Kendall Jenner: Face Of New Stuart Weitzman Campaign

Stuart Weitzman’s Fall 2019 Campaign SW Boot Camp continues with the debut of Scene II: #SWSTRENGTH starring global spokeswoman Kendall Jenner and featuring dance sensation Lil Buck. This installment follows the release of Scene I: #SWDANCE, which introduced the SW Boot Camp campaign and its concept of celebrating women making bold moves in their daily lives through dance. #SWSTRENGTH takes SW Boot Camp to the next level and continues the story of movement as a source of power through both a dynamic short film and commanding complementary images.


In this scene, dancer Lil Buck showcases his famously inventive style and brings his passion for creative movement forward, guiding Kendall Jenner through drill-inspired choreography. As the pair plays off each other, moving effortlessly and in complete synchronicity with one another, they both wear fall’s breakout style, the MCKENZEE combat boot. “I love the concept of SW Boot Camp,” says campaign star Kendall Jenner. “Fall really is the season when everyone is on the top of their fashion game, feeling powerful, confident and ready to make moves.”

This scene also underscores the idea that femininity is a source of strength for both women and men, while highlighting how SW boots inspire the ability to move with confidence and dance through life’s challenges. “Dance is innate in all of us,” says Lil Buck. “I truly believe dance can inspire you to tackle whatever you want to do in life, whether you’re a dancer or not.”

Meanwhile, the MCKENZEE style delivers SW’s take on the classic lace-up silhouette — the unequivocal trend of Fall 2019 — with a completely monochromatic approach. It took SW designers and artisans multiple trials to perfect the unique tonal style, as everything from the smooth calf upper to the hardware to the soles to the laces are designed to match. It is available in a range of rich fall hues, including white, dark emerald, red, walnut, black, taupe and the cranberry shade worn by Kendall Jenner in the campaign. The lightweight, rugged-yet-refined style features a molded lug sole designed to be as versatile and comfortable as a sneaker. As such, the MCKENZEE stays true to the SW brand DNA of melding fashion, function and fit.

In addition, the brand also released several limited-edition renditions of the MCKENZEE combat boot style.

Source:  Stuart Weitzman

The Goring: inside the exquisite Royal Suite of the London hotel

The Royal Suite at The Goring is one London’s most prestigious suites and the most requested room at this iconic family owned and run London Hotel.

As the only hotel in the in the world awarded with a Royal Warrant from Queen Elizabeth, The Goring has welcomed Royal guests ever since it first opened its doors. The Coronations of George VI and our present Queen saw the hotel filled with foreign royalty attending these great occasions. In 2011 The Duchess of Cambridge famously stayed at the hotel the night prior to her wedding, leaving for Westminster Abbey on the morning of the 29th April. Receiving the Royal Warrant from The Queen marks the high point of these long associations.

In 2010 Jeremy Goring, the great grandson of founder Otto Goring commissioned the Royal Suite to mark the centenary of his family’s hotel that year.

Created by interior designer Russell Sage, this elegant spacious two-bedroom and two reception room suites, runs the entire length of the top floor of the Belgravia hotel. Furnished with the finest hand-crafted bespoke pieces, each room has large French windows opening onto a large private balcony overlooking The Goring’s private garden and London rooftops beyond.

The main objective Russell had was to create a space that felt homely whilst being bathed in glamour. In order to achieve this, he commissioned a number of silks to be rewoven by The Gainsborough Silk Company (the great English silk maker located in Suffolk). These include two powder blue silks, a gentle champagne pink, a rich red stripe and a dusky green silk originally woven in 1910 for the First-Class Dining Room of the Titanic. The fabrics are opulent, yet they cosset the guest in an amazingly comforting manner.

The other major strand of the design strategy was to fill the space with a truly unique collection of antiques gathered from around Britain. In the Dining Room a magnificent array of Georgian decanters and engraved glasses sit either side of the large campaign style desk. Beautiful wooden tea caddies are to be found in all the rooms as well as a number of antique books, clocks, silver and prints. In the Drawing Room itself a set of 19th century green Nailsea Glass paperweights are displayed in two magnificent campaign style cabinets especially commissioned for this space.

 The most astonishing feature has to be a near life-size portrait of Her Majesty Queen Victoria which sits in the walk-in shower of the master bathroom – protected by aircraft safety glass, of course.

HRH The Duchess of Cambridge re-opened the privately-owned London hotel on 2nd March 2015, following the completion of a major refurbishment by four top British interior designers including Sage. The event also marked The Goring’s 105th birthday and the arrival of a fleet of footmen at the hotel.

Royal Suite guests have the pleasure of their own dedicated footman smartly attired in their scarlet tailcoats and immaculate gold-trimmed waistcoats.

Source: The Goring

The Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour Arrives in Sydney

The Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour and Lexus campaign, Making of Amazing continues has continued it’s memorable journey, making a stop in Sydney’s iconic Campbell Cove in Circular Quay.

To welcome the Lexus Melbourne Cup, Lexus Ambassador and two-time Melbourne Cup winning jockey, Corey Brown was in attendance alongside Lexus Ambassador and racing icon Emma Freedman.

At this activation from the Making of Amazing campaign, Lexus were thrilled to unveil plans for this years Lexus marquee in the birdcage announcing it’s visionary LANDMARK by Lexus, formerly known as the Lexus Design Pavilion within Flemington’s Birdcage enclosure.

