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A SPECIAL SHOW IN MEMORY OF AN UNDISPUTED ICON
On Friday the 23rd of July, the magnificent Brisbane City Hall hosted the Carla Zampatti Luncheon and Runway Fashion Show.
The event – presented by the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Trust and IQR Group Pty Ltd – celebrated the extraordinary life of Australian #fashion #icon, Carla Zampatti AC. Photographer Richard Smith was on-site for Lazin, with the experienced Australian shutterbug describing the event as a fitting tribute to Carla’s legacy.
“I have photographed lots of runway shows in my time, but this was something special,” Richard said.
“Carla was an undisputed icon of the fashion industry globally, and the shock of her unexpected and tragic passing in April was felt far and wide.” This Luncheon and Fashion Show was originally planned for 2020 by Carla herself, with the 78-year-old thrilled to partner with the LMCT on what was to be the launch event for her SS20 collection.
“As a trailblazer for women and a passionate campaigner for women’s issues and charities throughout her life, it is no surprise that it was always her personal wish that the proceeds from this event would go towards supporting women’s causes,” Richard said.
“While COVID-19 unfortunately saw the event rescheduled to his year, the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Trust – who were asked to continue to host the event with the blessing of Carla’s family as a tribute to her remarkable life and achievements – ensured that her wishes were honoured and that was lovely to see.” The event provided not only a wonderful fundraising opportunity for some important causes, but also an entertaining afternoon which celebrated Carla while showcasing her most recent works.
“Melissa Downes from Nine News acted as MC for what was an afternoon of spectacular entertainment featuring performances, fashion, a live auction and more,” Richard explained. “Carla’s friend and former editor-in-chief of Harper's Bazaar, Kellie Hush, was also a special guest and shared her memories of her formidable friend in a particularly emotive Q and A hosted by Brisbane fashion and style doyenne, Di Cant.
“All this occurred as guests enjoyed a three-course luncheon while up close and personal with the runway show action. “From my unique perspective of the event as a photographer, it was truly a touching afternoon and a fitting tribute to an amazing woman.”
special thanks: Richard Smith, Brisbane. The news will be published in MARQUIS FASHION MAGAZINE with Richard's permission