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Welcome to Echonetdaily's Fashion feature. This is an example of what the feature will offer. In this feature we will present fashion articles and profile local fashion businesses. Each week for four weeks a new part of the four-part feature will be published with two new articles and an advertiser's profile focusing our reader's attention on your business..

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In this week's feature: We love Aussie swimsuits and Down with Voyer

In Fashion part 2: Fashion article 3, Fashion article 4 and Fashion profile 2
In Fashion part 3: Fashion article 5, Fashion article 6 and Fashion profile 3
In Fashion part 4: Fashion article 7, Fashion article 8 and Fashion profile 4

We love Aussie swimsuits

Hilary-EJTF-9W6A6510Story & photos Eve Jeffery

Swimmers, togs, cozzie, or trunks, no matter what you call them, the swimsuit in Australia evokes a special feeling.

I personally prefer the Victorian (the southern state not the historical era) 'bathers' and though my kids, who have spent most of their life in New South Wales, use 'swimmers', when they were little, if I said 'get your bathers', they knew exactly what I meant and quick as a flash those togs would be on and towels at the ready.

We love this sunburnt country and putting on your cozzie usually means there is a swim on offer. Back in the 60s when I was still in school (primary school thank you very much), there was less swanning around in the street in a bikini top and sarong al la the Gold Coast and Byron Bay, and more 'get those bathers off, they're for swimming in not for playing in'.

I suspect the non casual trunks wearing back then (yes in those ancient times) was more about decorum than lack of splas, as it was unseemly for a lass to go out on the streets with her half naked butt on show for all the world to see.

I suppose these days a swimsuit is more of a purely fashion item than before. Even in the 70s with the advent the hip-tied brief bikini with free-floating halter top strung along a spaghetti strap that slipped sides ways as soon as a swan dive hit the pool, the end result was an item that was manufactured for swimming, but you could use is practically as well.

In the 21st century it seems that high end swimsuits are designed more for accessorising with your Jimmy Choos and your Prada clutch than the Brunswick River – yesterday I saw for sale a very deliscous Chanel Runway CC logo swimsuit for a mere $799. That's US dollars. On eBay. I can't imagine what they wanted for it in store. Probably my first born. Oh well, one less to buy bathers for I suppose.

Down with Voyeur

Story & photos Eve Jeffery

The Byron Community Centre was swarming with glitterati on Friday evening for the staging of the 2011 Voyeur Fashion Exposé.

Twelve designers showcased their spring/summer collections with creations ranging from evening gowns, T-shirts and silk chemises to swimwear, underwear and mermaid fins.

Innovative swim and surf label designers Marisa Sidoti and Joceline Godfrey, from the label Muther of All Things, were awarded the ‘Designer of the Year’ award. Alexandra Leeb, who opened the show, was awarded a judges’ commendation.

The ‘ooh ahh’ factor of the evening appeared when model Gianna trod the runway in ‘The Rainbow Dress’, designed by Lisa Clarke from Eurynome Creations.

A nuno-felted merino wool on white silk stole the show, and saw Lisa leave the event with two trophies:  ‘Outfit of the Year’ and the ‘Anna Middleton Award’, which will see her range in Anna’s Byron Bay store.

Speaking of her win, Lisa said she always tries to be positive and believed she was in with a chance.

‘I was just so excited and honoured and proud to have my creation celebrated at Voyeur.’

It wasn’t only the designers that got recognised for their efforts; Lismore’s Jennifer Hamilton was awarded the ‘Face of Voyeur’ which won her a studio photo shoot with Jessie Prince.

Pop-up store 

A first for this year’s Voyeur is the pop-up store which will open for just this week at 46 Fletcher Street in Byron.

The store will feature all the outfits from the 12 designers.

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