Women in science and technology dominated at the 2019 Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science awards


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On October 16, the Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science awards honoured a special selection of leaders in their field by way of Australia’s most prestigious science and technology prizes, now in its 20th year. With recipients each having carried out outstanding achievements in scientific research and research-based innovation, or having excelled in science, mathematics or technology teaching, seven prizes—which granted $750,000 in total—were awarded across those fields. Emeritus Professor​ Cheryl Praeger took out the top Prize for Science, while Associate Professor​ Laura Mackay and Associate Professor​ Elizabeth New each claimed prizes for science and innovation. South Australian educators, Sarah Finney and Dr Samantha Moyle, were each awarded prizes for science, mathematics or technology teaching. [Vogue Inbox]

Michael Kors recently partnered with Academy Award-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o for their seventh annual Watch Hunger Stop campaign, the brand’s global philanthropic plight to end worldwide hunger. Having aided the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) in delivering more than 18 million meals to children since its inception, the luxury brand will once again be offering special-edition pieces to raise funds. This year’s offering is a T-shirt and a tote featuring the word “love”. Available for purchase online and in-store, Michael Kors will be donating all the proceeds from sales, along with 100 additional meals to the WFP if customers wear and share their merchandise. [Vogue Inbox]

Following the induction of four new board members back in September, the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) has added 23 designers to its roster of members, bringing its total count to 483. New inductees included Australian fashion icon, Dion Lee, as well as Mary Alice Malone of Malone Souliers, and Kristopher Brock of his namesake label, Brock Collection. “The group includes emerging, established and seasoned designers from across the country and around the globe—with the common thread of great talent and passion for what they do so well,” said Lisa Smilor, executive vice president of the CFDA. [WWD]

Altheisure label P.E Nation has recently ventured into swimwear with the release of a new collaboration with heritage swim brand, Speedo. Following the success of their design encounter with the Bondi-born swimwear brand at Fashion Week earlier this year, the activewear label has released the collection for brand fans and swimwear fiends alike to purchase. The new range showcases P.E. Nation’s classic colourways, graphics, quality design and construction combined with the classic and comfortable athletic silhouettes of Speedo, and offers eight styles including long sleeved pieces, supportive bikinis, and the traditional skinny-strapped one-piece. The range is now available to shop in P.E Nation stores and online, as well as selected Speedo flagship stores and retailers. [Vogue Inbox]

Australian label Albus Lumen has taken fashion transparency to the next level with its resort 2019 Peru travel capsule collection. Created by founder and head designer, Marina Afonina, the refined range, which includes a wool jumper, T-shirt, leisure pants, poncho, shawl and eye mask, is made with single-origin Australian Merino wool produced by Anlaby Station in South Australia, a material which Afonina has ensured is 100 per cent traceable. With each containing an interactive NFC chip, customers can tap their phone on the garment’s care label to discover the story behind the product, from sheep-to-shop, offering traceability in the supply chain. The collection will be available to shop on MatchesFashion.com later this year. [Vogue Inbox]

On October 17, Los Angeles-based Danish designer Anine Bing celebrated the opening of her brand’s very first Australian boutique. Located in Paddington’s Five Ways district on Glenmore Road, the Scandi style-inspired brand toasted the historic store opening with the help of Pip Edwards, Nadia Fairfax and Brooke Testoni, who each wore the eponymous label head-to-toe. Visit the store at 213 Glenmore Rd, Paddington NSW 2021. [Vogue Inbox]

Australian label Romance Was Born recently released their second May Gibbs x Romance Was Born collection. The four-piece range, which showcases the author and illustrator’s iconic Snugglepot Day print, includes a unisex linen shirt and shorts set, a loose-fit A-line smock dress, and a soft linen bucket hat, allowing its wearer to revisit the magical bush fairy land they visited in their youth. The May Gibbs x Romance Was Born collection is now exclusively available to shop online. [Vogue Inbox]