Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Gault&Millau Melbourne & Sydney Restaurant Guide Launch

When the 2015 Gault&Millau Melbourne and Sydney Restaurant Guide  launched, it put Australia's two top foodie cities on par with those in Europe, showcasing this side of the world's culinary culture. At the launch party, held at Two Ton Max in North Melbourne, it was a French-style soiree theme - canapes included French onion soup shots and snails. Renowned chef Jacques Reymond was there to kick off festivities, and other chefs and restaurateurs in the crowd included Geoff Lindsay (Dandelion), Cory Campbell (Vue de Monde), Benjamin Cooper (Chin Chin), Joe Grbac (Saint Crispin), Daniel Wilson (Huxtable) and Christian McCabe (The Town Mouse). Happy eating! 

Chloe and Vikki Moursellas

Jazz Bell (left) and Melissa Fergus (right)

Sohia Levin and Wendy Hargreaves (right)

Christian and Kelly Thompsen 

Misty Kunz and Kate
                                                         Jacques Reymond (left)

Joanna Reymond

Photos by APL

Monday, November 24, 2014

Desigual Launch

Oh, the Spanish do know how to throw a party, if the launch one for Desigual was any indication. But what do you expect, from a fashion label that boasts supermodel Adrian Lima as its face? Melbourne is the first city in Australia to land the label, but there are plans to roll out more stores next year. The idea behind it is that it delivers fashion forward clothes to women of all sizes. Judging by the in-store models who paraded around at the Melbourne bash, the clothes are just as good in micro-sizes, since they soon got into Desigual bikinis. No wonder their slogan is: La Vida es Chula - life is cool. 

Who is not going to buy from this woman? Adrian Lima does a good job in this campaign shoot. 

Audi Centre Melbourne Launch

Talk about pulling out all the stops: when Audi decided to launch their biggest showroom in the Southern Hemisphere, they didn't go with an intimate cocktail idea, no siree. Instead, the $25 million redevelopment of Audi Centre Melbourne was kicked off with a bang: comedy duo Hamish and Andy hosted the evening, singer Megan Washington performed and the crowd ate delicious samplings by chefs George Calombaris and Shannon Bennett. It was the perfect way to check out the new Audi centre, which boasts three levels, two cafes and multiple lounge areas. If only they gave away an Audi as a take-home gift...


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Dom Bagnato 30th Anniversary Party

When someone's been in fashion as long and as successfully as menswear creator Dom Bagnato, it deserves a worthy celebration. Many of those who have been with Dom along the way helped celebrate at an anniversary party at Alluvial Restaurant, part of Intercontinental Melbourne The Rialto. Guests included Myer boss Bernie Brookes, Brodie Harper and Lee Chan, while Matt Hetherington and Sam Ludeman were among the singers who took to the stage to pay tribute to Dom. The big surprise? Bagnato himself has some pipes on him, as he demonstrated when he got up to join. It was a Rat Pack-kind of night, with a curated collection of some of Dom's past designs there, proving why he's a stayer in the business. 

Dom Bagnato with son Nunzio 

Kate Bollard and Zoe O'Brien

Brodie Harper

Some of the best singers in town: Anthony Callea (who got married later that week to Tim Campbell), Harrison Craig, Dom, Matt Hetherington, Ryan Ritchie, Paris Zachariou and Tim Campbell

Justin Lacko

Lee Chan and Melina Bagnato-Giannuzzi 

Thomas Lacey (the lead of Strictly Ballroom, the play) and actress Alicia Bannit

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

InHabit Launches Ellery - Westfield Doncaster

It was hard not to get excited about InHabit, Westfield Doncaster's new designer-in-residence program, when they celebrated with an intimate dinner at the centre. The first designer to launch the concept is Kym Ellery, the special guest of the dinner, whose elegant designs were showcased well in the stand-alone pop-up space on the centre's floor. Her Ellery label will be there for six weeks, before switching to another designer; confirmed residencies include Dion Lee, Romance Was Born, We Are Handsome and Strateas Carlucci. It was a really exciting, innovative way to view fashion, and judging by how Lindy Klim and Kym Ellery both looked in Ellery pieces, it will be hard to keep fashionistas away. 


Thursday, November 13, 2014

Melbourne Cup Carnival / Best Of

It's over. Another spring racing carnival done and dusted. But over the four days at Flemington for the Melbourne Cup Carnival, I did have my favourite moments. The awards go to.... 

Best Humbling Moment: At least Margot Robbie has not forgotten her roots. She was more than happy to reunite with her former Neighbours co-stars in the Swisse marquee. I think she might have let out a little squeal when she saw Tottie Goldsmith. 

Best Dress: Lindy Klim in Dolce & Gabbana. It wasn't your typical racewear, but it was fun and colourful and incredibly beautiful. Yes, I would have liked a hat, but the Nicholas Kirkwood shoes were heaven. (in Lavazza) 

Best racewear consistency: Jennifer  Hawkins. Again. Here in Maticevski paired with an Ann Shoebridge hat. She proves that less is more when it comes to racewear. At Myer. 

Best attitude: Melanie Vallejo, here in Yeojin Bae and Kim Fletcher veil at the Myer Fashions on the Field enclosure. Just so much fun. 

Best matching of decor. Was Emma Clapham aware of the Myer marquee when she got dressed that morning, in the same colour and similar cut-out Studio Aniss hat? Probably. 

Best to watch: It's always fun to see milliner Richard Nylon walk around the racetrack, as he gets stopped by more people for a photo opp than Mickey Mouse at Disneyland. Here he is with Erin Petson, the UK illustrator brought out by Myer. 

Best personality: Ashley Hart. Always a wide smile from ear to ear, she looked genuinely happy to be part of the Swisse marquee for a week. And her White Suede outfit was pretty gorgeous, too. (With Kerrie Stanley hat.) 
Best extra: the Attica pop-up at Lexus. Wow. 

Best international celebrity: this year, Gigi Hadid won over journalists and crowds alike. She came, she conquered, she looked the part, in an Alex Perry dress and Hatmaker headpiece. Race appropriate, age appropriate, no cut-outs - she smiled and chatted and was altogether delightful in Emirates. 

Best hat: Hooray to Jill Humphries, who won the millinery award (worn by Bree Laughlin). A well-deserved win. (Here at Myer)

Best Fashions on the Field: The Design Award is cutting edge and shows some truly fabulous racewear. Anthony Capon (right) was the winner, but Jason Grech (above left,) and Craig Braybrook (below left) were the runners-up. Fabulous. 

Best flouting of race rules: Cut outs? Yep. Imogen Anthony did not get her dress code guide. 

Best dance party on Derby: Bambi Northwood-Blyth shakes her booty on the dance floor at Mumm. Lindy Klim and the Stenmark twins were doing the same. 

Best photo (that I took): I love this snap of Richard Wilkins watching Chris Hemsworth at House of Walker