World Supermodel Australia Launch Party 2014

On Friday 30 August 2014, Sydneysiders queued up at Kings Cross iconic venue, Hugos Lounge, to catch a glimpse and even be photographed with the beautiful models of the World Supermodel Australia at the World Supermodel Australia Launch party.

Guests walked through a fashion installation featuring the World Supermodel Australia Models and then got the opportunity to be photographed with them in front of a media wall. FashionTV was present to catch all the action on film.

Inside guests were treated to Hugo’s award winning pizza, champagne,Peroni Nastro Azzurro Australia beer and Absolut cocktails.

The models were dressed by Pizzuto Boutique Paddington, had their hair styled by Christopher Hanna Hair, Surry Hills, wore jewellery by Secrets Shh, and had makeup done by Cailyn Cosmetics Australia.

The World Supermodel Australia competition is part of an International modelling event attracting entrants from around the globe, showcasing up and coming young fashion models from around the nation in order to select an ambassador to represent Australia at the International final. The winner will receive a prize package valued at over $10,000.00, Sponsor prizes, modelling work, PR services, a brand ambassador role with Pretty Porter and Cailyn Cosmetics Australia and be flown to Fiji for the International final staying at the Pearl South Pacific Resort as well as holidaying at the Tropica Island Resort in November 2014.

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Jonathan Adler Sydney Launch at Coco Republic

For over 35 years, Coco Republic has been supplying Australians with high end classic and contemporary furniture. Coco Republic has an extensive range of chic, discreetly-elegant furniture and stylish homewares which are complemented by the company’s exclusive distribution of top-tier international brands including Timothy Oulton and Oly San Francisco. It is probably the reason why I fell in love with the interior design of the private members bar, The Stables, and became a member. The Stables, which is located at Randwick Racecourse, sourced all their furniture from Coco Republic. Well, on 26 August 2014, I visited Coco Republic’s Alexandria flagship for the Jonathan Adler Sydney launch.


Jonathan Adler is a potter, designer, and author who is celebrated globally for his unique aesthetic of irreverent luxury and the spirit of style, craft, and joy he brings to everything he makes. His roots as an artist and sculptor continue to influence his brand of home accessories, which includes decorative objects, tabletop collections, bedding, bath accessories, candles, furniture, rugs, pillows, lighting and more. Adler is the author of the Happy Chic book series.


Enormous blue and white balloons set the scene at this event. Sydney’s top designers, developers, editors, stylists and interiors enthusiasts came to admire the collection. Notable guests of the night included Sydney Swans Australian Rules footballer Nick Smith, award winning interior designer Greg Natale and The Interior Addict Jason Grant.


Entertainment included a jazz duo and speeches by Coco Republic’s Anthony Spon Smith and Neale Whitaker who provided insights into the talented and spirited designer. Guests were also treated to a video from the man himself who could not make it to Australia for the event.


Guests were transported to NYC with a menu of pork sliders, pretzels, waldorf salads, mini salmon bagels, mini cheesecakes and a street cart serving delectable gourmet hot dogs. All these treats were supplied by catering company Katering. The Pommery Bar, which came complete with yellow and white Smeg fridges, had Pommery POP, Vodka Cocktails and Aquas Water which were served by waiters dressed in Charles Tyrwhitt, Sperry footwear and Jonathan Adler bow ties.


Other highlights included a confectionary table with blue and white chocolates and lollies (to match the balloon colours), and a photobooth (with a blue and white balloon backdrop).


The Jonathan Adler brand has a global empire of over 1,000 stores worldwide. It is now in Australia and sold exclusively at Coco Republic.

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J.R. Ewing Bourbon Launch

It was a stormy Monday night on 18 August 2014 and while all Sydney was safe and sound at home, the stars of legendary US TV show Dallas, Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray – alias Bobby and Sue Ellen Ewing – were at the US-themed Kings Cross hotel, The Bourbon Sydney, for the launch party of J.R. Ewing Bourbon.For those of you who are too young to know, Dallas was a long-running American prime time television soap opera that aired from 2 April 1978 to 3 May 1991. The series revolves around a wealthy and feuding Texan family, the Ewings, who own the independent oil company Ewing Oil and the cattle-ranching land of Southfork. The shows main character was the oil tycoon J.R. Ewing whose schemes and dirty business became the show’s trademark. The show was famous for its cliffhangers including ‘Who shot J.R.?’ and ‘Who Done It?’.

The bourbon is named in honour of the show’s patriarch, J.R. Ewing, played by Larry Hagman who passed away on 23 November 2012. This four-year-old, 80-proof J.R. Ewing Bourbon comes in bottles featuring a screen-printed image of the show’s ranch, Southfork.

The party was a rare chance to rub shoulders with Gray and Duffy on their brief promotional trip to Sydney. Unlike most other celebrities who make brief appearances at events, these stars stayed for most of the night, and were available to talk and be photographed with guests.

