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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Entre Floriane Eznack et moi…

Bienvenue Floriane Eznack en Australie. It’s an honour to welcome you. Let me tell you that I’m very impressed to see a woman oenologist, wine maker, chef de cave. I have read that you love communication and sharing your passion about the Champagne Jacquart. I think we are going to have a lot of fun.

Could you please introduce the Jacquart brand to our readers?

Champagne Jacquart was created by wine growers in the streets of Jacquart in 1964. 30 wine growers went together to Reims and decided to create their own wines from their own vineyards. It was a way to say that they didn’t want to sell everything to trade and keep their independence.


It’s a human brand, without people, the brand doesn’t exist.

Today, a Champagne cooperative owns Jacquart. There are around 1800 wine growers attached to 3 caves. They bought the brand Jacquart in 1998. The wine growers own the vineyards from generations ago. They own the grapes and the sell to brands such as Jacquart. Nowadays, 70% of wine growers are part of cooperatives to balance the trade.

In Champagne, the vineyards are not very big. It’s divided up by heritage but it’s also very expensive today to maintain a vineyard.

And what is your role at Jacquart?

Actually I have two roles: chef de cave (winemaker), from creation to promotion of Champagne. Today, the image of Jacquart goes through me. I represent the maison. I help the distributors and I train our prescriber.

Thank you Floriane for this introduction to the world of Champagne. Could you tell me how you found yourself in this world? Did someone in your family influence you?

Not at all. No-one in my family owns vineyards. My parents were diplomats. My sisters are in totally different industries. I was always interested in wines because my father was an amateur and he sparked an interest in me and my sisters to learn to savour wine. 

With her smile and sparkling eyes, I can see Floriane plunging deep into her memories. 

Wine is very French. In France, we speak about cuisine, about bouffe (another word for food) and wine. 

As my parents were diplomats, they often had visitors at home and of course one of the favourite topics of conversation was wine. So I was listening, interested, finding the conversation great but in fact, I wanted to be veterinarian or fighter pilot.

When I met Floriane, I could immediately sense that she was a strong and determined woman who could achieve everything she wanted. And when she confided in me that she wanted to be a fighter pilot, my only response was a kind of admiration and a desire to know everything about her and her amazing journey.

Fighter pilot? Both or…? (giggles)

No it was one of them.


My first dream was to live in Australia but at the same time to be a fighter pilot.

How funny! So you also wanted to live in Australia, why Australia?

Because it is so far away that I didn’t know anything about it. So for me it was the country of the unknown where you could do so much, develop a lot of things. And it’s a beautiful country – the Great Barrier Reef, the koalas… all that makes you dream when you are a child and even when you are a teenager. But most of all, it’s far, far from parents, far from everything.

What about your dream of fight pilot?

Well I tried to be a fighter pilot. I missed out unfortunately. I was refused for the fighter pilot training (even after passing all the health examinations) but they offered me to be a transport pilot in the army (my father reminded me of this recently). But at the time, when you are 20 years old, it’s everything or nothing so I said no. If it’s not a fighter pilot, then it will be nothing. So I started to think about another job and I thought about being an oenologist. C’est sympa! (very French expression to say it’s cool).

I wanted to be oenologist not a wine waiter, thats’s another job, you have to work in restaurants, with the clientele and define what wine goes with the menu, and that didn’t really interest me. I was interested in creation, the creation of wine. When I made up my mind, I chose L’Ecole de Reims (Reims School) for two reasons: firstly because it was very practical, close to Paris because at the time I was studying biochemistry in Paris and I had my mates in Paris and the second reason was that I thought Champagne is also a product with international renown. Everyone envies us for Champagne and even in Australia, they call it “French Champagne”. 

Actually, I wanted to ask you about it. Since I live in Australia, I can’t avoid correcting Australians when they say French Champagne because it’s a pleonasm. Champagne par définition (by meaning) can only be French right!

Whatever the sparkling, we want to call it Champagne. It’s a worldwide reference and everyone loves Champagne. It’s a luxury product that makes us dream.

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What was your first experience in Champagne?

