THE AUSTRALIAN FASHION FILM AWARDS JURY MEMBERS
Global Digital Influencer
Having established a successful e-commerce and digital publishing platform by the age of 20, Nicole has gone on to collaborate with brands as a creative director, social media consultant, brand consultant, and digital strategist, counting premium brands Chanel, Dior, Valentino, Chopard, Cartier and Net-a-Porter amongst her list of clients.
Nicole is currently a Digital Consultant for Australia’s premium airline, QANTAS, and was instrumental in developing the Q Collective, QANTAS’ digital influencer program.
She has been recognised in Forbes ‘30 Under 30’ list, and Business of Fashion’s ‘#BoF500: The People Shaping the Global Industry’.
Nicole is passionate about philanthropy and is currently the Global Ambassador for Donate Planet – a not-for-profit foundation.
Fashion and Beauty Illustrator
Kerrie Hess is an Australian artist internationally renowned for her fashion and beauty illustrations as well as original artwork.
Kerrie started out professionally as an artist with her first commissions with VOGUE Australia and Topshop’s Arcadia Group at the age of 19 while living in London. (Following studying Graphic Design at Griffith University in Brisbane.) The move to full-time illustration followed with Kerrie illustrating fashion windows in the US for Neiman Marcus Department Store at just twenty; commissions for Christian Louboutin and NET-A-PORTER, Harvey Nichols and Laduree Paris followed. Kerrie then worked on billboards and window’s in Paris for Printemps Department Store in 2013, one in central Paris being thirteen meters wide.
Kerrie has also illustrated a capsule collection of textiles for Kate Spade New York and for CARTIER. Kerrie has illustrated the recent 15th Anniversary cover of Harper’s Bazaar and the global ‘Paper Dolls’ project for Louis Vuitton Paris. Applauded internationally and at home, Kerrie has just been recognised as a winner at the Illustrators Australia Awards 2013 as well as an Artist award at the Cannes Design Festival in France in 2012. Kerrie is the first Australian Artist to hold a solo exhibition in Paris at Le Meurice Hotel Paris in Salvador Dali’s former art and music ballroom ‘The Salon Pampadour’, in Jan 2014. Kerrie is also the only Australian artist to be asked to illustrate the prestigious 3 meter high windows of Harrods Department Store in London, which were on display for two months in 2014.
In 2016 Maison Laduree rolled out the global Kerrie Hess collection of patisserie packaging available from Moscow to Cannes, New York, Paris and Sydney. Kerrie has also created twelve limited edition illustrated cosmetic cases for Lancome Paris.
Kerrie Hess has been a full-time Artist/ Illustrator for the past 20 years. She has lived in London, Hong Kong, Melbourne and Paris. Kerrie has held 5 exhibitions, four being solo shows.
Kerrie now lives in Brisbane with her husband and son Marcel since returning from France.
Former SVP and Marketing at The Met
Cynthia Round is a brand strategist with focus on revitalizing legacy brands and building relevance to new audiences. She has led marketing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art—NYC’s most visited tourist attraction—and United Way Worldwide—the largest privately-funded nonprofit in the world. Previously she built global brands at P&G and Ogilvy & Mather and now advises cultural and nonprofit organizations.
Chief Marketing Officer
As Chief Marketing Officer for The Recording Academy, Greene is responsible for stewarding Music’s Biggest Brand – the GRAMMY. Through sound business leadership, he has transformed organizational strategy, identifying and capitalizing on new opportunities, both domestic and International. Further, he has incorporated a brand-driven narrative across the company, re-focusing a traditional, not-for-profit trade organization to become a dynamic, global business force. Greene’s strategic efforts have led to the GRAMMYs’ expanded global audience, extended brand reach and consistency, strengthened presence throughout the year, dynamic, world-class marketing partnerships and exponentially increased revenue. With extensive experience in marketing strategy, brand building, advertising and corporate identity, Greene has been developing innovative solutions for many years, and intends to ensure that The Recording Academy and the GRAMMYs remain at the forefront today, tomorrow and well into the future.
