Q & A with Cindy Vogels about the creative collaboration with Amica Whincop

We’ve been so busy here at Pastiche HQ, that we have invited one of our favourite local designers, Cindy Vogels, to be our guest ‘Creative Director’ for our newly upsized winter edition. We procured some time with Cindy post ‘the shoot’ to chat about how the inspiration came about for this vibrant project.

 Firstly, you shot this in record time, in only half a day I understand?

Yes, but we had put plenty of hours into preparation, and if Amica Whincop and I actually counted how long we’ve been stewing this idea on the back burners, it could be up to two years. This meant that we were incredibly efficient as soon as we got the green light from Joolie Gibbs (Gallery Director) and Sandra Ross (Education and Public Programs Officer) at Gympie Regional Gallery.

Tell us how Gympie Regional Gallery became the backdrop?

I had recently attended the Gallery’s 20th birthday party (which was fabulous and costume themed), and soon after I was talking to Skye (from Pastiche) about the cover. Amica and I had already shot a pilot for this signature collaboration and we were having fun developing it. For the pilot we had ventured into the Queensland bush, but now felt like an indoor shot was required. Our local Gallery seemed like a grand choice.

Tell us about the preparation work after the Gallery location was agreed upon?

We needed to pick one of Amica’s works, so we let Skye choose from eight different pieces; all of them were equally vibrant and dreamy. (I couldn’t choose). Skye immediately chose a favourite, and Amica then set about translating her work onto the perfect fabric for me to work with via sublimation printing.

This was no simple task –  if you’ve seen the size of some of Amica’s works in real life you’ll understand. Lucky she’s also a graphic designer and handy with a camera!! It was a cool moment when she called many weeks later to invite me around to see the fabric for the first time. After Amica had created the fabric, it was up to me to turn it into a wearable design.

You love collaboration. Besides the Gallery, who else joined you on this creative adventure?

The gorgeous Layla agreed to be our statuesque model and when Skye’s favourite photographer (Richard Waugh) couldn’t make the set date, I begged Amica to ask her son Finn to jump in. He has captured some great content for me before, and I love having young eyes and minds in the mix. It’s just the right thing to do, sharing creative opportunities with the younger generation. We also got word to Gympie Living magazine, and their feature writer Kate worked up a stunning behind the scenes story to highlight the local collaboration, and push out some good vibes and hype prior to the Pastiche edition reveal.

Taking a step back, how did you and Amica meet?

Well, when my family first moved from Buderim to Gympie, Amica was the ‘favorite’ art teacher at my kid’s school. Through my passion for the arts and Amica’s obvious creativity and fun loving personality, we were soon friends. We have worked creatively and collaboratively together through various arts projects, and with Amica helping me design and develop my company logos over the years. We bounce ideas off each other and have a creative flow together that I really enjoy.

Ok Cindy, we know you are always busy, what else have you been up to and what’s in store for the immediate future?

My fashion brand Racy & Lucky has so much going on! We’ve just designed multiple one-of-a-kind garments for music artists and personnel, and the host of the Queensland Music Awards held on May 14. We also designed stage outfits for the RACKETT girls and Doolie for a recent festival.  We have contributed to multiple film clip wardrobes being shot and coming out soon, which is why we claim the tag ‘We dress the music’. And my CollabAnation venture is growing wings for some national recognition by the year’s end…. watch this space.

About Amica……

Amica Whincop is an Australian abstract artist, recognised for her undulating ‘stone-like’ motifs and her ability to create a gentle equilibrium between spaces. Predominantly influenced by the intricacies of nature, its fragility and strength, there is something simultaneously tranquil and passionate about the pieces she creates. Her love of nature grew from a childhood living beside the rugged seashores of the Isle of Wight, England, creating a connection with the environment that has only strengthened through global travel and her eventual emigration to Australia.

Art has always been her vehicle from which to channel peace, quiet the mind, and inspire her soul. Her hope is that this calm energy transfers to the viewer.

Educated as a visual art artist and educator, she graduated from the Queensland University of Technology in 2003, holding a Bachelor of Visual Arts and a Bachelor of Secondary Education.

Now settled in the country town of Gympie with her husband and three children, Amica’s work continues to gain national and international recognition, engaging a wide audience, including those who often disassociate with abstract art.