I had no idea at all about Champagne. I grew up in Bordeaux, in Charente, a region more focussed on red wine than Champagne. I couldn’t tell the difference between different Champagnes, but I learnt to love Champagne. I realised that it was a very diversified world. 

I studied, I spent two seasons in the South-West of France in the Ducs of Gascogne (Gers region) to learn vinification. It was totally different. 

I really wanted to work in Champagne so I applied to very international maisons (houses). I found an oenologist job at Veuve Clicquot and worked there for 4 years from 2006 to 2010. I was in a big team. Clicquot is a wonderful school to learn from but on the other hand it was very strict and boring, everything was codified and we had to follow historical rules. Later, I had the opportunity to start in the role of oenologist in 2011 at Jacquart that was at the time a young brand, not very well-known. I started at Jacquart without any knowledge of the house, I only knew the general manager who had also been at Clicquot before. There was everything to develop.

So it was a new challenge for you to express your creativity?

Oui because in fact it was young house turned toward the future, a concept different from Clicquot that was turned toward its history.


I had carte blanche to create all the prestigious cuvées. It’s a chance that you don’t often get in Champagne because once again it’s usually highly codified, it has a very traditional spirit, we have to pay tribute to a vineyard or a person so we follow rules.

Then my boss asked me to introduce him a project and realise it.

How was the beginning at Jacquart?

The first year, I got to know my team because of course I was not alone. We have 3 cellars and each cellar has its chef de cave (winemaker). I coordinate these 3 winemakers to create a homogeneous wine which is our brut Mosaique, the standard bearer of the brand. My mission was also to improve it, to enrich it.

I got to know my 3 colleagues well and vice versa, so that we could speak the same language during the tasting.

So the first year it’s more about listening, observation, and soaking up the style because I went from a very Pinot Noir house to a very Chardonnay house, an opposition of style. I needed time to adapt.

The second year, I introduced projects and it worked. I totally trust my hierarchy. My colleagues and I have 4 different personalities, but we appreciate each other, we get along very well.

Are you the only woman?

I am the only woman, the youngest person of the team. I never had a sexist remark. We all love each other. Behind the closed door of the tasting room, we talk, we change the world, and we speak about different topics. Each end of session of assemblage (collection) – usually March, April, May, it depends on the year – I’m pleased because we finished with the cuvée de prestige (prestigious cuvee) to realise that we are doing better every year and it’s a good feeling.

That’s interesting that you say you never had a sexist remark because I imagine the Champagne industry a world of men. Right?

The Champagne industry is more and more open to women but that’s true it’s still very dominated by men.

Did you ever feel difficulties because you were a woman?

Overall yes. I was in the Gers, you may think it’s a region that’s a bit tougher or ruder but at the end of the day, it was easier over there than in Champagne. In Champagne it’s a closed industry even if it’s starting to slowly become more open. Even though women had more the tendency to drink Champagne, until now the oenologist women were more in analysis laboratories, marketing and communication but not really in assemblage. There are only a few women winemakers in Champagne.

However, there are more and more women wine growers who are taking over family exploitations which is good however as winemakers of a house making more than 1 million of bottles, there are not many. Today we are only 4 or 5 women.

In the future, there will be more because today 80% of students in oenology are women.

Why is there this fad for Champagne for women?

There was always a fad for Champagne for women. There always was a strong connection between women and Champagne. The development of the Champagne we know today happened thanks to women. 250 years ago, it was reserved for an elite, from the European nobility to Russian tsars. But it was the women, the mistresses who were consuming it. With the explosive cork and its bubbles, it was a fun and festive wine, it was not very serious not as serious as non-sparkling wines that men were drinking. The women loved it and for example Don Juan or Casanova loved to buy it to seduce women.

Also there were a lot of wars. Unfortunately the region of Champagne was very close to the wars with Germany during the First and Second Wars so women needed to continue to make wine. At this time, there was sadly a lot of veuves (widows). After once the wars finished, the men came back. 


What are the main qualities of a good Champagne for you?

We have to get frank wines. After that it depends on the style of the house. At Jacquart, the idea is to highlight the Chardonnay by using black cépage (grapes) which are the Pinot Noir and le Meunier (a very Champennoy grapes) to bring elegance, finesse.

