Longines launches in Sydney

Swiss watchmaking company, Longines, launches their first Australian Boutique in the Queen Victoria Building, Sydney by welcoming the Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton.

Longines is the Official Timekeeper of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) and Official Partner of the Queen’s Baton Relay.

The Queen’s Baton arrived in Australia on 24 December 2017 and carries a message to the athletes from Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. It is now travelling across all states and territories of Australia to arrive on the Gold Coast in time for the Opening Ceremony of the XXI Commonwealth Games on 4 April 2018.

Australian high jumper, Amy Pejkovic, handed the 2018 Queen’s Baton to former Miss World, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, who is Longines’ Ambassador of Elegance. Aishwarya Rai attracted a crowd of local Indian fans who recorded every moment of her speech.

She was joined on stage by Longines Vice-President and Head of International Marketing Juan-Carlos Capelli, who also spoke at the event. Matt Shirvington, sports presenter and the second-fastest Australian of all time over 100m, served as MC.

The Conquest V.H.P. Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games is the Official Watch of GC2018. This exceptional Longines timepiece displays an engraving of the Gold Coast 2018 logo with the mention “Gold Coast 2018 XXI Commonwealth  Games”.

The boutique is on the George Street side of the Queen Victoria Building and its’ display of watches for sale include the Master Collection, the Heritage Collections, La Grande Classique, La DolceVita and the Equestrian collection.

Longines is located in shop 10/12 of the ground floor of the Queen Victoria Building Sydney (455 George Street, Sydney).

For more information about Longines, go to: www.longines.com.au


GHD infinite styling event

Ten hairdressers took over the icon Sydney Opera House to create over 70 looks in twelve hours with the new ghd Nocturne Christmas collection for the ghd infinite styling event on Tuesday, 3 October 2017.

At the same time, a simultaneous event was occurring in London overnight where ten hairdressers were styling models with multiple elaborate hairstyles.

After 12 hours of styling in both Australia and London, guests, consisting of hairdressers and media, arrived at the Opera House for the ghd infinite styling event. The event was styled in purple, the same colour as the new Nocturne collection. Drinks (including a gin and lavender cocktail) and canapes were served. There was live acapella music, live crosses to London, and a parade were ten models were photographed in the latest glamour looks.

Ghd collaborated with media partner INSTYLE magazine to capture images of each look to publish in the November and December issue. Models wore glamorous shimmering ball gowns and beautiful makeup for the shoot.

The Australian team was led by ghd Australia Creative Director Richard Kavanagh, and also consisted of Jayne Wild, Brad Lepper, Lisa Vitale, Richi Grisllio, Mia Davries, Alana Dunphy, Travis Bandiera, Liam Hubbard and Jayme Lee Franco.

The ghd limited edition nocturne collection includes a range of tools to style your hair for day and night including:

  • cocturne collection ghd platinum styler gift set RRP $330
  • ghd air professional hairdryer RRP $200
  • nocturne collection ghd V gold styler gift set RRP $280
  • ghd flight travel hairdryer RRP $99
  • ghd air professional hairdryer & ghd V gold styler gift set
  • ghd curve creative curl wand with heat resistant mat RRP $230
  • ghd curve soft curl tong with heat resistant mat RRP $230
  • ghd advanced split and therapy limited edition bauble RRP$22

The new ghd nocturne collection offers infinite styling opportunities while maintaining the health of your health.

For more information about ghd infinite styling, visit: https://www.ghdhair.com/au

My Melbourne Cup day at Randwick Racecourse

It was a great day at Randwick Racecourse for the final day of the Sydney spring racing carnival on Tuesday 1 November 2016.

You could enjoy live racing action by the trackside plus watch all that is happening at Flemington on the big screen. There were many themed bars, live entertainment, and premium food stalls.

For lunch we checked out The Mews by Delicious Magazine on the Octagonal Lawn and had their pork roll. We teamed it up with the new (low carb) Heineken 3 beer from their themed bar and a knafeh (which is a cheese and cream dessert) from the Knafeh Bakery.

