieces of finely crafted artwork, made to be exhibited within art galleries alongside grand paintings, sculptures and such. Overall, the night was a success, the food scrumptious - generously supplied by Candles Restaurant - and definitely showed off the great amount of talent that Adelaide has to offer.

Click on this link to feast your eyes on more of her artworks!

For more photos from the night, click on this link: