FOMA 2022: Check Out All The Glitz And Glamour At The Powerhouse Museum

FOMA 2022 was an event not to miss. Thirty-six cultures were represented, seven exhibitions, eight ambassadors, four foreign government collaborations, six initiatives, two business growth stories, and 41 faces of FOMA.

Set in the Powerhouse Museum – it was a celebration where a live runway show and a fashion experience took place.

Amongst flashing lights, media coverage, and music – several designers and artists participated at FOMA 2022, such as BULUUY MIRRII By Colleen Tighe Johnson, Karis Zanetta The Label By Karis Zanetta Cheng, Fiji Consulate General & Trade Commission (Australia and New Zealand), The Bowerbirds by Sally Jackson, My Paloma by Founder Eliana Gamboa-Chapman, Lena Kasparian The Label by Lena Kasparian, Tatyana Anderson in Collaboration with Wendy Scully Millinery and Vivian Chan Shaw The Label. It was a great night filled with world-class fashion and entertainment.

Check out some of the photos from the event below, courtesy of Victor Hawk.

AACTA Awards 2022: Check Out All The Glitz And Glamour On The Red Carpet

The red carpet was rolled out in Sydney’s Hordern Pavilion 2 days ago as the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards held its official ceremony for 2022. The cream of the crop in the Australian Entertainment industry attended Australia’s night of nights, as the who’s who of show business gathered to celebrate the best in TV and cinema.

If you want to see all the glitz and glam at the 2022 AACTA Awards then scroll down below.

 

In Photos: Horus by Faten At The 2022 Global Elite Fashion Festival

Faten Lawn was initially born in Egypt. She was born to a very humble father from a small country town who was a Chef and a mother who was a seamstress; she started working from the age of fourteen to help support her mother, father, and six other siblings. She has a brother who is seven years older than her. They moved to Australia to start a new promising life when she was just five, and she feels very blessed to have been brought up and loved by two very humble parents. Her father taught her to embrace her individuality and encouraged her decisions, especially how she dressed and her personal style. She was lucky to have two talented parents to inspire her, which got her to where she is today as the main designer behind The Cleopatra Collection by Horus.

Faten is currently 45 years old and has three amazing sons whom she’s very proud of – she encourages her sons to explore their own individuality and style. Her purpose in being a part of the fashion industry is to inspire others to think outside the box, embrace their individuality and recognise and embrace their own individual style. To explore different patterns, styles, materials, colours, and textures. Her designs are daring, and that really reflects her personality – she aims to give everyone the confidence to be daring and get comfortable with themselves. She also wants to highlight the talent of people with special needs and disabilities by giving them a platform in the fashion world.

Check out her fabulous collection at the 2022 Global Elite Fashion Festival courtesy of Dave Choo:

The Best of Miss Earth Australia 2022 Grand Launch and Fashion Show, In Pictures

The Miss Earth Australia 2022 Grand Launch and Fashion Show has finally come to a close, and here are some of the most memorable moments from the runway, as captured by George Azmy.

Designers Tommy Ge of Leatheron, Faten Lawn, Lily African Wares, Alies Bol, and Armando Crisostomo were among those who showcased their collections last Saturday. It was definitely a sight to behold!

Scroll through the photos below to see highlights from the Miss Earth Australia 2022 Grand Launch and Fashion Show.

Is It Possible For Virtual Fashion To Break The Harmful Cycle Of Impulse Buying?

During the pandemic, the fast rise of e-commerce platforms increased unplanned spending and impulse purchases. As virtual clothing gains popularity through apps and video games, people may now gratify the urge to buy new items without straining their finances and with minimal environmental harm.

Internet spending continued to set new highs despite increased unemployment and economic difficulties during the pandemic. For example, the share of retail transactions conducted online in the United Kingdom increased by 16% in February 2021 in a single month.

This contradictory behavior may be attributed to people seeking relief through retail therapy, as the pandemic has reportedly increased feelings of anxiety and sadness in young adults by 30%.

With a recent study reporting that 50% of respondents are interested in purchasing a digital asset in the coming year, online spending habits may change again due to reduced financial and environmental costs.

Digital wardrobes substitute traditional shopping

However, alongside an increase in online shopping, lockdowns also accelerated the rise of digital fashion as people turned to online worlds for interaction with other humans. Mainstream clothing trends are becoming increasingly prevalent in video games and apps —  including big-name designers like Louis Vuitton or Moschino experimenting with digital collections.

Virtual clothing pieces come at a fraction of the financial and environmental cost of physical items, meaning people may still experience the gratification of shopping with minimized harm.

