Monday, October 28, 2013

Mr Miyagi Launch

So you thought that Windsor was already chockablock with good eating and drinking options? Allow me to introduce you to Mr Miyagi, a Japanese bar-restaurant that feels like several places in one: there's street-view dining, where you can watch the crowd go by in the window, front of house, a nifty bar along the kitchen and some private booths out the back. All of them subscribe to the hip vibe of the restaurant, which has been designed to feel like a Tokyo laneway. Look out for the Japanese newspapers that have been wallpapered onto the private booths: they'll change the way you read newspapers forever. Did I mention the food? Top-notch is the only way to describe it: this is a far cry from street food that you down with your Japanese-inspired cocktail (Hello Kitty Sour, anyone?). Rather, you'd head here for the food just as much as everything else. 

All photos by Anthony Licuria/ APL Photography

Sunday, October 27, 2013 Launch at Circa is already known to any avid shopper, and they're now launching their UK site to Australian shoppers. To celebrate, they threw a fabulous lunch at Circa, hosted by PR powergal Nat Frid. She assembled a vibrant group who included Susannah Fairley - a jewellery whose designs have been worn by Olivia Wilde, Megan Gale and Ellen Degeneres (Fairley is the brand) - as well as Ann Peacock, Janice Breen Burns, Lillian Frank, and Elise May. Everyone received a $250 voucher to spend at and the excitement was palpable - brands available there include Alexander McQueen, Isabel Marant and Stella McCartney. (But there are over 350 available). Catherine West flew in from in the UK, and Tiffany Yew was also down from Sydney - she's the stylist who'll source a garment for you and make sure it fits perfectly. Not everything is as pricey as it sounds - bargains online mean that you can pick up items up to 70% off. Wow. 

Photos by Anthony Licuria, APL Photography

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Launch of Brighton Schoolhouse Cafe

Who's not going to go back to school, when the school in question is the Brighton Schoolhouse Cafe, that's headed up by star football player Josh Gibson (together with Mark and Attil Filippelli and Adrian and Rebecca Ciorciari)? AFL champs (including Buddy Franklin and Jarryd Roughead) were along for the ride at the buzz-worthy launch, where PR Lil Romano gathered a fun crowd who got to enjoy all the good bits of school (laughter, pals, old-school lockers and in the case of the cafe, a guy who created zombie balloons on the night) and none of the bad (the food at Schoolhouse Cafe is a hell of a lot better). The food on the menu appeals to the high schooler in all of us - there's everything from the "modern iron man food" breakfast to a Channing Tatum burger - and if that doesn't keep you amused, a toy from the super hero corner will.

All photos by Anthony Licuria/ APL Photography


All photos courtesy of Anthony Licuria/ APL Photography

Monday, October 21, 2013

David Jones Marquee at Caulfield Cup

It's common consensus among the social set that one of the best invitations you can receive all year is that much-coveted one that comes from David Jones, to be a guest of their marquee at Caulfield Cup. Why? It's a relaxed racing day where the VIPs still look their sparkling best, but kick up their heels a bit higher, laugh a bit louder and enjoy the sunshine for a bit longer. 
This year's decor was a nod to black and white luxe monochrome, with flashes of silver - paying homage to David Jones' 175th birthday via its signature colours. But the real drawcard, as always, was the fabulous people-watching: David Jones' ambassadors Megan Gale (in Ginger & Smart with a Suzy O'Rourke hat), Jessica Gomes (in a Camilla and Marc dress with Suzy O'Rourke veil), Montana Cox (in Camilla and Marc paired with Suzy O'Rourke) and Jason Dundas (Jack London suit), plus Emma Freedman calling up tips, dressed in Thurley and Suzy O'Rourke. Also rounding out the A-list were Rebecca Judd (in Alex Perry), Lara Bingle (smiling ear to ear - did new beau Sam Worthington have anything to do with it?), Melanie Vallejo, Ricky Ponting, Carla Zampatti and The Voice's Kiyomi Vella.  
You could tell it was a good party, because everyone stayed for the long haul, including CEO Paul Zahra, who would go on to resign in a shock announcement just two days later. (If I was resigning, I'd stay for the kick-ass party as long as possible, too.)
And, soon the dancing got underway. With Jason Dundas spinning some tunes, everyone kicked up their heels - it was fun to watch Jessica Gomes dancing with Emma Freedman on the dance floor. There was plenty of sustenance to keep the crowd going: Melbourne chef Adam D'Sylva, who's the force behind the hottest restaurant right now, Tonka, fed the troops. One stand out: Spanner crab, galangal, roasted chilli and lime betel leaf. And when the women (or men) got sweaty, they could head to the Tom Ford Beauty Touch-Up bar, with Tom Ford products. 
Fingers crossed for an invitation next year! 

Rebecca Judd and Megan Gale

Jessica Gomes

Lara Bingle with Rianna and Ricky Ponting. Photo: Anthony Licuria 

Lara Bingle. Photo: Anthony Licuria 

Rebecca Judd. I didn't look like this when I was pregnant, Photo: Anthony Licuria 

Emma Freedman. Photo: Anthony Licuria 

Jason Dundas, Photo: Anthony Licuria 

Montana Cox, Photo: Anthony Licuria 

Photo: Anthony Licuria 

Kasia Z, Photo: Anthony Licuria

Melanie Vallejo at centre 

Kiyomi Vella (left) 

Dasha Gold in a Kerrie Stanley hat 

Kate Bollard in a Danica Erard hat

Jessica and Stef Dadon, from How Two Live, also Fashions on the Field judges 

Shiva Singam (left) wearing cream, black and gold

Yours truly in a Richard Nylon hat, and Sarah Gale from AMPR