I want the Champagne to be very straight up, clean, this evokes the freshness and also recalls the Chardonnay that is very clean in the mouth. We have to imagine 3 dimensions in our mouth: the height, the length and the width, the volume. The Chardonnay is going to take two dimensions: the length and the height, the aerial side of wine that is going to stick a bit longer on the palate due to the mineral style. Other important points are the finesse of aromas and the finesse of bubbles so it’s a finesse of texture. 

I’m more interested in working on the finesse of wine than the aromas.

The wine of Champagne is a bit like Whiskey or Cognac, we taste a style of product that we love and we always want to be the same because we connect with a brand, a universe or a specific style. For this we are going to use wines from young millesime (year) which are going to age longer in the cellar. We are also going to work more on the texture of bubbles, more we are going to age the wine, the more it becomes complex the more we get fine air bubbles. 

Are you telling me that you can almost guess a Champagne just by watching the bubbles?

Yes however you have to be cautious because often we judge the bubbles in the mouth. Actually, the bubbles have to be aesthetic but often the bubbles are pretty fine for a Champagne from a quite rich assemblage. We are going to use between 80 and 120 different cru at Jacquard to give some richness. According to the cru, the terroir (local product), the Champagne is also different. We speak about Champagne chalk cellars and this is what makes a sparkling wine different.

What we are looking for with the bubbles is to be aesthetic in a glass without exploding in the mouth. We want to give it just a light additional feeling of freshness or creaminess. We are especially going to judge the effervescence: velvety, silky, creamy, ample or fine, etc.

Do you remember your first glass of Champagne?

I was 5 years-old (giggles). I was thinking you would have told me 10 or 12 years-old. No no I was 5 and I finished all the glasses of Champagne when my parents had people at home for entertaining.

Champagne is what kids love, it’s sweet, and bubbly. 

Can you see a difference in the consumption of Champagne between France and Australia?

Globally we do not consume enough Champagne in France or in Australia but we do consume more in France because there is always an occasion to celebrate: when you go to visit friends, it’s easy to bring a bottle of Champagne.

It’s true that it’s very symbolic for us, it’s connected to parties, special moments.

Oui, it’s a moment that we want to be special and we have a lot of moments like this (a reunion, a good day, professional success…). It’s a positive wine with a party-atmosphere, happiness. When we don’t feel good, we drink a glass of Champagne and we feel better so it’s rare because there are not a lot of wines that have this positive aspect.

The Champagne market in Australia is huge but 20 years ago we didn’t speak about Australia, in the Champagne industry Australia didn’t exist. There was only an elite that drank Champagne. Today, Australia is the 5th market export country for Champagne. But it’s dominated by few brands. Now, Australia is open to new brands but doesn’t yet have the right Champagne education because this happened very quickly over 10 years.

I have seen Australians drink Champagne for breakfast, well we do not this in France. Not yet, but it may happen because we brunch more and more often in France.

The difference is more about the way we are going to appreciate Champagne.

What would you like to say to Australians drinking Champagne?

With Champagne you have to be curious, you can’t only focus on one brand just because it’s reassuring like Moët or Clicquot (because you have seen it everywhere) It’s a bit sad. Champagne is a wine and with a huge diversity. Otherwise it’s like you’re saying Shiraz is the same everywhere in Australia.

What do we need to know when we drink Champagne?

Often I hear Australians saying “true Champagne” or “French Champagne” and when I hear this I understand that we really have to explain everything from the beginning 

Champagne is strict rules, it’s a lot of patience. When you taste it it’s the past but at the same time the future which means when we create it, it’s in the future but the wine is 4.5 years old. Plus in Australia it’s hot and you drink it cold sometimes too cold. The best temperature is between 8 and 12 degrees.

Jacquart in one word?


Actually it’s a young brand with a contemporary style of wine: very Chardonnay, more modern.

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Previously you told me that as a child, you dreamt about Australia, when did you first visit Australia?

In 2013.

Why did it take you so long to come?

Good question. I travelled a lot but maybe I was waiting for the right opportunity.

Merci beaucoup Floriane for sharing with my readers and me your love for Champagne. It was absolutely fascinating and interesting to hear you speak about your passion. Of course, after this interview it was time to celebrate and open a bottle of Champagne Jacquart.

