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AFL Outsider Brett Geeves on Brownlow 2016 red carpet and Dangerfield’s victory

For so many years it was all about the blokes. Brown velvet suits and a smoke-filled room that meant crawling to the exits.

The modern world has a shifting foundation — and WAGs are part of that.

That red dress from 2004. Invisible tape became a Brownlow thing, as did representing a designer and, when saying designer’s name, pronouncing it in a manner that represented your status. “Designer is from Milan, darling”. The battle lines were drawn and the Rebecca Judd Medal was born.

The award is on offer for the AFL players’ wives and partners, who are openly chasing the fame that a stunning dress might bring. Nadia Bartel is the current Beccy Medallist and showed off her form again this year in a plunging jumpsuit that if I was wearing would look as awkward as a red carpet interview with Andrew Welsh.

What concerns me most about the Brownlow is how much pressure is placed on the girls before a night like this.

There are a number of very attractive girls who commit their lives to modelling as their chosen profession and they are obviously very comfortable in front of the camera and the following critique of their dress and look.

The modern-day love of social media means those who aren’t paid models, have duck faced in front of their phones, added some pretty flowers on their head and have overly whitened their teeth. They are at least semi-prepared.

The best and worst dressed? Expect to see a number of girls chosen to be rated out of 10 in newspapers. And then again in the next edition of high-selling monthly women’s magazines.

What if you haven’t had months to spend in a designer’s den trying on hundreds of outfits to find the one that will show your curves and is the right shade? Instead you’ve had to throw on that old favourite that the kids have used as a sleeping bag for twelve months.

Is the colour in season? You’d want to hope so, because there is every chance you’ll end up being bullied by one million fashionistas from behind their keyboards — as well paid fashion gurus for media outlets who don’t know your story.

Liam Picken’s partner, Annie Nolan, wore pants and a tie. And I love her for it.

“Women have been unfairly judged for their red carpet appearance in the past, so I thought wearing a suit would get me away from the fashion police,” she said.

With the amount of awareness now around mental health, online bullying and the need for positive body messages, I am stunned that this part of the night and the ensuing assessment is handled in the aggressive and judgmental manner of the Royal Sydney Cattle Show.

And then there’s the Brownlow Medal. — the award for the best and fairest midfielder of the season.

The biggest test in this theory was Round 20 when Melbourne beat Hawthorn and Max Gawn got the two votes with Jack Viney collecting the three.

I haven’t seen a more dominant ruck game than the masterclass Gawn put on that day. His 11 marks all seemed to be taken in defence with Hawthorn’s high ball entries completely nullified by the big man’s defensive presence. He shut down their game plan and influenced the scoreboard with a goal, while his 41 hit-outs ensured his midfielders got first use of the footy.

He was the reason Melbourne won that game and it’s disappointing that he was not rewarded with BOG honours. It only furthers the perception that this is an exclusive midfielders award.

To add to the appeal of the evening ... but first, let’s take a break.

The night dragged on so long into the night that last drinks were called at the Sydney function. If you popped outside the venue to take a phone call or grab a kebab, you weren’t allowed back in.

In Melbourne, the Bulldogs were in attendance — and for the first time in 55 years they weren’t blind drunk after too many Luke Beverages, throwing the toilet lollies at each other in the foyer. They attended the night as participants of the Grand Final and as the people’s champs. We wish them well, woof woof.

As the anticipation of the award was building from Round 17, we all had visions of the fast-finishing Dustin Martin acceptance speech, particularly after he mouthed at the camera a special message to his father. At this stage, the count held some interest.

Then a band member of Eskimo Joe came on the screen and the interest was over.

The winner, Patrick Dangerfield, was the shortest priced favourite in the history of the award and was even shorter to spruik love for his teammates and how the award means nothing compared to the pursuit of team glory in his speech. He’s that sort of guy, Patty, and you can be sure that he means it.

His year was remarkable and proof of this was his chalking up the most Brownlow Medal votes ever recorded in a single season. Suggesting that we may have witnessed the most dominant season of any player in the game.

From Round 1 against Hawthorn, where he gathered 40-plus possessions, took pack marks in the forward line — but missed a number of easy shots in front of goal — his dominance didn’t taper off. He owned every game he played and you feel that as Geelong get better at supporting him through the midfield, his efficiency and ability to impact games will only improve.

Scary times for the competition.

So as the night ended and we celebrate the year of Danger, 16 teams headed to Warnie’s bar for dancing, whining about the teams in the GF and the potential of some dress malfunctions that will no doubt make a confidential piece.

