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Altitude Ball 2014


The Altitude Ball, held at Crown’s Grand Ballroom on Saturday night, is an annual black tie event that raises money for the Royal Flying Doctors Service. Paying up to $6500 for a table of ten, this charity event is not for one with shallow pockets. Being shallow pocketed myself, attending with a media pass was a privilege, and can I say – what a party it was. It was wonderfully performed, with Channel 7’s Natalie Barr holding the night together as MC, and jazz singer Ali Bodycoat singing soulfully throughout. And then, at the end, was main act – and 90s darling – Kate Ceberano. She sang Pash. I jumped up on stage and blew her kisses. She waved, smiled and generally loved it.


The entire setting of the Altitude Ball was opulent. Walk through the doors and be immersed in a sea of beautiful clothes, jewellery and perfectly coiffed hair. Look up and see trapeze artists, to the right a tasteful cocktail bar, ahead to gorgeous table settings covered in bottlebrushes, tulips and floating candles, and shiny chandeliers floating from the ceiling. On top of this was the silent auction, with items ranging from an impressive chrome propeller sculpture, to the somewhat tacky – a gold plated rose and an ugly guitar.

The Altitude Ball proved to be a fantastic night. But it did leave me wondering whether altruism or being fabulous was the most important emphasis of the night – but perhaps in cases like this the point is on the two being interdependent.


By: Stephanie Dryden

Jonte’s Fashion Show


Jonte Pike, a young talent who is set to go very far with her label ‘Jonte’ launched her autumn/winter 14’ collection last Friday night, 2rd May at the luxurious Gold Bar. The sophisticated and stylish venue hosted a beautiful catwalk to showcase Jonte’s collection titled ‘Antiquity’. With darker shades and a wintery ambient, Jonte showcased a mesmerizing collection which was feminine yet full of strength. A wintery colour palette of black, burgundy, bronze and dark green shades made us want winter to come quicker! Each garment was impeccably structured, intertwined with a mix of textiles including leather, silk, wool and intricate beading.

I sat down with the designer before the show to ask her some questions about her label and herlatest collection.

Congratulations on winning the Vocational Student of the year in 2012. How did that feel?

It was amazing, a bit surreal, really nothing I expected. I was privileged to have received the award across all areas of vocational training and was humbled to be representing the fashion industry. It was great meeting such talented students from all across Australia at the nationals in Brisbane. The training awards were a lifetime experience.

You also received a scholarship to Japan, what kind of opportunities did Japan open up for you?

There were so many opportunities from the trip including factory tours which you don’t get to see in Australia. We got to see many various techniques unique to Japanese Hyogo Textile Companies such as the weaving and dyeing processes. Having the opportunity to work with textile companies who supply fashion houses like Calvin Klein and Versace was enthusing! I had my own textile design manufactured in Japan and was able to showcase this fabric at Perth Fashion Festival. I was lucky to receive the scholarship on two occasions, 2011 as a graduate designer and 2014 as the emerging designer. On the 2014 trip iconic designer Akira Isogawa participated and it was such an experience to be in the presence of a top Australian Designer.

Being from South Africa, has your heritage influenced your designs in any way?                   

Yes definitely, I’ve got a very eclectic feel to my work. I work with a lot of leather and hand beaded qualities, which was influenced from my South African background. I have always loved different cultures in South Africa and have been told it can be seen through my work.

I noticed you tend to use different fabrics together, is there a reason behind that?                    

It has become my design stamp. I like to mix leather, silk and hand beading. I love to juxtapose different textiles together. I enjoy mixing textures together to create a tactile sense to the garment. It adds a different element, which is more unique to my designing.

Can you describe to us what your latest collection was about?

The Jonté Antiquity Fall/Winter 2014 Collection draws inspiration from an antique ambience but re-worked for today’s modern edgy woman. A necklace I got from my grandmother inspired the whole collection. Playing with contrasting fabrics, this collection embodies genuine leathers, sheer textiles, hand-beaded features, laser cutting and hand dyed Batik textiles.

So the necklace was the key source for this collection, what were some other sources of inspiration for ‘Antiquity’?

Some beautiful textiles I found including silk devoré fabrics and some coloured leathers also inspired me for this collection. I liked the idea of re-working older fashion ideas into modern looks. There are a few design elements, which continue through the collection including zippers, piping and leveled hemlines, which developed from my inspirations and became key features.


Where do you source your materials from?                    

There are a few different companies I go to or if I find a swatch I go to places to try and find that same material or the closest form to it.


How do you hope your brand will develop over the next few years? 

As of end of last year I started stocking in Sydney and Melbourne so I am hoping to grow that. I am setting up my online store at the momentand I hope to open up a showroom sometime next year, eventually working towards opening up a store one day and expanding through Australia.


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By: Bojana Petrovich