Visit the website Jacquart:




A little black dress is always a good idea

A cocktail, a dinner, an important meeting, a date and maybe love at first sight, another day of “nothing to wear” or a party on one of your trips (maybe Canada? wink) and you still don’t know what to wear? Keep in mind just one thing: the-little-black-dress-is-and-will-always-be-très chic. We all have a little black dress, an essential in our wardrobe and if not, it’s certainly time for you to go shopping. It is the wardrobe “must have”.

Short, long, corsage or not, in winter or summer, we all have a little black dress that is waiting for us somewhere in a shop.

First let’s go back in time and be immersed world of Chanel. Do you know the real story of the little black dress? Far from the glamourous and the sparkling reputation it has today, la petite robe noire (the little black dress which was not so little at this time) was reserved for widows after the First World War. During the 20’s, women decided to give black a chance and the black dress started to appear in a lot of fashion magazines. It was in 1926 that Coco would draw attention to it by promoting the little black dress even more; she seduces women and the fashion industry by her simplicity. Indeed, less is more. The Americans are totally under the spell and see in it the expression of a modern woman, they even call the dress “Chanel’s Ford”. And voilà how the little black dress became your best friend.

Indeed the little black dress is like a true friendship. She will never disappoint you, she will be there for you when you’re confused in your choices about what to wear, and she will travel with you. You need to find the right one, the one you know that will be in the “life of your wardrobe” for a long time. Finding the right dress is one thing but to know how to wear it is another.

For this, here are few rules to follow and to avoid the little black dress faux-pas.

Bet on restraint, a timeless chic

As Chanel said “Simplicity is the keynote of true elegance”. When you choose your little black dress, make sure it’s not too much. The power of the little black dress resides in its simplicity. When Chanel redesigned the little black dress, she deleted all frills to be able to wear the black dress at any time for day and night. Avoid the details that hide the elegance of the dress such as flashy buttons or a collar that is too impressive. Do not hesitate to invest in your little black dress by choosing noble materials (please no synthetics) and make sure the shape is timeless. Don’t forget that this dress will follow you for a long time and will be certainly a part of important events in your life.

When you choose simplicity, you can change the style throughout the years by accessorising the dress.

Accessorise… always

Time to go back to the previous issue where I speak about accessorises. I will never cease to repeat that accessorises are your assets. But the same approach applies, make sure you find the right ones and do not over-accessorise. By picking the right accessory for your dress, you will accentuate your personality. You want people to see you so take on board the words of Chanel, if you “dress shabbily they notice the dress. Dress impeccably, they notice the woman”.

Finding beautiful jewellery that will highlight your complexion to offset the black that can be tough; I always have a preference for “sautoir” (long necklace). But remember if you wear earrings, you don’t need a necklace and vice versa (my motto less is more).


Now you found your perfect sober little black dress, you can allow yourself  a bit of fantasy. The most common faux-pas in my opinion is to wear black shoes with a black dress. However, I will have an exception for this. It depends on the occasion you wear it. If you are looking for a look grunge chic, my only exception would be black studded boots.

During the day you can wear flat print shoes (ballerinas, runners or sandals… For the print I find it totally chic and bold to wear leopard) and during the evening, high-heals will be so perfect to give an elegant side to your dress. And for this occasion, please no black and beautiful leather will be recommended.

For those who are looking for an original style, you can choose to wear a pair of tights with sparkles or stars to break with a style that is too classic.

And remember you create your own style, be yourself and find the right outfit to feel bien dans votre peau (good in your skin). Do not be scared to try different outfits, go shopping at your favourite places, and don’t hesitate to ask the sales assistant for advice; they are there to help you.

But trust me about something, once you will find your little black dress, you will know… it will jump out at you clearly, like a real friendship.

