Australian Fashion Week 2024: All The Spicy Influencer / MAFS Star Drama That’s Gone Down

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Australian Fashion Week 2024 has seen its fair share of drama, which is unsurprising what with all the celebs and influencers buzzing about.

A stylist by the name of Jamie Lee (@mademoisellejaime on TikTok) shared a video recounting something shady she witnessed at the BEC + BRIDGE show.

Jamie Lee said that before the show had even started, she saw a couple of girls jump onto the runway to take some outfit photos. Then they returned to their seats and said, “Okay, should we go get dinner now?”

“It’s such a huge privilege to even be invited to one of these shows during Fashion Week, there are capacity limits on the venues and there are only so many people who get to go,” she pointed out.

“And of course that means there are plenty of people who want to go who do not get to attend and see the designer’s new collection.”

She continued, “The fact that these girls weren’t even bothered to see the show, they just wanted to be there and take the photos so they could post it on social media and then leave, I just feel like that was so so disrespectful.”

Jamie Lee added that she’d “never seen those girls before” and did not know who they were, but just that she was “absolutely gobsmacked” by what she saw, adding that most girls would “kill to go to one of these shows.”

It’s giving “a million girls would kill for that job” from Devil Wears Prada lore.

Good on ya for calling it out, Jamie Lee! Although I’m not at all surprised.

Charlatans. Charlatans everywhere.

Elsewhere, queen of controversy Nadia Bartel broke her silence on why her label Henne brand was not included in Australian Fashion Week 2024.

Although the Henne brand’s show was one of the most popular events last year, this year it was mysteriously absent from the line-up and people were suss about it.

Bartel was asked about her brand’s omission by photographers who ambushed her out the front of her boutique in Paddington.

“We’re trying to focus our energy on the store,” Nadia said, adding: “We’re such a small team so we can’t do it all.”

Nadia Bartel on Instagram

Here’s Nads! (Credit: Instagram)

And another year, another influencer being accused of showing up to Fash Week sans invite in the hopes of getting papped.

The latest culprit was influencer Suzan Mutesi who has been accused of this several times in the past.

“She has been showing up to Carriageworks just to get her photograph taken, without being invited to the fashion shows she claims she’s attending,” a source told Daily Mail Australia

“She only went to a few shows, but for the most part she’s just hanging around outside for attention.”

I’ve just had a quick peek at her IG and while there are some vids of Suzan mincing around outside a show, there’s also a video from inside the shows. So we’re taking this one with a grain of salt!

Peep the vids below:

We’re just over halfway through this year’s proceedings and the tea has been piping hot.

In fact, there was piping hot tea being spilled before the shows even kicked off!

Last week, word got out that a “select group” of 2024 MAFS stars had been barred from Australian Fashion Week 2024.

Speaking to Daily Mail Australia, the source claimed that controversial couple Tori Adams and Jack ‘Jacob’ Dunkley were among the blacklisted MAFS stars.

Jack and Tori

Not you <3 (Credit: MAFS)

Apparently designers want “nothing to do with fame-hungry MAFS stars desperate to be seen at fashion week.”

“You won’t see the likes of Tori and Jack front row at any of our shows,” the source spilled.

Other blacklisted stars include Ben Walters, Ellie Dix, Jonathan McCullough and Collin Christians.

“This year’s cast have really struggled to gain any traction and it’s such a massive gamble to bank on any of them to be honest,” the source added.

As for the contestants who are making an appearance, the source said you can expect Eden HarperLauren Dunn and Sara Mesa to all be in attendance.

Speaking of MAFS! Former bride Domenica Calarco is in some hot water over comments she and fellow ex bride Ella Ding made on their Sit With Us podcast.

ICYMI: the gals have been called out by scores of listeners for defending Jack ‘Jacob’ Dunkley’s infamous “muzzle” comment while interviewing him on their pod.

One such listener was none other than Abbie Chatfield who slammed the gals in a TikTok comment, then again on her podcast which dropped just before an Australian Fashion Week show.

Calarco took to TikTok to share that she had been crying prior to the show and her followers have speculated that it was likely over Chatfield’s pod based on the time it dropped.

“Crying one moment, Fashion Week the next,” she wrote.

“Is this after seeing Abbie Chatfield’s podcast?” one follower asked.

“I hope your not taking this heat alone, you were not alone in this interview…. We all fuck up, it’s more about learning from those mistakes and realising what paths you should and shouldn’t take,” another person wrote.

“And still no accountability or self reflection,” wrote another.

“It’s giving poor me,” another added.

Now, onto the next spot of drama which, whataya know, involves another MAFS star who made it onto the invite list!

In a video shared to Daily Mail Australia, ex bride Carolina Santos said: “What the fuck is that? Does Jamie [Azzopardi] think he is at the Met Gala or something? Why are people holding [their] clothes?”

It’s worth noting that Jamie goes by they/them pronouns so Carolina should definitely apologise for misgendering them… and probably for her shady comment about their look, too.

A low blow from Carolina Santos. (Credit: Instagram)

And the final spot of tea (for now) is that poor proud mum Jessica Rowe was sat in the back row while her daughter Allegra, 17, walked her first runway show.

Um, the absolute DISRESPECT of it all — queen Jess deserved FRONT ROW seating, damn it! What a travesty. An affront. A crime against humanity!

Anyway, that’s all for now — check back in a coupla days, I’m sure more Australian Fashion Week drama will arise as the shows carry on.

Image credit: Daily Mail Australia / TikTok