Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Fiorina Jewellery's 20th Anniversary

When I interviewed LA-based superstar decorator Martyn Lawrence Bullard, during his visit to Australia, the star of TV's Million Dollar Decorators was raving about Melbourne jewellery designer Fiorina Golotta, and her Fiorina label. "If that was sold in Los Angeles, it would just go insane!" he raved. Luckily, plenty of people here have enjoyed her pieces too - so much so that she now celebrates her twenty year anniversary in the business. She did so in high style: with a rather opulent party at Graham Geddes Antiques, where the crowd got to mingle with an array of lanterns hanging from the ceiling, in a sumptuous setting. Who turned up? Actress Kat Stewart, singer Kyomi Vella and Patti Newton, to name a few fans. (Other well-known names who've worn her include Nicole Kidman, Delta Goodrem, Kylie Minogue, Tina Arena, Gwen Stefani and Claudia Karvan.) Also on display were the portraits from Fiorina's "Faces of Fiorina Jewellery" campaign - some of the clients who encompass the style and diversity of her designs' appeal, taken by her sister, Francesca Golotta. 

Fiorina and Francesca Golotta

Kat Stewart 

Kyomi Vella

Dasha Gold (left)

Mel Dry (right) and Friend
Stephanie and Dani Shreeve

Jess Dempsey

Marina and Justin D'Sylva 

Andrew Ranger

Sunday, October 26, 2014

David Jones Marquee, Caulfield Cup

I've said it before, and I'll say it again: there are few events I look forward to as much as being invited to the David Jones marquee for Caulfield Cup. At this year's Crown Golden Ale Caulfield Cup Day, it was no exception. In fact, it was a more relaxed vibe than ever, with all the David Jones ambassadors (Montana Cox, Jess Gomes, Jason Dundas, Emma Freedman) staying well beyond their requirements, dancing on the floor and - in the case of Jess and Jason - spinning some tunes, too. Food by the Stokehouse, decorations by David Jones marvels - and it's all over for another year. Sigh. 

Montana Cox in a Dion Lee dress and Suzy O'Rourke spiked crown. 

Jess Gomes in Scanlan & Theodore and Suzy O'Rourke hat, with Jason Dundas

Rebecca Judd in Victoria Beckham dress and Suzy O'Rourke gold mask, once coveted by Lady Gaga! 

Helen O'Connor, of Thurley, was the designer of the day: here she is, wearing an upcoming winter design, with her friend in Thurley. 

Thurley was everywhere, on Melanie Vallejo too. 

Lauren Brain and face of Caulfield, Nicole Warne

Jess Dempsey of What Would Karl Do in Danica Erard crown 

Helen O'Connor of Thurley also wore one of her killer necklaces as a hair piece

Rocking the house, people

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Mercedes-Benz Preview of Jean Paul Gaultier Exhibition

It seemed everyone was clamouring to get closer to Jean Paul Gaultier last week, as he dropped into Melbourne to launch his NGV exhibition, The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk. Those lucky enough to be invited to the Mercedes-Benz cocktail party got a sneak preview before the rest of Melbourne – and the crowd included celebrities such as Liz Cambage, Melanie Vallejo and Ashley Hart. The big star, of course, was Jean Paul Gaultier, who received a rock star-worthy welcome, as he also introduced a Mercedes-Benz SL whose bonnet has been wrapped with a Gaultier design of blue Breton stripes and a drawing and signature. (There’s still a chance it can be yours: the bonnet will be auctioned off by Sotheby’s to raise money for Brainwave Australia.
As for the exhibition itself, it’s truly a marvel of creativity, fashion and genius. It can hardly be described as a collection of clothes – the imagination behind the pieces and the way it’s displayed amounts to an incredible feat of artistry. There’s much to see, including the first dress he created in 1971 to more recent gowns worn by Nicole Kidman, Cate Blanchett and Kylie Minogue.  

