Australian designer Steven Khalil to show during Paris haute couture week

Renowned Australian designer and bridal couturier Steven Khalil will showcase his new Couture Collection during Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week 30 June-4 July this year. 

Steven will debut the new collection entitled “Dame en Fleurs” along with new pieces from the Steven Khalil Jewellery Collection to selected media, buyers and stylists during Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week in the European fashion capital on July 1. 

The collection takes notes from Art Deco and Oriental flower elements and combines exquisitely detailed floral and 3D beadwork with textured fabrics and layering. The brands signature dramatic, feminine and expertly tailored pieces will also be highlighted. Featuring colourways of dove and pale pink, cornflower blues to deep jades and dramatic blacks rounding out the palette.

This story explores the anatomy and fragility of flowers- their natural peculiarity and softness, while meshing and emboldening these notions with a juxtaposition of strength and romanticism so often seen in his works.

Steven has envisioned a collection rich with surface detailing and using exclusive embroidery techniques leading to the creation of the final pieces. Each interpretation is unique in its construction while still flowing and exuding the same sentiment.

Steven is excited about this new venture for the brand: “It has been a life-long dream of mine to present a collection in Paris- the city, the culture and its rich history mean so much to me and I cannot wait to share this exciting new chapter”

As his first foray into Europe draws near Steven has enlisted the support of event management and public relations company Mephistopheles Productions- an experienced and well connected production house and press office with years of success throughout Europe.

Steven has also aligned with previous MBFWA partner Billini Shoes to complete each individual look.

The showing will take place at the incredibly historic and ornate Salon France-Ameriques in Paris. A sumptuous group of heritage rooms that will compliment and propel this beautiful new collection to grow and blossom on the international stage.

With international expansion and fans like Kylie Jenner, Emily Ratajkowski, Jennifer Lopez, Taraji P.Henson, Bella Thorne, Dannii Minogue, Guiliana Rancic, HRH Princess Olympia of Greece, Paula Abdul and Kelly Rowland lining up for his couture creations- 2019 is looking to be his busiest year yet.

Source: Steven Kahlil


Protect winter skin with Retreatment Botanics by Olivia Newton-John and Gaia Retreat & Spa

Winter is harsh on skin. Even in Australia’s tropical climates, we see temperatures falling, lower humidity, icy winds and these, teamed with heating, can dehydrate skin, disrupt its protective barrier and leave it dry, fragile and sensitive. 

Retreatment Botanics by Olivia Newton-John and Gaia Retreat & Spa has a five-step solution to ward off winter skin woes. Your skin will stay moisturised, radiant and healthy throughout winter.

 1. Retreatment Botanics Radiance Cream Cleanser, $44. 

• Ideal for all complexions, particularly dry, dehydrated and sensitive.
• A calming cream cleanser that gently removes excess oil, surface pollution and impurities, calming and re-hydrating the skin.
• Key botanical actives are Kakadu Plum, Sea Buckthorn and Aloe Leaf. 

 2. Retreatment Botanics Kakadu Brightening Serum, $89.

• An ultra-strength, intensive vitamin C serum suited to all skin types, which soothes infuses hydration to the skin, promoting elasticity and firmness while imparting brightening benefits.
• Key botanical actives include Kakadu Plum, Wild Finger Lime, Desert Lime, Hyaluronic acid and Aloe Leaf.

 3. Retreatment Botanics Firming Eye Contour Cream, $65. 

• This quickly-absorbed cream works to visibly firm the delicate skin around the eye, minimising the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
• Regular use promotes a fresh, rejuvenated appearance.
• Key botanical actives include Quandong, Green Coffee, Gotu Kola, Hyaluronic Acid. 

4. Retreatment Botanics Restore Serum, $95.

• This superfood elixir for normal, dry, dehydrated and mature skin, is vitamin rich to minimise the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and nurture winter-weary skin to its radiant best.
• Potent antioxidants and rich hydrating ingredients ensure your skin is protected year-round.
• Key botanicals include Buriti Fruit, Wild Rosella Flower, Australian Sandalwood Seed and Kakadu Plum.

5. Retreatment Botanics Ultra Rich Moisturiser, $89

• A deluxe moisturiser rich in vitamins C, A, E and essential fatty acids rich
• Deeply hydrates, promotes elasticity and minimises the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
• Suitable for all skin types other than oily, it leaves the complexion soft, dewy and luminous.
• Key botanical actives include Kakadu Plum, Mountain Pepper Berry, Sea Buckthorn and Hyaluronic acid.

