Marvel and Swarovski Unveil Dazzling New Home Collection Celebrating Iconic Super Heroes

MARVEL and Swarovski joined forces once again, building on a shared dedication to celebrating the wonder in fantasy and self-expression.

MARVEL x Swarovski returns with a dazzling new home collection designed to command attention and energise interiors, bringing fans worldwide a vivid reimagining of their most beloved comic book icons.

Expertly crafted using full-cut facets in bright and bold hues, each crystallised character gleams powerfully, channelling a mix of courage, intelligence, and strength.

A thrilling testament to Swarovski’s savoir-faire and MARVEL power, the Spring/Summer 2024 collection embraces the power of crystals to celebrate superheroes and epic villains with dynamic radiance.

The collection’s precision finishes display remarkable attention to detail. It features Captain America, Thor, Thanos, Loki, and Captain Marvel as solo figurines and a stunning composite MARVEL Avengers piece. Intensely vibrant colours highlight Swarovski’s prismatic brilliance, while instantly recognisable elements and classic poses are inspired by Marvel’s epic heroes.

MARVEL X SWAROVSKI HOME COLLECTION

CAPTAIN AMERICA

A shining example of loyalty, might, and resilience, Captain America is reimagined with 382 dazzling facets. From his familiar features to his indestructible shield, Swarovski honours the ultimate Super Hero with outstanding technical mastery.

THOR

In a combative pose, the God of Thunder is one of MARVEL’s most recognisable characters. Swarovski’s mighty crystallised Thor figurine features 523 facets and mixed metal finishes. Every detail has been expertly cut, including Thor’s devastating hammer, Mjolnir, resulting in an extraordinary shine.

THANOS

A powerful tribute to MARVEL’S villainous titan, this imposing figurine is crafted from 607 crystallised facets with polished metal details. Wearing a protective suit of armour as well as his legendary infinity stones, Thanos radiates supreme strength.

LOKI

There is no mistaking Loki’s luminous green hue and horned helmet. Gold-tone lacquered metal and 282 facets combine in a striking collectible that perfectly represents Swarovski’s unparalleled crystal artistry.

CAPTAIN MARVEL

Prepped for action in her signature red and blue suit, this radiant figurine captures Captain Marvel’s formidable character with extraordinary precision. 427 facets and high-shine metal bring the vivid design to life.

AVENGERS SHOWPIECE

For the first time, Swarovski assembled a full team of superheroes in one astonishing display. Meticulously rendered in Swarovski’s unique Pointiage® technique, this strictly limited-edition masterpiece depicts Black Widow, Hulk, Iron Man, Captain America, and Black Panther in battle-ready mode. Combining more than 70,000 handset crystals in an explosion of green, red, black, and blue, the dramatic Avengers scene is one of the most breathtaking examples of Swarovski savoir-faire ever produced. A must-have for MARVEL and crystal fans, only 200 Avengers showpieces are available globally.

The MARVEL x Swarovski home collection is available online and in Swarovski stores.

This article was sourced from a media release sent by Swarovski Australia / Photos supplied by Swarovski Australia

Grand Multicultural Entertainment Festival 2024: Sydney’s Premier Cultural Extravaganza

Sydney is set to host the Grand Multicultural Entertainment Festival 2024 on August 31 at the prestigious Granville Centre (2a Memorial Drive, Granville, NSW), promising a day filled with cultural richness, artistic performances, and culinary delights from around the globe.

Celebrating Diversity and Community Spirit

The Grand Multicultural Entertainment Festival is more than just an event—it’s a testament to Sydney’s vibrant cultural tapestry and commitment to inclusivity. From captivating onstage performances to interactive cultural displays and a diverse array of food stalls, attendees can immerse themselves in a celebration of unity in diversity.

Highlights of the Day

Attendees can anticipate the regal splendor of the Kings and Queens Grand Parade, featuring beauty ambassadors in stunning costumes representing various pageant systems. The 2024 Cover Stars Parade will spotlight iconic figures who have graced magazine covers throughout the year, adding a touch of glamour to the festivities.

