Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Akira, Nick Cave's son and more Michelle Leslie

MAFW swings into action at 9am this morning with Akira's show down at a martial arts studio in Surry Hills called the Kung Fu Headquarters. Last year, Akira previewed his new spring collection on members of the Sydney Dance Company. Will he do it today on Jet Li, Sonny Chiba and Jackie Chan? Now there's an idea for a fashion show...

Actually Jethro "son of Nick Cave" Lazenby is probably the closest Akira is ever going to get to a celeb module.

As of last week, The Good Son - or Bad Seed, take your pick - was due to make his Sydney modelling debut in today's Akira's show, after first popping up on the fashion radar earlier this year down at the Melbourne Fashion Festival.

For those who are clearly obsessed with Michelle Leslie, you'll be thrilled to hear she is due to make four catwalk appearances this week.

Heard that last night at the little do at the State Theatre to welcome the four Kiwis who are showing: World, Zambesi, Keucke and Cybele.

This time last year of course Leslie was the model-who-was-everywhere-but-who-noone-knew, except for the designers who employed her to walk for their shows.

After the Bali brouhaha, all these Fashion Week photos suddenly started appearing and you realised just what a volume of runway work she had. People now seem quite nervous about using her.

Someone said last night that she may be doing Zimmermann. If that's the case, it will be interesting, Zimmermann being yet another swimwear brand like Azzollini. She could of course just model the ready-to-wear - and avoid the inevitable burka-to-bikini comments which she copped last week. With Zimmermann also slated to have Fashion Week ringin Lily Cole, the photographers could be very busy at that show.

What else did I hear last night? Oh yes, that David Jones is corralling designers together today for its biannual DJs family happy snaps. And that one DJs designer has had a word to management about how "matronly" her clothes look hanging on the racks there.

FYI David Jones goes quite hard during MAFW, completely taking over the Cruise restaurant down at the Overseas Passenger Terminal as its buying office by day and schmoozing saloon by night.

David Jones has also apparently stocked the Fashion Week/Azimut superyacht that is being moored nearby with cashmere blankies and toiletries.

The yacht is being used to ferry 25 "VVIPs" around for an hour at sunset each night. I'm calling it HMAS MAFW and hope that someone does a Tsubi at some stage over the course of the next five days and makes the VVIPs walk the plank into Sydney Harbour.

I'll be reporting in this blog from various shows using my Blackberry, so check back later today.

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