La petite robe noire allows for all styles, let me give you 3 examples that will prove you that the little black dress is your meilleure amie (best friend):

  • At last, the date with this man that you were hoping for so much is coming up. Panic… you want to impress but at the same time you don’t want to show off and make him believe that tonight is in the bag. Let me him desire you. To seduce him, you don’t need to spend hours thinking about what to wear, your little black dress and your self-confidence will be your perfect asset.
  • How to turn your daytime little black dress into an elegant evening dress: an expected evening after work, you don’t have so much time and by chance you are wearing your little black dress. It is the perfect scenario to show that you have style by turning your dress into an elegant outfit for this special occasion. The same motto: play with accessorises. Find a beautiful scarf in silk or wear a colourful belt. Regarding the shoes, I will always go for flashy shoes to cut off the mood style of the day. For a bag by preference a clutch will be the perfect choice. Et voilà, in few minutes with simple changes, you’re ready to go.
  • Show off your rebel mood with a rock’n’roll style: time to be imaginative and search in your drawer for everything that can give you a trendy rock chic – studded boots, leather, metal, jewellery, red lipstick, and of course without forgetting the French touch with messy hair.

If you can be sure about something, it’s that with the little black dress you can never make a mistake if you learn how to wear it and as Karl Lagerfeld said “one is never over-dressed or underdressed with a little black dress”

The little black dress that I pick for you

Zadig et Voltaire – Dress in 100% silk – Caroline Lace Camisole

Loving the simplicity and the details. A light dress easy to wear in every occasion

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Photo source: Zadig & Voltaire

Entre Susan Dimasi et moi…

The first time I met Susan was during one of her presentations at her atelier de couture (fashion workshop); I was immediately captivated by her professionalism in every detail. The sweetness of her words, the rhythm she used, and the elaborated vocabulary made me feel like a piece of fabric in the hands of a fashion designer creating art. I was totally in confidence and could have stayed all night to listen more about her work. I was imagining the sewing needle waltzing, wondering how a humble piece of fabric could be turned into one of these beautiful dresses that she made. Determined to learn more about Susan who started her brand MATERIALBYPRODUCT in 2003, we finally met again.

The rendez-vous was at La Belle Miette on Collins Street; the place was perfect. I almost felt likeI was in Paris. After ordering a few Ladurée macarons of  course with a Mariage Frères tea she began to share with me that she was 14 years old when she saw a documentary about Chanel that gave her the desire to become a well-known fashion designer herself. Chanel? You mean Coco? (wink) Ok it was definitely a great topic for my blog and I wanted to know more about Susan. When she contacted me to ask if I would accept to be a part of one of her campaigns (a selfie campaign, the idea was opportune and intrigued me), I didn’t hesitate one second. After making a few arrangements, we were off to Brisbane. 2 days just with Susan, to understand this fascinating creative designer with her Italian background.

To quickly describe Susan, I would say she is a woman with vision. Her vision was to build a respectable maison de couture and she did.

She started in 2003 and opened her ambitious atelier on Collins Street. She couldn’t find a better place in Australia to express her fashion art and continues to always be inspired by Coco. Collins Street is certainly the most Parisian street that we can find in Australia; and to confirm this we even call part of this street the Paris end (but this will be for another article, let’s go back to our inspiring lady). The idea of Susan was to imagine dresses and outfits for women, going to work everyday, looking for elegant clothes but that were also very comfortable for the woman of 21st century. This was also the desire of Coco Chanel who created the modern woman with for example the little black dress after the second war.

Fashion is always renewable and we definitely need designers to re-invent fashion, to shake up our stylish habits and re-invent outfits with new techniques. Susan’s technique is absolutely prodigious and I can’t stop looking at the perfect finish of each piece of garment.

When Susan invited me to come with her to Brisbane to start a selfie campaign, I obviously accepted. At the same time, Susan was invited by QAGOMA (Queensland Art Gallery of Modern Art) during the Cindy Sherman exhibition to introduce her work as fashion designer always inspired by Coco Chanel and how artists (in this case Cindy Sherman) allow her to be creative.

Cindy Sherman is an American photographer renowned for using her own image to explore the fascination of our modern society for self-image and narcissism and the cult of celebrity that contemporary societies accentuate. Imagine my surprise when I realised that Cindy Sherman had the audacity to include a series with Chanel. I wondered what Coco would think of it? Which was the same question for Susan.

How has CHANEL been such an influencer in your life as a woman but also in your life as a fashion designer?

