Tuesday, October 14, 2014

WINTOUR&GUINNESS PRESENTS THE NOVEMBER ISSUE OF VOGUE AUSTRALIA FEATURING BLAKE LIVELY


This month see's Blake Lively take prime position on the cover of Vogue Australia's November issue. Utilizing the Mario Testino shoot that was used in the August issue of the US edition, Lively discusses everything from her marriage to Ryan Reynolds, her love of Martha Stewart, to her recently launched eCommerce & content driven website, Perserve. Its a fantastic issue and once I have been devouring over the last week.

Friday, October 3, 2014

WINTOUR&GUINNESS PRESENTS GWYNETH PALTROW BY INTERNATIONAL FASHION ILLUSTRATOR MEGAN HESS

So I've been keeping this one a big secret for a few weeks now but I am so glad to be able to share with you that my pal and the sensational Fashion Illustrator and Author Megan Hess has been working with one of my favourite actors and bloggers, Gwyneth Paltrow on a new range of illustrations for Paltrow's partnership with Blo Blow Dry Bars in the US. 

The image was used to launch a partnership between Blo Blow Dry Bar, celebrity hairstylist David Babaii and Paltrow, to communicate Blo’s ‘new vision'. The popular chain of blowout bars, of which there are over 45 in the U.S., Canada and the Philippines, announced its partnership with Paltrow and Babaii, who are close friends, back in May. 

I recently popped this image on the Wintour&Guinness Instagram page and I've had tonnes of people come up to me over the last few days commenting about how amazing the piece is. This is one collaboration I am looking forward to seeing more of in the near future. 

For more information on Blo Blow Dry Bars make sure to click through here to the companies website. 

WINTOUR&GUINNESS PRESENTS THE NOVEMBER ISSUE OF MARIE CLAIRE AUSTRALIA FEATURING "AUSTRALIA'S NEXT TOP MODEL" ROBYN LAWLEY

Truth be told, I have given Marie Claire Australia a rather tough time over the last few years and with good reason. The magazine has really been a poor cousin to the American and British editions and for me the Aussie edition is filled far too much with beauty editorial that is obviously included to keep advertisers happy. Flicking through three years worth of issues last weekend, there really wasn't that much that blew me away, which was surprising considering its popularity in Australia. It doesn't excite me the way, lets say Harper's BAZAAR or Vogue Australia do each month and I rarely if ever get excited by their covers. That was until I received this months issue and was blown away by how amazing Robyn Lawley looked. One of the things that I want from an Australian magazine each month is editorial and a cover that screams Australia to me. I don't want to keep seeing American actresses on the cover when its an Australian magazine and this month, what with the summer months approaching; Lawley perfectly exemplifies what I think about when I think about the summer months spent down under. Make sure to grab a copy this month to check out the wonderful photo shoot which accompanies an interview between Lawley and Marie Claire editor Jackie Frank.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

WINTOUR&GUINNESS SPENDS A SUNNY SATURDAY AFTERNOON AT WERRIBEE MANSION & ROSE GARDEN


One of the greatest pleasures in life is when friends and family make the long (very long) journey down south to Australia to visit. It’s been a great year so far for visitors, what with my parent’s trip in July and just recently my good friend Kaley May took a trip down under in August. 

Kaley had lived in Melbourne for a year back in 2012, so knew her way around the city and had a list of places and people she wanted to see making the planning for me very easy. We did all the usual touristy things that people do, dumplings at Miss Chu, gelato at Gelato Messina and a trip to the recently opening Terminus Hotel in Abbotsford for a few drinks with friends.


With her flight home scheduled for midnight on the Saturday, we had a whole day together before she left and having ticked off everything on her list, we were left with an opportunity to visit somewhere completely new. With several visitors over the last three years, it’s a hard task to find somewhere completely new for me, but we found somewhere, just outside Melbourne that all of us hadn't visited; Werribee Park. 
Werribee Park is an estate located just outside of Melbourne which includes the historical building, Werribee Park Mansion, the Victoria State Rose Garden, formal gardens, the Werribee Park National Equestrian Centre, the Werribee Open Range Zoo, a contemporary sculpture walk and there is also the Mansion Hotel and Conference Centre. The Park was purchased by the Victoria State Government in 1973 and was opened as a tourist attraction in 1977. 

After a brief walk around of the mansions exterior, we made our way through the gardens, taking a brief hiatus at the greenhouses before moving to the rose garden. The Werribee rose garden is separated from the mansion's formal gardens by a Heritage Border featuring unusual and historic roses from around the world. In bloom from October to May, the roses are at their most magnificent from November to April.