Aside from attending upcoming shows, you can follow her process on Instagram.

email: hello@amicawhincop.com 

Established in 2008, the event has grown from strength to strength incorporating catwalk shows, a trade lounge (pop up spaces with brands selling wholesale,) an industry Q & A, plus The Sunshine Coast Style Awards, the Sunshine Coast Design Awards and Hall of Fame.

Tourism, Sport and Major Events Portfolio Councillor Jason O’Pray said the SCFF was a great example of the diversity of events staged on the Sunshine Coast.

“The continued success of the SCFF demonstrates that the Sunshine Coast is home to a truly wide range of major events,” Cr O’Pray said

“The exposure for our local talent and brands showcased at SCFF is invaluable and we congratulate the organisers on the 10th anniversary milestone.” 

Founder and director Jacinta Richmond said her vision was to shine a spotlight on Sunshine Coast labels while presenting national and international labels alongside local talent. 

“With local, national and international labels involved, the event is recognised globally for its discovery of emerging talent and the opportunities for local brands to network with national and international established brands,” Ms Richmond said.

“It’s a brilliant opportunity for a select few emerging talent to showcase alongside established labels.”

Kat Hogg, founder and director of locally renowned Hive Swimwear, has showcased at SCFF since its inception in 2008.

“Hive swimwear has found it to be a very rewarding experience being involved with the Sunshine Coast Fashion Festival,” Ms Hogg said.

“The SCFF has promoted the Hive label strongly across the Sunshine Coast and created a forum for new release.”

SCFF has developed a strong reputation for showcasing local modelling talent over the past 10 years, with many Coast models going on to find success in the global modelling arena.

Most recently Tayla Spier, who was the 2016 Festival’s Model Ambassador, was signed up by Milan modelling powerhouse.

Open to both industry and public, the Sunshine Coast Fashion Festival offers an exciting, packed full 24 hours of fashion and style for its 10th year.

The SCFF is proudly supported by the Sunshine Coast Council and is one of more than 55 major lifestyle, sporting and music events to be staged on the Sunshine Coast in 2017.

For more information on the event or to book a ticket visit http://www.sunshinecoastfashionfestival.com/

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‘The opportunity to collaborate with Akubra Australia and Agave Blue boots on this exciting Festival Fashion editorial shoot on site at the Gympie Music Muster was incredible. Akubra’s Hats were the perfect way to finish all four looks we put together with their Classic looks and their exciting new brightly coloured range also. Zoe Kennedy (Owner Director) from Agave Blue enthusiastically styled in the most stunning Boots from her exquisite range… the results are something else and hopefully inspire the Festival Fashion crowd with some new directions moving forward.’ Cindy Vogels, 2017.

Vogels’ work as one of Queensland’s top Designers featured at a unique Brisbane International Airport exhibit for the entire month of August (2017) as part of the exciting lead up to Brisbane Fashion Month in October.

Born and raised on the Sunshine Coast and now thriving in her creative, country hide-away studio in Gympie, Vogels heads up RACY & LUCKY, the fashion label which claims to ‘Dress the Music’. With so many of her designs featuring on red carpets, in film clips and live on festival stages the world over it’s a claim that fits well..

Nambour’s ‘Turn Up’ Festival will host Ms Vogels as one of its music industry panellists in October 2017. As Nambour is Cindy’s birth town, she is looking forward to returning and to inspiring emerging and budding music artist’s in search of the best styling advice..

RACY&LUCKY has resisted the commercial pressure to mass produce seasonal ranges, in line with its ethos to provide quality over quantity and not wanting to contribute to the global waste so notorious in the fashion industry.

A small line of sought-after merchandise lines are available via www.racyandlucky.com as a way for the general public and music artists and fans to show their support for an exciting 100% Australian born and made label.

RACY & LUCKY’s gorgeous designer travels are best viewed on Instagram and Facebook.


More information can be found on www.racyandlucky.com

Or via getting social with us on the following platforms:

Facebook- Racy & Lucky


Twitter- @RacyLucky

Alternatively contact our Public Relations team:

Callum Gordon: 04585 627 33

Cindy Vogels: 0403 291 880


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The Sunshine Coast International Fashion Festival is excited to announce, what will be a technology first in Australia.

