Bella Hadid leads the models as they walk the runway during the Misha show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Resort 17 Collections at Carriageworks. Photo: Stefan Gosatti
Ah Fashion Week, those six days when every day is like your year 12 school formal, is over for another year. While the posers, on and off the catwalk, provided entertainment it was the behind-the-seams action that had tongues wagging and people pouting.
Top model Bella Hadid was labelled a "super brat" after it was alleged she demanded to be moved from her hotel and wanted a heavier security detail for her 24-hour trip to Sydney to walk in the Misha show. A label she is also the face of having shot the campaign months earlier.
Reports Hadid requested to be moved may have been lost in translation.
Bella Hadid. Photo: Getty Images
Misha's PR team confirmed they switched hotels before she touched down on Sunday.
"She landed at 6.30am and we couldn't get to the hotel because of the marathon [The Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon]. What was she supposed to do, sit in the car?" a representative told Fairfax Media.
After freshening up she later enjoyed doing "mainies" around the eastern suburbs with designer Michelle Aznavorian listening to her boyfriend, The Weeknd's latest album.
Aznavorian's family was overheard outside the show explaining how relieved she was that Hadid "is so normal".
During a chat with the 19-year-old sister of Gigi and daughter of former model turned Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Yolanda Hadid, she appeared relaxed and happy to be working.
"My mum never bought me designer clothes so once I could afford my first pair of [Christian] Louboutins I bought them with my own money," she said.
New York Magazine called out the label for its all-white cast of models and using Beyonce's Formation – a song about the Black Lives Matter movement – as a backing track.
Chic Management's Kathy Ward said this year's event was one of the most diverse in the event's 21-year history, with Sudanese-Australian models Yaya Deng and Nyadak "Duckie" Thot walking in the majority of shows. Charlotte Lohmann, of Indian descent, and Indigenous model Sam Harris also stormed the runways.
The politics of the front row were a hot topic and called for the skills of a seasoned diplomat, after high-profile buyers walked out on Yeojin Bae after being seated in the second row.
Alas the Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop was MIA at Carriageworks, much to the dismay of organisers who invited the fashion-loving pollie to every one of the 46 shows.
"The Minister was overseas this week in Vienna representing Australia at the high level International Syria Support Group meeting hosted by US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov," Bishop's spokesperson told Fairfax Media.
Malcolm Turnbull got the tick of approval from the fashion world with Vogue's Christine Centenera channelling "Mr Harbourside Mansion".
The stylist was spotted wearing Turnbull's trademark sweater-over-the-shoulder look, a style he championed prior to calling the election this month. Centenera's similar look, albeit in a different shade, could be seen as a ringing endorsement of his style. She is considered Australia's Grace Coddington for her fashion-forward features for the Murdoch-owned publication.
Supermodels forgo fee for Australian charity
The spread in Elle Australia features Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Lily Aldridge.
Krystal Barter is one of our most influential lobbyists. The founder of preventative health charity Pink Hope counts Angelina Jolie, Margie Abbott, Bianca Rinehart and Francesca Parker Barham as "dear friends" who support her cause to raise awareness and funds for testing for the BRCA 1 gene mutation which leads to a higher risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer.
More recently she has convinced two of the world's biggest supermodels, Rosie Huntington-Whitely and Lily Aldridge, to donate their time and highly sought after photogenic talents to grace the cover of the new issue of Elle Australia.
The June issue, which hits news stands on Monday, will champion Pink Hope's Pinky Promise campaign. It's an initiative designed to encourage women to make promises with their friends to make their health a priority. It is one of the first times an Australian fashion publication has dedicated its cover to a philanthropic cause.
"This was the nicest shoot I've ever been on. The girls gave it everything, they worked so hard during that 12-hour day and were really moved by Krystal's story," Elle's editor in chief Justine Cullen said. "We had worked with Pink Hope before but we don't jump on a lot of causes as Elle isn't about lecturing readers, it always has to come back to entertainment, which this does. It's so great to be able to do something bigger than just throwing an awareness ribbon on a page."
