GOLD COAST FASHION WEEK RESCHEDULED
Gold Coast Fashion Week organisers have been forced to reschedule this year’s inaugural event due to an unresolved trademark issue.
Initially slated to run from July 26-29, the celebration of the Australian fashion industry will now be held from October 25-28 at a string of iconic Gold Coast venues.
Event director Angela Rose said stakeholders including designers, models, venues, sponsors and ticketholders were being informed of the postponement.
“This is an emotional and difficult decision, particularly given what has been a very successful build-up to the event,” she said.
“Ticket sales have been tracking well and we’ve had an overwhelming response from fashion industry members who want to be part of the event, from leading Australian and Gold Coast designers to models such as Tahlia Jade - our ‘face of Fashion Week’.
“The rescheduling has not been taken lightly but due to an issue outside of our control, we are now looking forward to bringing Gold Coast Fashion Week to life in October.”
“We thought that this issue would be resolved by now however, we are confident we will have a resolution in the next month.”
Ms Rose said the decision to postpone the event had come after failed negotiations with a third party who owns the ‘Gold Coast Fashion Week’ trademark.
“We are not the first event organisers to have faced hurdles due to this person, who we understand owns a range of similar trademarks for large events and fashion weeks despite the fact they are not being used,” she said.
“We have pursued various options to purchase or borrow the trademark but have been unable to come to a fair agreement.
“It is disappointing this type of ‘name-squatting’ has forced us to reschedule the event but with the clock ticking, we could not afford to wait any longer to make the call.
“The bonus is we now have clarity and can now focus our energies on working with our stakeholders to deliver a stellar Gold Coast Fashion Week in October.”
All pre-purchased tickets will be transferred to the new dates.
Ms Rose said the inaugural event would put a spotlight on the amazing diversity within the Australian fashion industry along with the undercurrent of sustainability.
“Gold Coast Fashion Week is unique in that it will unashamedly showcase the rich diversity within the fashion industry,” she said.
“This diversity will be illustrated through the scale of models seen on the catwalk, ranging in size, shape, ethnicity and sexual orientation, and the range of designers, from start-up labels to established brands.”
The diverse range of events during the fashion celebration will include an Emerging Designer Showcase, Retail Group Showcase, Super Yacht Swim Show, Gold Coast Fashion Week Group Shows, Fashion Community Event, Charity Brunch and Revival Party.
Stunning venues such as Home of the Arts (HOTA), Q1, Coolibah Downs, Palazzo Versace, Love Nightlife will play host to such events, with profits from Gold Coast Fashion Week to go to Gold Coast Hospital Foundation.
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Gold Coast Fashion Week is set for a huge shake-up in 2018.
Under new management, this event will be unlike anything the industry has seen before, with a focus on diversity and sustainability while still staying true to the Gold Coast culture & lifestyle.
The four-day line-up will feature eight diverse but quintessential fashion week showcases, with the week wrapping up with a fashion seminar which will focus on the education of youth and emerging talent within the rag trade.
All profits from this event go to the Gold Coast Hospital Foundation to assist with cancer transport.