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Canberra Confidential / Dedicated followers of fashion

Dedicated followers of fashion... Fashfest founder Clint Hutchinson, left, and '70s "fashion icon" Martin Fisk.
Dedicated followers of fashion… Fashfest founder Clint Hutchinson, left, and ’70s “fashion icon” Martin Fisk.

Clint takes to the catwalk

WHO’s who in Zoo? Well, it’s not long-time and popular managing director Clint Hutchinson who is “scaling back” his involvement in the Canberra advertising agency to make room for his successor Lorinda Wyatt.

Hutchinson is the latest in a line of talent tip-toeing away from Zoo as founder and CEO Pawl Cubbin recalibrates the creative heart of the agency in a climate of local competition from the unflagging Coordinate, run by Jamie Wilson and Warren Apps.

Cubbin also has bigger fish to fry, having determinedly expanded the Zoo brand to Sydney, Melbourne and, more recently, Singapore.

“Over the past six months, Clint and I have been searching for a new managing director to join the team, as he scales back to focus on taking Fashfest and Haus Models to the next level,” says Cubbin.

Clint says Fashfest, co-founded with Swiss wife Andrea four years ago, is a project the couple plans to devote more energy to, as well as building a creative incubator that will support fashion labels, musicians and other creatives.

They also want to formally launch and fully develop Nomi (pronounced “know-me”), the new children’s label they surprised guests with on closing night at Fashfest 2016.

As well as remaining a shareholder in Zoo Canberra, Clint will also become a partner in expanding Braddon Tailors and work on projects with his old firm until year’s end.

Wyatt, who Cubbin describes as “very experienced and driven”, joins Zoo on November 14. She moved to Canberra five years ago and has South African experience with TBWA, Saatchi and Saatchi and Y&R.

Modelling Marty
LITTLE did Menslink’s CEO Martin Fisk know that one day he would get the chance to wear the clothes that got him through the ’70s and help raise money to help young guys like the one pictured.

Clothes like the ones Fisk is seen modelling here (circa late ’70s-early ’80s) that his wicked staff have naughtily pasted to an email call-out seeking support to sell the final 60 tickets for Menslink’s first ’70s Big Night Out dinner at the Southern Cross Club on Friday, November 4.

“Our target is to get 300 people along on the night. More people means more fun, more fundraising and more chance to see what this guy now looks like in 2016 – dressed as though it was the ’70s.”

Be warned, Marty, we’ll have a snapper there.

Bookings to Menslink Big Night Out via
Candidate Bryce Wilson.
Give us a break, Bryce
“I LIVE in Jerra and pick up the ‘CityNews’ quite often and I know a heap of other Jerra (and Queanbeyan) people do as well,” was how Bryce Wilson benignly started his affable email to us.

With two elections under our ACT belts leaving some readers rocking in the foetal position sucking thumbs, the ex-teacher cheerily announced he was the Country Labor’s new candidate for neighbouring state seat Monaro for the March, 2019, NSW election and he was looking forward to the next 29 months and if we were interested in…. aarrgghh!

Come back next year, Bryce!

Hungry seniors…

BETWEEN 30 per cent and 40 per cent of seniors are experiencing or at risk of malnutrition, according to new research, with three quarters of them regularly skipping meals.

Being “too busy” was one of the top reasons senior Australians skipped a meal, with a further one in seven saying it was a hassle to prepare healthy, nutritious meals and nearly one in 10 claiming it was pointless to cook for one person.

Golfing seniors…

HOWEVER, morning tea awaits any of the hungry participants in the NSW Office of Sport, Sport & Recreation/Golf NSW’s upcoming Golf for Seniors program at the Murrumbidgee Golf Club.

Apparently the six-week, Monday program is ideal for would-be swingers 55 and above and for $99 players get morning tea, six one-hour golf lessons, equipment, green fees and special membership offers from the host club.

It starts on November 14 and registrations are invited to

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