Under Greene’s leadership, The Recording Academy has re-positioned the GRAMMY brand, shifted communication strategy across the organization, increased yearly marketing-based revenue more than 500%, established a worldwide licensing program, created GRAMMY-branded LIVE concert events, launched a dynamic, leading-edge social media division and earned numerous industry awards, including Clio, Reggie, PRO and Webby Awards.
Paramount Pictures Australia
Cate has over 20 years’ experience in the entertainment industry working with across Music and Theatrical Distribution in various positions of responsibility incorporating a vast skillset across Advertising, Digital, Social, Publicity, Promotions and Creative.
Cate currently holds the position of Marketing Director at Paramount Pictures Australia where she is responsible for developing innovative marketing strategies for the Australian marketplace across films from around the world and has been involved in the successful marketing strategies of local releases including Tomorrow When The War Began, Beneath Hil 60, and Charlie and Boots.
Cate has also been an avid supporter of the emerging screen sector having sat on the Board of Directors for Metro Screen and is now currently an active Committee member for the Natalie Miler Fellowship which encourages excellence for women in the screen sector.
Standing at the center of a revolution in marketing that blurs the line between advertising and entertainment, Michael has created high-impact omnichannel campaigns for some of the world’s most iconic brands, including Victoria’s Secret, PlayStation, and Beats by Dr. Dre. As a creative leader, Michael is relentlessly consumer-focused, with an exceptional track record of building intense brand loyalty and driving explosive business results.
Harper's Bazaar, ELLE and Cosmo
Marina Go is the General Manager of Hearst and Publisher of the Young Women’s group at Bauer Media, Chair of the Wests Tigers NRL Club and author of the business book for women, Break Through: 20 Success Strategies for Female Leaders (Ventura, 2016). She was previously CEO of Private Media and founder of the career women’s website Women’s Agenda. Marina has over 25 years of leadership experience in the media industry, having started her career as a journalist. She was appointed Editor of Dolly magazine at the age of 23, before spending the next decade editing and directing a number of leading women’s magazines, including Australian Good Taste, ELLE, Sunday Life.
She crossed to the business side of the media industry 15 years ago, holding leadership roles at Fairfax and Pacific, before making the move to digital in 2008, where she published, launched and relaunched news, lifestyle and business websites including Crikey, The Mandarin, Smart Company, The Knot and Primped. She is a non-executive director of digital startups Daily Siren and Stylematch, and also a member of the Advisory Boards of the Walkley Foundation, The Australian Republican Movement, The Remarkables Group and Women’s Agenda.
She is a former director of Netball Australia, Odyssey House, Sydney Symphony Vanguard and The Apparel Group. She lectures on digital media at the University of Technology, Sydney, is a Mentor with the Women In Media and NRL Women programs and a UNSW Alumni Leader. She has an MBA from The Australian Graduate School of Management, a BA (Mass Communications) from Macquarie University and is a member of the AICD. She is a mother of two young men and passionate about diversity and equality.
International Fashion Blogger
Negin Mirsalehi is an international blogger with Persian roots based in Amsterdam. She inspires her 3.1 million Instagram-followers on a daily basis with unique and creative content that show her passion for beauty, fashion, travel, and family. Together with her business partner (and boyfriend) Maurits Stibbe she travels the world to exotic locations. Negin received Marie Claire’s Prix de la Mode for “Best New Media Talent” and Stylight’s “Most Promising Fashion Blog” award. She has collaborated with luxury brands such as Chopard, Cartier, Chloe, Elie Saab, Dior, Philosophy and many more. Negin has been featured on multiple online and print publications, including W Magazine, Glamour, Marie Claire, Grazia, Harper’s Bazaar, and Cosmopolitan. Besides being known for her elegant and feminine fashion style, Negin’s hair has gotten much attention too. In November 2015 she launched her own brand named Gisou and its first product: the honey-infused hair oil, with the natural honey from her dad’s own beegarden being the key ingredient.
