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Melbourne Fashion Festival weeks kicks off in Australia’s busy city, with the entire show centred around inclusivity and diversity

The iconic international festival runs from November 15- 21 and will feature an exciting new program of city-wide runways, locations, talks, exhibitions, and workshops. As Melbourne has lived through the world’s longest lockdown, the fashion on the runways will also be about representing and injection freedom, and life back into the city.

All about inclusivity

Deni Todorovic is a stylist, who is non-binary and a person of colour. They know all too well what exclusion and societal stigmas feel like. That’s why having them for the opening show at Melbourne Fashion Festival is a significant representation of how serious the organisers are about breaking down barriers.

The festival is about appreciating everyone, whatever their sexual orientation, ethnicity, physical ability, or weight is.

“Fashion is the quickest way to speak without speaking.

For me as a queer person, as a non-binary person, it is my go-to to communicate who I am with the world.”

Deni Todorovic, Stylist 

“At your day to day, walking into a store environment it’s incredibly gendered… and that really upsets me because it can be really damaging to people.”

Deni Todorovic, Stylist 

“My show [Melbourne Fashion Festival opening show] is about celebrating authentic diversity,

and the way we can use fashion to express ourselves.”

Deni Todorovic, Stylist 

Effie Kats is an Australian Fashion Designer who will also be featured on the opening show at Melbourne Fashion Festival. The runways will be about celebrating iconic designer but also up and coming designers who deserve a place on the stage.

Kats has overcome many challenges and stereotypes in her own right. She is a motivated entrepreneur and designer who is on a mission to empower women in what they wear.

“There’s going to be a heavy emphasis on inclusivity… you’re going to see lots and lots of diversity represented.”

Effie Kats, Fashion Designer & Entrepreneur

Not a token

Often in society, people will ensure diversity is incorporated as a token or a box ticked off. It can often be seen as the ‘right’ thing to do and that people who sit outside the traditional moulds aren’t like everybody else. This could not be further from the truth.

In 2009,  Rhiannon Tracey experienced a tragic accident while on holiday in Bali with her family. This accident changed her life forever. After diving into a pool that was labelled incorrectly, Rhiannon suffered a spinal cord injury that would leave her wheelchair-bound.

While this sounds like anyone’s worst nightmare, she turned this challenge around and is using it to embrace inclusivity and break down barriers. Tracey is now a motivational speaker, model and influencer who is breaking down stigmas every day.

Tracey will be featured at the Melbourne Fashion Festival, where she will be advocating for normality surrounding people who fall outside of the ‘traditional’ moulds of society.

“Be the change you wish to see.”

Rhiannon Tracey, Motivational Speaker & Model

 

Holly is an anchor and reporter at Ticker. She's experienced in live reporting, and has previously covered the Covid-19 pandemic on-location. She's passionate about telling stories in business, climate and health.

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Rolls Royce CEO slams aviation for failing on climate targets

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Aviation needs to act on net-zero targets, that’s according to the CEO of Rolls Royce

Warren East says the sector needs to move towards bio-fuels like hydrogen and electric aircraft.

Travellers can even look forward to flying on planes that has a gas turbine that’s burning hydrogen.

Speaking at a conference in London, East says transitional technology is the answer that plane-makers are searching for.

Some companies are already looking at sustainable fuels that can offer 80 per cent off carbon emissions across their lifetime.

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Amazon halts hiring on all corporate roles

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E-commerce giant is the latest of many to close all corporate job openings due to economic concern

Amazon is pressing pause on corporate hiring for the rest of the year, as economic concerns continue to grow.

The tech giant has instructed all recruiters to close all current corporate job openings… worldwide.

This means more that ten thousand openings will be closed as of Monday evening.

The job postings that will affected include technology positions, in store and online retail businesses, and logistics operations.

However, Amazon spokesman, Brad Glasser, says the company will still continue to have a significant number of other roles open.

He says, “we have many different businesses at various stages of evolution, and we expect to keep adjusting our hiring strategies in each of these businesses at various junctures.”

The freeze sees Amazon joining Meta, Apple, and Google, who have also announced a reduction or temporary pause on hiring.

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What is Elon Musk’s “everything app”?

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Elon Musk’s Twitter deal is back on, and he says it’s the key to creating his much-anticipated ‘everything app’.

The billionaire entrepreneur had been in talks to take the social media platform private, but the deal fell through. However, after news of its reinstatement, Mr Musk said that buying Twitter is an essential part of his plans for X.

The idea behind X is a sort of super app, combining messaging, social media, payments-and lack of reliance on ad revenue, similar to the Chinese WeChat. That already has more than one billion users, but so far no equivalent exists in the West.

With Twitter under his belt, Musk believes he can make X a reality much sooner than originally planned. “It’s brought forward our X project by three to five years, but I could be wrong,” he said.

There are no further details on the X project at this time, but with Musk’s track record of visionary innovation, it’s sure to be something we’re all talking about in the near future.

Why does Elon Musk want to buy Twitter?

Elon Musk is known for his ambitious plans and big ideas, so it’s no surprise that he sees Twitter as a key piece of the puzzle for his next project, X.

The details of the deal have not been made public, but it is thought that Musk is paying a premium for Twitter.

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