Huntington-Whitely and Aldridge were Cullen and Barter's top choices for the project and both jumped at the chance to be involved. Aldridge, a Victoria's Secret Angel who is married to Kings of Leon frontman Caleb Followill, and actor and entrepreneur Huntington-Whiteley are two of the world's most highly-paid models. They met 10 years ago after buying apartments in the same New York building and are founding members of Taylor Swift's highly publicised "girl squad".
"It was nice to see two people work together in front of a camera who actually like each other. Watching them on set was like watching a dance," Cullen said. "After the shoot they were worried about getting to dinner with their friend 'Taylor' late as they didn't want her sitting at the table alone. We later learned it was Taylor Swift."
The pair also conducted an interview for 60 Minutes, that will air next Sunday, and made "pinky promises" to each other.
Meanwhile closer to home Barter is watching the election campaign closely and hopes to see preventative health on the agenda.
"With genetic testing and counselling we have the power to save lives rather than just help women once they have cancer. There is only so much a young mum of three from Sydney's Northern Beaches can do. I hope there are some changes coming at a state and federal level."
Barter launched the charity that focuses solely on hereditary cancer prevention in 2009 while in a hospital bed recovering from a pre-emptive double mastectomy – four years before Jolie's surgery. She also had one of her ovaries and both her fallopian tubes removed in 2014 after watching 25 women in her family battle cancer.
If you have concerns about your risk of hereditary cancer, visit pinkhope.org.au to talk to an online genetic counsellor that will help you assess your risk.
The reason Sam Armytage won't go to Rio
Samantha Armytage. Photo: James Brickwood
Samantha Armytage doesn't want to travel to Rio in the lead-up to the Olympics due to fears for her yet to be conceived baby.
The single Sunrise presenter lashed out at claims she is "desperate" for a child last week but confirmed she may not travel abroad with her colleagues due to the high risks involved with the Zika virus.
"Like many female journos of a certain age contemplating Rio, Zika is a huge worry for me. And it's not like I'm running the 100 metres of even hosting the opening ceremony," she said. "Sunrise would simply be at Copacabana Beach the week before the Olympics start."
The 39-year-old has offered to instead "spend that week hosting the rest of the day's news from our Sydney studio" while David Koch, Natalie Barr and Edwina Bartholomew broadcast from overseas. A proposal management at Seven is reportedly supportive of.
"If I was lucky enough to have a baby in the next few years, I would never forgive myself if something went wrong, that was totally avoidable," she said. "All doctors admit, they simply don't know enough about Zika yet."
Pregnant, or women trying to fall pregnant, are being warned by local and international authorities to avoid Brazil due to the mosquito-borne disease that causes birth defects. The World Health Organisation has also said there is strong scientific consensus that Zika can also cause Guillain-Barre, a rare neurological syndrome that causes temporary paralysis in adults.
Updated medical advice suggests women should avoid conception until eight weeks after contracting or coming in contact with the virus.
Prince Charles' former butler up for sale
Former royal butler Grant Harrold.
A former servant of Prince Charles is heading to Australia to tend to the needs of a competition winner.
The services of Grant Harrold, who was personally interviewed by the heir to the throne and became his long-standing butler, were snapped up for $1 last week and he will head Down Under in June to manage a six-bedroom mansion on a small estate complete with swimming pool, tennis court and indoor theatre for three days.
The gimmick, staged by a local short-term stay provider, thrusts Harrold back into the spotlight, the glare of which he hasn't dealt with since he left his official post under a cloud of controversy in 2011. After serving Prince Charles for seven years he claimed he was unfairly dismissed when he refused to work at his official residence in London. Harrold sought compensation for being bullied in the workplace, Clarence House refuted the claims before he received an out-of-court settlement.
After leaving his post Harrold established an etiquette school and began tweeting with the handle @TheRoyalButler.
Party of the week: Three women arrive post premiere party
Gorkem Hayta, designer Anna Plunkett and director Marie Schuller at the Three Women Arrive post premiere party.
Highly-acclaimed filmmaker Marie Schuller held court at the QT Sydney following the premiere of her fashion inspired film Three Women Arrive and celebrated the stars of her show and the official Fashion Week shows – Romance Was Born, Dion Lee and Toni Maticevski. The film noir follows the story of three women who move into a house on the outskirts of Sydney where they ruffle the feathers of the suspicious locals. The project, produced by Gorkem Hayta, was filmed in Sydney over the recent weeks.
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