(NEW YORK) Fashion met Wall Street (no wolves around!) on Friday night when the fash set hit downtown Cipriani as the Australian Fashion Foundation was honored at the G’Day USA New York Gala, sponsored by The Woolmark Company. The Black Tie Gala honored AFF co-founder Malcolm Carfrae of Calvin Klein Inc. and Julie Anne Quay of VFiles, who have made a profound impact in welcoming our friends from Oz into the industry. The evening also honored Robert Thomson, chief executive of News Corp., for outstanding corporate achievement.
“Julie Anne and I were thrilled to be honored by G’Day USA. It’s definitely gratifying to be recognized for our efforts and inspires us to do even more to support young Aussies in fashion,” Carfrae told The Daily. “My favorite part of the evening was getting huge hugs from two our your competion winners, Georgia Lazzaro and Tim Watson and them calling me their hero. That made me realize it was all worth it.”
The lively event included performances by William Barton and Australian Idol’s Paulini, and welcomed WSJ‘s Kristina O’Neill, Woolmark’s Michelle Lee, Bazaar’s Laura Brown and actress Sarah Wynter (who presented to the fash super duo), John Wattiker, Nora Zehetner, Ben Watts, Montana Cox, James Houston, Richard Christensen, Lincoln Pilcher, Shanina Shaik, Rose Swarbrick, Jodie Boland, Susan Joy, and a host of lively Aussies (and some honorary Oz lovers) to celebrate their achievement in helping a new generation make it in New York (and around the globe).
On another note…Savvy New Yorkers likely noticed the Empire State Building weekend lighting scheme was green and gold, to mark Australia Day on Sunday. Is a takeover imminent? Cheers to that, mate.
Check out our Gallery to see more from the event.