IMG Announces Finalists For The 2018 Australian Fashion Laureate

IMG has announced the finalists for the Australian Fashion Laureate, honoring individuals who have made a significant contribution to the growth, development and global promotion of the Australian fashion industry.

Winners will be announced on 20 November at The State Theatre, Sydney, at a celebration hosted by international supermodel, Georgia Fowler, and celebrated comedian, Ash Williams.

The Australian Fashion Laureate was established in 2008 by IMG and the NSW Government to shine an international spotlight on the exceptional talent and creativity within the Australian fashion industry. In 2018, the Laureate celebrates 10 years of awards ceremonies, with past recipients including Carla Zampatti, Dion Lee, Jenny Kee, Toni Maticevski and Zimmermann.

Each Australian Fashion Laureate Award celebrates outstanding accomplishments in categories including Lifetime Achievement, Womenswear, Menswear, Retail, Emerging Designer, Accessories – and for the first time, two new categories for 2018: Model of the Year and Outstanding Editorial.

“Through the introduction of new categories for 2018, we acknowledge Australia’s growing leadership in high fashion modeling and creative editorial,” states Ivan Bart, President of IMG Models and IMG Fashion Properties, including global fashion events. “As the industry’s highest accolade, we’re delighted to broaden the spectrum of recognition and further celebrate the brilliant talent originating from Australia.”

Australian Fashion Laureate recipients are nominated and chosen by a voting panel of more than 30 industry leaders, including designers, media, buyers, creatives, brand executives and communications professionals, called the Australian Fashion Industry Alumni.

IMG is pleased to share the finalists across 2018 award categories below:













The Australian Fashion Laureate is an IMG initiative, supported by the NSW Government via its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW, with additional support from Etihad Airways, DHL, Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour, Sanpellegrino and Jan Logan.
The digital home for The Australian Fashion Laureate will be @FashionWeekAus across Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Follow along through our official hashtags: #AustralianFashionLaureate #ilovesydney

Source: IMG

2018 Diamond Guild Australia Jewellery Awards

TV Presenter Jessica Rowe was MC  for the 2018 Diamond Guild Australia Jewellery Awards, held in  Melbourne. The panel of judges included  interior designer Greg Natale and Actress April Rose Pengilly.

The Awards celebrated the Finalists and winners of the biennial design competition which celebrate Australian Jewellery Design.

The event was attended by VIP guests including Laurina Fleure, Athena X of Real Housewives of Sydney and Aleksandra Sekuloska from this year’s Bachelor.

Diamond Guild Australia announced that the Supreme Winner of the 2018 Diamond Guild Australia Jewellery awards was Olivar Musson of Musson Jewellers with his piece “Aella”.

Featuring 36 forevermark ideal square cut diamonds on a stunning pair of handmade white and rose gold earrings, “Aella” set a new benchmark for style and originality at the awards.

Taking inspiration from Greek mythology, “Aella” perfectly captures the strength, confidence and femininity of women.

“We design for strong women everyday” said Musson, “so it seemed fitting to look to trail-blazing women in history as a design inspiration”.

Aella, the Ancient Greek Amazonite warrior, famously dared to fight Hercules. Musson aimed to emulate Aella’s strength in his design.

”I kept thinking about what the Amazonite warriors would have worn in battle, that idea that your battle dress makes you feel your most confident and strong. I wanted these earrings to have a shield-like quality so I needed a shape with edges. The square cut diamond created the look that all the components lock together like in great armoury.”

While the pieces’ incorporation of 36 ideal square cut diamonds served a stylistic purpose, they also contributed to theme of female strength and helped visualise Aella’s battle wear. The use of studs in the design of the “Aella” earrings added to the overall narrative of the piece.

Musson’s unique inspiration for his design combined with the style and refinement of the earrings made “Aella” stand out in this year’s group of winners. “Aella” has set a high standard of originality, innovation and style for future entries.