Competitions and Talent Showcases

The festival serves as a platform for talent and creativity with competitions such as the Slay Queen International, spotlighting transgender model hopefuls, and the StarQuest Singing Competition, where aspiring vocalists will captivate audiences with their voices. Additionally, the Cover Model Quest and Search for the Next Mr. Gino-o will seek out the next faces of fashion and modelling.

Promoting Social Cohesion and Harmony

In a multicultural society like Australia, events like the Grand Multicultural Entertainment Festival play a crucial role in fostering understanding and respect among diverse communities. By encouraging dialogue and celebrating cultural heritage, the festival aims to promote social stability and unity.

Proud Supporters and Partners

The festival is proudly presented by StarCentral Magazine, Flagcom Group, and RGEM Promotions & Management, organizations dedicated to promoting cultural diversity and community engagement. Media partners including Global Millionaire magazine, InLife International, and MoneyCentral magazine contribute to the event’s widespread outreach and impact.

Join Us at the Festival

Whether you are attending to compete, perform, or simply enjoy the festivities, the Grand Multicultural Entertainment Festival offers an enriching experience for all. Save the date and be part of this extraordinary celebration of culture, fashion, and community spirit.

Conclusion: Celebrating Unity Through Diversity

In a globalized world, events like the Grand Multicultural Entertainment Festival highlight the importance of cultural exchange and mutual respect. By embracing our differences and celebrating our shared humanity, we strengthen our communities and pave the way for a more inclusive future.

LARi Active Shines at Sydney’s Best Dressed 2024 Gala

Photo Credit: Henry Pham

Sydney’s Best Dressed 2024 took place last Sunday at 5 PM at the prestigious five-star venue Sir Stamford Plaza in Mascot. One of the highlights of the night was a designer showcase by LARi Active, led by Indira Setia Putri. Founded in 2020 in Melbourne, LARi Active takes its name from the Indonesian word for “run,” reflecting its ethos of being always on the go. True to its namesake, LARi is a fashion-forward activewear brand designed to be worn in the gym and beyond. Fueled by a passion for fashion and fitness, LARi combines a fashion-centric approach with high-performance technology, comfort, and functionality, resulting in refreshingly bold pieces made for the modern lifestyle.

Founded by Maryrose Salubre, CEO of MS Entertainment Network, Sydney’s Best Dressed is produced by MS Entertainment Network and honours distinguished men and women for their outstanding achievements and contributions to the fashion industry. Each year, stylish individuals are celebrated and given the opportunity to strut their stuff on the runway. Over the years, the event has expanded to include a variety of categories, culminating in the annual Sydney’s Best Dressed Gala Awards Night.

This year, Sydney’s Best Dressed launched the Model of the Year competition, offering aspiring models a unique opportunity to kickstart their careers in the modelling and fashion industry. The contestants—Dannays, Tianna, Aylin, CJ, Laura, Grace, Fleur, and Saige—brought their A-game to the runway, showcasing their talents and potential. In one of the segments, the contestants wore LARi Active, an active-wear brand designed with fashion, comfort, functionality, and sustainability in mind, allowing wearers to move through their day comfortably, flexibly, and confidently.

Sydney’s Best Dressed 2024 was not just a celebration of fashion but also a platform for new talents to shine. With its continued dedication to honouring fashion excellence and promoting new talents, the event remains a significant highlight in Sydney’s social calendar. We look forward to seeing what next year’s event will bring and how these aspiring models will continue to grow in their careers.

Countdown Begins: 6 Days Until Sydney’s Best Dressed 2024

With just six days left until the highly anticipated Sydney’s Best Dressed 2024, fashion enthusiasts and participants alike are gearing up for an evening of glamour and style. Founded by Maryrose Salubre, CEO of MS Entertainment Network, this annual event has become a hallmark in the Australian fashion industry, celebrating elegance and sophistication on the runway.

Each year, Sydney’s Best Dressed attracts stylish men and women who showcase their unique flair and creativity across a range of categories. From haute couture to avant-garde styles, participants compete for coveted titles, culminating in the prestigious Sydney’s Best Dressed Annual Gala Awards Night.

