Australian Fash­ion Foun­da­tion Hosts Sum­mer Party

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The event brought out Aussie de­sign­ers and mod­els such as Ryan Lobo, Kym Ellery, Ajak Deng and Mon­tana Cox.

On Tues­day night, the Make Be­lieve rooftop bar at Sixty LES was the scene of a re­union, of sorts, for the Australian fash­ion com­mu­nity.

“It’s an an­nual re­union where we cel­e­brate all things Australian and con­grat­u­late each other on be­ing here, ac­tu­ally get­ting it done,” said Mal­colm Carfrae, co­founder of the Australian Fash­ion Foun­da­tion. Each year the foun­da­tion awards two young Australian fash­ion de­sign­ers with a $20,000 schol­ar­ship and in­tern­ship with top fash­ion houses in New York or Europe. “The rea­son we started to do it is be­cause it’s so hard for young Aus­tralians to work in fash­ion, and to get fash­ion ex­pe­ri­ence,” Carfrae added.

“It’s been great to see the emerg­ing tal­ent com­ing out of Aus­tralia, and how this ini­tia­tive has been able to place them in op­por­tu­ni­ties that they wouldn’t re­ally be able to place them­selves in other­wise, and it’s also brought to­gether a col­lec­tive of New York cre­atives as well,” said de­signer Dion Lee. “It’s nice to be able to sup­port some­thing that is re­ally help­ing bring Australian cre­atives into the in­ter­na­tional in­dus­try.”

The AUSFF sum­mer party, pre­sented by QIC|GRE and the Amer­i­can Australian As­so­ci­a­tion, was also an op­por­tu­nity for the tight-knit ex­pat com­mu­nity to catch up, be­fore the call of sum­mer travel (and de­sign dead­lines) sets in.

“I think it’s a close-knit com­mu­nity, ev­ery­body re­ally knows each other, and sup­ports each other,” said Vic­to­ria Lee, stand­ing along­side fel­low model Georgia Fowler. “It’s so nice as well, be­cause

Mon­tana Cox

Kym Ellery

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