The other two teams? Well they’ve got a game of footy on the weekend.Read more at:one shoulder formal dresses | red formal dresses

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Young East Lancashire designer causing ripples on British fashion scene

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A YOUNG designer who is causing ripples on the British fashion scene is set to launch her second collection at the end of London Fashion Week this week.

Claudia Ferguson, 23, is to reveal her latest 22 creations at a closing event in the capital on Friday.


Already she has attracted the attention of renowned celebrity fashion stylists and has been featured in OK! magazine and national newspapers.

Ms Ferguson, who grew up in Burnley and went to school in Blackburn, said: “It’s unbelievable how my dresses have created such an interest in such a short time.

“I love to allow ladies to show off their figures in dresses that are sheer class and very sexy all at the same time.”

Her clothing is especially popular with TV presenter Lizzie Cundy, who has worn her designs four times.

Now the former Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School student has launched her business CC Couture by Claudia Croazzo, named after her mum’s Italian family’s name. The family has been involved in the retail of fashion wear and clothing in the Bassano del Grappa region of northern Italy for the last 50 years.

Ms Ferguson was educated at St Joseph’s Park Hill in Burnley and also completed an art and design course at Blackburn College.

She went on to win a place on the fashion design and styling degree course at the University of Salford.

After graduating she worked on a spring summer gym-wear collection for Neu Apparel in Manchester but her passion was to move to London.

She secured a position working on the knitwear collection for Jacque Vert who have more than 470 outlets across Britain.

Ms Ferguson said: “My experience there was invaluable.

“But my aim was always to set up my own fashion house.

“When I presented a collection at the Portobello Young Fashion Designers show in February that was when things started to take off.

“I was invited to show at a fringe event at the Mint Leaf Lounge Bank during London Fashion Week.

“My dress collection was shown alongside a jewellery collection which together looked fabulous.

“Initially the plan was for my collection to open the show,.

“But when the organisers saw it they decided it should close the show, which was very exciting.”Read more at:sexy formal dresses

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3 Ways ‘See Now Buy Now’ is Challenging the Fashion Industry

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The fashion industry is in the midst of a major revolution. As each fashion week season rolls around, a larger number of designers can be seen embracing a new approach to their big runway reveals: “see now, buy now.”

The movement, ushered in by an increasingly impatient and digital-and-mobile minded bunch, ditches the fashion industry’s traditional six-month catwalk-to-store lag time in favor of an approach that mirrors its name. Consumers can now buy looks off the runway right after the show is over.

Filled with perks for shoppers of the digital age — many of whom will march into their nearest Apple store should an app take more than a millisecond to load — the “see now, buy now” model simultaneously challenges both veteran and emerging design talent.

Here are three reasons why.

A Mega Shift in Supply Chain Strategy

In order to earn a ticket on the “see now, buy now” train, traditional fashion firms and designers must significantly retool their supply-chain operations. And, like every millennial’s favorite Facebook relationship status: it’s complicated.

Adapting to a new supply chain model of any kind is difficult, but a significant acceleration in speed-to-market — which a “see now, buy now” model would require — can is more of a major supply chain overhaul, which can be catastrophic.

Of course, having a nimble supply chain and the financial resources in one’s corner can aid the process.

For now, Burberry and Tommy Hilfiger are among the top fashion names to make the switch to “see now, buy now.”

Trade-Off Anticipation for Immediacy & Accessibility

Some of the fashion industry’s top creative heads have been openly against the “see now, buy now” model because they believe it hinders the emotional elements of desire and anticipation birthed by “the wait.”

Most notably, François-Henri Pinault, CEO of French luxury conglomerate Kering, has rejected the approach.

In a memorable sound bite in February, Pinault said fast fashion “negates the dream” of luxury and “there are some brands for which a runway show is a communications event.”

With Gucci, Balenciaga, Saint Laurent and other popular fashion houses under Kering’s command, the company’s public refusal to adopt the model could temper momentum.

Pressure on Creativity & Quality

Faster fashion has become one of the industry’s more polarizing topics. On one side are those who believe that the key to survival is keeping up with consumer demands for immediacy, on the other are those who say that the only way to accomplish that is to sacrifice quality and creativity. Fashion designers and executives clinging to the latter perspective believe that even if consumers say that they want everything right now, they don’t mind holding on a bit longer for the best possible product.

Last year, in a heavily cited interview with System magazine, former Christian Dior creative director Raf Simons lamented about the ever-increasing pace of fashion and a lack of time for the “incubation” of ideas.

Similarly, Italian designer Ermanno Scervino told Reuters in March that he has no intentions of joining the “see now, buy now” crowd.

“It is not for me, it is not for [products of] excellence,” he said. “We have long [designing] time frames. I am not interested.”Read more at:backless formal dresses

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