This year’s event features two exciting competitions:

  • Sydney’s Best Dressed Model of the Year Competition: Open to women aged 18 and up, this competition aims to discover and celebrate the top models in the industry.
  • Sydney’s Best Dressed Little Miss Model of the Year Competition: A platform for young talents aged 12 and below to shine in the world of fashion.

Winners of these competitions will receive an exclusive opportunity to be photographed for the next issue of Model & Mode magazine, showcasing their talent and style to a wider audience.

The main event will take place at the esteemed Stamford Plaza Sydney Airport, located in the vibrant heart of Mascot, on June 30, 2024. This luxurious venue promises a night of glitz and glamour, setting the stage for a memorable evening for participants, sponsors, and fashion enthusiasts alike.

“We are thrilled to be just six days away from Sydney’s Best Dressed 2024,” said Maryrose Salubre. “This event is not only about showcasing fashion excellence but also about celebrating diversity and creativity in the industry.”

Last Chance: Final Casting Call for Sydney’s Best Dressed Model of the Year Tomorrow

The prestigious Sydney’s Best Dressed Model of the Year competition is set to launch this year, presenting a unique opportunity for aspiring models and talents to kickstart their careers in the modelling and fashion industry. Open to women aged 18-35, this esteemed event aims to discover the next big superstar in modelling, equipping them with the tools and exposure needed to thrive in the competitive world of fashion.

This year’s competition boasts over $3,000 in cash and prizes. The highlight is an exclusive opportunity for one lucky winner to have their portfolio shot by one of Australia’s top fashion and celebrity photographers. This invaluable experience will not only help build the winner’s professional portfolio but also provide high-quality images pivotal for launching a successful modelling career.

The official casting call kicked off on 1 June at Rosehill Bowling Club. The final casting call will take place tomorrow at Studio 49. The main event will be held at the prestigious Stamford Plaza Sydney Airport, located in the heart of Mascot, on 30 June 2024. The event will be hosted by Nica Marcial, Mrs. Universe Official 2023, and Sheridan Mortlock, Miss Earth Air 2022.

Sydney’s Best Dressed Model of the Year competition is more than just a contest; it is a mission-driven platform designed to empower young women from all cultures. Contestants will gain confidence, experience, and visibility, setting the stage for future success in the industry. The competition is committed to nurturing talent, building self-esteem, and providing a stepping stone for young women to achieve their dreams in modelling.

Sydney’s Best Dressed Model of the Year Competition 2024 is an extension of Sydney’s Best Dressed, a renowned fashion event that honours distinguished men and women for their achievements and accomplishments. Celebrating over five years of elegance, glamour, sophistication, and style, this event was founded by Maryrose Salubre, the CEO of MS Entertainment Network. Each year, stylish women and men are honoured and showcase their talents on the runway. Over the years, the list of categories has grown, culminating in the Sydney’s Best Dressed Annual Gala Awards Night.

Contestants will gain exposure through the StarCentral Media Group network, which boasts a reach of over half a million followers across its website and social media platforms, as well as the TV6 Network.

Sydney’s Best Dressed Model of the Year competition is a significant opportunity for career development, offering participants invaluable exposure and experience in the modelling industry. It is also an environment for confidence building, designed to boost self-esteem and promote cultural empowerment by celebrating diversity and inclusion within the fashion community.

Join us in the search for the next modelling superstar and take the first step towards a successful career in the fashion industry. For more information and to apply, email lex@starcentralmag.com.

Unveiling the Future: NSW’s Emerging Designers Take the Stage

Designer: Arman Martirosian (NEBULAS) / Photo Credit: Julia Liang

Outstanding fashion and textile design students from Sydney’s leading tertiary institutions are set to unveil their innovative creations on Saturday, 1 June, at the highly anticipated annual Future Fashion exhibition at Powerhouse Castle Hill. This event will showcase the cutting-edge designs and visionary concepts developed by these talented students, reflecting the latest trends and forward-thinking approaches in the fashion industry. Attendees will have the opportunity to witness firsthand the creativity and craftsmanship these emerging designers bring to the table and celebrate the new wave of talent poised to shape the future of fashion. The Future Fashion exhibition promises to be an inspiring and enlightening experience for all who attend.

