CAMILLA AND MARC Flagship Opening

Just in time for the holiday season, Australian luxury brand CAMILLA AND MARC will open its new Flagship boutique at Westfield Bondi Junction on Thursday 5th December.

In honour of the opening, and CAMILLA AND MARC’s dedication to empowering women through design, the brand has launched an exclusive collaboration with artist George Raftopoulos, “Be a Goddess. Be You.” The message first appeared on billboards around Sydney in the lead up to the opening, and will also appear on limited edition t-shirts, sold exclusively at the Bondi Junction boutique.

Each T-shirt is signed by the artist and has its own unique “Be a Goddess. Be You” artwork created using a combination of spray paint and pen artistry. George’s art will also adorn the windows of the boutique throughout the opening week.

Custom green Marmorino render is used through the store, amplifying the modern, yet classic creative direction of the CAMILLA AND MARC brand. Black steel fixtures with new Italian Nubuck leather shelving serve as hanging and display use. Fitting rooms are fitted with luxurious Maharam’s velvet curtains and Nicos Zographos leather lounge chairs & bench seats used to create a residential tone.

All design elements speak to the principles of the CAMILLA AND MARC brand, upholding qualities of timeless style, design innovation and impeccability across every detail. Once again working with acclaimed designer, Kelvin Ho from Akin Atelier, the store continues to be an extension of both founders, Camilla and Marc’s, innate love of architecture and design.

The project’s realisation is personal for both Camilla Freeman-Topper and Marc Freeman, having both grown up in the locality, they have desired to open a store in precinct for some time. The opportunity to open at Westfield Bondi junction was poignant and timely, completing the brand’s 15th anniversary year.

Of the design, Creative Director Camilla Freeman-Topper says, “for all our boutiques, we place great importance on the idea of a sophisticated, modern, yet welcoming home. Each design detail, including the accents of the marble and the soft, curved finishes in the space are all very considered and true to our brand narrative.”

Co-founder, Marc Freeman added, “Westfield Bondi Junction offers a truly immersive luxury experience, espoused by the local and international high-end retailers throughout the centre. It is exciting to see this Boutique come to life.”

CAMILLA AND MARC Bondi at Westfield Bondi Junction marks the brands eleventh boutique in Australia, and third boutique opening for the brand in 2018. The boutique will showcase the complete ready-to-wear and C&M collections, featuring their coveted eyewear, accessories and kidswear range.

Westfield Bondi Junction Centre Manager, Justine Saunders commented, “we are very excited to introduce CAMILLA AND MARC to Westfield Bondi Junction. CAMILLA AND MARC is a directional Australian designer brand which embodies the confident modern woman. It is aligned to the discerning Westfield Bondi Junction customer and we are thrilled to be able to bring the brand to our customers in time for Christmas. The store design is absolutely beautiful and we cannot wait to throw open the doors. CAMILLA AND MARC is going to be a destination within the centre and will really compliment the strong fashion offering at WBJ.”

Source: Camilla and Marc

PHMG Ladies Luncheon At Bistro Moncur

Leading publicans, Public House Management Group (PHMG), hosted its annual Ladies Luncheon to raise funds for The Royal Hospital for Women (RHW). The luncheon raised a staggering $150,000 which will be donated in full to The Royal for specialised equipment that will spearhead a new era in ultrasound technology for unborn babies.

The exclusive, sold-out event was held at Bistro Moncur Woollahra, hosted by News Reporter, Ryan Phelan and PHMG’s Harriet Waugh among 130 influential locals and media personalities. Key guests included Kate Waterhouse, Francesca Packer, Terry Biviano, Clare Paspaley, Roxy Jacenko, Georgie Curran, Nicole Gazal O’Neil, Skye Leckie and ex-Editor of Harper’s BAZAAR Kellie Hush.