Facebook: Negin Mirsalehi
International Fashion Journalist
Marion Hume is a fashion editor and ethical strategist based in London. Since 1985, she has written for newspapers and magazines in the US, the UK, Australia, around the world and online.
USA: Hume’s American career began in 1994 with a profile of Vivienne Westwood for Vogue. This lead to a contributing editor’s contract, until 1998, when she joined Harper’s Bazaar. From 2001-2008, she was a contributing editor at TIME Magazine, Style & Design. She has written for Vanity Fair, The New York Times, The New York Observer, Departures, W and wrote the “Letter from London” blog for forbes.com.
UK: Hume has contributed to The Financial Times, The Daily Telegraph, The Saturday Telegraph Magazine, The Times, The Observer and The Guardian. UK magazines range from The Gentlewoman to Elle. She writes online for The Business of Fashion. She was fashion editor of The Independent from 1992 to 1995. She was the fashion writer at the FT from 1996-97. Her writing career began when she won the Honey Magazine Young Journalist of the Year competition in 1985.
Australia: In 1997, Hume was named editor of Vogue Australia. In 1998, she joined News Ltd before moving to Fairfax Media Ltd in 2001 for which, in addition to the AFR, she interviews movie and sports stars for Sunday Life Magazine. Since 2006, Hume has been the International Fashion Editor for The Australian Financial Review (AFR). Her in-depth profiles include fashion’s leading creatives and business titans.
Katrina Sedgwick is the Director CEO of the Australian Centre for the Moving Image. She has a particular interest in developing multi-platform and hybrid broadcast projects, and has an extensive background as a commissioner, creative producer, arts festival director and performer.
From 2012 – 14 she was Head of Arts for ABC Television and ABC Arts online (abc.net.au/arts), commissioning a diverse range of projects for prime time television and driving a new strategy for Arts across the ABC – TV,Radio, News and Online. From 2002 – 11 she was the founding Director/CEO of the biennial Adelaide Film Festival, and its Investment Fund, supporting Australian features, documentaries, shorts, cross platform and installation works. She was Special Events Producer for the 1998 and 2000 Adelaide Festival of Arts, the Artistic Director for Adelaide Fringe 2002 and Come Out ’99, the Australian Festival for Young People. She is on the Creative State Advisory Board and the board of Back to Back Theatre, and was formerly Chair of the South Australian Youth Arts Board (2003 – 2008), and a Board member of Chunky Move, the Australian Children’s Television Foundation and the Art Gallery of SA.
Celebrity Make-Up Artist
Max May is one of Australia’s leading hair & makeup artists – working alongside notable clients such as Rose Byrne, Teresa Palmer, Abbie Cornish, Sarah Murdoch and Lara Bingle, whilst working on the covers & pages of fashion bibles HARPER’S BAZAAR Australia, Singapore and China, OYSTER, RUSSH Magazine, ELLE Japan, GRAZIA Australia, UK and Italy, and TEN Magazine.
Starting off as a Hair Stylist, Max soon moved into working with Makeup due to his long-term love affair with drawing & painting. Taking cues from the techniques used in visual arts, along with the combination of colour palettes, Max soon moved up the ranks in the Beauty & Fashion Industry as the one to watch.
Although self-taught, Max’s intuitive sense of artistry and skill make him one of the most sought-after Australian Makeup artists, working alongside such brands as La Mer, MAC, Becca Cosmetics and L’Oreal.
Contributing Style Editor
Candice Lake is an Australian born photographer, blogger, designer and model who has appeared in campaigns for Ralph Lauren and Versace, catwalked for Louis Vuitton, Fendi and Chanel, photographed editorials for Vogue and Glamour magazine, and collaborated with Louis Vuitton, Jimmy Choo and Tiffany & Co. She’s been featured in the world’s glossiest magazines, has her own fashion label ‘Candidate by Candice Lake‘, was named on US Vogue’s best dressed list, is TRESemmé’s Global Brand Ambassador and is the Contributing Style Editor at Vogue Australia.