Snapchat Spectacles, not yet available in Australia, will be used at the Sunshine Coast International Fashion Festival. Fashion followers who missed out on tickets can watch snippets of the show live on Snapchat. Snapchat spectacles film or photograph from your perspective and then transfers via bluetooth to your Snapchat account to share with followers.

Festival Director Jacinta Richmond will be wearing a pair from front row – see what she see’s! Model Ambassador Charlie Hall will be wearing a pair on the catwalk – see what he sees!!

The event will have eyes on back of house, front of house, mingling with guests. Anywhere the Sunshine Coast International Fashion Festival team is, you could go too just by following.

“We are so excited to bring this fun technology to Australia and to fashion, while tapping into the Snapchat youth market,” said Director Jacinta Richmond.

You can follow all of the Sunshine Coast International Fashion Festival 10th anniversary snaps at @scff_aust



The Events Centre, Caloundra

October 21, 2017

Established in 2008, the event has grown from strength to strength incorporating Catwalk Shows, a Trade Lounge (pop up spaces with brands selling wholesale,) an industry Q & A, plus the The Sunshine Coast Style Awards, and the Sunshine Coast Design Awards and Hall of Fame.

The organic growth of the event, along with the strong support of designers, dedicated volunteer organisers and the media is what has gotten us to our 10th year,” said Founder & Director Jacinta Richmond.

With local, national and international labels involved, the event is recognized globally for its discovery of emerging talent and the opportunities for such to network with national and international established brands.

The 2017 Model Ambassador was announced as Charles Anthony Hall of Factor 1 Models Australia and Chadwicks Models, while the catwalk line up announcements include Nicola Finetti, Sunflair (Germany), NVK Daydoll (Milan), Myer and a host of others from the Sunshine Coast, Australia and Internationally.  This year also includes the launch of a coffee table book in celebration of the last 10 years.

A focus on quality, national and international brands will see us into our 10th anniversary year. It’s a brilliant opportunity for a select few emerging talent to showcase alongside established labels. With applications to showcase coming in fast from the Sunshine Coast and internationally, it won’t be long until we have filled the line up for 2017,” Ms Richmond continued.

The Sunshine Coast International Fashion Festival, held in the millionaire’s playground that is the Sunshine Coast, is not to be missed. Applications to show and pre sale tickets are now available.

Open to both industry and public, the Sunshine Coast Fashion Festival offers an exciting, packed full 24 hours of fashion and style for its 10th year.

Friday October 20 and Saturday October 21, 2017

The Events Centre, Caloundra


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The purpose behind this label is to provide young women with the chance to feel liberated, and spiritually aware.

“I dress adventurous girls who are constantly inspired by what surrounds us and what dwells within us – and want to encourage them to embrace their youthful and Godly nature.

I am greatly inspired by movement, not only in clothing but also in life. It’s something I can’t help but notice and am intrigued by. However my main inspiration is the freedom of faith and intimate connection with God and His beauty.”


‘Chelsea-May’ is still growing and developing as a label – and we can keep an eye out for the release of their newest collection at the Sunshine Coast Fashion Festival next month. And following that, at the ‘Designer Q Runway’ in Brisbane in November.


As a label ‘Chelsea-May’ specialises in making one off gowns, personalised to each customer, made with passion and intentionality.

“I have come to realise that dress-making and designing brings me so much joy – which I now am so excited to be sharing with others.’’








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Nadz & Sabs difference

Nadz & Sabs, the brainchild of Nadia Khan (right) and Sabrina Rashid (left), is an Australian label for ready-to-wear fashion for women who love couture, headquartered in sunny Brisbane in Australia.

Nadz & Sabs designs for women who are looking for something unique — hand-beaded dresses, embroidered silk organza, exotic looks and bold colours. The label believes in beautiful natural fabrics and hopes to make couture craftsmanship more mainstream and affordable.

The Nadz & Sabs brand was created with the belief that clothing can transform and empower a woman and every woman deserves a touch of opulence in her life. There is no reason to limit it to the red carpet.


Their Phoenix Collection was launched at the New York Fashion Week in 2015 drawing on timeless materials and crafts to create something aesthetically remarkable for today’s woman. Silk, the ‘new’ ancient fabric, featured strongly in the collection. Interweaving age-old artistries with contemporary sensibilities, each garment in the collection was individually hand crafted by couturiers with impeccable craftsmanship.

The label will launch its first resort wear collection in 2016 at the Sunshine Coast Fashion Festival.