Core to the heart of PHMG is a culture of significant philanthropic work and charity donations. Since July 2016, PHMG has donated a remarkable $1.1million to charity organisations across NSW, including the Sydney Children’s Hospital, the Black Dog Institute, The Royal Hospital for Women and SISTER2sister. Earlier this year, PHMG raised and donated $68,000 to Sydney-based charity SISTER2sister, in addition to the $200,000 raised in 2017 for Sydney Children’s Hospital.

Harriet Waugh of Public House Management Group said: “We are tremendously humbled by the generosity of our community, and their willingness to get behind such a remarkable cause. It’s an honour to contribute to the work of Royal Hospital for Women and enable them to purchase this new technology which will bring us one step closer to preventing stillbirths.”

The donation will enable The Royal to purchase a Verasonics Vantage research ultrasound system, the first of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere. The technology marks a major technological advancement for antenatal care and has the ability to identify risk factors for the unborn baby in far greater detail than ever before. The technology will be used to evaluate the growth and development of unborn babies, safeguarding them by comprehensively identifying any risk factors and thereby reducing the rate of stillbirths in Australia.

Professor Alec Welsh, Maternal Fetal Medicine at The Royal Hospital for Women said: “The generosity of PHMG and guests of the Bistro Moncur Ladies Lunch will enable our Maternal Fetal Medicine team at The Royal to significantly advance the work we are doing to understand and identify risk factors in the unborn baby. The research grade ultrasound system will be of enormous collaborative benefit; with this specialised equipment also supporting research projects in our Newborn Intensive Care Unit. Many babies and families will be positively impacted, and we have the opportunity to shape future models of scanning and care in pregnancy”

Source: Royal Hospital For Women

Art Series Hotels announces The Fantauzzo on Howard Smith Wharves, Brisbane

Art Series Hotels has officially announced its eighth property at Howard Smith Wharves, Brisbane will be named after acclaimed Australian painterVincent Fantauzzo. The first new Art Series property under the AccorHotels banner, The Fantauzzois scheduled to open in March 2019 with bookings now available.

Born in Birmingham in 1977, Fantauzzo moved from England to Australia as a child. A graduate of RMIT University, he has exhibited worldwide with shows in India, Vietnam, New York, Los Angeles, Hong Kong and Australia.

Drawing on techniques from other mediums such as photography and film to create a narrative, Fantauzzo uses contrasting elements of light and dark, shadows and colours to create depth and heighten the realism and theatrical effect.

Renowned for his portraits of notable people including Heath Ledger, Matt Moran, Brandon Walters and Julia Gillard, he has won the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, the Archibald Packing Room Prize, and the Archibald People’s Choice Award four times, including in 2012 for his portrait of now-wife, actress Asher Keddie.

Carved into the cliff under Story Bridge, the $100million luxury hotel will feature 166 guest rooms, with custom contemporary furnishings, featuring both original artworks and up to 500 reproductions of Fantauzzo’s most recognised works. A seamless combination of art, design and functionality, the hotel will be a powerful representation of contemporary creativity, with connected and inspiring spaces for guests to discover.

“To have an Art Series hotel dedicated to showcasing my work is truly an honour and I cannot wait for the doors to open in March,” Fantauzzo said. “I’m strongly passionate about accessibility to the arts, and what excites me most about the collaboration is that this hotel will give all guests the opportunity to connect with art, and immerse themselves in a really creative experience.”

Fantauzzo’s take on photorealism inspired architects SJB to create a counterpoint, a contrasting backdrop to his work through dark tones and glossy finishes that challenge the traditional ‘white gallery’ space. The scheme utilises polished concrete and contrasting tones against a highly reflective black glass.

Natural rock and timber take cues from the cliff face and external facade, acting as an earthy installation. The angular forms found on both the facade of the building and interior elements, provide further clarity and distinction between Fantauzzo’s artworks and the hotel’s design.

