I ♥ Fashion Night

Written by Nhuy Nguyen

Monday night marked the launch of M-Squared’s and Gracious Magazine's very first I ♥ Fashion charity event.
M-Squared, a charity founded by Gracious Magazine creator Mayanthi Dharmabandu and fellow Adelaide University student Mary Liu is aimed at helping underprivileged children in their home countries of Sri Lanka and China.

MSquared – Mayanthi Dharmabandu and Mary Liu

Both fashion savvy with an attraction to unique personal style, it was only natural that they would incorporate these interests into their first fundraising event. Held at Adelaide University’s Rumours Café, I ♥ Fashion was a three hour shopping event, giving local and amateur businesses an opportunity to meet with vintage enthusiasts. For a small payment, each stallholder was assigned a table to lay out their goods while shoppers were charged a $2 admission fee.

Stall holders getting ready for the buyer’s rush

While the fundraiser started at 6pm, sellers came early to set up their stalls as curious onlookers lurked outside. Volunteers were also present to give them all a helping hand; not a big stretch for such a fun and original event.

Volunteers lending their support to I ♥ Fashion

Local businesses featured heavily amongst the eight stalls including chanya k. a Gilles Street Market regular and elin boo. who offered unique handmade clothing and jewellery.

Businesses on display

While the sellers were getting ready in the cafe, upstairs in the loft, designer Stacey Hendrickson was holding her own, organising models backstage for her casper&pearl catwalk show to be held later in the evening.

Backstage at casper&pearl

Stacey is a young designer featured prominently on Gracious. At only 19 years old, she has come far since launching her clothing and accessories label casper&pearl in March earlier this year. Slightly shy yet charmingly petite, she showed a calm and collected maturity that placed her beyond her age.

Stacey Hendrickson’s delightful designs

Stacey’s designs themselves reflect a calculated grasp of the modern fashionista. Her range of dresses, skirts and tops are a combination of the flirty and ingénue use of lace by Lover and the pastel palette often featured by Chloe. Yet, styled and accessorized with heavy jewelry, the collection was given an alternative edge that clearly stated that pretty can also be tough. The volunteer models were very excited to be featured in the show and showed full support for their designer friend.

Models getting catwalk ready

Rumours Hall

Back on the floor, I ♥ Fashion had opened its doors and attendees started filing in. One after the other, they came searching for a style steal and shopped while snacking on cupcakes and sandwiches provided by Mayanthi’s family. Raffle tickets were also being sold for a prize draw after the catwalk show. All proceeds going to M-Squared of course!

1.Themis and friends offering bargain finds
2.Donators were generous with used items

3. Gracious graphic designer Viray Thach
4. Chasing Grace – Holly(L) &Kim(R)
5. Stonyfell jewellery designer Melanie Steadman

At 8pm, the lights were dimmed to prepare for the casper&pearl catwalk show. In attendance were Adelaide Chinese News, Exclusive Flowers, The Urban Silhouette and jewellery designer Melanie Steadman who has been lending tremendous support to Gracious and M-Squared.

Mary and Mayanthi introduced the collection then, the lights turned off for the showcase. Set to a modern soundtrack, the models floated down the catwalk in whimsical designs while professional photographers frantically snapped pictures.

Stacey astounded everyone with her competitive work and it was refreshing to see that she had sourced a range of body types for her runway rather than the uniform coat-hanger-thin standard. Her choice in models also demonstrated the versatility of

M-Squared with Stacey Hendrickson & her models

Once the fashion show ended, it was time to announce the winners of the raffle prizes generously donated by the event sponsors: casper&pearl, Exclusive Flowers, Littlebluebird and Melanie Steadman.
M-Squared with casper&pearl designer Stacey Hendrickson

For a first time event, the night was deemed by most attendees as a definite success.
M-Squared pulled off the event without a glitch, the sellers offered pieces full of potential, guests were treated to an amazing catwalk show and most left with an exciting new addition to their wardrobes.

If you were unfortunate to have missed this year’s I ♥ Fashion, remember to mark your calendars for next year!


New designs are up on the Facebook page, just in time for summer festivals! Selling out reeaally fast so get in really quick. P.S how beautiful are the models!!

I Love Fashion Night: Behind The Scenes

Monday night was I <3 Fashion Night in Adelaide, it was to raise money and awareness of underprivelaged children in China and Sri Lanka, and what better way than to do that than to celebrate handmade clothing made in Australia. casper&pearl was the main show, along with lots of great market stalls. Eight beautiful girls modelled in my show with 19 pieces. More photos will be up soon, but here is just a sneak peek for now! Look at these while you listen to the Muse (the song playing while the models strutted their stuff).

Gracious played host to I <3 Fashion Night (a charity fashion event) on the 19th of September, heres a sneak peak of the night.....

Stayed tuned for more...coming soon!!!

Blog Lovin'

Have just spotted some c&p pieces on two of my favourite fashion blogs, The Gypsy and The Fox, and Spin Dizzy Fall. Kristal (G&F) is wearing a one off version of the Penny Lane dress, and Emma (SDF) is wearing the Hide & Seek skirt. I love seeing stylish bloggers in my pieces, its always so interesting to see how they put their outfits together!

Media Love.

Recently c&p has been getting some lovaly features in published magazines. The top two are from a lovely fashion magazine, cellardoor (all the way from the UK!) A huge accompishment if you ask me! And then a little feature on our twitter account in Adelaide* magazine. Make sure you follow our twitter account too!

Pretty Models.

Eeeep! I love it when pretty models wear casper&pearl clothing in their shoots! How cute do Sam and Holly look in this shoot with Marryam Lum. Ah.
Street Style.....

Haneen Martin: Miss Gladys Bag, Malaysian tailor made top (from grandmas fabric), Topshop pants, New York shoes, Cartier necklace, Mums watch

Kmart shoes, Tempt skirt, Cotton On cardigan

Ashleigh Teo: Naked dress, Tony Bianco shoes

Dangerfield hat and glasses, thrifted jacket and dress, Doc martens shoes

Janet Wu- borrowed everything from friends.

Photography by Hiranya and Mayanthi