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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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Sleepover at IKEA: dozens stranded amid snowstorm in Denmark

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Two dozen staff and six customers were forced to stay the night at IKEA as up to 30 centimetres of snow trapped them inside

A furniture showroom in the department store in Aalborg, Denmark, became the bedroom of several people who were unable to safely make it home in time amidst a strong snowstorm.

Store Manager Peter Elmose told the Ekstra Bladet tabloid that people could “pick the exact bed they always have wanted to try.”

People working in a toy shop next door also took to the department store to join in on the fun.

Michelle Barrett, one of the toy shop staff, told Denmark’s public broadcaster, DR, “it’s much better than sleeping in one’s car. It has been nice and warm and we are just happy that they would let us in.” 

“We just laughed at the situation, because we will probably not experience it again,” she added.

Another approximate 300 people had to stay the night at the Aalborg airport to keep out of the storm. 

According to Euronews, the IKEA sleepover consisted of feasting on chips and Swedish cinnamon rolls in the staff canteen before watching television.

“It was a really nice evening, enjoying each other’s company,” Elmose told AFP. 

“Everyone had a full night’s sleep, our mattresses are good.”

And when the shop reopened for business the next morning, all the bedding and sheets had of course been changed.

Unmade beds following the overnight stay at IKEA amid snowstorm. Source: IKEA Aalborg’s Instagram

This comes after 61 people were trapped in a Yorkshire pub for three nights last week.

The several people trapped in the Tan Hill Inn during the storm slept on makeshift beds on the floor, watched movies, had a quiz night and enjoyed a buffet meal.

Some guests even claimed they didn’t want to leave the the pub after enjoying the 17th century hotel’s hospitality.

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United Airlines makes history, operating flight with 100% Sustainable Aviation Fuel

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The aviation sector is widely known to be a high-emissions industry, with aircraft contributing to a growing pollution problem – but United Airlines just made history, in a brilliant way

United Airlines on Wednesday operated the world’s very first flight that used 100% sustainable aviation fuel, known as SAF.

Flying a jet with more than 100 passengers from Chicago to Washington, DC, the flight was the first commercial flight ever using only renewable fuel.

In a statement United Airlines said: United is the world leader in the usage and support for the development of SAF, an alternative fuel made with non-petroleum feedstocks, already having agreements to purchase nearly twice as much SAF as the known agreements of all other global airlines combined.

SAF has the potential to deliver the performance of petroleum-based jet fuel but with a fraction of its carbon footprint, and according to the U.S. Department of Energy, the country’s vast feedstock resources are enough to meet the projected fuel demand of the entire U.S. aviation industry.

“United continues to lead from the front when it comes to climate change action,”

United CEO Scott Kirby, who will fly onboard today’s historic SAF flight.

“Today’s SAF flight is not only a significant milestone for efforts to decarbonize our industry, but when combined with the surge in commitments to produce and purchase alternative fuels, we’re demonstrating the scalable and impactful way companies can join together and play a role in addressing the biggest challenge of our lifetimes.”

The airline boss noted.
United makes history using 100% SAF fuel on domestic flight / Image: Supplied

Currently, airlines are only permitted to use a maximum of 50% SAF

The SAF used on the Dec. 1 flight is drop-in ready and compatible with existing aircraft fleets, United said.

The flight operated as a demonstration – to see how the jet would perform using only SAF fuel

The 737 MAX 8 used 500 gallons of SAF in one engine and the same amount of conventional jet fuel in the other engine “to further prove there are no operational differences between the two and to set the stage for more scalable uses of SAF by all airlines in the future,” United said.

United partnered with other companies including Virent, a subsidiary of Marathon Petroleum whose technology enables 100% drop-in SAF, and World Energy, the world’s first and North America’s only commercial SAF producer to make the flight possible.

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World airlines warn Omicron will hit travel again

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The aviation industry has warned the Omicron variant of COVID is set to impact the aviation industry once again

Airlines are starting to feel the effects of the new Omicron variant of COVID, with Emirates and easyJet both warning Tuesday of the risks to travel demand. Julian Satterthwaite reports.

The world’s airlines are bracing for a fresh impact from the Omicron variant.

On Tuesday (November 30) the strongest warning came from mideast carrier Emirates.

Company President Tim Clark warned that any hit to seasonal travel will be devastating for an industry already hit by two years of heavy losses:

“So, I would say probably by the end of December, we’ll have a much clearer position. But in that time, December is a very important month for the air travel business and if that is lost, or the winter is lost to a lot of carriers, there will be significant traumas in the business, certainly the aviation business and the periphery of that.”

UK budget airline easyJet says it’s already seeing a drop-off in demand.

It says resurgent health worries, including Omicron, have prompted people to rethink plans for city breaks.

Though it says the impact isn’t yet as bad as during earlier lockdowns.

On Tuesday the airline reported a loss of $1.5 billion for the year to the end of September.

Scandinavia’s SAS also said it remained in the red for the August to October quarter.

The latest warnings come after multiple countries including the U.S., UK, Japan and Israel imposed travel curbs in response to the new virus variant.

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