Baillie Lodges Reinvents an Icon as Longitude 131° Reopens at Uluru-Kata Tjuta

Baillie Lodges has launched a new era of Australian luxury lodging with the reopening of iconic outback camp Longitude 131° at Uluru-Kata Tjuta, following a multi-million dollar refurbishment.

Revealed in August 2017, the new-look Longitude 131° includes the addition of a new premium suite, the Dune Pavilion, and features revolutionary upgrades to the property’s guest areas – including the Dune House, swimming pool, new Dune Top and the property’s first dedicated spa – creating a more relaxed and sophisticated experience of Australia’s spectacular Red Centre.

The ultimate in outback luxury, the new Dune Pavilion is Australia’s only accommodation to offer views of both World Heritage-listed natural icons Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuta (The Olgas). A modern take on the Australian homestead, the Dune Pavilion is considered the star of the luxury desert camp.

Guest lounging and dining at Longitude 131° has been elevated to new levels of contemporary luxury. Arrival is via a dramatic new entrance, revealing Uluru through floor-to-ceiling glass in the guest hub, the Dune House, which also includes a light-filled reception, a convivial bar, lounge, restaurant and expanded outdoor terrace. Vibrant ceramics and artworks from nearby Indigenous communities feature throughout, rich in colour and textures and offering a cultural connection with the land’s Traditional Owners.

The bar features more than 500 hand-painted tiles featuring desert spinifex, commissioned from a group of nineteen artists from Ernabella Arts Community in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands. Spa Kinara (meaning ‘moon’) features two retreats – or wiltja – and offers a menu of signature treatments using the Australian LI’TYA spa care range and locally-sourced natural beauty products like Salted Emu Bush, Spa Kinara is a spiritual desert sanctuary.

Guests at Longitude 131° drink in views of both Uluru and Kata Tjuta from the elevated Dune Top, a glamorous open air venue ideal for sunset drinks and canapés, a dip in the plunge pool and intimate starlit dining. Daybeds and a ‘help-yourself’ bar have been added to the pool area, and the renowned outdoor dining experience Table 131° has been remodelled to include a captivating central campfire and dining configured for both couples and friends.

The clever redesign is the result of a collaboration between architects Max Pritchard Gunner – the team behind Baillie Lodges’ award-winning Southern Ocean Lodge on Kangaroo Island – and owners James and Hayley Baillie, who bring together a family of Australia’s forefront custom designers and curated international elements to create a stylish, contemporary vibe at the property.

Baillie Lodges James Baillie said the new features at Longitude 131° elevated the guest experience of Uluru-Kata Tjuta to a new standard of world-class experiential luxury.

‘We’re thrilled to reveal the new design at Longitude 131°, and believe it will revolutionise the way our guests experience the outback heart of Australia. We consider the new-look Longitude 131° to be the reinvention of an Australian icon,” Mr Baillie said.

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Qantas and Bird & Knoll beach sarong collaboration

One Qantas passenger has had their personal holiday snap turned into a limited-edition beach sarong as part of a collaboration between Qantas and luxury Australian scarf designers Bird & Knoll.

The 2017 “Sunny Days” beach sarong features a colourful vignette of Whitehaven Beach in the Whitsundays, Queensland. It has been beautifully captured by Qantas customer @kassgunther, winner of the Qantas and Bird & Knoll travel image competition on Instagram, which encouraged applicants to submit an image of their favourite Qantas holiday destination.

It’s the third year in a row that Qantas and Bird & Knoll have worked together to combine fashion and travel. The first collaboration debuted in 2015 with the “Feels Like Home” scarf inspired by Qantas Trend Consultant Jessica Hart’s hometown of Melbourne, followed by a series of silk scarves last year featuring four Qantas destinations photographed by Qantas travellers.

Bird & Knoll co-founder and photographer Natalie Knoll is thrilled to continue her brand’s collaboration with Qantas.

“We love working with Qantas and their customers from such a creative platform – providing the unique opportunity to have an Instagram holiday snap transformed into wearable art. I’m sure the ‘Sunny Days’ sarong will become a luxury vacation packing staple,” said Ms Knoll.

Made from a luxuriously soft blend of cotton and linen, with dual tone black and white tassel trim details on each end, the Qantas and Bird & Knoll “Sunny Days” beach sarong will be available for purchase at www.qantasshop.com.au, and Birdandknoll.com for $152.

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Heidi Klum Fronts Lingerie Campaign For Eponymous Label

Creative Director and Designer Heidi Klum stars in the latest campaign for Heidi Klum Intimates. Marking the brand’s sixth season, the campaign was shot in Santa Monica, California, by Emmy Award-nominated director and esteemed photographer, Francesco Carrozzini.

“As a Creative Director and Designer, I want to create lingerie that makes every woman feel comfortable in her skin, for day and night and all the fun stuff in between,” said Klum.

