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Carla Zampatti officially launched Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia in Sydney last night to a host of local and international guests, including celebrities, fellow designers, buyers and bloggers.

On receiving the offer to launch 2014 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia, Carla Zampatti said: “I am delighted to work in partnership with a brand like Mercedes-Benz. It is synonymous with innovative, timeless design and excellent quality just like my own brand. I feel very honoured to have been asked to open this prestigious event.”

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In 1965, Carla Zampatti produced her first small collection for Zampatti Pty Limited, followed two years later by a national launch and, in 1970, by the establishment of Carla Zampatti Pty Ltd. The Carla Zampatti label is now renowned for beautiful clothes that combine Australian creativity with Italian style.

Over the years Carla Zampatti has continually expanded her retail network to create a chain of 27 boutiques and concept stores across Australia. Today her clothes are a distinctive part of the modern Australian lifestyle.

The Australian Fashion Laureate was awarded to Carla in August 2008. An award polled by members of the industry, an initiative of the New South Wales Government and IMG Fashion. This award recognizes outstanding achievement and is the highest award honoured in the Australian fashion industry.

Already a Member of the Order of Australia (AM), Carla was appointed Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) as part of the Queen’s Birthday Honours in June 2009. This honour recognises Carla’s contributions to fashion and business as well as being a role model for women.

Images via Megan Hess, Carla Zampatti and MB Fashion Week on Instagram