There was no Fashion on the Field competition but I still dressed up with a white, pink and peach floral dress and matching headpiece from Review Australia. I paired the headpiece and dress with a pearl necklace and bracelet, white pointed toe heels and a white clutch.

I choose the outfit because of the light colours and florals that are so appropriate for spring racing. The colours also suit my light complexion. The style is classic and suitable for racewear. It is the right length (to the knees) and does not inappriopriatly exposing the upper part of my body. I always tell people that when they go to the races they should dress like they would for a church wedding, not a nightclub.

I find Review Australia is the most suitable brand for racewear. Review Australia designs classic, elegant and feminine pieces that allow a woman to get dressed up during the day. The biggest bonus is that they also make matching headpieces, where, unless your wearing black and/or white, it is almost impossible to find a matching headpiece off the shelf and you have to spend a lot ordering a custom piece instead.

For more information about Review Australia, go to: https://www.review-australia.com/

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Brown Brothers Winery and Mimco launch the perfect accessory for the party season

Brown Brothers Winery and Mimco launched the perfect accessory for the party season, Brown Brothers prosecco and Brown Brothers prosecco rose in limited edition bottles, at a brunch at Vine at Double Bay on Wednesday 5 October 2016.

The two limited edition bottles feature the signature Mimco ‘supernatural’ motif. The limited edition Brown Brothers prosecco bottle has a matte black and white polka dot design while the limited edition Brown Brothers prosecco rose bottle has a shiny rose gold design.

The event was hosted by Brown Brothers public relations manager and fourth generation Brown Brothers family member, Caroline Brown, who flew up from Victoria for the event. She spoke about her family business and about the brand’s desire to partner with a leading fashion brand. She also spoke about prosecco’s rising popularity. It is more accessible (and cheaper) than champagne and can be drunk at any time of the day.

The event was attended by model and Vogue creative director, Tanja Gacic, who is also the face of the campaign. She spoke about her love of prosecco and how it is the ultimate acccessory for the party season.

Guests enjoyed a brunch consisting of: a charcuterie board; seasonal fruits and berries; vienoisserie (pastries); beetroot salad with fromage blanc and radish; corn fritters with avocado salad; baked eggs with tallegio, mushroom and smoked spec; smoked salmon and white zucchini frittata with hollandaise sauce; assiette mignardise; and a dessert board.

The limited edition Borwn Brothers prosecco and prosecco rose are available  to purchase from leading liquor retailers nationally and brownbrothers.com.au.

For more information about Brown Borthers, go to: brownbrothers.com.au

For more information about Mimco, go to: www.mimco.com.au

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Chatswood Chase Sydney launches their annual Spring/Summer runway collection

Chatswood Chase Sydney hosted their annual Spring / Summer VIP Runway Event to unveil the latest collections from both Australian and international designers on Thursday 15 September 2016.

The event included a cocktail party with complimentary canapés and champagne, followed by a fashion parade hosted by journalist and Channel Seven presenter, Edwina Bartholomew.

The fashion parade included leading designers such as Carla Zampatti, Camilla, Leona Edmiston, Calibre, Cue, Gorman, Herringbone, Kookai, Marcs, Rodeo Show, David Jones, Seed, and two exciting new retailers to Chatswood Chase Sydney, Maje and Sandro.

Attendees on the night were amongst the first to see The Red Rose Dress, a new work by acclaimed UK paper artist Zoe Bradley and commissioned exclusively by Chatswood Chase Sydney. Standing an impressive three and a half metres tall by four metres long, The Red Rose Dress is a stunning bespoke couture gown consisting of nearly 400 hand-sculpted paper roses.

Attendees also received a complimentary goodie bag filled with fabulous gifts, exclusive offers from retailers and a $25 Chatswood Chase Sydney Gift Card.

On Friday 16th and Saturday 17th September, Chatswood Chase Sydney hosted smaller fashion parades, free-of-charge and available for shoppers at 11am, 12pm and 1pm.

Chatswood Chase Sydney is located at 345 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood.

