Tuesday, September 16, 2014


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


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


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


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. 


Melbourne Spring Fashion Festival is here once again and this year Wintour&Guinness has been getting up and close amongst all the action taking place around the city. On Tuesday night, we attended the first of the Designer Runway Series shows taking place within Melbourne's iconic Town Hall location. Launching the spring/summer ready to wear collections and showcasing Melbourne as an iconic destination for fashion and retail, the program of free and ticketed events showcases the best fashion, retail, environment and hospitality the city has to offer. 

The Designer Runway Series Show One, was all about the couture on offer here in Melbourne. The program spoke of romantic silhouettes prevailing, capturing that feeling synonymous with spring and new love. Designers on the night included the likes of JASONGRECH, Aurelio Costarella, Carla Zampatti and Dom Bagnato.

Arriving late to a show is not something that I am particularly fond of doing. I prefer to arrive a little early, grab my seat and watch the crowds pour in from the streets, buzzing with excitement. For the first show I was very lucky to have a great spot so I felt like I was right next to the models as they walked down the catwalk. The toast of Melbourne blogging were seated in the front row and these included the likes of Phoebe Montague of Lady Melbourne and Jess Dempsey of What Would Karl Do, both of whom looked beautiful on the night. Seconds before the lights went down, MSFW Ambassador and Australian model Ashley Hart took to her seat, followed by her Dancing With The Stars partner Julz Tocker. 
The opening night was full of drama and suspense thanks to the amazing music composed, arranged and produced by The RAah Project. I hadn't seen anything like it before and it really added to the showmanship of the clothes on the night. This couldn't be more true than when the designs of Melbourne based couturier JASONGRECH took to the stage. JASONGRECH is a brand synonymous with pure luxury, specialising in couture bridal and red carpet gowns of the highest quality. Part of the fashion landscape for over a decade, his work perfectly married with the over-arching theme of the night. This was evident no more so then when a divine billowing dress in a deep aubergine colour made its way around the runway, its train flowing as if it had a mind of its own. It drew gasps and delight in equal measure from the crowd. Lady Melbourne said it perfectly in her blog piece on the night, that sometimes in group shows a particular designer just stands out, and on this occasion Grech seemed to own all the 'moments' the parade had to offer. This couldn't be more true. 
Other designers on the night included Aurelio Costarella, Michael Lo Sordo, Dom Bagnato, Gwendolynne, Nicolangela and Anaessia. 

Dom Bagnato sent a collection of beautifully crafted suits down the runway in a mixture of blues, pinks and blacks. Launched in 1984, the brand was set up by the son of immigrant parents, who possessed impeccable style and talent. Now part of the MSFW advisory board, Dom Bagnato's brand is a perfect representation of Melbourne fashion, possessing individuality, excellent craftsmanship and top notch quality. Along with GRECH, Bagnto is a brand that reinforces Melbourne fashion credentials as Australia's fashion capital. 

An excellent night and a superb way to awaken Melbourne Spring Fashion Week for 2014. 


*Wintour&Guinness was a guest of Melbourne Spring Fashion Week.


The third issue of Miss Vogue is now on sale and editor Alice Cavanagh has curated a selection of the trends to try, names to know and advice you need in a fantasy and fairytale themed issue. British model Georgia May Jagger is the cover star this time around and is joined within the issue by the likes of Lykke Li, Zoe Kravitz, Jack Kilmer and Willow Smith. Make sure to grab your copy. 

Friday, August 29, 2014


I hadn't been feeling too well over the last week or two so I happened to miss the Paul Smith event last week, in which the brand celebrated the 100th anniversary of Hans J. Wegner's iconic furniture through a collection using textiles designed by Paul Smith in collaboration with Maharam. So when the invite came through to attend the introduction of the autumn winter 2014 collections in association with 10 & 10 Men magazine – Oh no, I wasn't going to miss out on this one.

Starting the night with a cocktail at the exclusive Gogo Bar, located under the equally exclusive Chin Chin on Flinders Lane - I moved onto the Paul Smith store just as things were starting to take off. The store is located at 120 Collins Street and is for me, the most impressive retail space in the CBD. Residing in a heritage-listed building, with original features such as Gothic windows, incredible fireplaces and lead lined stained glass windows. It’s a classic; luxurious setting that befits the stature of Smith’s highly regarded label.

The event was being held in association with 10 & 10 Men magazine and both Editor Alison Veness and Associate Editor Rebecca Khoury were dotted around the store speaking to guests throughout the night, before Veness presented a selection of both the women’s and men’s autumn winter 2014 collections. The event couldn't have taken place at a better time as Veness had just published Issue Four of both 10 & 10 Men with the likes of Iggy Azalea and Iana Godnia gracing multiple covers. 

Guest were greeted with drinks and nibbles on arrival and encouraged to look around the ground floor of the building. I immediately made my way to the shoe section to look through the vast selection of boots, shoes, sneakers and accessories on display. My eyes instantly caught the attention of a sky blue business folio bag sitting atop a beautiful heritage fireplace. Made in Spain, this folio features a navy jacquard spot lining with internal slip and zip fastening pockets, finished with chunky gold-tone hardware and raised gold-tone Paul Smith signature. It was a standout piece for me on the night along with a pair of tan leather brogues with marbled soles.

Veness began her presentation by explaining that the entire collection was inspired by legendary rock star Jim Morrison, but for me it also had a lovely Parisian feel to it. Back when Smith presented the collection in January, he cited the importance of relaxing the silhouette. So the coats drape like dressing gowns, the trousers are as loose as pyjama bottoms and the jackets neglect to nip the waist. Ten outfits were chosen from the collection by the 10 editorial team, including a Black Music Note Jacquard Epsom Coat, a slim fit sheepskin leather jacket and a beautiful music note print sweatshirt. 

Guests on the night included the likes of Designer Gary Theodore, Karen Webster (Deputy Head of Fashion and Textiles at RMIT University) and Juilan Burak of A Good Man Styling - along with the rest of us enjoyed music from Western Australian performer Albert Salt. In 2011, Salt was announced as a Triple J Unearthed High Finalist and since then he has continued to work his way up and through the crowded Australian music industry and possesses the charm and charisma of a modern day Jagger. His aesthetic and sound married perfectly with the core brand values of Paul Smith and it was a pleasure to watch such a rising star perform. 

As Veness stated in her piece on the 10 magazine website, the only thing missing on the night was Mr. Smith himself but they're working on it for next time and believe me, if they're successful that will be one hell of a party. 

Just as the crowd started to really get into the spirit of things, I dashed off into the night making my way to St. Kilda to meet some friends for a dinner - mentally dressing myself up in all the delicious pieces I had seen throughout the night. Its a dangerous thing that the agency I work at is only around the corner and payday is approaching. 

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