ALEXACHUNG's Second Collection PROM GONE WRONG launched

Following the outstanding success of the ALEXACHUNG debut in May, this August the brand will reveal over 100 pieces from its new collection consisting of RTW, shoes and jewellery.

“PROM GONE WRONG is the moment of disaster. When something terrible happens and it happens in slow motion or you suddenly you have heightened senses or awareness.” – Alexa Chung, Creative Director ALEXACHUNG.

The mood of the collection draws inspiration from both the beauty of Wuthering Heights and Stephen King’s 1973 novel Carrie, a story centered on the idea of revenge, torment and the power to hurt and horrify. Prom Gone Wrong is built upon the juxtaposition of something terrible happening and your perfect moment combined.

Alexa commented “I was looking at debutante ball images and Tatler parties in the eighties- silks, taffetas and ballerina skirts. Pretty much your prettiest moment so elegant and feminine and then you’ve got crappy old socks on or an ambulance blanket wrapped around you”. Expanding on the idea of a Cinderella moment when at the stroke of midnight your perfect party dress dissolves into tragedy.

The collection comprises of feminine design details such as fitted frills, floral embroidery work and shoulder bows contrasted with masculine tailoring, varsity jacket combinations with oversized sweaters.

Fabric choices reinforces the contrast between masculine vs feminine with crushed satins, daisy embroidered velvet, georgette gingham and taffeta mixed in with casual plaid wools and sweatshirt jersey, creating an alluring combination of prim and rock n roll, where frivolous party pieces interact with grown up tailoring and classic silhouettes.

Hero pieces from the collection include a velvet tuxedo suit embroidered with colourful daisies, a satin mesh waisted maxi dress, a floral sequin embroidered tunic dress and trouser combination in crushed velvet, ballerina dresses and a rainbow striped tracksuit.

The heartbreak of the collection is echoed in graphic tees emblazed with slogans such as ‘Lonely Hearts Club’ and ‘Boy Crazy’ whereas the varsity jacket, a Classic American high school staple is reworked in 70s corduroy, capturing the youth and nostalgia of the collection.

Price range from slogan tees at £75 – to oversized trench coats at £780 instantly available to purchase at over 60 leading global retailers including Colette, Galeries Lafayette, Mytheresa, Boutqiue 1, Tsum, Matches, Selfridges and Net-a-porter as well as the brands own e-commerce site ALEXACHUNG.COM


JAN LOGAN x Romance Was Born: Introducing 'Cosmic Daze'

Australian luxury jewellery brand JAN LOGAN is delighted to announce the launch of ‘Cosmic Daze’, a capsule collection of fine earrings designed in collaboration with Romance was Born.

Inspired by the design duo’s Resort 2018 collection, aptly titled ‘Electro Orchid’, the limited edition pieces compliment the creative aesthetic of both brands and their shared vision for producing beautiful pieces of adornment that make women feel empowered.

“Much the same as JAN LOGAN, Romance Was Born are bold and brave in how they design and have a very true sense of who that woman is,” says Logan. “Working with inspiring Australian creative talent, has always been something that we have welcomed and fostered at JAN LOGAN and we are delighted to partner with Anna and Luke on a collection that embodies that sense of spirit and strength.”

Comprising of a carefully curated selection of Earrings, the collection features both every day and statement fine jewellery pieces set in gold, combining lustrous pearls with strong vibrant precious stones of Amazonite and Turquoise.

On the design process itself, Roselee Modica, Head Designer for JAN LOGAN adds, “It really was a collaboration between both design teams. We started with the Electro Orchid brief, as a basis and from there, worked with Romance Was Born to create a collection with embodied the strength and modern energy of both brands. From concept to creation, all pieces were sketched, designed and hand-made here in Sydney by our JAN LOGAN in-house jewellers.”

A proud and continued supporter of the Australian fashion industry, having previously collaborated with the likes of Colette Dinnigan, Akira Isogawa and Easton Pearson, the JAN LOGAN x Romance Was Born partnership, although somewhat unexpected, is a natural fit for Modica given the woman who it embodies.

“This collection is for the woman who dares to dream and embrace life,” she says. “You cannot put that sense of sprit down to a particular customer of a certain age. For almost 30 years we have continued to design with this in mind. It’s not so much the piece but how it makes you feel. Who you become. It is for every woman who wants to feel empowered and be regarded as an icon.”