SOLITAIRE: “BRILLIANT” by Ben Preston-Black, Creations Jewellers

The stunning handmade platinum diamond set ring showcases a unique design inspired by the classic shape of the round cut brilliant diamond. The innovative approach to the solitaire setting has raised the bar for what can be achieved in this category.

FANCY COLOUR: “FANCIFUL” by Ben Preston-Black & Wisam Sarji, Creations Jewellers

A sculptural ring featuring several free flowing sections, FANCIFUL takes the eye on a visual journey across the swirls of metal interweaved with alluring colourful diamonds. The brilliant cut diamonds in various stunning natural colours such as white, pink and champagne elevates the complex and sculptural design in a perfect representation of the category.

DIAMONDS FOR EVERYDAY: “FLAME” by Matthew Staff, MJS Jewellery

An illustrious pair of drop earrings inspired by a flickering fire, FLAME offer a stunning contrast between diamond and metal. The complex use of black rhodium and rose gold create a bold, sculptural pair of earrings in celebration of the organic form of a naked flame.

DIAMONDS FOR MEN: “GRILL” by Brett Wood, Brett’s Jewellers

Embracing the complexities of design diamond jewellery for men, GRILL is the pinnacle of technical craftsmanship with innovative design. The ring’s use of a yellow gold and platinum grill design with a central baguette cut diamond creates a stylish balance of masculinity and extravagance.

RED CARPET: “AELLA” by Olivar Musson, Musson Jewellers

Inspired by the Ancient Greek Amazonite warrior who dared to fight Hercules. Aella’s strength is represented in a pair of handmade 18ct white and rose gold, shield-like diamond set earrings. Demonstrating the power and strength fine diamonds can represent in the modern world, the earrings feature a total of 36 Forevermark Black Label ‘Ideal Square’ cut diamonds.

EMERGING TALENT: “VOGUE” by Hannah Alexander, Jewels of the Kimberley

VOGUE showcases the unique coloured diamonds and pearls of the Kimberly, encasing several small round cut brilliant diamonds in a refined cocktail ring design. The innovative approach to a classic halo offers an elegantly complex statement ring.

Snow time coming to Canada: Gondola opening, Cornucopia food & wine, Whistler Film Festival

Whistler Blackcomb’s official opening day is set for November 22 and the countdown is on, not only for the first day of skiing and snowboarding, but also the unveiling of the new 10-passenger Blackcomb Gondola. The new gondola will keep guests warm and dry as it ascends from the base of Blackcomb Mountain to the top of the mountain adjacent to Rendezvous Lodge and the existing PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola. Together – the new Blackcomb Gondola, PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola and Whistler Village Gondola – form the first three-gondola connection in the world.

More laps can also be enjoyed thanks to additional lift upgrades providing quicker and easier access to all levels of terrain. These include a new six-passenger high-speed chairlift in place of the previous four-passenger Emerald Express chair in the Family Ski Zone on Whistler Mountain; and a new four-passenger, high speed chairlift replacing the triple-passenger Catskinner chair on Blackcomb Mountain.

Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler and Head-Line Mountain Holidays have partnered to provide an extraordinary culinary experience set within an ice cave of cathedral-like blue. Introducing ‘The Blue Room’.

This unique dining adventure begins with a scenic helicopter ride to Canada’s largest, southernmost ice field, where wilderness experts provide a guided tour of natural ice sculptures and ice flows before arriving at the ice cave’s grand hall of aqua blue magnificence. Here, guests will be served Krug champagne and a five-course gastronomic experience presented by Four Seasons Executive Sous Chef David Baarschers.

The menu is designed to complement the essence of the location and includes Northern Divine caviar served on snow, oysters sourced from neighbouring Vancouver Island and grilled long bone with thyme roasted root vegetables.

