Monthly Archives: March 2014

Voodoo Autumn/Winter 2014 Launch

Voodoo hosiery held their Autumn/Winter 2014 launch at the stylish Victoria Room. Celebrities in attendance included model, artist, and DJ in New York City Alexandra Nicole Richards who is the daughter of Patti Hansen and Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards, and the sister of Theodora Richards, Australian actress best known for her role as Megan on “The Saddle Club” Sophie Hensser, Big Brother babe Tully Smyth, and Saturday Disney’s Candice Dixon and Teigan Nash.

Untitled atmosphere(0204)Victoria Room with Voodoo billboards

Alexandra Richards(0274)Alexandra Richards (centre) with models

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Teigan Nash, Candice Dixon, models(0221)Candice Dixon and Teigan Nash

Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour: Madama Butterfly Opening Night

It was a beautiful night under the stars at Mrs Macquaries Point for the opening night festivities around, and the performance of, Madama Butterfly.

The story is one of an American visiting Japan – Mr Pinkerton – who takes a shine to 15 year old local girl Cio-Cio San (Madama Butterfly). Pinkerton tells his confidant Sharpless that the marriage is purely of convenience, and that he intends to take an American bride as soon as feasible. However, Butterfly is in love with Pinkerton, and despite her friend Suzuki’s warning, her loyalty is steadfast. After an extended absence, Pinkerton returns to Japan where love and heartache unfold. And that’s when we cried. It is an emotional story, and Hiromi Omura took us on a journey into Madama Butterfly’s world. Beautifully done, attendees were quick to their feet to give the cast and orchestra a well-deserved standing ovation.

Madama Butterfly is the most spectacular Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour production yet, with this year’s show having a distinctly modern feel e.g. American naval officer Pinkerton is represented as a property developer, and Madama Butterfly has a full-body tattoo. The stage has grown to a 44m x 29m performance space. The stage itself is undulating to mimic the hills of Japan and features a full bamboo garden (made locally in Australia). For the first time, the stage is designed to become an extension of the Harbour surrounds itself. The show features two inflatable orbs to represent the sun (12m diameter) and the moon (6m diameter). The sun orb has its own barge to give the impression it is rising from the Harbour. Every performance features fireworks.

Pre show, VIP guests sipped on Tyrell’s Pinot Noir Chardonnay at the Adina Garden Bar.

The post show events were held at the Southern and Northern Terraces. The Southern Terrace featured stylish celebrities such as Editor-in-chief of Belle magazine, lifestyle commentator and judge on Nine’s reality TV show The Block Neale Whitaker, singer Marcia Hines, MasterChef season one winner and author Julie Goodwin, TV presenter and author, and winner of MasterChef Australia 2010 Adam Liaw.

Other stylish celebrities in attendance included The Premier of NSW Barry O’Farrell, Andrew Denton and Jennifer Byrne, April Rose Pengilly, Bob Hawke and Blanch D’Alpuget, Carla Zampatti, The Block judge Darren Palmer, Dr Katrina Warren, Home & Away’s Emily Symons, Kyle Pryor, Demi Harman, and Lincoln Younes, George Souris MP, Georgie Gardner, Hayley Hasselhoff, Ian Dickson, Ita Buttrose, Jessica Tovey, actor Peter Phelps and Day’s of Our Lives Shawn Christian, Lisa McCune, 2DayFM’s Tim Davies, and Mix 106.5’s Yumi Stynes.

It was a fantastic night out that will be remembered for many years to come.

Georgy Vasiliev as Pinkerton and Hiromi Omura as Madama Butterfly CRD JAMES MORGAN_EN4A4002Pinkerton serenading his bride

Opening Night Fireworks (Wedding Scene) CRD JAMES MORGAN 8134Spectacular fireworks to celebrate the marriage

Full Company Curtain Call CRD JAMES MORGAN 8151Cast and crew in front of the set

The Southern Terrace (Food by Fresh Catering) CRD JAMES MORGAN 8185Post show VIP event at the Southern Terrace

Napoleon Perdis Life.Style MLC Store Launch

Last night Napoleon Perdis himself opened a Napoleon Perdis Life.Style store in the MLC Centre, Sydney, with a vibrant ‘Safari Style’ party. This takes his Life.Style store tally to three.

Fitting with the theme, a gorilla entertained guests inside and outside its cage, and models paraded Life.Style’s newest addition to its stable of stellar brands, TOME, then posed as living mannequins in the store windows.

Celebrity guests included television personality Kerri-Anne Kennerley, Miss World Australia Erin Holland, Miss Universe Australia 2012 and Miss Universe 2012 3rd Runner-Up, Editor of Shop Til You Drop Alexandra Carlton, Marie Claire’s Anna Saunders and Daniela Elser, actress Tessa de Josselin known for Nerds in Love, In Your Dreams and Drift, artist Felicia Aroney, Cosmopolitan fashion editor Charlotte Stokes, and actress Mia Morrissey known for In Your Dreams and Bat Eyes.

