TAKE FIVE: SA FASHION EXPORTS TAKING ON THE WORLD
AUSTRALIAN FASHION LABELS In less than a decade husband and wife team Dean and Melanie Flintoft have built a multi-million dollar company with its headquarters here in Adelaide creating many local jobs in the process. Brands under the Aus Labels umbrella include Finders Keepers, C/MEO Collective, Keepsake The Label, The Fifth and, more recently, affordable luxury line TYLR. Stocked worldwide, Aus Labels clothes and footwear are worn by almost every girl about town who’s anyone, including supermodel Kendall Jenner who has been stepping out in the TY-LR “Bonython” coat named in honour of... NICOLE BONYTHON-HINES A stylist before there was such a thing and with no formal training in fashion, Adelaide-born Bonython-Hines got a “merchandising gig” at Vogue Australia in the 1980s and went on to work for “every magazine in Australia” and fashion shows including Collette Dinnigan in Australia and Paris. Appointed head stylist of this year’s Adelaide Fashion Festival, Bonython-Hines was the force behind Kylie Minogue’s transformation from Neighbour to out-of-this-world superstar in her 1990 Better The Devil You Know video, which skyrocketed her global career. CHRISTINE CENTENERA ”Perhaps the most fashionable person in Australia at the moment is from Adelaide,” Vogue Australia editor-in-chief Edwina McCann said in 2013 in reference to Centenera, above, before going on to describe her as “a world-class fashion icon who is loved all over the world in fashion blogs”. Now the glossy’s senior fashion editor, she has also worked with rapper Kanye West on his clothing line, and, no doubt, inspired him when giving style counsel to his equally famous wife Kim Kardashian. The reality TV star’s “Kanye has definitely inspired me to wanna, like, be a little bit more of an individual’’ 2012 makeover looked like she had stylejacked Centenera. MADISON STUBBINGTON Recently ranked alongside Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid and Georgia May Jagger by models.com as one of, and the only Australian featured in, the top 50 models on the planet, this 18-year-old from Northgate is hotter than her flaming locks. Discovered in, and winner of, the inaugural Pride’s International Model Search in 2011, Stubbington has walked the international runway with Cara Delevingne and Karlie Kloss, been hand-picked by fashion legend Grace Coddington to appear in US Vogue and recently graced the cover of its Italian sister publication, above. PAUL VASILEFF Self-taught, the creator of Paolo Sebastian was the first South Australian to have a gown on the Oscar’s red carpet when he dressed Giuliana Rancic for last year’s 86th Annual Academy Awards. Other international stars to take a shine to his couture include Paloma Faith, Chris Jenner and Dannii Minogue, while Australia’s 2013 Miss Universe entrant, Olivia Wells, wore his gown at the pageant’s final in Moscow before an estimated global audience of more than one billion. Last month a Paolo Sebastian capsule collection made a cameo appearance in fashion show scenes on US super soap The Bold and the Beautiful, which is watched by millions around the world. With stockists in New York, Singapore and Kuwait, Vasileff’s longheld dream of becoming Australia’s answer to Chanel and Dior is fast becoming reality.