Participating in this experience also contributes to Head-Line Mountain Holidays’ White is Green Ice Cap Research Initiative with Simon Fraser University, facilitating hands-on student learning in a real world ice cap. The Blue Room’s launch coincides with Whistler’s legendary food and drink festival, Cornucopia, presented by BlueShore Financial.

Cornucopia, presented by BlueShore Financial is Whistler’s must-experience celebration of food and drink, annually attracting more than 15,000 attendees and hundreds of key industry members and media. Returning for its 22nd year, the festival offers plenty of new and unique culinary experiences, as well as the return of popular signature tastings Crush Grand Tasting, Cellar Door, House Party: Best of BC, The Picnic, Poured, With a Twist Silent Disco and Night Market: Taste of the World.

The NOURISH series also returns to balance the decadence of the festival with health, nutrition and wellness events. Cornucopia’s plentiful “menu” caters to every taste and budget – from over-the-top indulgent to the budget-friendly – with a range of drink seminars, restaurant and bar events, Culinary Stage Series and Chef’s Table Luncheons.

The Whistler Film Festival (WFF) will welcome film fans and filmmakers to experience its 18th edition from November 28 – December 2. From tributes to filmmaking luminaries to live music, parties and industry initiatives, WFF delivers an action packed lineup that includes over 80 innovative and original films from around the world and $146,500 in cash and prizes to be awarded. Special events include:

• The popular Signature Series including the Tribute, Spotlight, Contender Conversation and Variety 10 Screenwriters to Watch
• ShortWork Showcase featuring an eclectic collection of short films in a relaxed bar setting
• Music Showcase, where up to 10 export-ready British Columbian artists and songwriters from across the musical spectrum perform 30-minute sets for film fans and key international executives
• The second part to WFF’s Women on Top Series, featuring a keynote luncheon, workshop, screening and mentorship opportunities, focused on learning and growth around the issues of gender equity and cultural diversity in media
• A slate of 11 talent programs designed to provide creative and business immersion experiences for over 70 Canadian artists looking to establish themselves in the industry and advance their projects from script to screen
• Structured around bringing films to market and designed to provide filmmakers with tools to succeed, the Industry Summit offers over 20 interactive business sessions and networking events that address filmmaking and storytelling in the digital age
• Opening and closing night screenings, an awards celebration to honour the talent behind the finest films of the festival, and the annual festival party – this year titled Cabin Fever

Over the years, WFF has established an impressive track record for launching new films and filmmakers, and has earned a reputation as a ‘filmmakers festival’ through its coveted competitions and non-competitive sections that celebrate the best in independent Canadian and world cinema.

Source: Whistler 

New luxury tropical resort - The Ville in Townsville

Work on the $44million redevelopment of The Ville Resort-Casino, Townsville is now complete with the hotel’s Resort Rooms and Suites, lobby, state-of-the-art functions space, pool precinct, and five new dining outlets open to guests.

The renovation, completed in stages over the past two years, brings the total investment of The Morris Group in The Ville to $114million, having bought the property for $70million in 2014, and its total Queensland tourism portfolio to $260million.

From secluded luxury island getaways on the Great Barrier Reef, to scenic helicopter adventures, and soul-enriching eco-experiences of the Daintree, the family-owned business gives discerning travellers the opportunity to explore the diverse natural beauty of Queensland in style and comfort.

The Morris Group also manage pubs, restaurants and resorts in Perth, Sydney and Victoria so are well versed in delivering premium hospitality offerings. Transforming the iconic hotel and casino into a much-needed luxury tropical resort and premier entertainment destination, The Ville is on the doorstep of Magnetic Island with views across the Coral Sea and Townsville cityscape.

Designed by leading architects Woods Bagot, the ocean-view resort and casino is built around a raised infinity pool with swim-up Splash Bar, surrounded by an elevated timber terrace and lush landscaped lawns, the ideal spot for a regular Sunday recovery session or live outdoor concert series.