AccorHotels Chief Operating Officer Pacific, Simon McGrath, said: “Vincent is a charismatic artist with so much raw talent he was a natural fit to be the namesake artist of the first Art Series hotel under our management. His mission is to make art accessible so he is a perfect match for the brand and The Fantauzzo’s design will clearly reflect his individual sense of style and sophistication.”

The six-storey hotel will also offer four distinct food and beverage outlets as well as an impressive rooftop pool boasting spectacular views of the Brisbane River and CBD, bar, gym and three conference rooms, fully equipped with state-of-the-art audio-visual technology.

Arts Series Hotels transformed the Australian market when it launched in 2009. Signature art experiences at The Fantauzzo will include the infamous art tours, in-room art channels and art libraries. Branded Smart Cars and Lekker bicycles will be available to explore all that Brisbane has to offer and further afield.

The Fantauzzo is scheduled to open in March 2019 with Art Series now taking bookings online at Room rates start from $309 per room per night.

Source: Art Series Hotels

Larmont Sydney celebrates 1st Birthday Lunch

Boutique hotel collection Lancemore celebrated Larmont Sydney 1st Birthday over an elegant lunch at Hyde restaurant within the hotel.

Guest chef Nick Holloway, from hatted restaurant Nu Nu’s in Palm Cove, prepared a delicious summer menu and collaborated with Jon Kingston, the passionate gardener from The Wayside Chapel, Potts Point on all of there herbs for each course, to really give the dishes a local flavour and the first step in creating a more meaningful relationship with The Wayside Chapel.

Guest sipped on Lindenderry wines, from the vineyards of one of their other hotel properties Lindenderry at Red Hill on the Mornington Peninsular.

Julian Clark CEO of Lancemore had guests laughing along as he retold the story of how the family-run hotel group was started by his parents – when they where in their 40’s, threw in everything, had no hospitality experience and interest rates were ay 18% – and they survived! They now own 6 hotels around Australia.

Guest were then treated an overnight stay to experience the hotel first hand, which recently was ranked number 12 in Australia on the US Conde Nast Traveler reader choice awards.

*Melissa was paid a fee to MC the birthday event.

Source: Larmont Sydney by Lancemore 

The Athlete's Foot Back-to-School Breakfast with Sally Obermeder

Celebrities such as Candice Warner, Kyly Clarke, Kara Ryan, Jo Casamento, Matty Samaei and Nicole O’Neil joined super-mum and lady-boss Sally Obermeder for breakfast at the Botanic Gardens Restaurant in Sydney as she chatted about life and clever back-to-school hacks in partnership with The Athlete’s Foot. Sally’s sister Maha Koraiem MC’d the event and the two delighted guests with their sisterly banter.

The event was the official launch of The Athlete’s Foot’s collaboration on back-to-school hacks with Sally Obermeder (some of Sally’s great tips below) and The Athlete’s Foot School Rewards Program which donates $5 from every pair purchased until 10thFebruary 2019 to your school.

Some of Sally’s handy back-to-school hacks:
List things like “Brush teeth”, “Sunscreen” and “Hair up” on the bathroom mirror in whiteboard marker. There can be no excuses for the kids not to be clean and prepped when the checklist is literally in front of their face!

Start practicing getting up early for school in early or mid January so it’s not such a shock to the system when school goes back. Gradually bring forward bed and wake times through the month. A gorgeous, fun alarm clock is a great Christmas gift to get kids on board with this.

Keep hair-ties, bobby pins, hair-clips and ribbons in a tackle box. It sounds strange but tackle boxes have the most convenient, easily visible, small compartments. This prevents the hair stuff winding up all over the house and makes it really easy for you or the kids to find what they need in the morning.

Set up a bag hook and basket station for each child near the front door. This needn’t be expensive. Places like K-Mart and Ikea have some great-looking cheap options. Have the kids place their bag on the hook and their school shoes, hat and any other paraphernalia in the basket when they get home from school. That way you know where to find things like lunch boxes and school notes each evening and no-one is desperately running around the house trying to find shoes and bags in the morning.