Myer Signs Three Year Partnership with Mardi Gras as the Exclusive Fashion and Retail Partner

Myer has signed a three year deal as the exclusive fashion and retail partner and major sponsor of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.

Myer CEO Richard Umbers and Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras CEO Terese Casu announced the partnership today in Myer’s Sydney City Store, alongside Australian designer and marriage equality advocate, Jayson Brunsdon, and local Mardi Gras performers and dancers.

As the fashion and retail partner of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, Myer will stand together with leading Australian businesses to showcase their commitment to diversity and inclusion in the workplace and broader community.

Richard Umbers, Myer Chief Executive Officer, said:

“Myer is delighted to announce our partnership as the major sponsor, and fashion and retail partner of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. This partnership is about being a positive voice for diversity and inclusion, and reflects the views of many of our team members who work across the business.”

Terese Casu, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras CEO, said:

“We are delighted to have Myer as the exclusive fashion and retail partner of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. This Festival we celebrate all the amazing activists and leaders who have fought tirelessly for our rights over the last four decades. We also invite and welcome our new friends, such as Myer, to join the festivities to celebrate 40 years of fabulousness.”


The inaugural MAAS Centre for Fashion Ball

The Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS) has launched the inaugural MAAS Centre for Fashion Ball.

The event was a celebration of the Australian fashion industry presented in partnership with NET-A-PORTER and MR PORTER, co-hosted by MAAS Director and CEO Dolla Merrillees, together with Edwina McCann and Kellie Hush, Co-Chairs of the Australian Fashion Chamber. Olie Arnold, MR PORTER Style Director attended the event on behalf of presenting partners MR PORTER and NET-A-PORTER.

The MAAS Ball fundraised for the Australian Fashion Fund, a Centre for Fashion initiative that secures acquisitions of Australian fashion to strengthen the Museum’s collection for future generations.

Master of Ceremonies for the night included presenter Sylvia Jeffreys along with Jordan and Zac Stenmark.

A menu of sophisticated canapes, Salade Nicoise and a total of 264 perfectly cooked grilled Cape Grim sirloin steaks was created by Merivale chef John Wilson in collaboration with Fred’s head chef Danielle Alvarez, and expertly paired with Bird in Hand wines.

Throughout the evening, the drinks kept flowing from Moët & Chandon, with Grey Goose vodka providing an array of cocktails.

Speeches on the night were presented by Dolla Merrillees, Olie Arnold, The Hon Julie Bishop, Minister Harwin, Edwina McCann and Kellie Hush, all introduced by MCs Sylvia Jeffreys and Jordan and Zac Stenmark.

Entertainment was provided by The Presets along with DJs Alice Q and Barney Hodgeson.

International stars Cat McNeil, Catherine Baba and Leonie Hanne of Ohh Couture flew into town especially for the event, courtesy of partner Etihad. Guests walked the 12 metre black carpet flanked by a Bentley.


Australian travel news: The Byron at Byron Resort & Spa

The Byron at Byron Resort & Spa has undergone a six week renovation transforming the Resort restaurant, bar and central facilities into a key destination for 2018.

Joining forces to transform the reimagined destination, The Byron at Byron appointed leading interior designers Luchetti Krelle and one of Australia’s most recognised chefs, Executive Chef Matthew Kemp to take the Resort to new heights.

Lyn Parche, General Manager, The Byron at Byron comments;

“The concept of the refurbishment was to personify the well-travelled Australian and to bring a more residential quality to the resort’s hub. This stunning refurbishment and refined kitchen direction, teamed with our uniquely intuitive service will ensure The Byron at Byron remains at the forefront of Resort accommodation in Australia.”

Newly appointed Executive Chef, Matthew Kemp will serve up a crafted menu that will be continuously evolving at The Restaurant. The thoughtful menu will reflect the region, seasons and the climate of Byron Bay. Kemp fuses European Cuisine and Asian flavours in his own individual way.

Matthew Kemp, Executive Chef, The Byron at Byron says;

“We will be concentrating on flavours that are beautiful, light, healthy and fragrant to create a cuisine unique to the Resort and Byron Bay. Using the finest local produce we will create an elegant and sophisticated experience focusing on inspiring flavour combinations.”

Highlight features of the restaurant and central facilities include a new statement copper island bar gracing the restaurant whilst servicing the verandah and conference guests, a monumental sandstone reception desk that will greet guests upon entry and a stunningly appointed flagstone breezeway, perfect to while the afternoon away.

True luxury defies definition. It doesn’t shout – it whispers. As discerning travellers know, ultimate luxury bathes the soul and engages all the senses, releasing you from the busy real world to an oasis of absolute ease. It’s both refined and grounded; the perfect blend of intuitive service, meticulous detail and extraordinary natural surroundings. This is the luxury you will discover at The Byron at Byron.

The 18-hectare rainforest setting is so pristine and serene, it’s hard to believe its home to an all-suite resort. But dotted amid the ferns and palms, you’ll find 91 sumptuous, entirely self-contained private sanctuaries, a multi-award winning day spa and a world-class restaurant. And at the heart of it all, a sparkling infinity pool, made for contemplating nature’s wonders while sinking back on a daybed, with an expertly crafted cocktail in hand.