For more information about Chatswood Chase, go to: www.chatswoodchasesydney.com.au

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Vera Wang Bridal Spring 2017 Collection is launched in Sydney

The Vera Wang Bridal Spring 2017 Showcase launched at the Treasury Room of the Intercontinental Hotel Sydney on Wednesday 14 September 2016.

The Vera Wang Bridal Spring 2017 Collection. ‘Désir à l’Anglaise’, was launched for the first time in Australia. The collection was flown straight from the New York Showroom for this event. It was inspired by old English glamour, mixing modern silhouettes with a vintage features such as corsetry, plunging necklines and exquisite hand beaded details.

The Vera Wang Bridal Spring 2017 Showcase had 104 attendees. Special guests included Miss Universe Australia 2015 Monika Radulovic, Miss World Australia 2013 Erin Holland, actor Grace Huang and Danielle Cormack, Married at First Sight Erin Bateman and Christie Jordee, international designer Isabel Gatuslao and socialite Christa Billich.

Guests indulged in Pommery Champagne and a bespoke high tea designed by InterContinental Sydney. The high tea consisted of a savoury selection of salmon wraps, egg and cucumber finger sandwiches and ceasar salad wraps, and a sweet selection of hazelnut slices, sticky date macaroons, raspberry and dark chocolate tarts, and apple caramel tarts. Warm scones were also served with cherry jam and cream.

All guests were gifted a goodie bag with products or vouchers from Cosmopolitan Bride, InterContinental Sydney, Estée Lauder, Wedgwood, Vera Wang Fragrance, Brooks Brothers, Pommery Champagne, Cerrone Jewellers, Ladureé, Apothetea, Xtend Barre Studio, The Flower Wall, Seed Flora and Siempre Photography.

Vera Wang has turned what began as a single bridal boutique into a fashion and lifestyle empire that spans a wide range of product segments — from engagement rings and ready-to-wear to dinner plates and cosmetics — at pricepoints that stretch from luxury to mass market. The retail value of goods bearing Vera Wang’s name is estimated to be upwards of $1 billion per year. The designer sets the standard in high-end bridalwear, worn by everyone from Jennifer Lopez to Chelsea Clinton.

For more information about Vera Wang Bridal Spring 2017 Showcase, go to: http://www.verawang.com.au/

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Maui Jim hosts a Hawaiian themed party to celebrate spring and their new sunglasses range

Premium polarised sunglass brand, Maui Jim, held an Aloha Friday party to celebrate the beginning of spring and launch their new range of sunglasses at The Theatre Bar at the End of the Wharf on Friday 2 September 2016.

Maui Jim sunglasses are superior in quality to regular sunglasses. They have advanced features such as PolarizedPlus2® technology that go beyond shielding your eyes from 99.9 percent of glare and 100 percent of harmful UV to enhance colours so you can see the world in vivid detail. The glasses incorporate a number of scratch and shutter resistant technologies intended to enhance their durability and strength so that you can wear them on the beach or on the street without worrying about damaging them. Their non-glass lenses are nearly as clear as glass with just one third of the weight of glass. They also have super thin glass lenses that are 20 percent thinner and lighter than standard glasses.

Their lenses come in four different coloured shades: neutral grey, HCL bronze, Maui rose and Maui HT (green). They can even make prescription sunglasses (depending on your prescription).

Guests were served Hawaiian inspired canapes, tropical cocktails, beer, champagne, red and white wine, and coconut water.

All guests were treated to a personal fitting at the event and gifted a pair of Maui Jim sunglasses so that they could experience the advanced features of the brand.

For more information about Maui Jim, go to: http://au.mauijim.com/

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Men’s Style Australia launches in Sydney with a lot of style and class

The Men’s Style Australia was launched at a party at the newly opened Beta Bar Sydney on Tuesday 16 August 2016.

Men’s Style Australia is a premium fashion and luxury magazine for men who like the finer things in life. The magazine publishes the glamorous Men Of Style 2016 list which this year was in conjunction with Ben Sherman and David Beckham and Beyond..

