Jasmine Stefanovic stuns in a flowing dress as she’s joined by her Mara & Mine business partner Tamara Ingham at Australian Fashion Week
She’s no stranger to Australian Fashion Week, having walked the runway as a model before presenting her own designs as the co-founder of shoe label Mara & Mine.
So it was no surprise to see Jasmine Stefanovic among the celebrity guests at day one of this year’s event, which was held at Carriageworks in Redfern, Sydney.
The wife of Today host Karl Stefanovic looked chic in a black dress featuring a long flowing skirt, which she teamed with black booties and a Gucci handbag.
Familiar face: Jasmine Stefanovic was among the celebrity guests at day one of this year’s Australian Fashion Week, which was held at Carriageworks in Redfern, Sydney
Jasmine, 37, pulled back her blonde hair, drawing attention to her youthful visage, and accessorised with drop earrings and a simple necklace.
She was joined at the venue by her business partner Tamara Ingham, a stylist by trade, with whom she founded Mara & Mine in 2013.
Tamara cut a stylish figure in a black longsleeve with circular cut-outs on the arms, which she paired with matching baggy pants and green shoes.
She styled her brunette hair loosely and kept her accessorises to a minimum.
Dream dream: Jasmine, 37, was joined at the venue by her business partner Tamara Ingham, a stylist by trade, with whom she founded Mara & Mine in 2013
After being cancelled last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Afterpay Australian Fashion Week, primarily based at Sydney’s Carriageworks, is the first national fashion show to be held live anywhere in the world for more than a year.
The five-day event coincides with the release of an EY report, from High Fashion to High Vis – detailing the economic contribution of Australia’s fashion and textiles sector.
According to the Australian Fashion Council, which commissioned it, it’s the most comprehensive study of the fashion and textiles industry ever done in Australia.
It found the industry creates $7.2billion in export revenue for Australia, while the industry’s economic impact represents upwards of 1.5 per cent of the national economy.
The study also found the industry employs almost half a million Australians, more than mining and utilities, with women making up 77 per cent of the workforce.
Australian Fashion Council CEO Leila Naja Hibri said the report highlighted the economic strength of the fashion industry.
‘This ground-breaking report highlights the true economic clout of our dynamic and diverse industry,’ she said.
‘Until now, the comprehensive value of the industry’s economic contribution – and its predominantly female workforce – has not been fully recognised.
‘Now we can better understand the impact of this sector’s significant role in Australia’s creative economy, and the substantial potential of its future,.’
The research coincides with Australia Fashion Week, which will showcase more than 70 established and emerging Australian designers and include a tribute on Monday to industry pioneer Carla Zampatti, who died last month.
It will be the largest fashion week since 2015 and feature Australia’s leading and emerging designers as well as the collections of eight Indigenous fashion designers on Wednesday.
The week will have a renewed focus on sustainability and it’s also the first time in its 25-year history that the public has been invited to attend, with 41 runway shows, workshops, panel talks, masterclasses as well as live podcasts.
Romance Was Born features its designs at Carriageworks on Monday night with the final show on Friday night.