“The biggest difference between video game styling and real-life clothes shopping is longevity. The fashion industry and brick and mortar fashion stores need to constantly push the cycle of styles, whether it is seasonal or fad-related; it is in their best interest to retire an old collection and push new inventory to the shelves,” said Povilas Katkevičius, game designer at Nordcurrent, an international developer and publisher of mobile games.

“Video game styling does not require this. Of course, we need to create new items because novelty is always exciting and interesting, but we do not need to retire our collections. We have endless shelf space in the virtual world in which old and new styles can mix into our players’ creations,” he continued.

Replicating real-life purchases virtually

Apps and video games that present a high level of character customization and can replicate real-life shopping experiences present new opportunities to satisfy the impulsive want to shop in a consequence-free environment.

Pocket Styler, which allows players to dress their avatar using items from an extensive catalog of designs, can provide players with the satisfaction of purchasing a new item without needing excessive financial means to do so,” P. Katkevičius explained.

“When designing the app, we studied real e-shops to mimic a smooth and recognizable user interface. As such, it contains a wide range of styles, clothing categories, and accessories that can be purchased through the in-game currency. Despite not receiving a physical item from purchases, a lot of the instant gratification for our community comes from the styling itself,” he explained.

About Nordcurrent

Nordcurrent is the biggest Lithuanian video game developer and publisher, known for such games as Cooking Fever,  Murder in the Alps, Airplane Chefs, Sniper Arena. Focusing on freemium and casual games, the company created over 50 games since 2002, attracting more than half-billion players worldwide.

This article was sourced from a media release sent by Lukas Pereckas of blueoceanspr.com

Spotted: TORANNCE At The Afterpay Australia Fashion Week 2022

TORANNCE is an Australian elevated contemporary label dedicated to timelessness, luxury, and wear-ability. Paying homage to vintage trends and muses, TORANNCE plays on eccentricities and eye-catching details while still being completely wearable and something that can take you from day to night.

TORANNCE was established by Julia Torannce Hemingway in 2015. Having studied a Bachelor of Business and working within the fashion industry for almost a decade, Hemingway felt she needed to create her own label so that she could push the design boundaries without limitation.

With a strong emphasis on quality, all TORANNCE garments are designed using premium materials, including natural fabrications, ethically sourced leathers, and beautiful hand-embellished materials.

Check out their collection below at the 2022 Afterpay Australian Fashion Week courtesy of Dave Choo.

Event To Watch Out For: Afterpay Australian Fashion Week

What: Afterpay Australian Fashion Week (AAFW) engages the industry alongside fashion’s most passionate consumers in one dynamic program, marrying physical and digital activations that celebrate Australia’s preeminent designers and fashion’s cultural influence.

Australia’s only international fashion event, AAFW takes place annually in Sydney and is the premier destination for Resort collections.

Where: Carriageworks – 245 Wilson Street Eveleigh NSW 2015

When: 9-13 MAY

Inside The Lives Of Instagram Models And Social Media Influencers

Life as an Influencer is becoming an increasingly stacked game. In a world of paid likes/followers, fickle algorithms, and those ‘lurky bots’, it’s become even harder to market yourself in 2022. With more Instagram Models on the scene than ever before; this creates a higher level of competition overall.

Gaining traction on social media often means hitting that elusive fan quota. However, it’s often a vague figure that allows you to qualify. This begs the question: how many people have to follow you or like your page in order to make you a legitimate Influencer? What will warrant enough credibility amidst a miasma of hashtagging and 24/7 responsiveness? You should start with applying a thick-skinned approach to negative comments (ironically, with much skin on show) and all ‘round people-pleasing.

Let’s get the elephant in the room out of the way. What does an Influence Marketer and/or Instagram Model actually do? Well, they create ‘sponsored content’. That means someone sends them something and they promote it to their audience, eg. “OMG this skin cream is the bomb, I now have no pimples”, or “this teeth whitening product is so great I can now allow myself to smile” – all the whilst being paid to give, let’s face it, an entirely biased review.

Influence Marketing is most usually carried out on the platform of choice: Instagram. According to Forbes Magazine, an Insta account with over one million followers can attract upwards of $50k for a single sponsored post: that’s certainly big bickies! What you may not know is that the social media landscape is continuing to change, and it’s not always in the interest of an Influence Marketer.

For example, have you heard of the term ‘Micro Influencer’? These are commonly described as ‘ordinary people’ (whatever that means) with a decent following of around 3000 followers. Usually, they aren’t ‘big-fish’ enough to score entirely free products, and they don’t always garner a genuine ‘hard-dried-ink’ modeling contract with, you know, an actual brand.