Beta Bar Sydney was the perfect location for such a stylish event. The bar is located on the second floor of the historic Hellenic Club building. The function space and bar had expose brickwork, heritage arches and beautiful windows. The venue had a number of stylishly dressed men’s mannequins around the room, in addition to all the stylish men who were invited. The editor Michael Picking noted the rise of stylish men in suits and the popularity of men’s fashion bloggers, some even starting at the age of 17.

The stylish celebrities that attended included: Geordie Shore’s Ricci Guarnaccio (who wore a tan-coloured shirt, a pair of white skinny jeans and crocodile skinned loafers); TV presenter Olivia Phyland (who wore a white pencil dress with lace-up detailing); model Sam Wines (who wore a blue suit with a red and blue stripped tie); Huddle Group Director Simon Hancock (who wore a blue marl suit and a blue with a white stripped tie); model Reece Carter (who wore a black tee-shirt and black felt hat); Nova’s news and traffic reader Matt de Groot (who wore a blue suit with a blue and green stripped tie); menswear tailor from Zimma Tailors Roger Shamoun (who wore a suit and tan-coloured tie).

The new spring issue of Men’s Style Australia includes articles on: Jai Courtney; spring racing; Mark Winterbottom’s; Trevor Noah; Prince; the retro watches trend; new cars; fragrances; grooming; plus the 7th annual Men Of Style list.

For more information about Men’s Style Magazine, go to: http://www.mensstyle.com.au/

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Versace launches their new fragrance for men – Dylan Blue

Despite the heavy rain, the whose who of Sydney came out in force to the launch of Versace’s new fragrance for men, Dylan Blue, on Tuesday 2 August 2016 at Riley Street Garage.

The Italian brand unveiled the fragrance with a new short film shot by Bruce Weber and starring Versace’s new muse Gigi Hadid. The video also stars Trevor Signorino, Alan Jouban, and a range of fighters including Nic Thompson, Adam con Rothfelder and more. The sultry black and white video shows off the typical Versace aesthetic — think, brawny and manly. 

Men dressed in black leather walked around carrying trays of Versace Dylan Blue and cards for guests to try the fragrance.

Specials guests for the night included: Channel Seven Morning Show stylist Donny Galella; former Miss Australia Erin Holland; The Bachelor’s Tim Robard; Australian Rules footballer Tom Derickx; Australian tenor Stephen Mahy; and celebrity make-up artist Michael Brown.

Canapes for the eventing included: smokey soy truffle oysters; sashimi fish ‘n chip tartare; seared beef, soy vinegar, shitake and squid ink mayo; chorizo corn dog and dijon mayo; crispy fried squid; pumpkin ricotta ravioli, burnt butter, pecorino; crispy pork belly, soy mustard, pickled apple; and liquid lemon cheesecake

Drinks for the eventing included: Café Patron espresso martini; Diablo Cocktail (consisting of Patron Tequila, Chambord, Ginger Beer with lime); Piper-Heidsieck Brut Champagne; Robert Oatley Shiraz and Robert Oatley Chardonnay.

At the end of the night, each guest went home with a bottle of the fragrance.

Versace Dylan Blue is available for purchase from David Jones and Myer from 7 August 2016 and Sephora from 11 September 2016.

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Levi’s celebrates the re-release of one of their vintage favourites – the Levi’s 505C – at a launch party in Waterloo

Levi’s held a party to launch the Levi’s 505C – The ’70s Rock Jean Cut for Today – in a warehouse in Waterloo on Wednesday, 20 July 2016.

There were special performances by Harts,  Ecca Vandal and The Delta Riggs (DJ SET).

Guys were able to get a free haircut with a barber at the venue.

Drinks included Smirnoff with Capi Blood Orange, Sailor Jerry with Capi Ginger, Young Henry’s Pale Ale and Young Henry’s Cloudy Apple Cider.

The Butchers Lunch provided the catering which included:
-10hr pulled pork w horseradish and mustard aioli, slaw, rosemary and thyme salt, and crackling.
-10hr pulled beef, with a green chilli, coriander and lime aioli, herb salt.
-Chargrilled veg roll, zucchini, capsicum, eggplant, tomato with the green chilli coriander and lime aioli, and herb salt.

For more information go to: www.levis.com.au

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