“Sexy is about keeping it simple and letting your natural beauty show through. This season’s campaign was shot on a gorgeous back drop of flowers that adds to the romantic feel of the collection. Francesco knows how to take my ideas and turn them into timeless photos. Shooting on a flower bed was the perfect backdrop for our new campaign,” said Klum.

“This season is filled with delicate laces and deep colors that looked gorgeous amongst the fresh flowers. The fragrance of the florals also filled the room and added to the romantic ambiance.”

Ranging from $35 – $200, the line includes balconette and underwire bras with matching bikini and thong briefs, slip dresses, bodysuits and contouring styles. Maternity bras and extended sizing is also offered for maximum functionality and comfort.

The collection is available in over 1,800 retail locations worldwide and online at heidiklumintimates.com.au

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MYER and Jennifer Hawkins unveil spring/summer fashion in Sydney

Sydney certainly turned on the best weather to showcase the latest fashion collections from Myer for the coming season. The retailer, with Jen Hawkins opening and closing the show, took over an extraordinary, concrete-clad, minimal house, overlooking South Coogee and showcased the collections of its leading designers including Alex Perry and Yeojin Bae. The fast-paced show, with a backdrop of the most exquisite bluest of blue days certainly made for the perfect photo opps.

Myer continues to evolve our seasonal launches and push the boundaries with exciting, innovative and dynamic events and experiences that delight and inspire our audiences. For the first time we were thrilled to host two events to launch the new season – a day event at a spectacular private house in Coogee and a night event at the iconic, Bronte Surf Life Saving Club.

The Myer story is the story of Australia and through our campaign titled ‘Australia Lives Here’ we were proud to showcase the new season collections from some of Australia’s best designers including Alex Perry, Maticevski, We Are Kindred and Acler. We were equally proud to be have brought some of the best international brands to Australian shores including The Kooples, Roksanda and Vilshenko.

The day event saw The Face of Myer, Jennifer Hawkins and special guest models, Aleyna FitzGerald, Elyse Taylor and Chantal Monaghan, take to the runway to launch 13 of Myer’s leading Australian and international designers in an exclusive and intimate daytime parade.

The event was held at a private house situated on the elusive cliffs of Coogee Beach for 100 of Australia’s most influential fashion identities and celebrities. Jennifer opened the parade, meandering through the dramatic minimalist house in a show stopping structural navy and white gown by Alex Perry, as remixes by Sydney DJ, Touch Sensitive echoed throughout the corridors.

Guests sat dispersed throughout the spectacular residence, wowed by the all-encompassing stark rawness of colossal cement pillars and super scaled glass windows. In an all-Australian designer finale with Jennifer in Maticevski, models fell into a single file formation, cascading through the house as gigantic mirrors beamed natural light reflections in every direction of the Coogee ocean, thrashing into the cliff walls.

The styling of the daytime parade by fashion director, Trevor Stones, presented a dramatic and sophisticated high fashion start to the season for Myer, showcasing a mix of floaty romantic lightness, luxe sculptural pieces and sharp modern designs.

Collections from Morrison, sass&bide and new Myer designers We Are Kindred and Vilshenko exhibited the first signs of the season, featuring a burst of spring elegance with soft prints and romantic, floaty shapes. The elevated tone continued, with lush satins in colours of the season, blush and vintage rose, from Roksanda and dramatic sculptural embellished pieces from Maticevski, whilst Alex Perry, Acler and new brand to Myer, Anna Quan, showcased sharp, masculine tailoring.

Complementing the fashion was a refined hair and beauty look created by Lancȏme and KEVIN.MURPHY, featuring a fresh spring feel with effortless glowing skin, a pop of fuchsia and red on the lip, paired with luminous tight, slicked hair.

Guests were treated to a roaming canapé three course lunch prepared by renowned Sydney boutique caterer, Cook & Waiter. The menu was filled with light and flavoursome bites, taking inspiration from the ocean surroundings, with smoked dashi custard in sea urchin shell, prawn ceviche and Sydney rock oysters paired with a chocolate hazelnut rocher. Fashion’s most prominent crowd sipped on Mumm champagne. The afternoon was capped off with a refreshing activated charcoal black cosmopolitan and cocktails by Vantage Australia, Australia’s first spirit.

Moving into the night, Myer continued to celebrate the Australian summer, hosting a second event, the Myer Spring 17 Social at Bronte Surf Life Saving Club for 250 fashion and digital influencers. Guests made their way down to the moonlit Bronte sand, as Myer transformed Australia’s oldest surf lifesaving club into a nostalgic social, reminiscent of the endless summer days of 1970’s Australia.

30 models and dancers, dressed in 20 of Myer’s most exciting contemporary brands, broke into three separate spontaneous dance moments, choreographed by Marko Panzic. Live performances by Australian electronic music duo, Peking Duk had Sydney’s social set on their feet, while many captured their own retro social moment, as they posed in a colourful vintage telephone installation, created with original Australian payphones.

