Patty Huntington

Patty Huntington

Patty Huntington is a Sydney-based journalist, producer and commentator with a special interest in fashion, design and pop culture.

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Men’s skirts are having a moment – look at Harry Styles, Pete Davidson, Russell Westbrook and Kid Cudi. Is it time to end fashion’s last taboo?

With male celebrities such as Harry Styles and Pete Davidson confidently wearing skirts, is the stigma attached to men in dresses finally coming to an end?

With male celebrities such as Harry Styles and Pete Davidson confidently wearing skirts, is the stigma attached to men in dresses finally coming to an end?

25 Oct 2021 - 11:07AM
Indigenous fashion in Australia makes giant strides forward, from the country’s fashion week to its oldest department store

Two shows at this year’s Afterpay Australian Fashion Week featured 16 indigenous brands, most of which have launched in the past six years.

Two shows at this year’s Afterpay Australian Fashion Week featured 16 indigenous brands, most of which have launched in the past six years.

22 Oct 2021 - 8:01AM
Wife of former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak’s spectacular shopping sprees and how a writer set off a media storm by blogging about one

When a writer blogged about Rosmah Mansor buying 61 custom-altered garments from a Sydney-based designer, little did she know the backlash she would cause.

When a writer blogged about Rosmah Mansor buying 61 custom-altered garments from a Sydney-based designer, little did she know the backlash she would cause.

27 Sep 2021 - 9:49AM
New York-based Australian fashion designer Lisa Qu picks local over Made in China

‘The issue with Made in China is not necessarily in the quality but in the quality control,’ says Lisa Qu, the only Australian to make it to Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list for 2020.

‘The issue with Made in China is not necessarily in the quality but in the quality control,’ says Lisa Qu, the only Australian to make it to Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list for 2020.

6 Feb 2020 - 9:30PM
Can ‘new sheriff’ Tom Ford bring New York Fashion Week 2019 into line?

New York Fashion Week’s long schedule and high number of events – up to 600 in a season – undermines its credibility. Tom Ford, chairman of the fashion designers’ council that runs the week, is cutting the number of catwalk shows and their duration.

New York Fashion Week’s long schedule and high number of events – up to 600 in a season – undermines its credibility. Tom Ford, chairman of the fashion designers’ council that runs the week, is cutting the number of catwalk shows and their duration.

5 Sep 2019 - 4:24AM
Why Australia’s original fashion influencer Jenny Kee is still going strong after five decades

David Bowie, Lauren Bacall and Sophia Loren were fans of her Flamingo Park boutique in Sydney, and she partied with rock stars in the 1960s. A pregnant Princess Diana famously wore Kee’s Blinky jumper.

David Bowie, Lauren Bacall and Sophia Loren were fans of her Flamingo Park boutique in Sydney, and she partied with rock stars in the 1960s. A pregnant Princess Diana famously wore Kee’s Blinky jumper.

26 Aug 2019 - 5:24AM
From refugee camp to runway, African fashion models making big strides on the world’s catwalks

Sudanese refugees from civil war, many of them resettled in Australia, are in the vanguard of a cadre of supermodels whose rise to international prominence reflects fashion’s growing diversity.

Sudanese refugees from civil war, many of them resettled in Australia, are in the vanguard of a cadre of supermodels whose rise to international prominence reflects fashion’s growing diversity.

3 Jul 2019 - 8:53AM
Inside fashion week photography: catwalk, backstage and street style snappers on the ruthless world

We talk to key figures of catwalk, backstage and street-style photography on how they got into fashion week photography and what it takes to stand out in a scene that is getting ever more competitive.

We talk to key figures of catwalk, backstage and street-style photography on how they got into fashion week photography and what it takes to stand out in a scene that is getting ever more competitive.

27 Jun 2019 - 6:22AM
Five emerging Australian fashion labels to look out for, from Bondi Born to Benjamin Garg

Fashion Week Australia begins on Sunday and hot newcomers to look out for include surf line Double Rainbouu, swimwear brand Bondi Born and several recent fashion-school graduates.

Fashion Week Australia begins on Sunday and hot newcomers to look out for include surf line Double Rainbouu, swimwear brand Bondi Born and several recent fashion-school graduates.

11 May 2019 - 7:05AM
Australian designer Laura May Gibbs on the challenges of creating sustainable activewear

Laura May Gibbs spent 15 years working for brands such as Alice McCall and RVCA before launching her label Nagnata in 2014.

Laura May Gibbs spent 15 years working for brands such as Alice McCall and RVCA before launching her label Nagnata in 2014.

