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Inclusivity dominates the runway at Melbourne Fashion Festival | ticker VIEWS



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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The “day of reckoning” for startups is here



The collapse of Silicon Valley Bank has uncovered the truth about the startup sector. What rose from the ashes of the GFC is now a bubble about to burst.

We are going to start right back in 2008. Remember the Global Financial Crisis? it was meant to have huge ramifications for the banking sector – And after all the collapses, all the redundancies, all the pain – we were told it could never happen again.

Well just a few weeks ago, the very foundations of our banking system were called into question – again.

Silicon Valley Bank may not be the world’s biggest, or even America’s biggest – but it did punch above its weight. Why? Because of its title. It was literally the bank of Silicon Valley.

The past 16 years have been extraordinary for the startup sector. Enormous growth multiples that defied the rest of Wall Street.

That is – until the music stopped in the investment community. All these startups that believed you could be worth a billion dollars on the back of buzz suddenly realised the money had run dry.
It’s now about good old-fashioned profit. It had to happen some time.

But it happened right after COVID – and right before all that stimulus money washing around the community had to be taken back. Interest rates had to rise, and suddenly all these startups had to withdraw their cash to survive.

Central Banks now find themselves at a horrible crossroads. Keep raising rates to fight inflation, but risk financial instability.

The job of central bankers is to keep banks stable. But in order to keep them stable, they have to raise rates to combat inflation, and the unintended consequences about that hit really hard.

The central banks are now contradicting themselves. To create stability, they have to create instability. It’s the problem with their blunt instruments.

Let’s take Silicon Valley Bank – More expensive money reduced the value of their securities portfolios and has made it likelier that depositors will flee to the big banks.

Did you hear that? So after creating the conditions that led to too much money in the economy, to now raising rates to claw it all back, that now led to instability in the financial system – the Fed doesn’t want to know.

Let’s bring it back to the poor depositors of Silicon Valley Bank – It’s a nightmare out there in startup land.

Economic fear and funding uncertainty has put startup-founder mental health in a tailspin. Many suffer in silence because they worry that talking about it will worry investors that the sector is in trouble.

The startup economy of today is eerily similar to the banking sector of 2007 right before the financial crisis – with companies dangerously close to the edge. #Silicon Valley bank #svb #credit suisse #fed reserve #silicon valley

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Accenture to axe 19,000 jobs



The tech consulting firm says economic conditions have brought on the move

Accenture has announced it will be slashing 19,000 jobs at the tech consulting firm.

It’s all part of a proposal to cut costs to deal with a tight economic environment.

The company says it won’t put a freeze on hiring despite 2.5 per cent of staff departing in the next 18 months.

In a statement, the company says “there continues to be significant economic and geopolitical uncertainty in many markets around the world, which has impacted and may continue to impact our business.”

The company is expecting annual revenue growth to be up to 10 per cent for this year, which is a slight downgrade on pervious estimates.

The axing comes amid Meta and Amazon are downsizing their workforce.

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Etihad Airways in trouble over emissions reduction plans



Australia’s consumer watchdog is considering action

Etihad Airways is in hot water over allegations it lied about its emissions reduction plans.

Australia’s consumer watchdog is now considering action against the airline as the body crackdown on so-called greenwashing.

It follows two Etihad advertisements that appeared on digital advertising banners during a football match at Melbourne’s AAMI Park on 15 February last year.

The ad had the words “net zero emissions by 2050” next to its logo.

In another commercial, the airline claimed “Flying shouldn’t cost the Earth”.

Flight Free Australia claims the ads convey the misleading impression that flying with Etihad does not have a significant environmental impact and Etihad intends to achieve net zero by 2050.

But the group says middle eastern airline has no credible path to net zero emissions by this date and it is not “technologically, practically, or economically feasible” to reach this goal.

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