Source: Retreatment Botanics


Negroni Week & the 100th Birthday of the Negroni

Campari, Italy’s iconic red apéritif, and Imbibe Magazine have partnered for the seventh year in a row to showcase Negroni Week 2019 – a celebration of the iconic and historic Negroni cocktail.

Created by Imbibe, Negroni Week is an international charity initiative that will take place from the 24th to the 30th of June in bars, restaurants and retailers around the world, dedicated to celebrating the crimson-red cocktail, with Campari at the heart, over the common goal of raising money for charitable initiatives. And this year is even more special, as 2019 marks the 100-year anniversary of the Negroni: #N100.

With the trend for classic and contemporary cocktails at an all-time high, and the Negroni being one of the world’s most popular cocktails, this year’s Negroni Week is shaping up to be the best yet.

Negroni Week launched in 2013 with about 100 participating bars, and last year’s event welcomed the involvement nearly 10,000 venues in 87 countries, (a 29% increase in participation since 2017) to raise an impressive total of $585,000 for charitable causes in 2018, contributing to a total of nearly $2 million raised since the initiative began.

On 24th June, festivities will commence in Florence, the birthplace of the Negroni, triggering a series of charity events due to take place around the world to honour Count Camillo Negroni, the man who inspired the cocktail. International bartenders will gather from around the world to prepare their interpretations and twists on The Negroni in Florence.

It was in the city of Florence, in Caffé Cassoni, that the first iteration of the Negroni was created 100 years ago for the renowned Count Camilo Negroni after he asked bartender Fosco Scarcelli to strengthen his favourite cocktail – the Americano – by replacing soda water with a splash of gin. Scarselli added an orange slice as garnish, rather than the usual lemon twist, and from this moment on, the Negroni was born.

In the biggest series of events that CAMPARI Australia has held to date – some of Australia’s best and most innovative venues, bars, and restaurants across the country will be celebrating the iconic cocktail during Negroni Week 2019 featuring dedicated Negroni menus, in-venue activations, and special events.

These sessions will showcase the classic Negroni alongside unique twists and variations, demonstrating the versatility of Campari and reinforcing it as the key ingredient of the Negroni.

The official Negroni Week 2019 launch party will kick-off on the 24th of June at Sydney’s Hilton Zeta Bar. From 6-9pm, 15 of Sydney’s best cocktail bars will serve their respective creative Negroni twists, with all generated sales being donated to charities.

The event will also exhibit some Campari artwork alongside contemporary interpretations of the Negroni created by Australian artists. One of these upcoming young artists is award-winning Jamie Preisz (winner of the 2018 Archibald Packing Room Prize and 2018 People’s Choice Prospect Portrait Prize). His Negroni masterpiece “Gliding Bloom Drift” will go into a sweepstake prize draw with all proceeds being donated to the ReachOut.com organization.

With hundreds of bars and restaurants taking part in Negroni Week 2019 in Australia, Campari lovers will be spoilt for choice as to where to enjoy their favourite cocktail.

Source: Negroni Week


Dine at Longrain's Surry Hills warehouse for the last time throughout the month of June

Longrain Sydney’s original menu made it a Sydney dining institution and inspired its brother and sister restaurants in Melbourne in 2005 and Tokyo in 2017.

Book a table throughout June to experience the Signature Banquet Menu comprised of Longrain’s favourite salty, sweet, hot and sour dishes from the last 20 years.

Dine in a party of two or more to experience this classic Banquet Menu for $70 per person. They will be closing our doors at Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills on 30 June 2019.

Longrain look forward to welcoming everyone back into their Surry Hills warehouse to dine and enjoy this beautiful space for the last time.

Source: Longrain Sydney


The chic Thinking Traveller Lunch

To celebrate the start of European Summer, The Thinking Traveller, voted Best Villa Rental Company three times in the UK Condé Nast Traveller Readers’ Travel Awards, co-hosted an intimate tastemakers lunch with Marie-Claude Mallat at her beautiful MCMPR headquarters in Darlington.

Guests, who included Simone Zimmermann, Heidi Middleton, Romy Frydman, Marnie Skillings, Paula Joye, Dee Bates, Cindy Saigon and Maree Andrews, sipped Grey Goose cocktails on arrival and enjoyed a Mediterranean-inspired lunch of king prawns with parsley, lemon, garlic,
zucchini and shaved radish, salad of burrata, persimmon and tomatoes with fennel pollen and enjoyed with Sicilian wines by Planeta.

Dessert was a rhubarb and blood orange torta with vanilla mascarpone.

Guest were overheard discussing how to get their hands on the ceramic plates made in Puglia by Alex and Trahanas and hot new destinations to holiday with the Thinking Traveller including the Ionian Islands and Corsica.