It was an Aussie affair to remember as the who’s who of the Australian fashion industry emerged in New York to celebrate the New York Fashion Foundation’s Fourth Annual summer party sponsored by the Woolmark Company and held at the Crosby Hotel.
If the dress makes the person then this one did. Karlie Kloss
an American supermodel looked stunning and fresh-faced in a knee-length slinky purple dress and black strappy heels and walked away the winner as she joined fellow models from Down Under, Nicole Trunfio, Hamish Parker Bowles and actress Melissa George to add some glam factor along with a lot of Australia’s beautiful people to celebrate the event. The guests feasted on Aussie treats and sipped on Melbourne Mules which is a vodka, gingerale and lime concoction. They also participated in the silent auction for photography works by Ben Watts and Lachlan Bailey and for other prizes.
The event was also well-supported by New York’s fashion elite. The foundation was launched in 2009 to motivate young Australians with talent to gain a foothold in the competitive fashion media market of the world. Calvin Klein’s, Malcolm Carfrae, who set-up the foundation three years ago had this to say: “the event’s main aim is to help bring young fashion graduates to New York from Down Under, giving them sought-after American work internships at fashion brands. Australia is so far away and it’s hard to make international connections with people. Helping them get to the next level is very gratifying.”
The foundation has also set-up an annual internship prize which grants the winner a one year U.S. working visa and a $25,000 financial grant to cover accommodation and living expenses. And if all that is not enough, the winner will also receive six months experience in their field of expertise and introductions to New York’s fashion elites. Phew! That is a big deal folks for those who are just starting out in the fashion business.
Last year’s winner was Natalia Grzybowski, who will start a six-month internship with Francisco Costa at Calvin Klein next week.
All in all a worthy cause and let’s hope they get the exposure they deserve.
T. J. Mueller