Jason Nomikos, GM Marketing, Mercedes-Benz AU and Jean Paul Gaultier 

Model Ashley Hart

Liz Cambage

Ed Lower and Monika Clarke

Melanie Vallejo
Kasia Z

Mimi and Arthur Galan

Friday, October 17, 2014

BECK Caulfield Guineas Day

And they're off! The Beck Caulfield Guineas Day was a fine start to the Crown Golden Ale Caulfield Cup Carnival, and it was hard to beat the lure of the Champagne Pommery Pegasus Club marquee, decked out in a luxe Parisian theme, complete with quilted pink couches. Of course, there were other attractions: the Chadstone Fashion Stakes (with music by DJ Andy Murphy as everyone strutted their stuff) and a performance by DJ Lauren Mac, who replaced The Script. The latter were set to perform, but their stage collapsed while they were on tour, damaging their band equipment. That was the only bit of bad luck, unless you didn't back the winner (which I didn't). A hint for those attending Caulfield Cup and wondering what to wear: there were a lot of crowns (see Lauren Brain and Cassie Howarth, below), and structured shapes in hats, as well as nudes and florals. Cobalt blue and scarlet red were also big colours in the fashion stakes. As for men, two words: blue suits. (Images courtesy of Street Smith and SDP Media) 

Scherri-Lee Biggs and Dave Thornton

Colin Gold, Kate Allen, Luc Wiesman, Karl Bartl

Emma Freedman, David Jones ambassdor

Chelsea Butler and Shadi Kazeme

Amanda Magor, Lisa Wellings and Dee Worrell score at the Chadstone Fashion Stakes

Charlotte Bridgeman

Gary Mehigan and Inge Fransen in the Champagne Pommery Pegasus Club marquee

Jackson Gallagher and Cassie Howarth

Keli Sharp, Dasha Gold, Lana Wilkinson, Lauren Brain

Milliner Peter Jago (left)

Rhys Uhlich and Lee Chan

Thomas Banda, winner of the Stylish Gents award

Tommy Little (right) and pal

Images courtesy of Street Smith and SDP Media

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

iHeart Travel Launch

When iHeart Travel held a party in Port Melbourne, there was one thing on everyone's minds - not just this new way of travelling, designed for single men and women of all ages, but what was happening with The Bachelor contestants, since Sam Frost made her first post-breakup appearance at the event. (My favourite photo is when Sam is standing with her fellow contestants, Chantal and Zoe, who are smiling normally for the camera. In the next shot, bring in the guys, and everyone's beaming!) 

In fact, the girls got so swamped by the crowd - celebrities wanted to meet them! - that they ended up taking some time out in a roped-off area at the back. Meanwhile, we all learned about iHeart Travel, which takes internet dating to the next level - on holidays, be they luxury resort takeovers or cruises. Whether Sam is going to take one is anybody's guess. 

Monday, October 13, 2014

Thurley Spring Racing Collection Preview

There wasn't a lady-who-brunches who was going to miss out on Thurley designer Helen O'Connor's Spring Racing Collection preview, which included morning niblets and a spot of champagne, not to mention a miniature horse named Eskimo and models-in-Thurley prompting everyone to reach for their wallets when they saw how stunning the new Prism collection was. (True story: I was one.) Turns out no one is sick of dressing up for the racing season yet, since everyone was out in full dress splendor, including Lindy Klim, in black, and Rozalia Russian, in head-to-toe white. It might have been a small battle of the reality TV stars, too, as lurking in the shadows were Laurina Fleure (the superhero of The Bachelor season), Andrea Moss (ex-Real Housewives of Melbourne), Tully Smyth (Big Brother) and Samantha Downie (ex-Australia's Next Top Model), to name a few. Who had time to chat? We were all too busy eyeing off the gorgeous clothes. (Photos by Anthony Licuria)

Olivia Wells and Thurley designer Helen O'Connor 

Lindy Klim

Rozalia Russian
The Bachelor contestant Laurina Fleure

Lydia Davies and Andrea Moss

Emily Filby and Lisa Teh

Leah  Johnsen

Stylist Lana Wilkinson (right) 

Chelsea Butler and Shadi Kazeme

Little Eskimo's sneakers! 

Olympia Valance and Candice Lewin 

Jo Hall 

Tully Smyth

Eugene Loan and Samantha Downie 

Yes please, I'll have everything.