While the demand for Micro-Influencers grows (and will continue to do so during 2022); so does earning potential decline. This demographic is more often than not, underpriced. With so many people putting their hands up to assist e-commerce operators, for example, accepting the offer to post about a beach towel whilst wearing a bikini, this means that the value of a Micro Influencers’ engagement is vastly cheapened. It’s just supply and demand – economics 101.

The fact is, being a Micro-Influencer is generally not something to be taken too seriously. That’s because you can only ever earn a mere fraction of what your more socially mobile counterparts (you know those Insta peeps with the covetable green badge) can attract per post. What does this ‘Verified Badge’ on Instagram actually mean? Well, according to the platform itself, “a verified badge is a check that appears next to an Instagram account’s name in search and on the profile. It means Instagram has confirmed that an account is the authentic presence of the public figure, celebrity or global brand it represents.”

How do you get your very own Insta Badge? You can apply to get one by going into your platform’s settings tab, providing your ID, and waiting for that all-important response. However, there are no guarantees! But, that’s always the way, isn’t it? After all, there are no 100 percent shatter-proof formulas for achieving success in online marketing. Keep in mind that those ‘masterclasses’ will surely tell you differently, though.

Being an Instagram Model and marketing yourself is but a means to an end. It is not necessarily something to hinge your ‘bread-and-butter’ upon. If you are reaping the rewards as an Influence Marketer then more power to you. If you are still struggling and wondering why it’s not actually working for you, then remember things are never what they seem – especially when it comes to the world of social media/influencer marketing!

 

4 Ways To be Fashionably Eco-Conscious In 2022

In this world of fast everything… food, fashion, relationships, etc…have you ever really thought about your responsibility as a consumer? Sure, you might have found the resolve to avoid McDonald’s chicken nuggets (and possibly even be a strict vegan)…but when it comes to your clothing…do you know just what is behind its production?

If you are conscious of the environment and humanity you’ll more than likely want to know how to minimise your footprint and the best ways to make a difference, whilst still being able to indulge your love of fashion.

Here are our top tips on how to be fashionably eco-conscious.

Be aware of materials and production methods

Understanding what goes into the production of a garment is half the battle when making an eco-conscious choice. Could your favourite T-shirt have originated in a sweatshop? Is it made from materials that are environmentally sustainable? Check clothing labels and do your research before you decide to buy.

There are so many cool places to shop that go out of there way to ensure they use more sustainable and natural materials (like cotton) in their manufacturing…as well as local artists’ designs to boot! Look out for materials like bamboo, hemp, and Tencel. These are usually more eco-friendly than synthetic alternatives. Also, check the use of dyes and other factors that have gone into the production. In general, look beyond the initial dazzle of a cute item and a cheap price tag and consider the cost for our planet/people.

Check out second-hand and retro threads

It can be really cool and inspiring to hit up op shops for vintage threads. Not only are you getting a bargain, but a lot of the time you’re also buying a piece of fashion history. Beyond this… you’re recycling. You needn’t buy something mass-produced when there are a lot of beautiful retro options readily available.

You can also check out suitcase rummages, retro fairs, car boots sales, and online groups. So, you can pop those tags (like Macklemore) at a fraction of the price whilst maintaining your commitment to preserving the environment. This is all about doing your little bit to assist the ‘circular fashion economy’ – a movement that is turning the tide on textile wastage worldwide.

Embrace your authentic self

It may come as a surprise, but you don’t have to wear the same thing as everyone else, apply the same makeup style, or buy up big on every new trend that hits Instagram or your Facebook feed! It may seem like others have a perfect life – the holidays, the wardrobe, the friends and relationships… even the hair and the lips. The need to compete in a very status-driven world can sometimes hit pretty hard when you find yourself idly scrolling online.

But, remember behind the perfect ‘selfie’ are a million and one other shots that didn’t make the grade. Influencers’ and fashion bloggers’ posts are completely staged and are specifically created to sell goods. You don’t have to buy into this feeling of never being quite adequate, succumbing to the fleeting feeling that a mere product will fill the gap. You can set yourself apart and embrace your authentic self by wearing what makes you most comfortable and what aligns with your personal ethics. You’ll feel all the better for it.

Style with substance

Making eco-friendly selections when it comes to your wardrobe is the responsible way to indulge your fashion sensibilities. Whether it’s making informed purchasing decisions, buying second hand, or just by avoiding being that bit too greedy and impulsive when it comes to shopping, style with substance is about being conscious of your personal footprint and the toll of your choices on collective humanity.

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