IN FULL BLOOM
Thirty fashion designers, hundreds of glamorous guests and countless flowers … The third annual BAZAAR in Bloom charity gala and couture show was a spectacular spring fling
Ivy Ballroom in Sydney was bedecked in beautiful spring flowers and mood-lit to within an inch of its life as the third annual BAZAAR in Bloom charity gala and couture runway show staged by Harper’s BAZAAR and The Royal Hospital forwomen Foundation got underway. The high pollen count lured a buzzy 250-strong crowd, drawn from Australia’s philanthropy, social, fashion and celebrity sets, including red-carpet regulars Jesinta Franklin, Jessica Kahawaty and Erin Holland.
Also among the boldface names was ARIA Award winner Megan Washington, who performed an exclusive set — fittingly, for an event celebrating new life, while seven months pregnant. Between courses paired with Laurent-perrier champagne and Kirin Japanese beer, an auction of covetable handbags, holidays and luxury experiences raised funds for the clinic.
The floral theme continued through the highlight of the night, a Bazaar-styled couture runway show in which models showcased 31 breathtaking gowns by designers including Ellery, Carla Zampatti, Zimmermann, Christopher Esber and Dion Lee (see the gowns up close
from page 123). Each look was finished with dramatic hair and makeup courtesy of crack backstage teams from Goldwell, Préma salon and M.A.C Cosmetics, stunning jewels by Georg Jensen and shoes by Jimmy Choo, Stuart Weitzman and Christian Louboutin.
This year’s funds will support the second phase of development for the new Fertility & Research Clinic in Randwick, Sydney.
A Maticevski gown on the runway. Left: a flower installation by Doctor Cooper Studio.
BAZAAR’S Kellie Hush and husband David Bugg. Sleek Georg Jensen vases adorned tables. Below left: a Bentley from Trivett Bespoke on display. Romance Was Born’s Anna Plunkett.
Designers Rebecca Vallance, macgraw’s Tessa Macgraw and Aje.’s Edwina Robinson.