Future Fashion provides a glimpse into the concepts, processes, and sustainable techniques developed by the next generation of designers emerging from four Sydney-based fashion design schools–Whitehouse Institute of Design; University of Technology Sydney; Fashion Design Studio: TAFE NSW Ultimo Campus; and Torrens University Australia: Billy Blue College of Design.

The exhibition spotlights high-level technical skills and concepts inspired by form, sound, history, haptics, and experiences. It includes selected works from collections developed by recent graduates Arman Martirosian (Whitehouse Institute of Design), Lina Yu (University of Technology Sydney), Samara Darling (Fashion Design Studio: TAFE NSW Ultimo Campus), and Will Maddock (Torrens University Australia: Billy Blue College of Design).

Designer: Samara Darling / Photo Credit: Timilehin Akindoyeni

As part of the launch, Powerhouse will present a curated talks program inspired by the Future Fashion exhibition. Four featured designers will share stories behind their innovative designs through artist talks with Powerhouse fashion curator Glynis Jones. Issues surrounding sustainability in fashion will be explored in a design-focused presentation led by TAFE NSW Head of Fashion Design Studio Laura Washington. Through curator-led tours, audiences will also see rare glimpses of unique fashion pieces on display at Powerhouse Castle Hill.

Held at Powerhouse Ultimo annually since 1993, the Future Fashion exhibition reflects the Australian fashion industry’s adaptability and responsiveness to key global trends and the tertiary education sector’s role in cultivating designers’ creativity, entrepreneurship, and critical thinking skills. This exhibition demonstrates Powerhouse’s commitment to supporting designers at pivotal moments in their careers. Notable alumni previously exhibited in Future Fashion include Dion Lee, Toni Maticevski, Anna Plunkett, and Luke Sales from Romance Was Born, Claire Tregoning from P.E Nation, and Lyna Ty from Song for the Mute.

‘For more than thirty years, Future Fashion has connected audiences with the concepts and techniques of emerging designers who have continued to establish significant careers in fashion. Powerhouse is proud of its commitment to support the next generation of designers by providing platforms that spotlight the high calibre of design talent fostered by Australian tertiary institutions,’ said Powerhouse Chief Executive Lisa Havilah.

Designer: Will Maddock / Photo Credit: Keoni Davis

‘Research and concept development are key parts of these designers’ creative practices. From work inspired by marine architecture to pieces that include wearable water, beanbags, and music to engage with the exciting field of sensory design, Future Fashion presents the depth of talent nurtured in Sydney’s tertiary fashion schools,’ said Future Fashion curator Glynis Jones.

Future Fashion will be presented at Powerhouse Castle Hill from 1 June 2024. The Exhibition Is open every weekend from 10 am to 4 pm. For more information about the exhibition, visit their website.

This article was sourced from a press release sent by Powerhouse Media.

Vivid Sydney Reveals Groundbreaking Tekno Train Experience by Paul Mac

Train travel will never be the same again: in an Australian first, Vivid Sydney just announced Tekno Train by Paul Mac, a one-of-a-kind event that will transform a Sydney Trains service into a moving, sensory sound and light experience for 23 nights only.

Exclusive to Vivid Sydney, the Southern Hemisphere’s leading multi-artform festival, and in collaboration with Sydney Trains, Tekno Train by Paul Mac is set to radically reinvent the experience of train travel as a thrilling musical adventure for a limited time only.

Passengers will be treated to an original techno soundtrack composed by Paul Mac, especially for Tekno Train, accompanied by immersive custom lighting that illuminates inside all carriages. As the train moves, the lights and music will rhythmically adjust to match the train’s speed and changing landscape outside, crafting a melodic and unforgettable ride through both Sydney’s city circle and disused train lines.

