Will you be watching the ARIAs on Sunday night? Whilst we can't promise we'll sit through the whole show (sorry Pop), we will definitely be glued to our TV screens for the red carpet arrivals. Last year was quite the showcase for Australian designers, with Alex Perry, Josh Goot and Toni Maticevski dressing Megan Washington, Lara Bingle and Jessica Mauboy respectively. Make sure you come back and see us from 4pm, coz we'll be LIVE blogging all the A-lister looks! In the meantime, take a stroll down memory lane with a red carpet rewind from last year's shindig. . .
Well lookie who we have here! If you thought things had been a little quiet for Australia's Next Top Model runner up Kelsey Martinovich, think again! The petite beauty has scored herself a new gig which is sure to be the envy of every self-confessed shoe fan. Kelsey has been announced as the new brand ambassador for local footwear label PeepToe! Her role includes lending her face, or should I say tootsies, to front three upcoming campaigns, monthly style and video blogs for the PeepToe website, and of course, wearing an endless supply of amazeballs heels! Yup, sounds tough. PeepToe founder and creative director Nikki Hager spoke of the partnership: "We feel our customer will relate well to Kelsey's fun loving personality and fashionable style." The first campaign, shot by famed fashion snapper Christopher Ferguson, launches the 2011 Glam Rebel collection, with the hero 'Miss Lure' black lace bootie taking centre stage. We likey! Diary date: The PeepToe Glam Rebel collection hits stores and online from the 1st of March.
One of the most shocking moments on reality TV this year had to be Sarah Murdoch announcing the wrong winner of Australia’s Next Top Model. We’d been following the competition all season and knew it was going to be a close call between eventual winner Amanda Ware and Kelsey Martinovich. In the end, everyone was a winner with both girls getting $25,000, a trip to New York and a Harper's BAZAAR cover. Plus the footage went viral and scored the show heaps of publicity. Foxtel suits said they didn’t blame Sarah for the screw-up and production company Granada was the only real casualty in the whole debacle.
Australia's Next Top Model winner Amanda Ware can now add Bonds girl to her CV. We showed you all the pics from Amanda and Kelsey's Bonds Hipstar tour yesterday, now we're giving you the goss from Amanda on life post-ANTM. We got five minutes with this busy lady to talk her about her international modelling dreams, who she still hangs out with from the model house and what it's like to walk in Sarah Murdoch's footsteps.
We heard you just got back from NYC, how was it? It was an amazing experience. People were really nice, welcoming and happy to sign us. And I saw I saw Coco Rocha at Elite, she’s one of the best!
Are you keen to work overeseas? Yes, absolutely. I would love to go to Europe and the Asian continents. It would be an absolutely amazing experience. Obviously I would love to go anywhere the job takes me.
C'mon spill, what's the best bit about life post-ANTM? The best thing are these amazing opportunities and experiences, like going to New York and of course working with great brands like Bonds.
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You know how fond we are of Australia's Next Top Model finalists Amanda Ware and Kelsey Martinovich, so when we found out that they were the new faces (or should that be butts?) of the Bonds Hipster campaign we were punching the air a little. Following in the famed footsteps of ex-Bonds Hipster girls Miranda Kerr, Catherine McNeil and ANTM host herself, Sarah Murdoch, Amanda and Kelsey have embarked on a national tour with their all dancing, DJ-ing and acrobatic-ing Hipstar Troupe. They've hit up Sydney and Melbourne already, but you can catch them today at Brisbane's Pacific Fair at 12.30pm. We nabbed five minutes with winner Amanda mid tour for a chat — so stay tuned for our full interview tomorrow. Meanwhile, you can check out Kelsey and Amanda shake those hipsters in our exclusive runway gallery.
This year the ARIA Awards needed to lift their game after poor TV ratings and ticket sales. So they moved the show to Sunday night, held the event at the Sydney Opera House and basically threw a big party—with mixed results. Let’s take a look at the hits and misses from last night:
Hit: Powderfinger opened the show rocking out on the Opera House forecourt. There is no doubt the setting was awesome and was much better than Acer Arena.