‘LANDMARK by Lexus is about creating a place where people can experience the ethos of the Lexus lifestyle without getting behind the wheel of one of our cars’, says Lexus Australia Chief Executive Officer, Scott Thompson.

In its second year as naming rights sponsor and taking pole position, the three-level LANDMARK by Lexus structure has been defined by the brands Japanese values – a spirit of hospitality, warmth and unwavering commitment to luxury design and innovation.

LANDMARK by Lexus, inspired by Lexus global platform Intersect by Lexus (in Tokyo, Dubai and New York) will offer 3 levels of luxury hospitality experiences. This includes world-class design, culinary experiences, entertainment and a hospitality offering that signifies what Lexus stands for – we’ve been expecting you.

Internationally recognised designer and advocate for sustainable living, Joost Bakker, brought a floral expression of the Lexus Melbourne Cup experience to this stop of the tour, which was displayed within the LC Coupe – a pinnacle model celebrating Lexus performance and craftsmanship.

‘I’m honoured to have the opportunity to bring the natural world inside and outside LANDMARK by Lexus, blurring the lines between interior and exterior. My piece will draw to attention the beauty and importance of nature’, says Joost.

The arrival of the Lexus Melbourne Cup in Sydney marks the final stop of the Making of Amazing, which has seen Lexus take elements of their Cup experience around the country to build anticipation towards the Lexus Melbourne Cup.

Source: Lexus Melbourne Cup

Remembering and Celebrating The Golden Years of Bill Collins

“Mr Movies”, Bill Collins, was be remembered and celebrated at a special event, hosted by Foxtel in Sydney. Bill passed away peacefully, at the age of 84, in June, bringing down the curtain on a remarkable life.

Bill’s passion for cinema led to an early career change from school teacher to television movie host in 1963. From the ABC, he went on to work at the Nine, Seven and Ten Networks before signing with Foxtel for its launch in 1995 and staying for the rest of his working life.

The Saturday night movie presentations, Bill Collins’ Golden Years of Hollywood, are fondly remembered across generations of Australians and are still available on Foxtel on demand.

Bill’s dedication to sharing his love of movies earned him awards and accolades, including the Order of Australia Medal in 1987, the TV WEEK Hall of Fame Logie Award in 2009 and, in July 2013 he was presented with the inaugural ASTRA Award for Lifetime Achievement.



Foxtel Executive Director of Television Brian Walsh said “Bill Collins was an iconic figure on Australian television for over 50 years and a treasured member of the Foxtel family.

“It is only fitting that we remember his extraordinary contribution and celebrate his illustrious career with a special event for work colleagues, friends and fans. It will be a great salute to a television legend.”

The celebration of Bill’s life on September 15 will be held at Foxtel on Oxford, in Paddington, Sydney.  The afternoon will include memoirs from some of those who worked with Bill over the years, both on and off camera, excerpts from some of his interviews and hostings and a screening of Bill Collins – Mr Movies, a one hour tribute special.

Source: Foxtel

HMS Pinafore at Hayes Theatre From November, 2019

Maverick director Kate Gaul makes her Hayes Theatre Co debut with this re-imagined, gender-bending, hyper-theatrical and kinky take on this Gilbert & Sullivan classic.

Starring Billie Palin, Katherine Allen, Tobias Cole, Rory O’Keefe, Thomas Campbell, Bobbie Jean Henning, Jermaine Chau, Sean Hall, Gavin Brown, Zach Selmes and Dominic Lui.

Mistaken identity, class warfare, sisters, sailors and the trickiest of tongue twisters abound in this nautical caper. The Hayes stage is a playground where performers sing, tell stories, play multiple musical instruments (all while changing not a word or note of Gilbert & Sullivan’s excellent work).

Gilbert and Sullivan were the undisputed masters of comic operetta, and the proud parents of the modern musical. Ample proof of their lasting brilliance is that their works are as in demand today as they were when created over a century ago, thanks to their ability to bend and adapt to modern eyes and ears.

Aboard the ship H.M.S. Pinafore, the captain’s daughter, Josephine has fallen in love with a lowly sailor, Ralph Rackstraw, despite her father’s plan to marry her to the First Lord of the Admiralty, Sir Joseph Porter. As the lovers lament their predicament and plan their escape, a surprise disclosure from an unlikely quarter shows that not all is at it seems.

“H. M. S. Pinafore answers the burning question of who, among equals, is the most equal and whether love can level ranks,” said director Kate Gaul, whose unique and fresh vision for Pinafore caught the eye of Hayes Theatre Co. “In this quirky chamber version, love is celebrated as the 21stcentury collides with the 19thcentury in unexpected ways, and the (mostly) young company re-claim G & S, test its boundaries and have a ship-load of fun.”

Featuring songs like I am the Monarch of the Sea, I’m Called Little Buttercup and He is an Englishman, H.M.S. Pinafore is a sharp and timeless satire of the social hierarchical system of the Victorian Age, promising a nautical flag dance with a message in semaphore; costumes, makeup and tattoos inspired by vintage post cards; silk cloth, knots, ropes, and a pulley or two – and at least one floatation device.

Source: Hayes Theatre