1 May 2019 - 10:20AM
Fashion’s difficult relationship with race: Gucci and Prada’s blackface faux pas just the tip of the iceberg

A slew of recent incidents, from ad campaigns to turtlenecks, show just how tone deaf designers and other industry bigwigs can be

A slew of recent incidents, from ad campaigns to turtlenecks, show just how tone deaf designers and other industry bigwigs can be

9 Mar 2019 - 4:11AM
Melbourne shopping guide: where to find all the top brands during the city’s fashion festival

Melbourne Fashion Festival, which runs until March 10, will showcase the work of 147 fashion designers. Here’s our quick guide to international and local fashion, beauty, and homewares stores around the city.

Melbourne Fashion Festival, which runs until March 10, will showcase the work of 147 fashion designers. Here’s our quick guide to international and local fashion, beauty, and homewares stores around the city.

5 Mar 2019 - 10:59AM
How Hypebeast went from a sneaker blog to global streetwear force

Editor-in-chief Arby Li explains his role in the website’s rise and how joining the company was a very unpopular decision with his family.

Editor-in-chief Arby Li explains his role in the website’s rise and how joining the company was a very unpopular decision with his family.

21 Feb 2019 - 8:54PM
Opinion | When Anna Wintour slammed Margaret Court and Scott Morrison over LGBTQI rights, was she just trying to stay relevant?

Struggling fashion publications should commit to journalism over commercialism to keep serious readers on side

Struggling fashion publications should commit to journalism over commercialism to keep serious readers on side

17 Feb 2019 - 10:39AM
How plus-size models are challenging the shape of the fashion industry

After InStyle is accused of covering up curvy comedian Melissa McCarthy on its cover, and Cosmopolitan magazine is slammed for ‘normalising’ obesity, there is still a long way to go before plus-size women are recognised and represented by the industry

After InStyle is accused of covering up curvy comedian Melissa McCarthy on its cover, and Cosmopolitan magazine is slammed for ‘normalising’ obesity, there is still a long way to go before plus-size women are recognised and represented by the industry

25 Jan 2019 - 5:39AM
2019 Golden Globes red carpet: Australian dress designers have eyes on the prize

Their A-list clients include Meghan Markle, Beyoncé, Rihanna, Angelina Jolie and the Kardashians. From Ralph & Russo to Alex Perry, glamorous gowns by these designers will be seen on every awards season red carpet.

Their A-list clients include Meghan Markle, Beyoncé, Rihanna, Angelina Jolie and the Kardashians. From Ralph & Russo to Alex Perry, glamorous gowns by these designers will be seen on every awards season red carpet.

5 Jan 2019 - 5:51PM
‘Without Australia, I couldn’t be who I am’: fashion designer Akira Isogawa on his 25-year journey

Japanese-Australian Akira Isogawa, for whom actress Cate Blanchett was an early advocate, runs his business himself, has no online store, and shows little outside Australia. His work is the subject of a new Sydney exhibition.

Japanese-Australian Akira Isogawa, for whom actress Cate Blanchett was an early advocate, runs his business himself, has no online store, and shows little outside Australia. His work is the subject of a new Sydney exhibition.

17 Dec 2018 - 10:31AM
Perth back on radar of luxury retailers with new mining boom in Western Australia forecast

City had a taste of luxury during last mining boom, and has seen money pour into new hotels and shopping centres; Macau casino mogul Stanley Ho’s daughter Laurinda Ho is among the investors to have opened upscale hotels.

City had a taste of luxury during last mining boom, and has seen money pour into new hotels and shopping centres; Macau casino mogul Stanley Ho’s daughter Laurinda Ho is among the investors to have opened upscale hotels.

7 Dec 2018 - 5:22PM
Balinese royal and influencer lists her favourite hotels, restaurants and shops on the island

Niece of the king of Denpasar and ex-wife of Australian Olympic swimmer Michael Klim gives her tips on Bali’s best spots, including the stunning Soori Bali hotel and Mama San restaurant.

Niece of the king of Denpasar and ex-wife of Australian Olympic swimmer Michael Klim gives her tips on Bali’s best spots, including the stunning Soori Bali hotel and Mama San restaurant.

17 Nov 2018 - 6:51PM
Five of the best places to shop in Auckland for New Zealand fashion, jewellery, beauty products and homewares

New Zealand’s biggest city is booming, and so are its designer fashion and beauty boutiques –some of them destinations in themselves. With New Zealand Fashion Week under way, we’ve got the lowdown on five must-have shopping experiences.

New Zealand’s biggest city is booming, and so are its designer fashion and beauty boutiques –some of them destinations in themselves. With New Zealand Fashion Week under way, we’ve got the lowdown on five must-have shopping experiences.