Designer Nadia Khan, now settled in Australia, was an established fashion designer in Delhi, India and exported her clothes across Europe and the Middle East. She started sewing and designing clothes for herself and others. She grew up in a nurturing family environment where she was encouraged to develop her strong interest in design, craft and fashion. She is passionate about her design and feels like a kid in a lolly shop when she breathes in the smell of new fabric.

She went to India when she was 16 to study at the National Institute of Fashion Technology and she has never looked back. She worked for Ralph Lauren India and freelanced after completing her education before setting up her own factory. She was an established fashion designer in Delhi, India and exported her clothes across Europe and the Middle East.

Sabrina has extensive experience in marketing and communications in Sydney and Brisbane. She has a strong interest in fashion and a keen entrepreneurial spirit. Sabrina always wanted to start her own business and with Nadz & Sabs, her wish became a reality. She loves fresh ideas, new knowledge, meeting new people, developing strategies and creating something from scratch.

Birth of an enterprise

Nadia and Sabrina met socially and developed a great friendship. Their passion for beautiful clothing gave birth to this enterprise. Their partnership, complimentary skills and shared understanding are unparalleled and a great strength to the business.

The duo migrated from Bangladesh and they are now settled in Australia. Their eastern heritage is clearly reflected in Nadia’s creative outputs. They are a concoction of different cultures and grew up admiring fashion houses in the east and the west. There are many dimensions to their experience which help to make fusion possible — of the old and the new, the exotic and the familiar, the eastern and the western.


 Designer  Nikki Bagadia

Czarina is the zenith of luxury fashion resort wear brand. It’s a collection of exotic, sensual and glamorous haute couture Kaftans. Designer Nikki’s zeal for colours and free flowing clothing has enhanced the fashion world’s ageless and time-less dress style-the Kaftan. She founded Czarina in 2012 to give every woman an elegant silhouette. Born with an eye for designs and artistry, her “Haute Couture” and “Resort Wear” reflects her signature style. Her collections reverberate with beautiful detailing and hand made embellishments of semi precious stones, beads and silk threads.

The eye-catching vibrant colours, delicate/bold patterns , stylish graphic prints blended with a contemporary “twist” attract the attention of any woman who looks for an upmarket and “ravishing” kaftans. The creations are simply affordable and come in a combination of fabrics including Silks and Viscose. These highly versatile items are sure to beautify any woman’s wardrobe.

Nikki’s endless energy and passion drives her to churn out unexpected and stunning array of new creations every season. Her Haute Couture is sure to break boundaries and is rapidly earning her the reputation of the most chic designer. She has never looked back and has now established an international following, collaborating with noted designers to realise her bohemian dream.







OceanZen bikini represents a lifestyle that carefree, ocean loving mermaids can easily relate to.

It is the life of a girl who dwells between ocean and land, the gypsy that travels the earth, the ocean addict who thrives off ocean vibes, the barefoot wanderers who have more bikinis than bras and the yogis who are in search of zen. We see the exquisite beauty in all living things, we take too many leaps of faith and we choose to take the road less travelled.  We smile, we laugh, we are fearless, we are wild at heart and we are water-born creatures.  We are OceanZen.

Apart from just bikinis, our heart truly lies with the wonderland of the marine world.With a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Marine Science, OceanZen also raises awareness with marine conservation projects and environmental updates via social media.The ocean is our last true wilderness that we have left to explore and it needs to be protected. Research shows that only 1 in 5 plastic bottles actually get recycled after single use and every second approximately 1,500 plastic bottles end up either in the ocean or in waste landfills. These numbers are rising.No wonder our oceans are polluted, no wonder our beautiful marine animals are suffering!


We are doing our part in an innovative and creative way by supporting the removal of discarded waste in our oceans and recreating it into the softest, highest quality lycra swimwear.

OceanZen is now completely sustainable and your bikini is literally made from recycled plastic bottles and fishing net fibres from the ocean!! We are saving the ocean one bikini at a time! It’s not just about awesome, functional, stylish and eye catching bikinis with OceanZen. It’s also about an environmentally conscious brand and our dream combing both passions; marine conversation and swimwear together.

When she hears the fierce ocean, she runs down to the shore, her bare feet folding into the sand, she dives in, opens her eyes, and feels at home. She smiles with the ocean. She is OceanZen. She is you.


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