June 21, 2021


The Australian club to remain open to only male members

Men arrive at the men’s only Australian Club which is holding a vote to determine if women can become permanent members.

Men arrive at the men’s only Australian Club which is holding a vote to determine if women can become permanent members.Credit:Kate Geraghty


“My wife is happy that there are no other women here,” claimed one younger member speaking against women members, while a more senior one reflected his difficulty in answering questions he had faced in recent times about “what goes on here that men need to do only with other men … being boorish after a few drinks perhaps?”

But several long-term members of Sydney’s oldest and most elite private gentleman’s institution said they would leave

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10 Australian brands that fashion editors are obsessed with


Courtesy of Aje

Not only is Australian fashion known for its effortless elegance, but the country boasts plenty of independent designers who place so much importance on sustainability and ethics, making them great names to have on your radar when you’re in need of a wardrobe update that you know you’ll be able to cherish for years to come.

Below, we round up 10 of our favourites, including some which specialise in beach and swim, others which focus on capsule classics and timeless modern designs, as well as some other buzzy brands which have been making a name for themselves

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Fresh Faces, Indigenous Voices Reenergize Australian Fashion Week

SYDNEY — Kicking off with a 60,000-year-old smoking ceremony and catapulting a flurry of new names, a number of them Indigenous, the newly minted Afterpay Australian Fashion Week returned to Sydney this month after a two-year hiatus with a new, inclusive spirit and a packed live runway schedule.

On the opening day, there was a palpable sense of relief among attendees to be back networking with their peers after 18 months of Zoom chats and off-again-on-again lockdowns. The industry mood was also buoyed by the results of an Ernst & Young report that were released that morning by the Australian

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The hot new Aussie designers to know from Australian Fashion Week

This year’s Australian Fashion Week is a celebration of togetherness and creativity with more than 36 live runway shows, virtual showrooms and a lineup of 70 designers, each showcasing their take on Australian fashion. From ethereal dresses and minimalist tailoring to the new era of beachwear and unisex clothing, Australia is proving once again that nowhere does resortwear quite like them. Below, we round up the most buzzing Australian designers to know from Australian Fashion Week as the event continues.



Oroton, Australia’s oldest luxury brand dating back to 1938, has been given a refresh thanks to Creative Director

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Australian Fashion Week: ‘Where is the size diversity?’

I am the first to congratulate Afterpay Australian Fashion Week for dramatically improving the ethnic diversity this year. I’ve loved seeing models like Nylow Ajing and Nabila Leunig representing on the runway.

I loved that there was an all-indigenous parade. That was impressive and so needed during Reconciliation Week.

But I feel they’ve gone backwards in size diversity. I’m a size 16-18 and designers obviously don’t consider my size fashionable.

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It’s like there’s only so much diversity they can handle at once. It’s frustrating, because as the under-represented know, “You can’t

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Australian Fashion Week Slammed For Wheelchair Inaccessible Runway

The organisers at Australian Fashion Week have been slammed online for being performative, after they used a model who uses a wheelchair without actually making the runway accessible for him.

The runway faux-pas occurred at the final combined runway at Australian Fashion Week, at the time IMG model Rheed McCracken was wearing popular athleisure label P.E Nation.

Footage of McCracken was posted on TikTok, where you can visibly see him struggling to move around on the runway. Many people on TikTok have expressed disappointment that the event tried to be inclusive, but didn’t bother to take the time to actually

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The Milestone Presence of Indigenous Design at Australian Fashion Week Is a Reminder of Fashion’s Power

Australian Fashion Week started in a way it never has before—with a Welcome to Country, a ceremony held by First Nations elders, welcoming guests to Gadigal land. For the first time, a smoking ceremony— with burning eucalyptus leaves and a traditional dance by the Muggera dance company—was accompanied by fashion, with three Indigenous models, all newly signed to IMG, wearing designs from First Nations labels.

Wearing a jumpsuit from Aarli, wearable art from Penny Evans, a Ngarru Miimi dress, and scarves from Rujaki designs, models encircled the smoking leaves—a powerful visual symbol that signaled the milestone moment of change this

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A movement, not a moment: Indigenous design in the spotlight at Australian Fashion Week | Australian fashion week

Grace Lillian Lee is used to standing ovations; Australian Fashion week is not. On Wednesday 2 June, the designer and creative director of First Nations Fashion and Design, along with her CEO and fellow designer Teagan Cowlishaw, made history with the first runway show featuring only First Nations talent: on the catwalk, making the clothes, and behind the scenes.

First Nations Fashion and Design is a not-for-profit Indigenous corporation aimed at supporting the growth of the Indigenous fashion industry, with self-determination at the heart of their mission. Lee, who has ties to Torres Strait which she explores through her

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Australian Fashion Week’s first Indigenous showcase draws tears, standing ovation

Designer Grace Lillian Lee, whose pieces were shown in the finale, said that the show, as well as Fashion Week’s first Welcome to Country, which took place on Monday, were long overdue but welcome.

One of Clair Helen’s heavy silk designs. Getty

“This has been a decade in the making,” said Ms Lee, of the initial conversations to stage an Indigenous show. “Fashion is a great way to learn more about our people and our stories, to invite conversation and allow us all to grow. The point is to start to grow a self-determined, economically sustainable industry. This is the

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