Source: Jan Logan 

Qantas and Emirates to extend partnership

Qantas and Emirates will apply to extend their cornerstone partnership for another five years, making changes to reflect customer demand, new aircraft technology and each airline’s respective network strengths.

These changes will deliver additional benefits to the eight million passengers who have travelled more than 65 billion kilometres on the combined network since 2013, increasing customer choice as well as frequent flyer earn and redeem opportunities.

The adjustments announced today will also deliver financial upside to both airlines, with Qantas annualised net benefit estimated at more than $80 million from FY19 onwards.

Meeting in Sydney to finalise the extension, both airlines agreed the first five years of the partnership had lived up to the promise of serving their customers better, together. Changes to the joint network are designed to reinforce this for the next five years.

The key change will see the airlines better leveraging each other’s networks, by providing three options to Europe – via Dubai, Perth and Singapore.

Qantas will re-route its daily Sydney-London A380 service via Singapore rather than Dubai and upgrade its existing daily Melbourne-Singapore flight from an A330 to an A380.  As previously announced, Qantas’ existing Melbourne-Dubai-London service will be replaced with its Dreamliner service flying Melbourne-Perth-London.

Customer demand for flights between Australia and Dubai will remain well served by the 77 weekly services that Emirates operates from five cities – Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney – including seven daily A380 flights. Qantas passengers will still be able to fly on Emirates to Dubai, where they have access to over 60 onward connections on Emirates to Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Source: Qantas

Napoleon Perdis 25th Birthday & Surry Hills Launch

Napoleon Perdis has launched his new Surry Hills store and celebrated 25 years of the brand with a massive cake in the shape of his iconic Primer.  The new store will be one of the first to fully express Napoleon’s support for gender and marriage equality and diversity – following his viral speech at the Prix de marie claire Awards.

The event saw key guests including Krissy Marsh and Nicole O’Neil from the Real Housewives of Sydney, Celeb Richard Reid and even a Drag Queen, Drag King and Leatherman to top it off.

Source: Napolean Perdis

Collette Dinnigan launches her first kids eyewear collection for Specsavers

Specsavers and Collette Dinnigan are excited to announce ‘Spirited’ – Collette’s first ever eyewear collection for kids, exclusive to Specsavers and available in stores from 14th September. The range is made for girls who like to march to the beat of their own drum, and is designed to encourage kids to have confidence in their style and wear their glasses with pride.

The collection is made up of seven ophthalmic frames, and features playful patterns that let the wearer stand out from the crowd, including checkerboard prints, jumbled spots and flower motifs that decorate the arms of cat’s eye and bold-fronted frames. Timeless shapes are subtly refashioned with delicately arched brow lines, sweeping silhouettes and keyhole bridges.

Collette, who was recently awarded an Order of Australia honour for her distinguished service to the fashion industry says, “I’m really proud of my new eyewear range for children. When designing this special collection, I was thinking about petite profiles, yet wanted to make sure the range was versatile enough to fit a variety of face shapes. Most of all, I wanted to make sure the young wearer would be excited to wear their glasses with pride – whether it be at home, in the classroom, or in the playground,” says Collette.

“Every care has been taken in the design stages to deliver a quality product so the wearer can focus on the important things in life without their glasses letting them down.” Collette adds.

The range includes elements of Collette’s signature aesthetic, refashioned with children in mind. All pieces have been crafted from high quality materials with a strong attention to detail. Design features include on trend crystal acetates in tinted pink and red tones and with a signature star temple tip on each frame, the range offers unique styles in a bright colour palette.

From Specsavers’ perspective, the latest collaboration with Collette is a timely reminder to parents that all children should have an eye test at least once every two years. Research1 has found that almost half of Australian parents are not taking their child to have their first eye test by the time they are eight, as recommended by Specsavers optometrists. After eight can be too late to prevent some long term eye conditions, such as a squint or a lazy eye.

Juan Carlos Camargo, Specsavers’ Head of Frames says, “The team at Specsavers loved working on this new range with Collette. The frames are so fun and colourful, and we think our youngest customers will be very pleased with the new collection.”

“We saw a gap in the market when parents and young spec wearers were calling out to see more stylish and unique frames in the younger age bracket. I believe the Collette Dinnigan kids eyewear range truly responds to what our customers have been looking for and I’m excited to see the response when the frames become available in stores.”

The new Collette Dinnigan eyewear range for kids will launch in Specsavers’ stores nationally on Thursday September 14th 2017 and is priced from $199 for two pairs single vision.

Source: Specsavers