Ticketholders will take their seats on what appears to be a standard K set train. However, as the train leaves Central Station, the adventure begins. Hidden lights and speakers will create a communal experience with synchronised lights driven by techno music. The project sees Paul Mac continue a musical journey that shares his unique and emotional electronic dance music language in an unexpected setting.

Minister for Jobs and Tourism John Graham said: “Multi-ARIA Award winner Paul Mac composing the tracks on the tracks will lift a routine experience like jumping on a train in the city into a joyous moment and a unique, shared experience.

“Vivid Sydney keeps finding new and unique locations, and programming memorable one-off experiences, Tekno Train raises the bar yet again in 2024.”

Creator and composer Paul Mac, said: “Trains have always fascinated me. Their mix of rhythmic clicks and clacks, the screech of metal on metal, and the sound and smell of brakes are all interesting sensory experiences that everyone can relate to. Tekno Train will take things one step further. It will drive the music and lights, turning a commuter journey into a sensory rollercoaster.”

Embodying Vivid Sydney’s 2024 theme of ‘Humanity’, Tekno Train by Paul Mac celebrates the uniting power of music and community. It leans on a routine experience to create a joyous moment that brings people together. As public transport and mass transit become more vital in a sustainable future, the project will encourage audiences to find moments of joy, togetherness, and wonder in the everyday.

Vivid Sydney Festival Director Gill Minervini said: “This year’s Vivid Sydney is focused on broadening perspectives, challenging preconceptions and celebrating humanity. Tekno Train by Paul Mac is a perfect example of how multiple artforms from the world’s brightest artists can transform everyday activities into something truly memorable. We’re thrilled to be able to work with Transport for NSW and Paul to bring this magical experience to our wonderful city and create unforgettable experiences that will captivate audiences from around the world.”

Tekno Train will offer two different 60-minute routes for festivalgoers to choose from, both departing from Central Station:

  • The Scenic Route: Sit back and take in the sights and sounds of North Sydney as your journey is lit up over the Sydney Harbour Bridge and down a secret spur line to Lavender Bay. This is the slower of the two journeys and better suited to families with children ages five and up.
  • Tech Express: Take it up a notch and go deep beneath the city with a pulsing techno thrill ride through City Circle and South Sydney. This is the more lively, full-bodied journey for those seeking a more fast-paced immersive experience.

Tekno Train by Paul Mac promises to be a highlight of Vivid Sydney. It will run every night of the festival from Friday, 24 May, to Saturday, 15 June. Tickets for the experience start at $13.90 for children (5-12 years) and $19.90 for adults. Family pricing is also available at $59.90.

Tekno Train won’t be the only train on the network making extra trips for Vivid Sydney. Throughout the season, 400 additional rail services, as well as additional bus and light rail options, will run on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

Tekno Train by Paul Mac was created and composed by Paul Mac in collaboration with Vivid Sydney and produced by Performing Lines. SimpleMotion designed the Lighting, Jands Pty Ltd designed the audio, and Garry Wotherspoon provided creative consultation, with additional music production and technical assistance by Luke Warren.

The NSW Government supports the project through Destination NSW and Create NSW, the Australian Government through Creative Australia, its primary arts investment and advisory body, and the Wales Family Foundation.

Tickets for Tekno Train by Paul Mac are now on sale here.

For more information and to keep updated about the Vivid Sydney program, go to vividsydney.com

This release is distributed by PR Newswire on behalf of Destination NSW

Tran Phuong Hoa Unveils ‘PROSPERITY’ Collection At Parramatta Town Hall: A Fusion of Vietnamese and Australian Flora

Photo Credit: Dave Choo

Model & Mode Magazine had the distinct honor of being invited by George Bastolli, the esteemed CEO of Royalle Modelling Agency, to a remarkable fashion spectacle. This extravaganza, held as part of the Cultural Exchange Program introducing Vietnam tourism – Ho Chi Minh City, took place at the iconic Parramatta Town Hall in New South Wales, Australia. Organised by the Department of Tourism of Ho Chi Minh City, the event showcased the rich cultural heritage and timeless elegance of Vietnam.

