Hosted by Amelia Mulcahy, the Workshop was both Q&A and runway show, with the infamous designer casually answering Mulcahy’s questions and chatting about his musings on the fashion industry whilst his models walked down the makeshift catwalk.
I want to say that the designs were the stars of the event, but, truthfully, Wayne’s charismatic personality stole the show. Wayne’s answers to Amelia Mulcahy’s questions were hilarious, and Mulcahy’s reactions to those answers were priceless. The professional weather presenter tried to keep the topic on fashion, but Wayne took the conversations and shaped it into his own, just like he would with a long piece of fabric.
What was meant to be a somewhat serious event swiftly switched form into a comedic show and tell, with stories of his encounters with Naomi Campbell, Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian eliciting nervous laughter from the crowd.
After the workshop, media went backstage for an extended Q&A with the acclaimed designer. Upon sitting down, Wayne expressed his great dislike of bloggers, though continued to chat to the room full of them with great gusto.
The bloggers, business owners and writers in the room learned of his dislike of fast fashion retailers (“10% of that stuff is good”), crop tops and specific celebrities (“We needed one of those clothes hooks to get [Paris] off the runway”), but also learned some of the intricacies of his family life (the stories of which were both endearing and amusing) and his admiration of Australian fashion designers (“Australians can produce good quality designs from an oily rag”).
More entertaining than a Will Ferrell comedy, Wayne’s Designer Workshop was a thoroughly informative and engaging affair. Get yourself to a Designer Workshop, and you’ll thank yourself for it.
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