Puma x Cara Delevingne's new sneaker

PUMA collaborates with Cara Delevingne to launch an all-new women’s TSUGI Jun as part of Puma’s new SS18 collection. Fusing modernity, technology and traditions, the TUSGI Jun adds progressive flavour to the collection by bringing a new wave of comfort and aesthetic to sport-inspired streetwear.

More than just functionality, the TSUGI Jun boasts a minimal style in a beautifully feminine pink and white colour palette. The TSUGI’s signature side lacing system and unique ribbed tooling are kept intact for the women’s only silhouette. An engineered elastic ensures a secure heel lock down and the addition of premium leather panels on the sides provide mid foot support and enhanced stability.

RRP $170, available now in PUMA stores (Chatswood and Melbourne Central), www.puma.com.au and select retailers.
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Ruinart Sketch Club returns to the Museum of Contemporary Art

Led by Sydney artist Will French, this indulgent 2-hour sketching workshop is inspired by the Museum’s popular program Sundown Sketch Club, which books out months in advance. Using a diverse range of fine art materials, participants are invited to explore their creativity and have their hand at still life drawing, guided by personalised tips from Will French.

They also get to explore and play with a series of scents, fruits, flowers and spices all inspired by the delicate aromas of Ruinart Brut and Ruinart Rosé – such as cherries, berries, rose, or pomegranate. And as a toast to Ruinart’s long-standing relationship with the arts, they get to taste both Ruinart Brut and Ruinart Rosé, the indulgent expression of the Ruinart Taste, with chardonnay grapes mainly harvested from the Côte des Blancs and Montagne de Reims terroirs in the Champagne region.

Each event includes an olfactory challenge testing each participant’s sense of smell, with one lucky person going home with a bottle of Ruinart.

Beginners welcome – no prior sketching experienced required. Materials, drinks and cheese provided.

Ruinart Summer Sketch Club is on Wednesdays 21, 28 February, 14, 28 March & 11 April 2018, 7–8.45pm. Tickets: $69 ($55 for MCA Members and Concession). Booking essential.

For more information or to book online, visit mca.com.au.

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Simons Presented His Fall 2018 CALVIN KLEIN 205W39NYC Collection

Calvin Klein’s Chief Creative Officer, Raf Simons, has presented his Fall 2018 CALVIN KLEIN 205W39NYC runway show at the American Stock Exchange in New York City’s Financial District.

“This collection is an evolution of my idea of CALVIN KLEIN – of a view onto American society – but now wider, universal. It’s an allegory for a meeting of old worlds and new worlds, relating to the discovery of America, the 1960s Space Race, and the twenty-first century information age. Reflecting the notion of democracy, there is no cultural hierarchy: the mixes emancipate clothing and references from their meanings, from their own narratives, and collage them to discover something different – a different dream. More than anything else, this collection is about freedom. A word that defines America, and CALVIN KLEIN.” – Raf Simons, February 13, 2018

Titled LANDSCAPES, the Fall 2018 CALVIN KLEIN 205W39NYC show was staged in an epic and unreal terrain simultaneously recalling a cinematic soundstage. The backdrop draws on CALVIN KLEIN’S recent history, but reconfigured: fragments of Sterling Ruby’s installations for the brand appeared against parts of the nineteenth century prairie barn featured in the CALVIN KLEIN 205W39NYC Spring 2018 campaign; the barn walls are papered with billboard-scale images of the artworks by Andy Warhol used in the same collection; beside them, air-duct tubing emerges, an alien touch of the scientific or laboratorial. The floor is carpeted with deep drifts of popcorn: from a distance, it resembles snow.

The collection and venue showcased the ongoing and multi-level collaboration between CALVIN KLEIN and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Warner Bros.’ Looney Tunes characters Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner, originally shown as shorts in cinemas from 1949, are also featured on select garments. The latter recall childhood innocence, the all-important idea of American Youth, and they can also be seen as a parable of the pursuit of the American Dream.

Mr. Simons presented his Fall 2018 collection to an audience that included notable guests Nicole Kidman, Lupita Nyong’o, Isabelle Huppert, Margot Robbie, Millie Bobby Brown, A$AP Rocky, Laura Dern, Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Letitia Wright, Sebastian Stan, Bill Skarsgård, Lucas Hedges, Judith Light, Kyle MacLachlan, James Murphy, Sandy Brant, Cindy Sherman, Kelela, Dev Hynes, Christina Ricci, Harris Dickinson, Ashton Sanders, Alex Hibbert, Rowan Blanchard, Amandla Stenberg, Anya Taylor Joy, Rachel Brosnahan, Alfie Allen, Bernard Sumner, Dane DeHaan, Paris Jackson, Maya Hawke,  Jack Kilmer, Julia Garner, Sergei Polunin, Annabelle Sciorra, Valeria Bilello, Natasha Dupeyrón, Cindy Crawford, Rande Gerber, Karlie Kloss, Carolyn Murphy, Helena Christensen, Winnie Harlow, Jelly Lin, Jessica Jung, Camila Coelho, Helena Bordon, Brian Anderson, Helena Hauff, Richie Hawtin, and Clara3000, as well as key editors, stylists, retailers and influencers.

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Qantas Unveils Special Indigenous Aircraft Livery

Qantas has today unveiled a special livery honouring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians on its latest Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.