At the heart of the evening was the unveiling of the “PROSPERITY” collection by the visionary designer Tran Phuong Hoa, the founder and creative force behind Eleven S Couture. Tran Phuong Hoa mesmerized attendees with 15 exquisite traditional Áo dài designs, meticulously crafted using authentic Vietnamese materials. Drawing inspiration from the vibrant flora of Vietnam and Australia, Hoa’s collection was a celebration of natural beauty and cultural harmony.

The runway came alive as Miss World Australia – Sarah Marschke, Miss Universe Vietnam 2022 Ngoc Chau, Miss COSMO Vietnam 2023 Xuan Hanh, and a select group of professional models from Royalle Modelling Agency graced the stage in Tran Phuong Hoa’s stunning creations. Each Áo dài design was a testament to Hoa’s unwavering commitment to preserving and celebrating Vietnamese heritage, a theme that has resonated throughout her illustrious career.

Beyond the captivating fashion showcase, guests were treated to an immersive culinary experience featuring authentic Vietnamese cuisine. The evening was a true celebration of fashion, culture, and gastronomy, leaving a lasting impression on all who attended.

For an exclusive look at the enchanting moments from this unforgettable event, be sure to explore the stunning photos captured by Dave Choo.

Introducing The Brand Behind The Cover Of The Latest Issue Of Model & Mode Magazine: AGSA 2024

The Australian Golden Sash Awards, initially catered to just the pageant industry, now stands as a beacon of acknowledgment across various industries including fashion, media, entrepreneurship, and modelling. This esteemed ceremony unites beauty queens, influencers, entrepreneurs, and innovators nationwide to honour remarkable individuals for their impactful contributions within their respective industries.

At the heart of the Australian Golden Sash Awards is a commitment to excellence and innovation. Pageant directors, media professionals, and modeling agencies join forces to identify and applaud those who have demonstrated exceptional talent, dedication, and creativity in their endeavors. From aspiring models to seasoned pageant contestants, from media personalities to behind-the-scenes visionaries, the awards showcase the diverse array of talent and expertise present within these industries.

Each year, recipients of the Golden Sash Awards are recognized across a variety of categories, spanning from Best Newcomer and Model of the Year to Media Personality of the Year and Pageant Director of the Year. These awards not only acknowledge individual achievements but also serve as a testament to the collective efforts of those who work tirelessly to elevate and enrich their respective fields.

The Australian Golden Sash Awards is more than just a glamorous event—it is a testament to the passion, dedication, and innovation that define Australia’s pageantry, media, and modeling industries. Through its recognition of outstanding individuals and contributions, the awards ceremony continues to inspire and motivate future generations to strive for excellence and make their mark in these dynamic and ever-evolving fields.

Countdown to Glamour: Australian Golden Sash Awards 2024 Descend Upon Sydney in Just 2 Days

The Australian Golden Sash Awards, initially catered to just the pageant industry, now stand as a beacon of acknowledgment across various industries, including fashion, media, entrepreneurship, and modeling. This esteemed ceremony unites beauty queens, influencers, entrepreneurs, and innovators nationwide to honour remarkable individuals for their impactful contributions within their respective industries.

A commitment to excellence and innovation is at the heart of the Australian Golden Sash Awards. Pageant directors, media professionals, and modeling agencies join forces to identify and applaud those who have demonstrated exceptional talent, dedication, and creativity in their endeavors. From aspiring models to seasoned pageant contestants, from media personalities to behind-the-scenes visionaries, the awards showcase the diverse array of talent and expertise present within these industries.

Each year, recipients of the Golden Sash Awards are recognized across a variety of categories, spanning from Best Newcomer and Model of the Year to Media Personality of the Year and Pageant Director of the Year. These awards acknowledge individual achievements and serve as a testament to the collective efforts of those who work tirelessly to elevate and enrich their respective fields.

The Australian Golden Sash Awards is more than just a glamorous event—it is a testament to the passion, dedication, and innovation that define Australia’s pageantry, media, and modeling industries. Through its recognition of outstanding individuals and contributions, the awards ceremony continues to inspire and motivate future generations to strive for excellence and make their mark on these dynamic and ever-evolving fields.