Friday, April 25, 2014

Smithballs Launch

If you've been to one of the Meatball & Wine Bar's outposts, you'd be ecstatic to learn about the opening of their third venture, Smithballs, smack bang on Smith St, Collingwood. Guests at the launch were treated to memorable food (small trays of charcuterie, paper bags of meat jerky and incredibly more-ish chicken sliders among the offerings) , and the introduction of Italian cocktails on tap, courtesy of the Negroni, created on site. The exposed-brick venue has just enough grunge to feel like it's a West Village dive, and just enough glam (a sign on the wall reads, "I am sorry for what I said when I was hungry," with the word "hungry" lit up in neon) to feel like the latest hipster haunt. There will be a return visit, to be sure. 

Photos by Anthony Licuria - APL Photography 

Monday, April 21, 2014

Superdry Emporium Melbourne Launch

 For the opening of its Melbourne flagship store, Superdry said they wanted the crowd to shop. But who could do that with the thumping deejay music, the excitable party-goers and the happening bash that threatened to go all night (but didn't)? Located at the new Emporium precinct, Superdry is an impressive store, and is another retail offering that's turning Melbourne into an international shopping destination. Luckily for the launch night attendees, their ability to make cool vintage Americana-looking clothes is on par with their ability to mix it up at a party. Just shake and stirrrr.  

Heath Meldrum and Brodie Harper

Scherri-Lee Biggs 

Georgia Sinclair

Helena and Vikki/ My Kitchen Rules

Ryan Buckingham

Chantelle Raleigh and Justin O'Neill 

ANTM winner Melissa Juratowitch

Radio's Lauren Brain

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Fiorina Jewellery 20th Anniversary

Once I interviewed Martin Lawrence Bullard, the Los Angeles-based interior designer to the stars. While in Melbourne, he stumbled across Fiorina Golotta's opulent jewellery store, Fiorina, and he couldn't get enough of it. "I can't believe we don't have something like this in Los Angeles!" he said, before buying up several things. 

After twenty years in business, Fiorina decided to celebrate the milestone with a party. Behind her gilt doors, it was a gathering befitting a European salon: finely dressed men and women, beautiful food and the surrounds of jewels featuring antique coins, charms and semi-precious stones, for starters. Bravo! 


PS they were  biscuits, not jewellery! 

Sunday, April 6, 2014

H&M Melbourne Launch

It had to be one of the most anticipated parties in Melbourne this year. There were rumours of the massive guest list, with a plane being chartered from Sydney to bring in VIPs from there. Local celebrities were lining up, and some couldn't get in, frantically calling upon connections to (unsuccessfully) secure their own invitation. An hour before, that corner in the CBD was a thrum of frenetic activity: lights, red carpet and a mass of photographers elbowing for position. Once inside, no one was leaving: there was food by Adam D'Sylva, cocktails by 1806 and deejays including LA trio Haim. Plus, a 20% discount, which guests took up happily. 

Hayley Hasselhoff

Michael and Lindy Klim

This woman asked to be photographed with milliner Richard Nylon, which is what usually happens when he is out and about. 

Shiva Singam's outfit was an homage to the GPO building, wearing a postage stamp getup (with matching tote) by Carven. 
Didier Cohen

The girls behind Haim

The Stenmark twins, Jordan and Zac

April Rose Pengilly 

Chef Adam D'Sylva 

Dale and Sophie Vine

Hans Andersson 

Friday, April 4, 2014

No. 74 Launch Party

It was an invitation for caviar tasting and champagne, surrounded by whispers. The words "Le Louvre" and "No. 74" were uttered. Who wouldn't be curious? And so, an intimate gathering was held at the former Le Louvre site, the iconic Melbourne fashion store that was started by the late Lillian Wightman some 90 years ago, and is now continued by her daughter Georgina Weir in its new South Yarra locale. When Bendigo-raised Lillian began Le Louvre, she had never been overseas, but envisioned what a salon in Paris might look like. So successful was she that not only did she build a highly successful store with international labels, but her store also started a rush on that end of Collins Street - which is why it's now known as Melbourne's "Paris End" of Collins. 

But, the copper doors have since closed on Le Louvre, and a new tenant has come and gone. What now? Turns out the party was held by QIC Global Real Estate to open the new No. 74 space. It had been carefully restored as a curated space by Fiona Scanlan and Robert Buckingham, and they did more than nod to its former life, hanging ocelot and animal skins in every corner. Lillian famously was known for her love of the ocelot print - not only did many of her dresses appear in that fabric, but Robert told a story whereby she was once spied in her car - complete with ocelot car seat covers, while she was wearing ocelot print head to toe. As he said, "There was more animal than face." 

The idea was to show that QIC's retail space in the future will be aware of its history and culture, and has been carefully conceived. No wonder it attracted so many fashion folk. Christine Barro, from Christine, was there, as were designer Yeojin Bae and someone who was instrumental in the original Le Louvre space - Amelia Coote. Lindy Klim, currently here from Bali, has exciting fashion news: she's currently got a capsule collection with Viktoria + Woods. (Check it out here!)  

                           Robert Buckingham, Skye Fisher, Fiona Scanlan, Stuart Miller

Michael and Lindy Klim

Amanda Young and Yeojin Bae

Holly and Chris Lucas

Sharon and Dhav Naidu

Daisy, Angus and Amelia Coote