Collaborations: Louis Vuitton, Swarovski, Jimmy Choo, Onobieol, Westfield, Blackberry, Ebay, and Tiffany & Co.
Candice has shot editorials for: Vogue Australia, Vogue Brazil, Spanish Vogue & Glamour UK.
Featured in: Vogue US, Italian Vogue, Spanish Vogue, Teen Vogue, Vogue Brazil, Vogue Australia, Vogue Korea, Allure, Marie Claire US, Lucky, Instyle, W, Flare, New york Times, Tatler UK, Glamour UK, French Glamour and German Glamour.
Graeme Mason commenced as CEO on 11 November 2013. Graeme has previously worked in both factual and entertainment TV programming in his native Australia before moving to the UK. In Britain he worked across all aspects of film production, sales and acquisitions and distribution for companies such as Manifesto and Polygram Filmed Entertainment. From 1998 to 2002 he was president of worldwide acquisitions for Universal Studios. He then joined Channel 4 Television as head of media projects and later as managing director of rights before moving to New Zealand to lead the New Zealand Film Commission from 2009 to 2013.
Australian Institute of Music
Professor Ian Bofinger is a musician and educator with experience ranging from expert performance (violoncello solo, chamber music and orchestral), innovative teaching methodologies and new technologies. He has developed a range of support and teaching materials for the theory, history and aural training units of AIM. Ian is recognised internationally as an instructional technologist and is at the forefront of innovative teaching and educational practices.
Director of Brand and Strategy
IMG Fashion – Asia Pacific
With more than 15 years industry experience on both agency and client side, Emily Weight currently heads up Brand and strategy for IMG Fashion event properties, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival Sydney and the newly debuted Mercedes-Benz Fashion Weekend Edition. A brand marketing specialist with extensive experience in fast-moving, highly competitive brand-driven environments across luxury, fashion and youth platforms. Skilled at through-the-line marketing management from strategy development, digital innovation, social media, web management through to event execution.
Prior to joining IMG, Emily developed and executed successful strategic marketing and communication campaigns for blue chip clients such as Coca-Cola, Microsoft, Johnson & Johnson, Southcorp Wines, Kimberly-Clark and PepsiCo.
Emma van Haandel launched EVH in 2004 and quickly grew her client list to include some of the world’s most prominent fashion, luxury and lifestyle brands. Ten years on, and now with four divisions and a full suite of services, EVH has established itself as Australia’s leading full service communications agency.
Based in Sydney but with an international reach, EVH is known for positioning, pioneering and protecting brands through a considered, strategic approach to the sales and communications process. EVH clients are selected for their integrity and attributes in innovation, design and business. EVH’s powerful network and authoritative local expertise allows the agency’s clients such as Max Mara, Calvin Klein, Farfetch, Alex Perry, Coach, Sneakerboy, Topshop and Ellery to grow and succeed in the Australian market.
Designer & Co-Founder
Shoes Of Prey
I am the Co-founder and Chief Evangelist at ShoesOfPrey.com – the world’s first website where women can design their own shoes. Started just 4 years ago, Shoes of Prey broke even at 2 months, hit multimillion dollar revenue in under 2 years and today is a global multimillion dollar enterprise. I am also co-founder of SneakingDuck.com – an online optical fashion store focussed on the Australian market.
Celebrity Fashion Stylist
Michael Azzollini is renowned as one of Australia’s leading stylists, with almost twenty years experience in the fashion industry, Michael is highly respected by a huge range of Australian & overseas fashion labels and has built up a vast portfolio as a swimwear designer, celebrity stylist, contributing editor & more recently as the Fashion Director for Karen Magazine and Koncierge Magazine.
Founder of boutique swimwear label, Azzollini, Michael’s love of fashion and knack for recognising notable design is prevalent to all that work with him, giving him the opportunity to work with celebrities such as Jennifer Hawkins, Kristy Hinze and Hugh Jackman, as well as with brands such as Levis, Lee Jeans, Country Road, Australia’s Next Top Model, Covergirl and Myer.