Saturday, August 31, 2013

Storm Melbourne Opening

Eight years ago, Deborah Caldwell decided to start a fashion label that was halfway between a high street mass label and designer one. "On trend prices that you don't have to sell a kidney to afford." The result: Storm, which opened in New Zealand. After ten stores there, Caldwell has decided to "storm" the Australian market, beginning with a Chapel street shop. If the opening party was any indication, it's going to be sunny skies ahead. 


Sunday, August 25, 2013

Millinery & Style

Each year, several milliners are hand-picked for the Millinery & Style event, in conjunction with the BMW Caulfield Cup Carnival. Milliners show ticket-buyers there wares, and some of those lucky present get to win some hats, to boot. Most amusing on the night - among Brett Morley, Jill Humphries and Serena Lindeman - was Peter Jago, who came up with phrases such as "A fascinator is not fascinating...." Also there was bag designer Michaela Menichelli, showcasing her new faux eel-skin clutch collection, just in time for racing season.  
Bree Laughlin in a hat by Jill Humphries

Jill Humphries, Serena Lindeman, Peter Jago, Jacqueline Felgate, Brett Morley

Above images by SDP Media

Bree Laughlin and Michaela Menichelli

Blogger Jess Dempsey in a Serena Lindeman hat

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Lucy Folk Launches Pizza

What does pizza and luscious jewellery have in common? Apparently a lot, since jewellery designer Lucy Folk named her latest range Pizza, and used chef Karen Martini to help her do so. Why Pizza? It's due to the reds, greens and "magic touch of signorina" she uses in the range. The pizza party held in its honor started out at her flagship store in the city, and ended up at Scott Livesey Gallery, where actual slices of the Italian stuff - dressed up in custom Lucy Folk pizza boxes - were consumed by party-goers. Guests included photographer Earl Carter, DJ Laila Saikini and PAM designers Shauna and Mischa - all of whom got to take away some herbs and a jar of homemade tomato sauce. Alas, no jewels in the goody bag. 

Lucy Folk (left)

Campaign shot: see more here at Lucy Folk.

Photography by Brilliant Creek

Monday, August 12, 2013

Myer Spring Summer 2014 Collection Launch

It's all about Jennifer Hawkins, isn't it? It's true, some of Australia's top designers were on display at the Myer Spring Summer 2014 Collection Launch at Fox Studios in Sydney, but it wasn't just the clothes (Toni Maticevski, Leona Edmiston, Manning Cartell, sass & bide, YB J'Aime, Aurelio Costarella and Cozi were among the 200 new looks) that stole the show, even though they did a good job. All eyes were on Jennifer, who shared catwalk credits with models including Julia Nobis and Kris Smith. Oh, one other model tried to steal the limelight: Politix Ambassador Harry Kewell, who made his catwalk debut for Myer. Who got to watch? Guests included Alex Perry, Charlotte Dawson, Lindy Klim, Danielle Spencer, Laura Dundovic and Lauren Phillips. Thanks to Kate & Co., who did the seating for the night - it went off without a hitch.

Charlotte Dawson and Didier Cohen, from Australia's Next Top Model 

Michael and Lindy Klim, she in Maticevski

Heidi Middleton, from sass & bide (left)

Actress Jodi Gordon and husband (footballer) Braith Anasta

Designer Kym Ellery (right)

Nadia Coppolino, The Chronicles of Nadia

Designer Alex Perry with Myer CEO Bernie Brookes

Kris Smith, Jennifer Hawkins, Harry Kewell 

Danielle Spencer 

Jodhi Meares

Kris Smith with girlfriend Maddy King, wearing Maticevski

Frances and Bridget Abbott, Tony's daughters

Laura Dundovic

Getting some Toni Maticevski love 

All photography by Lucas Dawson

Friday, August 9, 2013

Sony Music and smoothfm's A Smooth Night With Kate Ceberano

From the moment the front door opened at David Bromley's gallery - A Day On Earth - in Prahran, you knew you were somewhere special. Following the candles along the staircase to the top floor, guests were greeted with a room filled with beautiful paintings, a long table laden with food and - the best part of all - Melbourne icon Kate Ceberano, performing songs from her new album, Kensal Road. It was all part of radio station smoothfm and Sony Music's A Smooth Night With Kate Ceberano. Among the guests? Molly Meldrum, who likened Kate's beautiful daughter Gypsy (rocking in the corner to all the songs) to a young Kate. Ceberano herself said that a woman of a certain age is expected to produce a series of "Best Of's," but as a singer-songwriter, she was going to try keeping singing and songwriting. Thank goodness. The CD is among her best work, and it felt very privileged to see her sing (and play on drums) alongside her family and close friends, including the likes of Tottie Goldsmith and Ralph Carr. 

Ralph Carr, Molly Meldrum, Emma and Ross Fraser
                            Kate Ceberano with smoothfm's Simon Diaz, Lauren Saylor and Ty Frost. 

Cherie and Angela Ceberano, Nadia Mezzina Emily Cheung, Emily White