It was a beautiful way to end her trip and a real eye opener for me. If ever there was a place more perfect for an afternoon picnic in the sun with friends, its this place. The place was buzzing with crowds of people, kites flying around the sky and the sun shining. It couldn't have been a better way to end such a fantastic two weeks with such as great friend. 

For more information on any of the above make sure to check out the Parks Victoria website here

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

WINTOUR&GUINNESS PRESENTS THE OCTOBER ISSUE OF HARPER'S BAZAAR FEATURING INTERNATIONAL SUPERMODEL ALESSANDRA AMBROSIO WEARING PRADA






Although I've only got to see a copy of the above today for the first time, I have a good feeling about the latest issue of Harper's BAZAAR. Model Alessandra Ambrosio covers the October issue and if there was anyone that deserved the coveted position of cover star of The Body Issue, Alessandra Ambrosio definitely does in my opinion. Alessandra has been a firm fixture on the Australian fashion scene over the years having walked for Alex Perry's MBFWA 2014 show earlier in the year and this cover, with Ambrosio wearing Prada is going to make Australia fall in love with her even more. The October issue is sale now. 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

WINTOUR&GUINNESS PRESENTS THE DRESS, ONE HUNDRED ICONIC MOMENTS IN FASHION BY AUSTRALIAN ILLUSTRATOR MEGAN HESS

Last week I was a rather lucky guy, I must say. I was lucky because I got my hands on an early copy of the new Megan Hess book, The Dress: 100 Iconic Moments In Fashion. It was a chilly Friday morning and I had a breakfast date with the lady herself, not too far from her beautiful new studio, which is located close to some of my favourite breakfast spots in the city. Arriving at the new studio, you cannot help but love the extensive use marble in the foyer, or the grandness of some of the pieces in the studio itself. One wall was completely covered in one of Megan's Coco Chanel illustrations, whilst the others were covered in framed illustrations of various dresses, Versace, Dior and Valentino to name but a few. It was absolutely stunning. 

As we popped around the corner to one of my favourite cafes in Albert Park, Truman's; we spoke about the launch of the book and what was on the itinerary for the next few months in the world of Megan Hess Inc. Megan recently launched a set of stunning rugs in conjunction with Designer Rugs. The collection consists of three designs, all three incredibly luxurious and using the finest artisan techniques and New Zealand wool. A collaboration with Glasshouse for their Christmas offering was recently unveiled as well as a list (the length of my arm) of glamorous clients who all want a piece of Hess. 

Looking at the menu and feeling a little mischievous, we both ordered the French toast. What came out was something that was created by the food gods above. Using croissants, the French toast was covered in crispy bacon and banana jam. Hard to explain, but trust me - this was absolutely delicious. Looking through The Dress, its hard not to squint your eyes and possess a look of confusion, asking yourself how does this woman do everything she does and still have time to sleep.



Illustrating some of the most glamorous women in the world and the dresses that helped define a moment in time, The Dress is a collection of the greatest moments in fashion history. As Anna Wintour once said, fashion is all about looking forward but in this day and age when fashion has become this ever-changing, ever inspiring beast - its important to look back and appreciate some of the great moments that defined a design house, a personality or a moment in time. From the elegant, such as Audrey Hepburn's simple black shift or Princess Diana's never ending dress to the more recent Tom Ford floor length cape that Gwyneth Paltrow wore to the Oscars, each of the one hundred dresses chosen for the book comes with historical anecdotes, quotes and bundles of nostalgia that fashion lovers will absolutely adore.

To celebrate its launch, the Palazzo Versace will be holding an exclusive event on Friday 3rd October. An exhibition of Megan's iconic illustrations will be exclusively displayed during the event with guests given the opportunity to purchase their own original piece to take home. As a centrepiece of the exhibition, Megan has created a special illustration in honour of Breast Cancer Awareness Month that will be auctioned during the lunch to raise funds for the National Breast Cancer Foundation. For more information on the event, click through here to the Palazzo Versace website.  



The Dress will go on general release within Australia on the 1st October and can be purchased from Avenue Bookstore here

Thursday, September 4, 2014

WINTOUR&GUINNESS PRESENTS THE OCTOBER ISSUE OF VOGUE AUSTRALIA FEATURING CATHERINE MCNEIL WEARING JEAN PAUL GAULTIER

VOGUE Australia collaborated with Jean Paul Gaultier for the October issue of the October 2014 issue, illustrating the issue with his signature Breton stripe. Dedicated to Catherine McNeil, who stars on their sixth VOGUE Australia cover - the model was shot by Giles Bensimon and style by Fashion Director Christine Centenera who was allowed access to the Gaultier archives. The magazine will be on sale from the eighth of September. 

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