Actually I dress the women Chanel envisaged in the future! Professional, working women who are buying their own fashion and are not dressing for their husbands. They are busy professionals who do not have time to compete with their girlfriends. They are the boss or consciously dressing for the job (and life) they want.

How could you describe your work?

MATERIALBYPRODUCT’s unique, minimal and meticulous tailoring language is neatly summed up as; the cut, the mark, the join.

Stylistically I have carved out a niche that combines glamour and intellect.

How was your work evolved since you started?

The core philosophy of crafting a tight wardrobe that takes you from the week end to evening in the least amount of pieces remains the same. Over fourteen years I have measured, fit and hand crafted pieces for hundreds of women all with their own unique requirements. This makes me a better tailor. It also pushes design evolution from the very real inspiration of working with amazing women.

One thing I definitely notice about Susan is her determined willingness to discover techniques, to observe details and create an unique style.

Where do you see MATERIALBYPRODUCT in few years? (Thinking about Coco who maybe didn’t imagine herself being so famous in the world)

Welcoming more women and men to MATERIALBYPRODUCT.

Do you have a favourite piece in your collection?

I am an old tailor in a young woman’s body so my favourite pieces are always jackets. In homage to Chanel I also always pursue the ultimate little black, jersey dress that is a comfortable as a t-shirt but looks a million dollars.

What are the changes that you notice in fashion? The positive and the negative?

As the global fashion houses get bigger and bigger there is a discerning base of people who want beautifully crafted, luxury fashion with provenance that is relevant to their time and place.

And how do you see the future of fashion?

It is particularly exciting for me  to welcome a younger client who would normally spend twenty years buying into mass aspirational labels by-passing that offering to find MATERIALBYPRODUCT because it aligns with their social conscious as well as ticking all the fashion boxes.

Because you have a “Coco crush” (smile) to use your expression on Coco who was French, could you explain to me in few words what is French style for you?

French style for me as the Creative Director of MATERIALBYPRODUCT is being able to get dressed at 6am and go, go, go all day (without needing to change). Pieces that just work because the quality of the cut, cloth, fit, construction and style are excellent. An adjustment of a scarf or the way a jacket is belted (while in an elevator) transforms and outfit from sitting at the desk easy to cocktail.

We recently went together to see Cindy Sherman, you were fascinated by the Chanel Room, how do you find inspiration in art?

Art that strikes me with beauty and makes me think at the same time always inspires me.

Do you think Coco Chanel if she was alive will be on social medias taking selfies?

I think the young Coco would have been the original celebrity blogger/selfie queen for sure. I like to guess she would have embraced it and actively taken control of putting out images of herself as an older woman at work out and at the height of her creativity.

I’m also preparing an article about it, watch this space.

What is your motto every day?

I am here to give my creativity to the world and invite as many people as possible to come and enjoy it.

I want to finish this interview on Susan’s motto because it’s exactly what I have experienced with her. A determined woman who has this desire to share and give, and after all isn’t it correct to think that all creativity starts from with an act of generosity, a desire to share. And how interesting to know that the word ‘generosity’ comes from the Latin root: ‘genere’ which means ‘to engender’, or ‘be born.’ A talented fashion designer is born few years ago and you can go to visit her atelier on Collins Street and for all women always busy or hesitating with their wardrobe, you can definitely trust MATERIALBYPRODUCT.

Read Susan’s article on her blog “Coco, Cindy and Susan’ who shares her experience at QAGOMA during Cindy Sherman exhibition.

Susan and I at QAGOMA




Saturday 2

4th September 10am – 5pm

100% Authentic guarantee range of Vintage CHANEL, LOUIS VUITTON, HERMES bags and accessories

HAWKEYE VINTAGE brings you an exclusive Vintage 70’s SPRING CELINE clothing collection, BLAZERS, SHIRTS, SKIRTS, PANTS AND MORE

HAUTE EMPIRE offers contemporary designer clothing and accessories with an extensive offering of Australian and international brands, SPRING RACING OUTFITS AND MORE!


This sale is not to be missed!

