Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Myer Launches Napoleon Perdis Cosmetics

No one's going to accuse the self-proclaimed King of Colour, Napoeon Perdis, of not knowing how to make an entrance. When the makeup guru celebrating the launch of his brand at Myer, he arrived at Melbourne's Bourke Street Mall by tank. Really. At least it didn't scare off Jennifer Hawkins - or Myer CEO Bernie Brookes, He also know how to draw in a VIP, since those who got to clink champagne glasses over lunch included designers Toni Maticevski, Yeojin Bae, Arthur and Mimi Galan and Dom Bagnato. Also there were Sophie van den Akker, Zoe Badwi, Silvana Lovin (pregnant and married to Marc Philippoussis) and Sydney editors Kellie Hush (Harper's Bazaar), Kirsten Galliott (InStyle) and Jackie Frank (Marie Claire).    

Silvana Lovin

Yeojin Bae

Sophie van den Akker

Mimi and Arthur Galan

Napoleon Perdis and Jennifer Hawkins

All photos by Lucas Dawson

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Summer Drink and Food Menu Launch at Captain Baxter

StyleMelbourne and DrinkMelbourne are two blogs, run by Sarah Willcocks, who know how to assess a good Melbourne hotspot, so no wonder Willcocks helped launched the summer social season drink and food menu at St Kilda's Captain Baxter. If the views weren't enough to wow the crowd, Triple J Unearthed winner Gena Rose Bruce was also on hand to perform three indie pop tunes. Executive Chef Matt Dawson worked overtime to create the food, which included Crystal Bay prawn tacos with avocado and chipotle, as well as Teriyaki eel brochette with silken tofu and pork floss - all washed down nicely with a Green Knoll Mojito, thank you very much. Many guests rose to the challenge of wearing a nautical-inspired little something - lots of stripes and navy-and-white in the crowd.  

Alicia Monaso, Andrea Sertori

Hannah Benambra, Camille Gower

Sarah Willcocks (in Yeojin Bae) and Gena Rose Bruce

Natalie Bloom and Brian Hamersfeld 

Natalie Web and Leticia 

Jacqui and Zoe Demkiw 

Michael Scanlan and Emily Angwin (Seven News) 

Lachlan Crawford and Geva Mentor 

Matthew Ongarello, Mel Tetkovich, Natasha Cuthers-Clark

Petrova Hammond, Raphael Ruz, Elle Tattenden

Green Knoll Mojito/ Captain Baxter

Compressed watermelon, basil goats cheese mousse and black olive
All photos courtesy of Fiona Hamilton and Greta Donaldson Publicity

Thursday, November 21, 2013

The Design Files' Open House Media Launch

One of my favourite events is on for the year: The Design Files' Open House. If you don't know what I'm talking about, interior blogger extraordinaire Lucy Feagins is the founder and editor of  The Design Files, Australia's most popular interiors blog. I've long since loved her work and vision, and wrote an article in The Age about her here.  Every year, she takes over a house - this year it's in Melbourne and Sydney both - and she gets rid of all the interiors, then re-styles it using things she has sourced and hand-picked. But here's what makes it such a successful event, with 1000 people pouring into the house every day: every single item - bathroom towels, artwork, couches, lamps, kitchen crockery and cookbooks - is for sale. Lucy was also able to showcase her collaboration with Dulux by inserting painted panels into the home. In Melbourne, it's on through until the end of the weekend, so hurry. Here's a peek at the media launch, which was far less hectic. (I've been to the open house days, and it's madness, in a fabulous way.) 

Lucy Feagins


Photography by Brooke Holm

Bared Footwear Health & Wellness Breakfast

Anna Baird had an interesting concept: as a podiatrist, she wanted a shoe that was both good for her feet to wear but looked fashionable, too. She came up with Bared,  a shoe label whose store recently moved to a new High St Armadale location, and re-launched with a health and wellness breakfast. Smoothies, power food and an inspirational talk by nutritionist Lola Berry - she taught everyone how to do a yoga pose mid-speech! - made for an energising morning. Did I mention I bought a pair of boots, too? 

Anna Baird and Lola Berry 

Yianni Drakoulis and Ajla Keskic

Prue Chilcott (Melbourne Girl), Lisa Hamilton (See Want Shop) and Jess Dempsey (What Would Karl Do?) 

Smoothies by Smoothboy; food was by ActivEats

Jacqueline Evans, who has an amazing skincare line, and Lola Berry 

Charlotte Bridgeman (Winston and Willow)

All photos by Lisa Frieling

Friday, November 15, 2013

Rice Workshop Launch

When Rice Workshop's restaurateur David Loh and chef Tomohiro Suzuki threw a party to celebrate their new Japanese food concept place, Rice Workshop, they did so with a difference: invitees were informed that they had to channel Harajuku girls in their outfits, and the winner (as judged by Fashion Torque's Philip Boon and designer Jenny Bannister) would win $1000 worth of prizes,divided by three. First place went to Angela Menz, a multi-time winner of the races' Fashions on the Field, who re-fashioned something she'd worn a few days earlier, on Stakes Day. Turned out it was a good choice. Second place went to Richard Nylon and third to Kristine Live. No wonder spirits were high and everyone danced the night away....
Jenny Bannister and David Loh 

Designer Gwendolynne Burkin and milliner Richard Nylon 

Paris '99's Yahav Ron and Harvey Publicity's Clemence Harvey, who was behind the party

First, second and third prize winners

Angela Menz on Stakes Day. Recognise the pom-pom hat?