Wednesday last week the very talented Mikey Walton (Westfield‘s key fashion stylist) put on a wonderful evening at the Westfield Carousel centre to celebrate the launch of their Spring Summer campaign ‘Today, I Am’; the campaign embraces the breakdown of stereotypes in fashion and celebrates individual style and self-expression. We were treated to delicious cocktails by Cocktail Gastronomy, hand massages using new The Body Shop products and mini makeup makeovers by Myer beauty consultants. The event really couldn’t have come at a better time as I had just arrived back in Perth from Berlin earlier that afternoon, so I was a little tired and frazzled – the pampering was exactly what I needed.
Last Friday night was Perth’s premier annual fashion fundraising event STYLEAID. Every year funds raised goes to not-for-profit organisation The WA AIDS Council, whose work supports those who live and are affected by HIV/AIDS. It has been seventeen years since STYLEAID‘s beginnings and it just keeps getting better and better every year. The theme for 2015 was GO GO, which revolved around the fashion and design revolution of the 1960′s with references to the Pop Art era, the classic 60′s paper dress, 60′s design icon Mary Quant and The Dolly Bird.
I love covering this event; not only because it is for a great cause, but also because I get to see the goings on behind the scenes and also see the entire show from the media pit – it’s a really fun night getting amongst it all. The designers and retailers that showed this year include Dilettante, Aurelio Costarella, One Fell Swoop, Varga Girl, Salasai, Monster Alphabets, Ae’lkemi, Yuuki and I Love Mr. Mittens to name just a few.
If you haven’t been to STYLEAID before, I really recommend going. You can organise an entire table for yourself and nine friends, enjoy a three-course meal, wine, fashion and entertainment and best of all, it’s all for an incredibly worthy cause.
Last Thursday night marked the first of two events as part of Mariposa Perfumery’s Five Senses Benefit. The cocktail benefit was a collaborative effort which brought together many local businesses and creatives to raise funds for Cord – a not-for-profit charity that raises funds for those who have been affected by spinal cord injuries.
Emma Bergmeier & Pippa McManus
Reyne Lawson, Samuel England, & Kim Simpson
Accompanying the parade was Cord fundraiser’s signature art exhibition and auction concept. With the aim to explore the relationship between scent and visual art, Mariposa approached 10 local artists to produce new works that depict their interpretation of the unique winter scent they were designated. The artists involved were Lauren Pickering, Pippa McManus, Natasha Muhl, Anna McEachran, Joshua Tavener, Rose Church, Lucinda Hill, Natasha Padernilla, Smij Smith and James Giddy – their works were auctioned off on the night.
Mariposa Perfumery’s Bree Taylor
Pippa McManus & Christopher Foster
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One Fell Swoop’s Nikolina Ergic & Daniel Romanin
Mariposa Perfumery’s Marco Octaviano & Bree Taylor
The event successfully tantalised all our ‘five senses’ to the nth degree, but what made it even better was that it was all for a very worthy cause. The next event that will complete the Five Senses Benefit is the VIP Degustation Dinner, which will be held at FIVE bar on Friday 7th August. Tickets are still available to purchase at Mariposa Perfumery. For more information on this upcoming event, please click here.