Fashion director, Teagan Sewell styled three energetic fashion moments, evoking both the spirit of modern Australian design and nostalgia of teenage days. The 1960’s swim moment featured high waisted bright, tropical prints and crochet bikinis from Cozi, Stella McCartney and Seafolly.

The 1970’s inspired a denim trend moment, where vintage was made new again with high waisted, ripped and re-done denim shorts, jeans and jackets from classic brands such as Levi’s and Lee, mixed with more contemporary designs by Steele, Scotch & Soda and Êtré Cecile.

The evenings final trend moment saw 1980’s power blazer dresses by Misha Collection and Mossman, slogan tees from Skin & Threads and playful party dresses from Talulah contrasted with the grunge of the 1990’s party scene with gingham and leather designs by Cue and bustier dresses in sheer fabric by Asilio.

Unifying the fashion were the beauty looks created by Lancȏme and KEVIN.MURPHY celebrating individual trend movements throughout the decades. 1960’s fringes and winged eyeliner, the bouncy hair waves of 1970’s, bright lips, cheeks and crimped hair of the 1980’s decade and the classic 1990’s un-done grunge look with dark lips were all on display.

Fashion’s social faces delved into a range of quintessential Australian food with a twist, presented by Cook & Waiter. The Myer Spring Social 17 Kiosk served salt and vinegar chips, Vegemite glazed eschalot tart, beer battered flathead and Aussie beef pies, paired with cult favourites, lamingtons and mini Paddle Pop ice creams. Guests topped off the night with range of vintage cocktails with a fresh take, including Frosty Fruit granita, Ginger Snaps and classic Vantage and soda.

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Montana Cox launches Neutrogena Visibly Clear Light Therapy Acne Mask

Top model and Neutrogena ambassador, Montana Cox, unveiled the Neutrogena® Visibly Clear™ Light Therapy Acne Mask to over 80 VIP guests at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney. The revolutionary new product is a wearable LED device that delivers red and blue wavelengths into the skin at the speed of light to disrupt the acne cycle, with results after just one week.

“I was so excited when I first had the opportunity to try this new product from Neutrogena. In my line of work, it’s important to have clear and healthy looking skin. The Neutrogena® Visibly Clear™ Light Therapy Acne Mask is so easy to use and helps me fight off breakouts and mild acne – because it only takes ten minutes, it fits in perfectly to a busy schedule like mine!”, says Montana.

The mask is the latest example of the brand ® challenging the status quo to create innovations that redefine entire categories within the skincare industry—answering the needs of women and men around the world.

“The mask is a wearable device that uses both red and blue light simultaneously to treat mild to moderate acne in easy, 10-minute sessions per day,” says Keshan Gunasingh, Director, Research and Development, Global Face, Johnson & Johnson. “The blue light kills bacteria while the red light reduces the inflammation linked to acne—all at the push of a button.”

LED therapy has been an effective in-clinic treatment for years, but it has mainly been available to those who have the time and resources for a series of appointments. The Neutrogena® Visibly Clear™ Light Therapy Acne Mask uses the same technology offered by dermatologists at a lower energy level that’s simple enough to use at home for a fraction of the price.

“Acne is a very common condition that affects more than just the skin – it can be a daily struggle for many teenagers and adults. LED therapy has been used by dermatologists for many years to treat acne.

It works by gently penetrating the skin and targeting acne-causing bacteria and reducing inflammation,” says dermatologist Dr Eleni Yiasemides. “LED therapy can lead to clearer skin with less inflammation and fewer acne lesions and thereby improve a person’s confidence and self-esteem.”

A multi-centre clinical study of the Neutrogena® Visibly Clear™ Light Therapy Acne Mask, performed on 52 subjects with mild to moderate acne, found that 80 percent of subjects showed fewer breakouts after just one week of daily treatments. And results continued to improve over time: after 12 weeks, 98 percent had fewer breakouts and 94 percent had smoother skin.

Once only available in dermatologists’ clinics, LED therapy is a one-step acne treatment for your face that treats acne by reducing the existing inflamed breakouts and targeting spots before they appear.

The research also showed that that the mask doesn’t just make users look better, it can make them feel better, too. In the same clinical study, 76 percent of users said that they had higher self-esteem after 12 weeks of daily sessions wearing the mask, with 69 percent reporting that they felt more comfortable interacting with others. All in all, 78 percent of the study subjects agreed that using the mask had improved their overall acne-related quality of life.

“For decades, Neutrogena® has been at the forefront of acne-fighting innovation,” says Belinda Driscoll, Marketing Director, Johnson & Johnson Pacific. “With the debut of the mask, we’re taking in-home acne treatment to a new level with a 100% light-based solution.”

Source: Neutrogena