Miss: The Opera House forecourt. Yes, the setting is divine, but the whole thing seemed like a big, disjointed party. Not having a formal stage for acceptance speeches made the ceremony feel informal and not very important.
Hit: Sia. Australia’s answer to Bjork. She’s quirky, irreverent and fabulous. And when she accepted her pointy, phallic-shaped ARIA Award, she told her manager David Russell that he could “put it up his bum later.” For more hits and misses, just keep reading. Read more . . .
Let's have a looksie at this week's fashion, shall we? From Milan to Paris, our fave celeb stunners have hit the red carpet in a serious way. Long, flowing silk and grecian-inspired gowns seemed to be a favourite this week, with Kerry Washington, Kim Kardashian and Heidi Klum working this look to the hilt. We can't get past Rachel Bilson's Roberto Cavalli leopard-print gown, and were delighted to find out it's available to buy now from Net-a-Porter! As far as the fashion stakes go, we've got one word for this week — winner! Have a quick look back at this fab week of fashion!
Leading Australian modelling agency Priscilla's has announced it will sign a record nine girls from the latest Australia's Next Top Model series. Joining winner Amanda Ware and runner up Kelsey Martinovich at the agency will be Sophie Van Den Akker, Joanna Broomfield, Jessica Moloney, Kathryn Lyons, Chantal Croccolo, Brittney Dudley and Ashton Flutey. It seems the finale bungle has done little to distract from the high calibre of girls who took part this year. Since Sarah Murdoch spoke out about the incident, Foxtel has come forward accepting full responsibility, admitting it was in fact human error and not a technical glitch which caused the announcement error. Leonie Lowe, managing director of Granada Productions, said that the people involved have expressed their apology to Sarah. "The show's finale was a flawless piece of television up until that last moment when one producer simply got it wrong...It's disappointing that this communications error should overshadow what has been a wonderful series."
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Now that the dust is beginning to settle on the whole Australia’s Next Top Model live finale fiasco, Foxtel and the producers of ANTM have said that they don’t blame host Sarah Murdoch for what happened. In a media release, Foxtel Executive Director of Television Brian Walsh said:
“In live television, mistakes can happen and we accept that fact. Sarah was simply not given the correct information at that stage of the proceedings. Foxtel is not blaming any individual, and certainly not Sarah Murdoch, as some reports have suggested. That is not true. Sarah dealt with a very difficult situation with grace, dignity and professionalism.”
Walsh went on to acknowledge how much interest and buzz surrounded the event, but that he hoped “the focus will shift to the new careers of Amanda Ware, Kelsey Martinovich and all the girls who have made this series of Australia’s Next Top Model our most successful ever.”
It definitely seems like everyone has emerged as winners out of this. Amanda won the competition; Kelsey scored kudos for graciously accepting she actually hadn’t won (plus her runners-up prize isn’t too shabby—a trip to New York, $25,000 cash and her own Harper’s BAZAAR cover!); Sarah further endeared herself as Australia’s sweetheart after her ACA interview; and the finale made international headlines—more publicity than they could have ever expected. See, success all ’round!
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The Australia's Next Top Model saga continues as Sarah Murdoch appeared on A Current Affair last night to explain her side of the story. The gist of the stuff up? The last piece of information Sarah was given was that Kelsey was in the lead ("Kelsey, one") and Amanda was behind ("Amanda, two"), moments before the winner's announcement was to be made. Relying solely on her ear piece, Sarah waited for the final confirmation to be fed through to her, only to be left hanging with silence. Instead of calling for technical help or waiting until the feed came through, Sarah assumed that Kelsey was still in the lead and announced her as the winner. This, it seems, is why the term "miscommunication" has been thrown around by Sarah and Foxtel to explain the mishap. As much as I'm on Team Sarah, I do question her instincts on this one. Announcing the winner is the sole reason for the live finale, so why did she leave it to chance to announce who she thought was the right girl? Wouldn't you double, even triple check (a la Gretel Killeen on Big Brother)? And if the ear piece did go blank at the crucial moment, shouldn't she have made the crew aware of the problem? I hate to say it, but it seems a little like a bad judgement call to me. What do you think? Let us know in the comments section below!