28 Aug 2018 - 10:03AM
New Zealand Fashion Week: five young local brands to watch from millennial designers shaking things up

Up-and-coming brands Georgia Alice, Wynn Hamlyn, Jarrad Godman, Rachel Mills and Ryan Turner are all run by young New Zealand-based designers who are looking to take the country, and the world, by storm.

Up-and-coming brands Georgia Alice, Wynn Hamlyn, Jarrad Godman, Rachel Mills and Ryan Turner are all run by young New Zealand-based designers who are looking to take the country, and the world, by storm.

22 Aug 2018 - 6:27PM
How laid-back Byron Bay is becoming Australia’s boutique fashion capital

Byron Bay, between Sydney and Brisbane, has long been a favourite with hippies and surfers, and now a new generation of fashion entrepreneurs are moving in, leaving behind the big cities and embracing beach town life.

Byron Bay, between Sydney and Brisbane, has long been a favourite with hippies and surfers, and now a new generation of fashion entrepreneurs are moving in, leaving behind the big cities and embracing beach town life.

10 Aug 2018 - 6:15PM
Designer of must-have fashion brand from New Zealand, Maggie Marilyn, on her overnight success – from novice to Net-a-Porter

Within a year of graduating, New Zealander Maggie Hewitt’s fashion brand had gone global

Within a year of graduating, New Zealander Maggie Hewitt’s fashion brand had gone global

12 Jul 2018 - 12:29PM
Why Kanye West, Virgil Abloh work with these Australian fashion creatives at top of global industry

From Kanye West to Virgil Abloh, the Australian stylists and creative leaders working with some of the top stars in fashion

From Kanye West to Virgil Abloh, the Australian stylists and creative leaders working with some of the top stars in fashion

4 Jul 2018 - 6:25PM
Australian activewear: why Kanye West, the Kardashians and other influencers love it

Activewear is expected to outsell luxury fashion within two years, and Australian labels are expanding aggressively and gaining recognition around the world, impressing celebrities and influencers alike

Activewear is expected to outsell luxury fashion within two years, and Australian labels are expanding aggressively and gaining recognition around the world, impressing celebrities and influencers alike

28 Jun 2018 - 6:52PM
Five Australian swimwear brands to hit the beach in this summer

With 85 per cent of the population living within 50km of the coast, Australians are in the perfect position to gauge what is the coolest thing to wear over the summer. Here are some of their most influential swimwear designers today.

With 85 per cent of the population living within 50km of the coast, Australians are in the perfect position to gauge what is the coolest thing to wear over the summer. Here are some of their most influential swimwear designers today.

11 Jun 2018 - 12:35PM
Sydney Fashion Week: eight stylish shopping neighbourhoods in the city to check out

Australia’s biggest city is experiencing a retail renaissance, and as its fashion week gets under way, we survey the best places to shop there, from established Castlereagh Street to ultra-modern Barangaroo

Australia’s biggest city is experiencing a retail renaissance, and as its fashion week gets under way, we survey the best places to shop there, from established Castlereagh Street to ultra-modern Barangaroo

13 May 2018 - 6:29PM
Australia fashion week 2018: five labels making their debuts on the catwalk

I.Am.Gia, Leo + Lin, Acler, Client Liaison and Chris Ran Lin will all make their catwalk debuts at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia 2018, which begins this Sunday

I.Am.Gia, Leo + Lin, Acler, Client Liaison and Chris Ran Lin will all make their catwalk debuts at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia 2018, which begins this Sunday

10 May 2018 - 6:02AM
Why Australia is a player in global sneaker market and how China is driving the sales boom

Independent retailers such as Sneakerboy and magazine Sneaker Freaker are contributing to Australia’s increasing relevance in the global sneaker business. Sales figures are also being boosted by big spending Chinese buyers

Independent retailers such as Sneakerboy and magazine Sneaker Freaker are contributing to Australia’s increasing relevance in the global sneaker business. Sales figures are also being boosted by big spending Chinese buyers

4 May 2018 - 4:42PM
Asian Australians’ personalised leather accessories startup a huge hit, going from blog to business and making fashion models fans

The Daily Edited went from sideline to full-time occupation for two fashion-mad lawyers, racking up annual sales of US$24 million within four years and expanding to three continents. Customisation and limited runs are keys to its success

The Daily Edited went from sideline to full-time occupation for two fashion-mad lawyers, racking up annual sales of US$24 million within four years and expanding to three continents. Customisation and limited runs are keys to its success

18 Apr 2018 - 6:17AM