In addition to the existing ready-to-wear brands of Robert Rodriquez, Milly New York, TOME, Demy Lee Cashmere, HABITUAL Denim, accessory brands Kelly Locke, Cecile et Jeanne, 111BeCa, Clare Vivier, jewellery brands Jean Marie Poinot, NACH, Lucas Jack, GREGIO and home wares brand IONIA, the mini department Life.Style store stocks nOir and SHY by Sydney Evans jewellery as well as Klein Reid porcelain. All this sits alongside the iconic Napoleon Perdis cosmetic collection.

Guest celebrated alongside Napoleon Perdis as they sipped on Moet and Tanqueray Gin and cranberry cocktails, along with catering by Salt Meats Cheese that included savoury baklava with chili jam, wagyu beef on a cucumber slice, and pear & ginger tarts.

A fitting opening for a splendid concept store.

001 Erin Holland in SHOWPO dress and Tony Bianco heels

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Presto Movie Service Launch

A-listers in attendance included TV presenters Sophie Falkiner and model Jesinta Campbell, The Bachelor’s Tim Robards and Anna Heinrich, singer Timomatic and girlfriend Talia Fowler, and Channel V host Danny Clayton.

Sophie and Jesinta compared current gigs and realised Jesinta is following in some of Sophie’s footsteps. The Waratahs’ Israel Folau enjoyed the photo opportunities with them.

An entertaining speech outlined how Presto is a game changing new way to experience great movies when and where you want, and that Presto offers the best movies on demand which will turn periods of boredom to periods of excitement e.g. when commuting, and we saw some ads of how Presto will keep families entertained anywhere. Presto’s line up of films cover all the major studios and key independents including MGM, NBCUniversal, Paramount Pictures, Roadshow Films, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox, The Walt Disney Company, Warner Bros. Entertainment, Entertainment One Films Australia, ICON, Studiocanal and Transmission Films.

Talia & TimomaticTalia Fowler in Christopher Esber top, Dion Lee skirt and Pep Toe shoes with boyfriend Timomatic

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untitled1Jesinta Campbell in Aje dress and Givenchy shoes, and Sophie Falkiner in Carla Zampatti and Dior shoes

untitled2Jesinta, Jonesy, Anna, Tim, Danny, Talia, Timomatic, Israel and Sophie


Myer Autumn Winter 2014 Racing Season Launch

The Face of Myer Jennifer Hawkins was joined by Myer Ambassadors Kate Peck and Kris Smith and 13 gorgeous female and male models showcasing the latest Myer racewear and millinery collections yesterday to launch the Myer Autumn Winter 2014 Racing Season.

The intimate morning tea at The Bar at Sydney Theatre Company, Walsh Bay, was hosted by television personality and ATC Ambassador Laura Csortan. Myer Ambassador Laura Dundovic and designers including Brent Wilson, Dom Bagnato, Charlie Brown, Leona Edmiston and Myer Milliners Nerida Winter and Ann Shoebridge were in attendance.

Myer is the official fashion partner of the Australian Turf Club and throughout the year Sydney’s most stylish men and women will compete in Myer Fashions on the Field for a share in a total prize pool of over $100,000. Speaking with Leona Edmiston we found out she is a judge for Fashion on the Field.

Laura Dundovic’s style tips included red for guys and chevron and floral prints for women.

Brent Wilson’s style tips for race days is to wear a good fitting suit, and accessories with pocket square or handkerchief and socks.

1Laura Csortan in Ann Shoebridge fascinator, Aurelio Costarella dress and YSL heels

2Laura Dundovic in Ann Shoebridge “Hatinator” , Toni Mati?evski dress, Tony Bianco heels

008 010Front row: Kate Peck in Nerida Winter hat, Ellery dress, and Viktor & Rolf shoes, Kris Smith in Arthur Galan suit and bow tie, and Blak shoes, and Jennifer Hawkins wearing Nerida Winter fascinator, Sass & Bide dress and Dreamer shoes

Playboy’s 60th Anniversary Celebration

Playboy Magazine celebrated its 60th anniversary at Gilt Lounge, QT Hotel, Sydney. Wink Models Brigitte, Ava and Yvette modelled for the event. Celebrity guests in attendance were Miss World Australia Erin Holland, and Mrs Australia Kate Johnson.

Guests sipped on Playboy’s Signature Martini ‘The Playmate’. The salon style fashion parade had the models mingling in their limited edition Playboy 60th Anniversary lingerie collection by Bras N Things. Vintage Playboy magazine covers were on display and were quite the topic of conversation amongst guests with everyone raving about the recent Kate Moss cover and shoot for Playboy’s 60th anniversary issue.

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