Male of honor raises eyebrows at ladies’ lunch
Ladies donning fuchsia and floral frocks turned out in droves for the Mercedes-Benz Sydney 2022 Women’s Luncheon last week. The annual event at Centennial Homestead is dedicated to inspiring, connecting and empowering women.
This year former iron woman and cricket WAG Candice Warnermedia personality and television presenter Sally Obermedersocialite Jasmine Stefanovic and former Melbourne Housewife chief executive and co-founder of Liberty Belle Rx Andrea Moss were on the list.
It was a ladies-who-lunch dress code as guests celebrated the achievements of 2022 Young Australian of the Year and founder of Street Side Medics Dr. Daniel Nour.
Over lunch, Australian College of Nursing chief executive Kylie Ward shared her experience with domestic violence, sitting alongside fellow panelists Dr Nour and Erin Molan.
Nour, the guest of honor and only male panelist, raised more than a few eyebrows when he posited that domestic violence does not discriminate by gender and referencing actor Johnny Deppwho is locked in a defamation trial against ex-wife Amber Heard.
“Firstly, it’s something I feel passionately about; domestic violence, sexual violence, harassment is not gender-specific,” he told Emerald City when contacted for comment last week.
“In a room full of women, my focus is obviously on domestic violence against women, that was the reference that I was trying to make.”
Depp and Heard have accused one another of domestic violence in the $100 million defamation trial.
“I’m not a judge, I haven’t watched most of the proceedings. Point is, obviously, there are many questions to be asked in the case but there could be domestic violence on both sides,” Dr Nour added.
Copycats and callouts: Lo Sordo slams Byron Bay label
For as long as design has existed, creatives have had to fight hard to protect their intellectual property. In the social media age, fed up fashion designers are going straight to the public square and calling out copycats on Instagram.
Last week, Emerald City spied a fiery comment from Sydney designer Michael Lo Sordo on an innocent Instagram post by Byron Bay label St Agni. He accused the brand of copying the stardust crystalline bra top from his 2021 collections.
“Copying my designs is not fashion is theft [sic]”Lo Sordo wrote, also tagging St Agni, Vogue Australia and stockist Ryan Storer.
The comment remained on the image for days but miraculously disappeared hours after Lo Sordo was contacted for comment.
“I pride myself on my unique designs and I understand we are in an industry that carries inspiration from each other, past and present,” he told Emerald City. “As they say, imitation is the greatest form of flattery.”
It seems the line between inspiration and imitation has become increasingly blurred. Earlier this month Nagnata co-founder and design powerhouse Laura May Gibbs called out Marcs over a merino wool jumper similar to the unique designs of Nagnata.
St Agni did not respond to Emerald City’s request for comment.