The new livery features the work of the late Northern Territory artist and senior Anmatyerre woman, Emily Kame Kngwarreye*. It is based on her 1991 painting, Yam Dreaming and has been adapted for the aircraft by leading Indigenous owned design studio Balarinji.

The artwork depicts the culturally significant yam plant, an important symbol in Emily’s Dreaming stories and a staple food source in her home region of Utopia, 230km north-east of Alice Springs. The aircraft itself will be named Emily Kame Kngwarreye in tribute to the artist.

Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce said the striking artwork is intended to encourage more people to explore the Indigenous elements that form part of ‘the Spirit of Australia’.

“As the national carrier we’re thrilled to showcase another piece of Indigenous culture on one of our aircraft, and to reiterate our ongoing commitment to reconciliation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.”

“It’s a beautiful, bold artwork and so we hope it catches people’s eye and sparks a conversation about our country’s dynamic Indigenous culture,” said Mr. Joyce.

For only the second time in Qantas’ history the iconic flying kangaroo on the aircraft has been changed to form part of the design, with the airline’s trademark red tail colour altered to match the earthy red tones and white dots of Emily’s artwork.

Managing Director of Balarinji Ros Moriarty said the design studio was honoured to continue its 20-year partnership with Qantas to support the place of Aboriginal design in Australia’s global identity.

“It’s been a privilege to work with the brilliant imagery of the late Emily Kame Kngwarreye to create the airline’s fifth iconic Indigenous flying art aircraft. Emily was an extraordinary artist who is revered around the world.

“Born in 1910, she began painting only in later life, completing more than 3000 exceptional works up until her death at 86 years of age. Her work embodies her cultural and spiritual connections to her country,” said Ms. Moriarty.

The aircraft will fly direct for approximately 15 hours from the Boeing factory in Seattle to touch down in Alice Springs on 2 March 2018 where it will be welcomed by Emily’s family.

Registered as VH-ZND, the aircraft will then fly to Sydney and Melbourne for crew familiarisation flights on Qantas’ domestic network before it enters service on international routes from late March. This is the fourth Dreamliner to enter the Qantas fleet, following the arrival of Great Southern LandWaltzing Matilda and Quokka.

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News from Aqua Expeditions

Guests booking Aqua Mekong cruises in 2018 being hosted by acclaimed Australian Chef, David Thompson, will be able to take advantage of 30% savings on normal cruise prices for these special June and August departures.

The 4-night cruises from Ho Chi Minh City to Phnom Penh from 22 – 26 June and 3 – 7 August will include exclusive hosted components with David, who has been Consulting Chef with Aqua Mekong since its inaugural cruise in October 2014, including:

  • Customised Market Tours – Travel with David to local markets to learn about locally grown and harvested ingredients, so essential to the freshness of Aqua Mekong’s dishes.
  • Master Cooking Class – Attend a cooking class or kitchen tour hosted by David as he walks guests through his secrets of recipe planning, preparation and execution.
  • Interactive Q&A with the Chef – Find out how the dynamic international food scene is transforming the way David designs his latest visions of culinary creativity.

Lead-in rate for the 4-night cruise is USD3780 representing a 30% saving on normal Aqua Mekong cruises of this duration.

Guests will experience the green Summer season and vibrant culture, history and cuisine of Southeast Asia aboard the sustainably crafted Aqua Mekong, a five-star floating hotel with 20 designer suites, featuring floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Mekong River, a 1:1 staff to guest ratio and twice daily shore excursions by high-powered skiff.

Aqua Mekong is the only ship on this stretch of the Mekong River to offer a fully-equipped gym, screening room, outdoor cinema, observation deck and an upper-deck pool.

Guests will dine on stunning dishes created by David Thompson and board the Mekong’s only private tenders for expert guided short excursions to serene Buddhist temples and stilted villages or exploration by bicycle and kayak.

For information and bookings, please contact your travel agent or Aqua Expeditions Australia on 1300 124 204 or reservations@aquaexpeditions.com.au

Having been named the 2016 Diners Club International’s Lifetime Achievement Award winner for Asia, David Thompson is a culinary artist who has established himself as a champion of authentic Thai cuisine and brought worldwide attention to Asian cooking.

David’s restaurants perennially earn Michelin stars and rank on ‘The World’s Best 50’ list, yet David arrived at such accolades for his Southeast Asian cuisine by accident.

An unexpected detour in his 1986 holiday plans left the Sydney native marooned in Bangkok where he discovered Thai food by “happy serendipity”.

The young chef began to study the Thai language as well as the diversity of the country’s cuisine, eventually finding his way to recipes in the Thai ‘books of the dead’ which became David’s most valuable resource and inspiration.

David returned home to achieve success in Sydney with the 1992 opening of Darley Street Thai and Sailors Thai three years later. The Australian chef was then asked by Singapore lifestyle and hospitality legend, Christina Ong, to create a Thai restaurant in her Halkin by COMO Hotel in London.

Nahm opened in London in 2001 and was awarded a Michelin star within six months – the first Michelin star for a Thai restaurant. Nine years later, David did what many critics considered audacious, bringing Nahm to Bangkok where he has developed a loyal following even among Thais, thanks in part to using only the finest quality Thai ingredients, including many straight from his own farm in Ratchaburi Province outside the Thai capital. His restaurant, Long Chim, has expanded to Singapore, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth, showcasing the spices and diversity of Thai street food.

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