The Lyall Hotel (Conference Room)

16 Murphy Street, South Yarra, 3141



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Fashion Show Ecothreads – Rags to Runway
August 27th 2016

unspecified-4Ecothreads was a fashion show with a difference, held at the Cherry Bar in AC/DC Lane Melbourne it was a glamorous, extravagant and exciting show, as you would expect of an event that is a part of the Melbourne Spring Fashion Week. Staging a fashion runway and an after party with music by the renowned all-girl rock band Stonefield in one of Melbourne’s most iconic rock bars, Ecothreads was definitely an event to be a part of.

unspecified-1unspecified-8Ecothreads is different in the fact that this was a sustainable fashion show that presented up-cycled outfits made by Kangan Institute’s fashion students. All of the outfits were re-designed, re-styled and up-cycled using donated garments from Australian Red Cross Shops that were unsaleable and destined for landfill, the headline of the show speaks for itself ‘Rags to Runway. When Fashion and Music Collide,’ as does the motto ‘Saving the planet…one frock at a time.’


unspecified-13The outfits on show were so impressive, what an amazing effort by these creative and talented students, so contemporary, colourful and original as well as resourceful. There was casual and formal wear and all very artistic and considering the concept behind the project I’m sure it amazed and pleasantly surprised the audience, I certainly was, it was an absolute standout show.


It really raised the bar setting the highest standards for others to follow in more ways than one, in education for the students who participated and equally for the audience, for sustainability and for fundraising, a meaningful outcome where all proceeds from the event will go to Red Cross to help people most in need in Australia and around the world.unspecified-6

I want to emphasise the element of surprise once again as the whole event was so well organised and put together. The runway on AC/DC lane was very ritzy, a laneway already cool with street art and a venue that has staged some of the best Australian and overseas rock legends. Overall the whole thing came together brilliantly, it was a quality, classy and a very ‘rock n roll’ enjoyable night with a purpose and even Melbourne’s unpredictable weather was on side.

unspecified-2Huge congratulations to all who participated and contributed to this worthwhile project, all Kangan Institute staff and students, the models and volunteers and the collaborators The Australian Red Cross and Stonefield.

unspecified-12Creative Stylist: Melissa Jackson
Creative Visual Merchandising: Kate Carroll
Project Creator & Director: Vicki Nicola
Photography: PNP Media

NorthCity4 – open day


Intrigued to discover how jewellery is designed and made?  The artist-run contemporary jewellery studio Northcity4 opens its Brunswick doors on Saturday 6th August from 11am to 3pm.

Visit and discover what’s possible with a day of workshops, demonstrations and beautifully crafted jewellery for sale.


NorthCity 4 artists and teachers including, Anna Davern, Emma Grace, Jana King, Cass Partington, Rhys Turner and more will be on hand during the day and will also be selling their work.

Demonstrations on the day include:

  • Melting silver and pouring an ingot with Northcity4 teacher Rhys Turner
  • Rolling down the poured ingot and printing a pattern using the rolling mills
  • Sublimation printing with Northcity4 Board member and teacher Anna Davern
  • Jewellery repair workshop with Emma Grace

Competitions will be run throughout the day with great prizes including discounted classes, a jeweller Tool Kit and a custom Northcity4 jeweller’s apron.

Northcity4 co-founder Anna Davern has been represented in numerous Australian and international solo and group exhibitions including a recent survey of Australian art at the Museum Of Contemporary Art, Taipei. In 2011 she co-founded Northcity4, a studio that provides professional and creative opportunities to the Australian contemporary jewellery community. Anna Davern’s practice straddles the visual arts, jewellery, fashion and education. She teaches, writes, curates and primarily makes jewellery and objects from the Northcity4 studios in Brunswick.

Northcity4 is a sustainability focused artist run initiative located in Brunswick, offering studio space and education programs to Melbourne’s Art, Craft and Design communities. Focus is on Melbourne’s vibrant contemporary jewellery community, offering term classes in jewellery making as well as skills-based and ideas-based masterclasses, workshops and seminars.

Northcity4 is a proud Program Partner with Craft Victoria’s Craft Cubed Festival,

1 – 31 August 2016.

Northcity4 Open Day at NorthCity4 Studio, 61 Weston St Brunswick, Saturday 6 August, 11am – 3pm.  Northcity4 Open Day 2016 is a part of Craft’s Craft Cubed Festival.