“Our design was inspired by the stunning natural and historic qualities of Townsville,” says WadeLittle, the Lead Designer. “The intention was to create a lush pleasure garden using unpretentiousforms and materials — white timber, white brick, plaster — to respect the laid-back atmosphere of Townsville. Echoing the vernacular architecture, the hotel encourages natural cooling through its broad verandas, abundant fanlights, and aligned doors and windows. We preserved the unifying circular motif of the original hotel, repeating it throughout the resort: in the landscape, the terrazzofloors, and even the graphics.”

Featuring a light and airy retro feel, the nine-storey hotel offers 194 guest rooms including Deluxe Rooms for the corporate traveller and Executive Suites for a special getaway to the newly refurbished Resort Rooms and Suites.

Contemporary functionality at its most stylish, the newly renovated mid-level Resort Rooms and Suites take their design cues from the traditional Queenslander with painted timber panelled walls and bedhead.

Combined with the spirit of the tropics through the striking leaf-print carpet and velvet cushions. Retro-cool furnishings give a nod to mid-century Californian hotels, modernised with a clean and simple palette of crisp white, calming grey and luxurious emerald green.

On the lobby level, Miss Songs combines Asian inspired flavours fused with a unique modern flare. After six years on Orpheus Island, executive chef Arie Prabowo takes diners on a journey across the Orient with classic dishes that crescendo with flavour.

Townsville’s iconic social hotspot, The Quarterdeck, is back, with a stylish contemporary design, spacious surroundings and exciting new menu. Once located on Breakwater Marina facing the cityskyline and Castle Hill, the new bar overlooks the resort’s pool, perfectly positioned to capture the sea breeze.

The huge, wrap-around bar invokes Bali chic and boasts casual lounge and table seating for up to 330 guests, both indoors and outside, with access to the casino and hotel lobby. The extensive drinks andcocktail menu will be accompanied by an array of light food and meal options from The Quarterdeck’sbrand new kitchen.

The final piece in the renovation, The Palm House buffet restaurant features al fresco dining, live cooking stations and a show kitchen, serving breakfast and dinner seven days a week.

The Ville’s brand new flexible state-of-the-art conference, wedding, and special events venue, The Pavilion offers versatile elegance and excellence for every occasion.

Equipped to cater for up to 1200 guests – or 600 seated – The Pavilion is 779sq m of fully-enclosable space with high timber ceilings and wrap around terrace that can be configured into one, two or three event private rooms.

“Townsville is the gateway to Queensland’s far north and the two-year renovation project is a sign of our confidence in the area as a sought-after coastal holiday hotspot as well as a popular destinationfor corporate retreats,” The Ville CEO Michael Jones said.

“We knew that if Townsville wanted to compete with other regional centres for major conferences and events the city needed an updated venue. The Pavilion will attract corporates and conferences to Townsville which will give the city a much-needed economic boost.”

The Morris Family Foundation has also invested $2.4million in Queensland projects and organisations with meaningful social, economic and environmental impact since 2015.

Source: The Ville Resort-Casino

PRIOR - the travel club that knows everything . .

The PRIOR launch at Fred’s in Paddington was one mighty chic event, designed for the travel-minded and those who like a bit of wanderlust in their life.

The low down is that it is a new kind of global travel club, founded by Aussie ex pat David Prior who has been travel editor for Conde Nast Traveller for years and has a renowned little black book of contacts around the world.

They already have some pretty heavy hitting members- they launched in September and have over 150 members already, from all over the world- mainly business owners and leaders in their industries, namely fashion, media, hospitality and some high profile tech founders and CEOs.
There is already a lot of interest from some of Australia’s most interesting and high profile travellers.

Guests at the lunch included Bill Granger
Bettina Hemmes
Sheree Commerford
Sarah Wilson
Eva Galambos
Sarah Jane Clarke
Caroline Choker
Kirstie Clements
Nancy Pilcher
Louise Olsen & Stephen Ormandy
Sibella Court

Take a look at the PRIOR website to find put more.

Source: PRIOR