March has long been celebrated as a style savvy month. It starts with Virgin Australia’s Melbourne Fashion Festival held annually in the first weeks of March. Now the Central Coast is celebrating its own strong influence on the international stage of style, with the launch ofCentral Coast Fashion Week – kicking off on Wednesday March 22 at bombini restaurant at Avoca Beach.
Central Coast Fashion Week is the creative brainchild of three local creative powerhouses – Hayley Hardcastle, Weave Dibden Neck and Emily Berlach. Hayley is co-owner of the chic, bombini restaurant at Avoca Beach, working alongside her husband Cameron Cansdell who was awarded with last year’s ‘Electrolux Young Restaurateur of the Year’ title. Weave Dibden Neck is the internationally renowned designer of the By Weave label, dressing many of the world’s stars; Weave has recently returned home to the NSW Central Coast and will be launching her new casual daywear range ‘Ukiyo’ at Central Coast Fashion Week. Emily Berlach is of Bohemian Traders, a label that has fast earned cult status with its modern bohemia style, now wardrobe staples around the country.
Together they recognised that this beautiful region has nurtured many of the country’s leading style influencers, and it was time to put a stamp on its credentials to launch an event that celebrated home-grown talent.
Alongside By Weave and Bohemian Traders, the Central Coast has borne many of the country’s leading fashion pack, now style leaders of their own right on the international fashion stage. Recognisable names include Gary Pepper Girl aka Nicole Warne, with 1.7 million followers on Instagram and gracing the covers of magazines and leading fashion blogs from around the world; Terrigal’s Jessica Stein owns the Tuula Vintage title with 2.5 million followers on Instagram, and leads a jet-set lifestyle showcasing her style influence from exotic locations around the world; Elle Ferguson, half of the trailblazing fashionable duo They All Hate Us alongside Tash Sefton, offering style counsel via their chic blog and online store. Other notable names include April Cartwright of Travels of a Stylist; fashion and lifestyle photographer, Jac Powell; and fashion blogger, Andrea Hetherington, of Leather and Lattes.
All events will be held at bombini restaurant, 366 Avoca Drive, Avoca Beach, NSW. To purchase tickets, contact bombini on 02 4381 1436 or via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Key event dates:
- Wednesday March 22: Central Coast Fashion official launch PLUS exclusive preview of By Weave new casual daywear collection
Ticket price $60, including canapes and drinks
Fashion, art and food – a night of inspiration for the official launch of Central Coast Fashion Week, and an exclusive preview of By Weave’s new casual daywear collection Ukiyo. There will be a series of photographic stills taken by some of the country’s top photographers, as bombini is transformed into a fashion exhibition space to launch the line.
Live music on the night by local girl MICROWAVE JENNY, and hosted by Central Coast lifestyle and fashion photographer, Jacs Powell.
- Thursday March 23 to Sun March 26 – Meet the creators at ‘The Closet’ fashion marketplace
12pm to 8pm, Thursday March 23
10am to 4pm, Friday 24 to Sun 26 March
Fashion trumps food for the week, as bombini’s The Pantry is converted into a fashionable marketplace, selling a hand-picked selection of clothing and accessories from By Weave, Bohemian Traders, Ukiyo, Skin & Bone, and Ragamuffin Jewellery. On-site champagne bar.
- Friday March 24: Morning yoga session, and launch of Ukiyo yoga-wear
9:30am to 11:30am
Ticket price $30, including 1 hour yoga session hosted by Carrera Jones, followed by morning tea
Enjoy a blissful morning of yoga from the bombini terrace, followed by the launch of new yoga wear label Ukiyo from By Weave’scollaboration with local yogi Carrera Jones of Yoga With CJ.
- Saturday March 25: Denim takes to the catwalk! Hosted by Bohemian Traders and special guest – Elle Ferguson of They All Hate Us
12pm to 3pm
Ticket price $120, including two-course lunch and champagne
An intimate fashion catwalk event over lunch, to talk denim – what to wear, how to wear – an interactive session to talk denim for your body type, plus catwalk fashion to preview the hottest looks for this year.
- Sunday March 26: Curate your look – style tips from the experts, talking hair, make up and beauty
10am to midday
Ticket price $30, including Mimosa cocktail, house-based treats, tea and coffee
You have the wardrobe, now get the expert tips on how to perfect and finish your look. Allure Hair Bar owner, Renee Marshall, will demonstrate a few simple home hair styling tips to perfect at home. Make-up and simple styling tips on the day from Tira Jaye.