Guests were spoilt with American style canapes consisting of:
• Cajun spiced steak tartar on toast
• Marinated tuna with avocado and wasabi
• Spanner crab taco, smoky sweet potato, chives
• Spicy beetroot and goat cheese tartlets, caramelised walnuts
• Bernie sliders with cheese, bacon, mustard and ketchup
• Jambalaya Arancini, spices, bacon, shrimp
• Fried Chicken bites, buttermilk marinade devilled sauce
• Grilled prawn cutlets, chipotle butter, peperoni mayo
• Mini banoffee pie
• Golden Beignets, bourbon late custard

Cocktails were all Dallas/Texas themed including the:
• The Dallas J. R. Ewing Bourbon with black tea syrup, fresh mint and lime charged with ginger beer
• Mile High J. R. Ewing Bourbon with fresh custard apple juice, vanilla syrup, cinnamon and a dash of Cinzano Bianco
• Vanilla Julep J. R. Ewing Bourbon with fresh mint and vanilla syrup stirred over crushed ice and topped with soda
• The High Roller J. R. Ewing Bourbon with bitters and fresh orange peel, stirred over ice and served old fashion style.

So instead of pondering about ‘Who shot J.R.?’ as viewers did in the final scene of the 1979-1980 season, enjoy a shot of J.R. Ewing Bourbon that can be enjoyed neat as well as in a cocktail.

And for all those young ones out there, there is a continuation of the Dallas TV series that has been on air since 2012 where Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray are joined by the next generation of characters.

— with Nada Ninkovicand 3 others at The Bourbon Sydney.

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Risque Revue Launch at Slide

Oxford Street’s cabaret venue Slide launched its latest production Risque Revue on Wednesday 6 August 2014. Following in the footsteps of its last show El Circo, this sexy neo-burlesque production is set in the heart of Paris and consisted of five multi-skilled female performers plus one male. It features aerial performance, ballet, pole dance, live vocals, feather fan dance, a seductive bath routine and more.The show, directed and choreographed by James Taylor (Royal Ballet,Sydney Dance Company), and includes state of the art lighting effects, exquisite costuming, audacious aerial routines, ballet, erotic shadow projection, live vocals, dance numbers and a blazingly sexy soundtrack to create a show unparalleled in Australia. James is also credited with creating the all-male burlesque Voyeur which continues its sell-out run at Slide after almost a year. Credit also goes to the show creator Marc Kuzma, costumier Brendan Hay and producer Jeremy Brennan of the Slide Lounge.The female stars include: French ballet star and fashion model Aude Florentin; Miss Pole Dance NSW 2013 and the girl featured in Madonna’s videoclip for Sorry, Kat Morsia; the beautiful young lady who recently transformed herself from a Star Wars burlesque dancer to a Tokyo Disneyprincess, Olivia Cianci; aerialist and model Angelique Brown; classically trained dancer Simonne Smiles; and international aerialist and Pasha dancer Lauren Kyle who was the star of the show with her bath tub routine.

The sole male performer who recently played Rocky in The Rocky Horror Show, Brendan irving, demonstrated his multi-talented skills in acting, singing, aerial performances and dancing during most of the night.

Guests enjoyed a range of French inspired canapés that even included snails! Guests were also spoilt with FVodka cocktails including:
• French Martini (Classic fruity, and sweet)
Made with F Vodka, Chambord, Pineapple juice
• The Can-Can (So classic, so kinky, so French)
Made with F Vodka, St Germain Elderflower Liqueur, and dry vermouth
• Champagne Shower (Don’t pour it on yourself, it gets sticky)
Made with F Vodka, Blue curaçao, Cinnamon schnapps, topped with Champagne
• When Doves Cry (Creamy, silky, velvety, and pearly)
Made with F Vodka, Chambord, White creme de cacao, raspberry syrup and fresh cream
• Catwalk (Long, red, and sexy)
Made with F Vodka, Chambord, Cointreau, Strawberries, Basil, and cranberry juice

The event was celebrity packed including: model and winner of The Face Australia 2014, Olivia Donaldson; actor, signer and dancer from The Great Gatsby, Jack and Jill and the Scrying, Kirby Burgess; cast members from Channel Ten’s TV series Wonderland, Emma Lung, Anna Bamford, Ben Mingay and Tim Ross; models Emily Green and Kirsty McKenzie; actor, musician and dancer on Little Orphan Trashley, Coral Mercer-Jones; actor from movies Vigilant! Healthy! Wholesome! and Side by Side, Kristina Brew; and fashion stylist Christopher Haggarty.

The public are invited to enjoy the show with a three course dinner prepared by Executive Chef Aymeric Saint-Lannes and full table service with an excellent selection of European wines and liqueurs. The menu includes lobster seafood bisque with Pernod foam, champagne and scallop au gratin to start, and an alternate drop of Atlantic salmon confit or prosciutto wrapped pork belly. The three courses will be served between the two act show and cost $89 plus booking fee.

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