Learn more here: thebyronatbyron.com.au


BALLY SS18 Advertising Campaign Unveiled

Bally’s authenticity and quiet confidence shines through its retro-chic Spring Summer 18 campaign.

Marking a reset, the campaign presents a refined sportswear aesthetic and consistent brand message which brings back the DNA of this characterful, luxury brand.

The result is a powerful campaign, in which Bally’s authentic heritage and contemporary product speaks for itself. Featuring Australian born Charlee Fraser and debuting French-Canadian Marc-Andre Turgeon, the campaign opens up a new episode of storytelling which recalls Bally’s past recognition among urban street culture of the early 1980s. Relaxed poses dream up a subtle narrative of everyday existence. Stripped walls, scarce belongings and sparse furniture recall a carefree lifestyle from a previous era.

Shot in an empty London house, the campaign is art directed by Ben Kelway and captured by American photographer Colin Dodgson, with styling by longtime collaborator Jonathan Kaye.


Save up your Euro: One very special trip to the French Pyrenees is coming up – take a read as it is an open to all trip

  • You will be welcomed and collected at the Lourdes airport / train station
  • Drive to Le Belvedere – relax, unpack and begin to unwind
  • A light lunch followed by champagne cocktails early evening – meet with Australia’s most famous hairdresser Joh Bailey
  • Late afternoon stroll through the small village of Salles-Argeles – drink in the atmosphere of this small historic village in the heart of the Pyrenean countryside.
  • Candlelit dinner on the Terrace (weather permitting)

  • Breakfast followed by a gentle morning walk for those who wish to partake in some morning exercise
  • Individual hair styling – cut and styling with Joh
  • Spend the day pampered at the thermal spa enjoying a selection of treatments, massages and the healing spa waters following in the famous footsteps of Kings and Queens where encounters are intense as the purity of the air and where the body is cared for by the benefits of the thermal springs but also the spirit with a wonder at all times.
  • Champagne cocktails on the balcony
  • Dinner at a local French restaurant

  • Breakfast followed by a gentle morning walk for those who wish to partake in some morning exercise
  • Individual hair styling – cut and styling with Joh
  • Spend the day pampered at the thermal spa enjoying a selection of treatments, massages and the healing spa waters following in the famous footsteps of Kings and Queens where encounters are intense as the purity of the air and where the body is cared for by the benefits of the thermal springs but also the spirit with a wonder at all times.
  • Champagne cocktails on the balcony followed by dinner “Pyrenees Le Brasero” on the terrace

  • Breakfast followed by a gentle morning walk for those who wish to partake in some morning exercise
  • Hair by Joh Bailey
  • Be prepared to experience emotions that only nature can evoke. We head to a group of natural cirques in rare perfection. Gavarnie is the most famous and spectacular. It is unique in the whole world – and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Return to Le Belvedere for an aperitif and chitchat followed by dinner prepared by Joh on the Terrace

  • Breakfast followed by a gentle morning walk for those who wish to partake in some morning exercise
  • Hair by Joh Bailey
  • Visit to the famous and one of the oldest farmers markets in the region in Argeles Gazost. This market is 200 years old, select and try local sheep and cow cheeses, charcuterie, local fois gras, goats cheese, honey or just wander the market place and small village of Argeles. Afterwards a picnic lunch at Le Belvedere or if weather permitting Lac D’estang in the mountains.
  • Champagne cocktails on the terrace
  • Dinner – Restaurant Les Caliberos
  • Firelight drinks and highlights of the week in the Grand Salon

  • Breakfast followed by a gentle morning walk for those who wish to partake in some morning exercise
  • Hair by Joh Bailey
  • Full day shopping and styling with Joh and Melissa in the famous Pyrenean village Pau with a visit to one of our best local antique dealers. Styling with beauty and fashion editor (News.com) social influencer Melissa Hoyer – exclusive fashion labels with styling experience from a Melissa and Joh at all price points. Learn how to dress to impress by mixing haute couture to cheap chic. Aperitifs on the balcony at Le Belvedere followed by a more formal dinner on the Terrace (weather permitting). Afterwards relaxing in the Grand Salon with a red wine by the magnificent fireplace or on the terrace with the magnificent view of the Pyrenees

  • Breakfast followed by a gentle morning walk for those who wish to partake in some morning exercise
  • Late morning visit to the famous village of Lourdes where thousands of people come from all over the world to visit this town where in 1858 the young shepherdess Bernadette, “met” the Virgin Mary, in a small cave next to the Gave de Pau. Visitors rush to the Sanctuaries, stroke the wall of the grotto and drink from the water source that Bernadette brought forth from the very rock where she saw the apparitions.
  • Lunch in Lourdes
  • Afterward return to the house for a final styling and relaxing afternoon with Melissa and Joh.
  • Formal dinner in the dining room and afterwards relaxing in the Grand Salon with a red wine by the magnificent fireplace or just soaking up the view of the Pyrenees from the house.

  • Breakfast followed by a gentle morning walk for those who wish to partake in some morning exercise
  • Pack-up and goodbye
  • Transport to airport / train